Anyone who’s had an unexpected zit or pulled an all-nighter at work, would appreciate the benefits of a concealer. On top of that, with technological advancements, skincare companies are becoming more innovative with their formulas. While this means that we have more choices than ever before, the sheer variety of product can sometimes be confusing. Here’s how you can choose the right concealer for instantly perfect skin.

No. 1: Liquid Concealers
Typically available in a tube, liquid concealers often come with a sponge or brush applicator, which reduces contamination and allows precise application without carrying around an extra brush. It also makes it easier for you to target specific spots and hard-to-reach areas like around the eyes and nose. Liquid concealers are the easiest to blend, so they’re your best bet if you want to avoid looking patchy or cakey. They also have a light and fluid texture, which means you can easily layer on more product without feeling thick and heavy, making them perfect for blemishes.

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Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer, $40, Urban Decay

No. 2: Stick Concealers 
Ideal for those with normal to dry skin, stick concealers tend to have a thicker, richer consistency so you might have to spend a bit more time blending. They are also highly pigmented and give full coverage. If your stick concealer becomes a bit dry and tugs on your skin during application, warm it up by applying it in circular motions on your palms first. Thanks to the high coverage, stick concealers are ideal for covering anything from dark circles to blemishes and even redness.

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Concealer, $116, Clé de Peau Beauté

No. 3: Cream Concealers
Commonly seen in palettes or pots, cream concealers generally offer medium to full coverage and are usually easier to blend than stick ones. If you’re looking to hide dark circles, opt for one that has a radiant finish. Or if blemishes are your concern, choose one that has a matte finish. Regardless of your choice, always set concealer with loose powder or press powder to prolong its wear. And if you use liquid foundation, you should apply concealer after foundation. For those who use powder foundation, concealer should be applied first and set with powder before foundation.

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Soft Matte Complete Concealer in Cannelle, $45, NARS

By Joyce Cheo