The Best Concealers of 2020 for Dark Circles | Dry + Mature Skin

by Molly Gardner
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CONCEALER.  This is by far one of my most essential makeup products.

It doesn’t matter if I’ve had a few too many late-night-early-morning situations or if I’ve had eight glorious hours of sleep.  Concealer makes everything smooth + bright!

Over the past couple of years I’ve definitely transitioned from wearing fuller coverage concealers under my eyes, to light diffusing formulas, which are more friendly on fine lines and smile wrinkles. 

Not that I mind my laugh lines, I just don’t love the look of having product sink into them.

Light diffusing formulas work by reflecting light, making your under eye area look brighter and fresh.  They tend to feel lighter, have a more fluid texture, and look dewier. 

Full coverage, matte finish formulas (think Tarte Shape Tape) are excellent for concealing around the nose, blemishes and acne scars, but I’ve moved away from using them right under my eyes as I’ve gotten older.

This post has been updated with my current favorites as of July, 2020, new photos to come soon!


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F A V O R I T E   C O N C E A L E R S   F O R   D R Y  +  M A T U R E   S K I N

1 | Becca Undereye Brightening Corrector

Okay, this one is not technically a concealer.  It’s an under eye brightening color corrector.  I wanted to start with this product because it’s a MUST HAVE.

This product literally reverses any dark circles or darkness at the inner corners of my eye. 

You place the tiniest amount over the dark areas only, lightly dab that in, and then can use any concealer over top.

It makes every concealer work 1,000x times better, from my $10 drugstore favorite right up to my $50 Koh Gen Do splurge concealer.

I have included photos below of each concealer with and without the Becca B.C. underneath. 

I think it makes every concealer look more smooth and dewy, and reduces the blueish circles better than any second (or third) layer of concealer ever could.

It’s a miracle product.

I dab it right on to the dark parts only (this placement is important), then dab it in. 

You need the smallest, smallest amount to cover even the darkest circles.  This pot lasts forever.  Once it’s completely blended in, I apply concealer over it.

It’s the best product and I use it daily, whether or not I’m wearing any other makeup. 

Every client that I use this on when I’m doing their makeup takes a photo of the back of the pot.  It’s that noticeable of a difference! 

There is no other product in my kit that people ask about as much as this Becca corrector.

Shop Online | becca cosmetics . sephora . ulta beauty



Becca Undereye Brightening Corrector Light to Medium


2 | Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser Concealer

    • available in 18 shades
    • retail: $10
    • formula: liquid
    • size: .2 oz
    • shop online | ulta beauty . amazon

This is a great concealer at any price, but especially for a drugstore price point!  It feels lightweight on and has a finish of a much higher-end concealer.

The coverage leans a bit more matte, but not in a way that is unflattering.  It just has a clean looking finish and the perfect amount of coverage.  

Originally, I wore it for days running errands when I didn’t want to use a pricier concealer.  But lately, I’ve found my reaching for it when I do my makeup, even over many other high-end concealers!

I love how it looks with the Becca corrector, it’s the perfect combo.

Shop Online | ulta beauty. amazon


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3 | Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Concealer

Holy Macaroni.  The first time I tried this concealer I was so blown away. 

It has it all: great coverage, diffuses light, and don’t crease.  This formula is an absolute gem. 

This is my most reached for concealer of all the past year and a must-have for mature skin!

Shop Online | laura mercier . sephora . cultbeauty (international shipping)



4 | Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer

I really, really love this concealer.  The formula is lightweight, but has a lot of coverage

I also like that this formula sets, so that after a few minutes it feels dry to the touch and not sticky at all. 

I usually wear one to two light layers of this concealer.

It’s a great product, with an impressive range of shades and undertones.

Shop Online | nars cosmetics . sephora . ulta beauty



nars radiant creamy concealer swatch vanilla


5 | Becca Cosmetics Aqua Luminous Concealer

  • available in 9 shades
  • retail: $32
  • formula: liquid
  • size: .18 oz
  • shop online | becca . sephora 

Another light diffusing win-win formula.  Becca’s concealer is truly luminous and makes me look like I’ve had a full night’s sleep no matter what. 

It feels lightweight and sheer, but does cover dark circles with two light layers.

My only (constructive) criticism of this concealer is that the lightest shade they offer, Porcelain, is still dark on me.  I can only wear it when I’m (faux) tanned. 

I’d love if they came out with a wider shade range for this formula, because it’s truly a great one!

Shop Online | becca cosmetics . sephora 



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6Koh Gen Do Moisture Fit Concealer

This Koh Gen Do concealer is so luxe and delivers absolutely flawless coverage.  

It’s the most hydrating formula I’ve ever used and cancels out any dark circles.  I bring this formula with me on vacation when I know I’ll need an extra flattering concealer.  

The shade 01 that I use comes out a bit peachy and I remember thinking that there was no way it would be a match.  But it’s just the most lovely, brightening shade! 

Koh Gen Do has a more limited shade range than we are used to in the US (it’s a Japanese brand) but the undertones are SO GOOD that it has become my go-to brand for all my clients, because I get the perfect color match every time.  It’s Oprah’s favorite foundation brand as well.

If you are looking for the ultimate, mature-skin friendly concealer formula and budget doesn’t concern you, I’d pick the Koh Gen Do.  It’s magic in a tube. 

Shop Online | beautylish . violet grey . dermstore 




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best concealers for dry mature skin fair light shade swatches nars becca colourpop tom ford charlotte tilbury maybelline physicians formulas


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Irginia Soto May 7, 2018 - 7:34 pm

Thank you so much! Great information, AND you’re still beautiful.

Cornelia L Short May 24, 2018 - 5:41 am

Great information and I love the fact that you included all the before and after pictures.
Thank you

Tammy February 8, 2019 - 9:03 pm

I am glad someone else loves the Physicians Formula concealer. I love it!!! Yes bottle sucks but I just dispense a couple of pumps onto an old BM concealer compact. Problem solved.


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