A great concealer is an essential piece of kit once you have kids in your life. Make sleep deprivation-induced dark circles, hormonal skin blips and general haggardness disappear with the click of a pen or swipe of a finger with these top picks
Clarins Instant Concealer (£20, clarins.co.uk)
Covers blemishes and under eye circles (which are probably pretty standard these days) without looking heavy or noticeable on skin. Manages to be light, whilst providing enough coverage
For those mornings when you've had a blink of sleep and your eyes are giving the game away, get your hands on this serious concealer. Run your fingertips under warm water to allow the paste to blend more easily, then dab and pat onto pretty much anything you want to hide.
Clinique Airbrush Concealer (£18, clinique.co.uk)
Click and brush onto parts of your face you want to conceal, brighten and improve. Lightweight and easy to blend, so it never drags on skin. Gives medium coverage and non-drying on more dehydrated skin
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer (£5.99, boots.com)
The consistency of this liquid concealer is a little thinner than most, but it brightens skin and gives just enough coverage without being heavy on skin. It’s semi-translucent but you’re able to build up the coverage easily.
Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer (£7.99, boots.com)
Affordable, effective and even contains fruit extracts to boost radiance, micro-circulation and hydration in your skin as you conceal. And when we haven't slept in six months, we're all about make-up with added skin benefits.
Luminous and never visible on skin, this non-greasy skin corrector brightens skin instantly. Great for rushed applications, as it's foolproof and lightweight enough to not require tonnes of blending
Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer (£5.99, superdrug.com)
A brilliant budget buy that holds its own against the more expensive brands. Perfectly formulated to melt into skin, lightening dark or red areas, but also great on spots and blemishes too. Just squeeze the tube to dispense product onto the brush, apply and pat and blend into skin.
Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer (£18.50, bobbibrown.co.uk)
This slim, handy little mirror compact contains a powerful, yet invisible concealer for tired eyes. Yellow-based to combat dark circles and with a rich, conditioning consistency, it blends really well and leaves delicate eyes rested and hydrated. It's important to set with a powder to prevent it moving.