For most women concealers are the difference between looking and feeling more beautiful and is the product that magics away “panda” eyes. I suffer from hyperpigmentation and scarring so a good concealer is vital to my beauty routine.

These are my top four:

Charlotte Tilbury: Magic Away Liquid Concealer

At a price point of £24 and with 16 colours this concealer, hailed as full coverage, does offer great brightening properties and conceals well. The Persian Silk Tree Bark Extract can contribute to the illusion of a lifted upper eyelid, as well as reducing the appearance of crow’s feet wrinkles and fading dark circles, Palmitoyal Glycine helps reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles and extract of Wild Indigo is a native Indian plant used in ayurvedic tradition that helps to enhance the skin’s luminosity. The sponge applicator is designed to roll over imperfections, and hug the under-eye contour for the most flawless application. This concealer is ideal if you want a full coverage liquid concealer to cover dark circles, blemishes and imperfections. It wears well, however is not sweat proof and works better with correction on a medium toned skin.

Too Faced: Born This Way Multi-Use Sculpting Concealer

Their newest concealer in 20 shades at £24 is an absolute bargain. It conceals, can be used as a contour, highlight, and used to retouch over powder. It truly is full coverage, is oil-free, lasts 12 hours and there is no flashback. I do set it with powder to increase longevity of wear but it doesn’t actually need setting and I do not need to colour correct when I use this concealer.

Tarte: Shapetape Contour Concealer

This full coverage, super-blendable formula instantly helps brighten, smooth & gives me skin a firmer, more lifted look without the need for colour correction. It has a matte finish, conceals my hyperpigmentation flawlessly with the added bonus of being flexible and bendable enough to be used a contour and highlighting product. Once set the product does not flake, move or crease allowing me to wear it from day to evening. Available in 30 shades and at a price point of £22 there’s no wonder it’s the number one selling concealer in the USA. PS. It’s vegan too.

Urban Decay: All Nighter Waterproof Full-Coverage Concealer

At a cost of £20 and available in 14 shades

it provides flawless matte coverage that lasts all day and all night. The ultra-pigmented, blendable formula controls shine and masks imperfections for 24 hours. I use it to cover scars as I find it a little heavy for under the eyes but it really does do what it says on the tin. Hydrating the skin before use is key to the flawless application of this product, less is more and no colour correction is required and it too is vegan.

Recently announced by Fenty Beauty is the launch of 50 shades of their Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Concealer on 11January which I look forward to reviewing. I have super high expectations for this product.

This year, as many before, I have bought, tried and tested an array of products. My top 10 of 2018 in no particular order are:

1. La Mer: The Powderimg_6893

At the pricey end of the market, £75, this powder has revolutionised my makeup routine. The light-diffusing loose powder magnetically attracts to skin for a perfect fit and flawless finish. With the claim that it is composed of the lightest materials on earth that creates an imperceptible finish it sets my makeup impeccably and lasts from day to evening (often the early hours of the morning).

2. Tarte: tarteist ™ Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint – Pillowtalk

This longwear transferproof liquid lipstick in a quick dry matte finish is literally bulletproof. I use it everyday as a lip colour base and it adds longevity to any lip product I layer on top. The white nude colour is perfect for this and also looks beautiful blended into a lipliner, however on its own worn this way can feel a little dry so my preference is to use it as a lip base.

3. Tarte: Shapetape Contour Concealer

This full coverage, super-blendable formula instantly helps brighten, smooth & give my skin a firmer, more lifted look without the need for colour correction. It has a matte finish, conceals my hyperpigmentation flawlessly with the added bonus of being flexible and bendable enough to be used a contour and highlighting product. Once set the product does not flake, move or crease allowing me to wear it from day to evening. PS. It’s vegan too.

4. Charlotte Tilbury: Eyes to Mesmerise – Jean

This cream eyeshadow in champagne pink is a beautiful worn on its own but I love to use it as an eyeshadow base as it makes the colour pop. It’s creamy texture glides flawlessly across the lid, doesn’t clump or settle into creases, is easy to blend and is long wearing.

5. Tom Ford: Soleil Contouring Compact – Afterglow

At the pricier end of the market at £80 the bronzer in this compact is my go to for contour. It is a muted, medium-dark brown with warm, reddish undertones and a matte finish with a buildable pigmentation that is blendable on the skin and lasts all day on my skin. The blush has a dense pigment and if I wore blush I would love it. The highlighter is a little too pink for me but on “no makeup” day the sheerness of it enhances the skin beautifully.

6. Huda Beauty Faux Filter Foundation

When I first purchased this foundation I wasn’t that enamoured by it as I found the texture way too thick and heavy. It is a full coverage foundation but felt heavier than any others I have used. After I decided to give it another go a few months later I adored it. I often thin the texture by adding primer to it but still blends seamlessly with my skin and dries to a radiant matte powder finish that looks luminous, not dry or cakey. It lasts all day, looks phenomenal in pictures as well as face to face and I love it.

7. BECCA: Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter – Champagne Pop

This soft gold peachy creamy highlighting powder enhances my skin, blends beautifully, does not cake and catches the light in just the right way that I have that subtle but very effective glow. The shimmer is gorgeous and I use it on my eyes, cheekbones, nose and cupids-bow.

8. Anastasia Beverleyhills DIPBROW Pomade

This waterproof formula blends into the brow seamlessly before drying to a matte finish. It is long wearing and smudge proof. I wear it at the gym through the toughest workouts and it does not move. That is my ultimate test and this product passes every time.

9. Urban Decay: All Nighter

This setting spray gives my makeup that extra staying power it needs. I have used quite a few but always comeback to this one. It claims to last 16 hours but lasts all day on my skin from work through to play.


10. Lord&Berry: Ultimate Lip Liner: Bark

I love all the shades that they have created and have them in my kit but my all time favourite is Bark which is a lovely soft brown with taupe that creates a beautiful liner for a nude lip look. The pigment of the Ultimate Liners are amazing and the stay power like nothing I’ve seen before.


So there you have it my top 10 for 2018. There are many more products that I love but these are the ones I use everyday without fail.