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 application and wear of concealer and makeup challenging because oily skin produces more sebum and makes skin look shiny a couple 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, as recommended by Red and three other expert makeup artists.
"I love these Jane Iredale concealers," Red says. "They are lightweight formulas with light-reflective pigments." This concealer also happens to be extremely flexible, so under-eye creases won't crop up.
Red also likes this high-coverage and waterproof concealer. It's technically formulated for under eyes, though some people (me), use it for especially hard-to-cover redness and blemishes.
This one "stays put for hours and hours without drying out or looking cakey," Red says.
According to Red, this cult classic concealer is super popular for a simple reason: It's "really great for oily skin because of the lightweight formula that can be easily build to whatever coverage you need."
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."
A great product to go along with this palette is the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Total Color Correcting Concealer Kit ($14), which has peach, lavender, green, and yellow concealers to hide discoloration and blemishes.
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."
Here's another cult classic that's approved by experts. Honey Artists makeup artist Marie-Josée Leduc swears by this luxurious French product. "Actually, my top concealer requires oily or freshly moisturized skin due to its powdery consistency," Leduc says. "If there is too much oil, I just use Odièle Rosemary Grapefruit Toner ($55) on a cotton pad and remove the excess."
This one provides a super-matte finish. 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!"
Honey Artists makeup artist Daniela Gozlan swears by this waterproof concealer since "it stays wherever you put it." It's also oil-free and high-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.)
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.)
Next up, read about the best face washes for oily skin, according to dermatologists!