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Often, applying concealer to oily skin feels futile. You apply your favorite blemish or redness-hiding formula, dust powder over the top, and go on your way. Everything's fine until you catch a glimpse of your reflection in a mirror (or in my case, a computer screen). Your skin is shiny, but not in that glowy "I just applied the dewiest of all highlighters" kind of way. It's more like an "I just ran outside in 90% humidity" kind of way. Not ideal.
"Oily skin can make the application and wear of concealer and makeup challenging because oily skin produces more sebum and makes skin look shiny a couple of hours after makeup application," says Honey Artists makeup artist Azra Red. "It's really important to choose lightweight or waterproof concealers instead of creamy formulas because they tend to move when mixed with the skin's natural oils."
Keep scrolling to see tried-and-true concealers that won't budge on oily skin.
Honey Artists makeup artist Daniela Gozlan swears by this waterproof concealer since "it stays wherever you put it." It's also oil-free and full coverage, so it's strong enough to use on the body as well as the face. (If you have extreme redness or a particularly pesky blemish, this won't fail you.)
Best for Dark Circles: Hourglass Cosmetics Hidden Corrective Concealer
Gozlan also recommends this Hourglass concealer. "It's creamy and weightless, and it camouflages redness and dark circles," she says. (As someone with both redness and dark circles, I think that's significant.)
This one provides a super-matte finish. Honey Artists makeup artist Marie-Josée Leduc says that without oily or freshly moisturized skin, "the concealer will be hard to apply as it's not creamy at all, rather dry. But the best part of this is that it stays on longer without making those pesky lines. Voilà!"
L’Oréal Paris Celebrity Makeup Artist Sir John loves this concealer palette. "I like the fact that you have an artist approach. It has a mosaic of different colors to use, so you can do not only your under eyes but also blemishes and other spots where you need extra coverage," he says. "The consistency is also great—it isn’t greasy at all and stays on."
Another L'Oréal product that Sir John loves, this one is "definitely great for the girl who likes her glow," he says. "This concealer is amazing, and the formula has a radiance to it, so you get that luminous look." Just don't apply a pressed powder on top. "The biggest thing when applying concealer is making sure your concealer doesn't crease—this often happens when you use too much powder. My biggest tip is to never use a pressed powder because it is too heavy and will actually cause the creasing to happen. If you feel you need powder, always use a loose powder under the eyes and apply with a brush."
Red also likes this high-coverage and waterproof concealer. It's technically formulated to brighten the under eyes, though some people (me), use it for especially hard-to-cover redness and blemishes.
Here's another cult classic that's approved by experts. It's a concealer stick that offers full coverage over dark circles, spots, blemishes, and more without weighing the skin down or making it look cakey. Bonus: It's formulated with broad-spectrum SPF 25 to protect against harmful UV rays that can cause premature skin aging.