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We don't know about you, but some aspects of the holiday season make us feel a bit Scrooge-y in nature. Disturbingly long shopping lines would be one such example, and chapped, red, impossibly sensitive skin would be another. Sure, we can avoid a mile-long line at the grocery thanks to our handy laptop and beckoning duvet cover (thank you, online shopping), but tackling stubborn and sensitive skin is another beast entirely. So naturally, we took the only reasonable course of action and called in four celebrity makeup artists to help us with the dilemma. Our question: What are the best concealers for sensitive skin?
Since it's part of their job to work with actresses, models, and singers with virtually every skin type, we couldn't think of anyone better suited to advise. After all, our skin isn't just sensitive this time of year; it can also veer oily, dry… and don't even get us started on dark circles and breakouts. To cover each and every base, our experts shared not only their favorite concealers for sensitive skin but plenty of other tips and tricks as well.
Keep reading for the best concealers for sensitive skin.
"If you have redness from sensitive skin, this concealer is the dream because it's incredibly neutralizing," explains celebrity makeup artist Sir John. "During this time of year, it's very common to have redness from things like broken capillaries around the nose and along the cheeks—that's when you want to go with a product with cooler undertones like Urban Decay's. If you're looking to conceal red, sensitive skin, this is my number one recommendation."
If your sensitive skin is looking for an extra hit of hydration, Sir John also shares that he likes this more nourishing pick from MAC: "It's my favorite for sensitive skin. It's really hydrating, calming, and comforting and works really well for dry skin types, as well. But it's not oily! It has this great whipped texture and never creases. If you know you're going to be outside and exposing your skin to the wind and cold this winter—for instance, if you're going skiing—this would be my recommendation."
Conversely, if you're prone to grease and oil, Sir John suggests looking for a concealer formula that's a bit on the drier side but can still offer full coverage to conceal any redness. "If you have oily skin and are acne-prone, I would recommend going old-school and trying Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage," he says. "It has a drier texture, so it won't deposit any excess oil or product into your pores. However, that being said, you never want to dehydrate the eye area—even if you have oily skin! You'll actually want to over-hydrate before applying a concealer that has a drier consistency like this one."
"The main thing about this concealer is that it offers incredible coverage.," says celebrity makeup artist Emma Day. "Stressed, broken-out skin can be hard to cover in a way that looks natural—not cakey—but this full-coverage one has great staying power and will never irritate skin that's already super sensitive."
Thanks to its incredible coverage, this cult-classic concealer from Clé de Peau Beauté is another favorite of Day's. Here's her go-to application technique: "On myself, I'll just use clean fingers and pat it on (never wipe the concealer across as it will take off the product). Then, I simply set it with a transparent powder. For those with acne or sensitive skin, I recommend Dermablend Loose Setting Powder."
For maximum coverage (not to mention a super-stellar shade range), Day suggests this creamy option from Make Up For Ever. Matte, oil-free, long-lasting, and waterproof, it's great for camouflaging pigmentation from sensitivity and, truth be told, can be used anywhere on the body.
"The texture of this concealer by EX1 is what makes it a great option for sensitive skin," says celebrity makeup artist Vincent Oquendo. "It has great coverage, but since it's not overly creamy, it will never clog pores. I love the velvety texture, which covers blemishes and helps hide dark circles without looking caked on. For the application, I like to use a soft, medium-sized eye shadow brush to buff the product on the skin. A brush that's too firm might deposit too much product and can also irritate sensitive skin."
"I also love this foundation stick by Hourglass for sensitive skin. It has a great creamy texture yet is full-coverage enough to use as a concealer," Halperin shares. "A trick I like to use with concealer is to combine it with a great primer, and I love Ren Perfect Canvas Clean Primer. You just need a drop around the eye area, and it will work in lieu of powder to help the concealer adhere to the skin. Plus, you'll never have to worry about your makeup creasing throughout the day."