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Say what you want about diamonds; concealer is a girl’s real best friend. Having the ability to cover up an uninvited blemish, last night’s hangover or your poor excuse for eight hours of sleep, it should really be branded as a miracle in a tube. What’s more, you don’t have to spend the most for the best coverage. Read on for our top picks, whether you’re willing to drop $50, $35 or $15.

Bed Bath & Beyond

Under $15: Maybelline Fit Me Shine-Free + Balance Stick

This compact stick goes on creamy, dries matte and includes an anti-shine powder core aimed to dissolve any signs of excess oil.

Maybelline ($7)

Bed Bath & Beyond

Under $15: Almay Clear Complexion Concealer

With hundreds of reviews, this popular acne-fighting option is made with salicylic acid to help heal trouble spots while covering ’em up.

Almay ($8)

Bed Bath & Beyond

Under $15: NYX Cosmetics Mineral Stick

Although designed to spot treat, this creamy formula is buildable enough to blend into a full foundation. Two birds, one stone.

NYX Cosmetics ($10)

Orchard Mile

Under $35: Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer

This buzzy new formula from Nars is infused with a light-diffusing complex to instantly blur imperfections (and it lasts long past the 2 p.m. slump).

NARS ($30)


Under $35: Jane Iredale Corrective Colors

Not your average one-color-fits-all option. Built to tackle specific issues—from blemishes (use yellow) to under-eye circles (use peach)—each color has a designated super-power.

Jane Iredale ($18)


Under $35: Mac Select Moisturecover

There’s a reason this concealer has developed a cult-like following over the years. With a super-hydrating, long-lasting formula, this baby easily swipes on and is great for both sallowness and spot-treating pimples.

Mac ($20)


Under $50: First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy

Not only is this cover-up known for its camouflaging prowess; it’s also got built-in smoothing and de-puffing properties, making it the ultimate triple threat.

First Aid Beauty ($36)


Under $50: RMS Un Cover-Up Concealer

All-natural gals, rejoice. This certified organic blend of jojoba and coconut oils is meant to seamlessly blend into the skin to create an even, dewy finish—best suited for masking redness on the sides of your nose and banishing dark circles.

RMS ($36)

Violet Grey

Under $50: YSL Touche Éclat Radiant Touch

This take-anywhere, celeb favorite is specifically made for the dull under areas thanks to its instantly brightening, fatigue-erasing formula. Simply paint the color in thin lines, fanning away from the eye and use your finger to blend.

YSL ($42)

Violet Grey

Under $50: Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer

This highly versatile pot comes in 16 different shades (FYI, that’s more than most). With the help of an itsy-bitsy brush, it can be used as a quick spot treatment or pick up a BeautyBlender and dab for a full face of coverage.

Kevyn Aucoin ($48)

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