It took me a long time to find the best natural concealer. After attempting to leave a world of makeup and beauty products that was filled with phthalates, BPA, and other bad-for-you chemicals that made me wince every time I brushed them onto my skin, I had a hard time finding something that worked and made me feel good about using.
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What is Natural Concealer?
If you’re not big into natural products, you may be wondering why I decided to switch concealers. I mean, if it works, why mess with it?
Natural concealer (at least the ones that I review in this post) do not contain BPA, phthalates, or heavy metals that could lead to health problems. They don’t have artificial fragrances or synthetic preservatives, and they’re safe to use on sensitive skin. I don’t know about you, but I use concealer to cover up those dark circles around my eyes (you know, because what mama gets enough sleep?). Since this is one of the most sensitive areas of our skin, I want to make sure I’m putting something safe there.
Furthermore, many or most of the ingredients in these natural concealers can be found in nature, and they’re more sustainable and eco-friendly than many of their drugstore counterparts.
Why Should You Avoid Traditional Concealer?
Throughout my life, I’ve used a wide range of concealers. Many of them were from drugstores and they were easy to buy on the run when I had a small blemish to cover before heading out on a date.
These days, as a mom of two pre-schoolers, I use a lot more concealer. All of these sleepless nights call for makeup that will have my eyes looking bright even before heading to the mailbox. (I’m just kidding… I don’t usually put makeup on just to get the mail, but you get my point. I’m a tired mama who could use a little concealer every now and then.)
A few years ago, I started seeking a healthier lifestyle. I started eating better, exercising, and researching a lot of healthy habits on the Internet (and at the library too). Soon I realized that there were many things besides food that I was putting in and on my body that weren’t good for me.
Makeup was one of those things.
Many traditional makeup products and concealers are made with phthalates (which affect our hormones), parabens (which are meant to help preserve your makeup and keep it free from mold and bacteria, but they also affect our hormones), and even formaldehyde (which can cause cancer). Here are even more ingredients that you should try to avoid when purchasing makeup and beauty products.
How (& Where) to Buy a Natural Concealer
If you’re looking for the best natural concealer, you should always do your research and always check the ingredients on your own before making a purchase. Just because something says it’s “clean,” “natural,” and/or “organic,” on the label doesn’t mean much. In fact, according to the FDA’s website:
“Under the law, cosmetic products and ingredients, with the exception of color additives, are not subject to FDA approval before they go on the market.”
How To Research Makeup Ingredients
My favorite resource for researching products, ingredients, and brands is the EWG’s Skin Deep database. If you’re unfamiliar with a specific ingredient, you can look it up here and find out what it is, what its potential effects are, and ultimately decide whether you want to use it or not. You can also look up specific products. The EWG ranks thousands of products each year and gives them a “hazard rating” from 1-10 (low hazard to high hazard). The database also ranks ingredients with a “data availability” ranking, which is given depending on how much information scientists have on that particular ingredient’s safety. With all of this information, you can decide whether or not a product is right for you.
Where to Buy the Best Natural Concealers
There are great natural concealers in a variety of places. I’ll go into detail about brands and specific concealers below, but you can find a few at Target and possibly your local grocery store as well. I’ve also ordered some from Thrive Market and Amazon. My favorite way to purchase, however, is usually directly from the brand’s website (they often have the best deals!).
Now, without further ado, let’s get into the nitty-gritty of this post. First, I’ve ranked some of the best natural concealers by “best sellers” Then I’ve ranked my personal favorites for oily and dry skin, and my favorite all-around. Finally, if you’re in a pinch, I found a great concealer that you can easily purchase at your nearest drugstore. Now let’s get to it!
5 Best-Selling Natural Concealers
I’ve done some in-depth research and found the top 5 best-selling natural concealers on Amazon. Some of these products I’ve used for myself, but I looked through hundreds of reviews and read over every ingredient to come up with this list. Comment below if you have a favorite that’s not listed!
This product has incredible reviews on Amazon and Thrive Market, and I love that it’s a 2-in-1 foundation and concealer.
This is the first natural concealer that I ever tried. It’s a great full-coverage option, but I found it to be a little too chalky for my skin type. I think this would work better for someone with oily or combination skin (mine is very dry). That being said, this product has well over 100 raving reviews, so it may be perfect for you!
Pros: A little goes a long way; you don’t need to use very much in order to get good coverage, lightweight
I have not tried this product, but the ingredient list is even more natural and organic than that of W3LL People’s, and it has great reviews.
Pros: great for sensitive skin, all-natural ingredients (one of the best ingredients lists that I’ve seen)
Cons: heavier texture, very oily
This is the concealer that I use daily. It’s a liquid concealer with a stick applicator, and it’s very lightweight. I do find that it settles into my fine lines as the day goes on, but it’s the best natural concealer that I’ve tried so far.
Pros: easy application, lightweight, great for all skin types
Cons: product runs out quickly
Pacifica is possibly the most well-known brand in natural beauty. They carry everything from makeup to hair products, and they even have some clean fragrances.
This concealer is well-rated, and it goes on smooth. It’s a bit lighter coverage than many of the others that I’ve listed here.
Pros: easy to blend, good for blemishes
Cons: doesn’t work as well for dark circles, some reviews mention that the container leaks
Best Natural Concealer for Oily Skin
After reading hundreds of product reviews, BaeBlu concealer comes out on top for those with oily skin.
It’s a creamy full-coverage concealer that is meant to hide dark circles, mask uneven skin tones, and cover blemishes.
Based on reviews, it’s long-lasting and great for sensitive skin as well.
It does contain coconut oil, however, so if your pores are sensitive to coconut oil (some people find that coconut oil clogs their pores), it may not be right for you.
Best Natural Concealer for Dry & Combination Skin
I have very dry skin, and this is my personal favorite natural concealer. It’s very easy to apply (without getting makeup all over your fingers!), and it’s lightweight.
It lasts through most of the day, but I have had to do some touch-ups from time to time.
I’ve given you the Amazon link above, but you may want to check out the Clove + Hallow website for more great products. (Plus, if you purchase directly from them, they don’t have to pay a fee to Amazon). Here is the concealer, but I also love their lip velvets.
Best Natural Concealer (All-Around)
Harvest Natural Beauty’s concealer isn’t in the “best-seller” list above because it’s not as well-known as some of the other products. However, their ingredient list is amazing!
There are no parabens, no GMO’s, no phthalates, and it’s fortified with Vitamin E and other oils to make it healthier and more hydrating for your skin.
There are 8 different colors to choose from, and It adjusts to your skin tone when you blend it in.
Some reviews do mention a scent, so that could be good or bad, depending on your preference.
Best Drugstore Concealer
It’s not easy to find a natural concealer at a drug store or at Target, but when you’re in a tight spot and need something quick, sometimes you don’t have another option.
Based on the ingredients list from this concealer from Milani, I think it’s the safest bet at Target and Walgreens.
Homemade Natural Concealer
Of course, when it comes to natural products, you can’t beat things that are homemade. When you see the ingredients that you’re putting into a product, you can feel safe knowing what you’re rubbing onto your skin. However, it’s worth noting that homemade products do not have as long of a shelf-life as store-bought products. If you choose this route, be sure you make it in small batches so it’s less likely to go bad.
Please note that none of these products are perfect. Some contain ingredients that can irritate sensitive skin, and many are produced in places where titanium dioxide is present (which is a potential carcinogen).
Be sure to research ingredients on your own if you feel unsafe, but I hope I’ve given you a good starting point here!
Unsure of what to look for in an ingredients list? Check out this list of common ingredients that you should avoid in your makeup.