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The Best Budget Concealers and Foundations For Every Skin Type

The Best Budget Concealers and Foundations For Every Skin Type

Looking to cover up blemishes and create a flawless complexion without spending a fortune? You’ve come to the right place. There are so many drugstore concealers and foundations, but not all are created equal. We’ve gathered the best of the best, so you can be sure that these affordable products are worth your time and money.

Before we get to the good stuff, let’s go over some basic information on these essential beauty products. Concealer is generally a thicker formula with a more concentrated pigment to help you completely cover up small imperfections like sun spots, acne, and dark circles. Foundation is for your entire face and should be blended out to create an even, uniform skin tone. Always apply foundation first, then apply concealer where you still need it.

These drugstore complexion products have become fan favorites because they are long lasting, won’t crease or rub off throughout the day, and are easy to blend for a smooth finish.

Dark circles are super hard to get rid of, so if you’re looking for an easy way to hide them, look no further than Maybelline’s Instant Age Rewind Concealer. This is considered a holy grail concealer among beauty lovers, so if dark circles are your main concern you definitely want to give it a shot.

People love to talk about this e.l.f. concealer and some have even gone as far to say it’s a dupe for Tarte’s Shape Tape, one of the most popular prestige concealers out there. The constant comparison to Shape Tape means it can give you extremely full coverage, so if you need a heavy-duty concealer this one is for you.

It can be hard to find a concealer that perfectly matches your skin tone, and many drugstore brands still need to improve their shade range. L.A. Girl one of the brands leading the way with 30 shades of Pro.Conceal concealer, as well as several color correcting options that will help all type of skin tone concerns. It’s lightweight, won’t crease, and totally worth the $5.

Makeup Revolution’s Conceal and Define Concealer has also been hailed by YouTubers as a possible Tarte Shape Tape Dupe, so you know it’s worth a try. It has an amazing shade range and is highly pigmented, but a little bit goes a long way with this matte concealer, so remember to use a light hand to build coverage.

Another fan favorite is the NYX HD Photogenic Concealer Wand, which comes in 28 shades including three color correctors. It provides excellent coverage and doesn’t crease so you can easily hide dark circles and imperfections.

There are a number of things that can go wrong with foundation. It can start to break up and fade after a few hours, or even oxidize and turn orange! We don’t want that to happen, and with Maybelline’s Fit Me Foundations you don’t have to worry. This super popular foundation comes in Matte + Poreless for normal to oily skin as well as Dewy + Smooth for dry skin types. It’s buildable, blends well, and is worth every penny.

A “best of” list would be incomplete without L’Oréal’s Super Blendable Makeup. A lot of research went into creating and improving this 15-year-old foundation, and it paid off. With an impressive shade range that actually pays attention to undertones and includes SPF coverage, this foundation really does it all.

Liquid foundation isn’t always the best choice, especially on a hot day or if you’re prone to oily skin. A quality powder foundation like this one from NYX will provide coverage without feeling too heavy, but it won’t be too drying either. Powder foundations are super convenient for touch-ups when you need them, just a few dabs and you’re on your way.

If you have dry skin, this foundation by Physician’s Formula is a great choice. It contains hyaluronic acid and vitamins A, C, and E so it will hydrate your skin while creating a healthy glow.

Revlon’s ColorStay Makeup comes in two versions, one for dry skin and one for oily/combination skin, and fans love how long lasting and blendable it is. It’s a tried and true foundation that will give your skin a smooth finish that will last all day long.

by Clare Saxton
cover photo: Photo: ImaxTree
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