Different Concealer Types and Textures, Explained

September 25, 2020
By: Marisa Petrarca | Makeup.com by L'Oréal
Different Concealer Textures, Explained

From covering dark under-eye circles to spackling over blemishes, concealer is a must-have makeup product. Finding the right type and texture of concealer for your concerns and skin type, though, can be overwhelming. To help you decide which formula is right for you, we’re breaking down the different types of coverage, below. 


Types of Concealer Texture

Liquid Concealer

This popular type of coverage is great for covering under-eye circles and adding brightness to your complexion. Many liquid concealers have hydrating formulas that provide a radiant finish, making them a great choice for all skin types, including dry. We love the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Concealer and the L’Oréal Paris True Match Eye Cream in a Concealer, which contains hyaluronic acid and provides 24 hour hydration. If you have a dry skin type, we don’t recommend using a liquid concealer with a matte finish — it may emphasize the appearance of dry skin. 


Balm Concealer

Balm concealers, like the RMS Beauty Un-Cover Up, are thicker and will stay put all day — even on oily skin types. The heavier texture is ideal for layering, too. If you’re breakout-prone, a balm is a must. Just spackle the concealer on before and after foundation to conceal redness. If you’re looking for lighter coverage that still grips the skin, apply the product with a brush. 

Cream Concealer

Cream concealer is known for its thicker texture. One of our favorites, the Dermablend Cover Creme, is perfect to cover dark circles, hyperpigmentation and breakouts. The concealer-foundation hybrid can also be used all over the face for added brightness. If you have breakout-prone or sensitive skin, be sure to look for a cream concealer that’s oil-free, non-comedogenic and alcohol-free. 


Stick Concealer

Concealer sticks, like the Dermablend Quick Fix Concealer Stick, have a semi-solid texture and are perfect for covering up little blemishes and dark spots. They’re super compact for touching up your skin when you’re on the go. Sticks can be heavy, though, so if you have oily or combination skin, you may want to consider a different texture. 


Color-Correcting Concealer 

If you have redness, sallowness or discoloration, we suggest trying a color-correcting concealer to even out your complexion. Different colored concealers can neutralize your complexion. For affordable options we love the NYX Professional Makeup Color Correcting Concealer Palette or the Maybelline New York Master Camo Color Correcting Pen. The palette has six balm-like concealers in different shades to address your concerns. For example, the green shade is ideal for covering any blemishes or redness, while the orange concealer is perfect for covering dark circles or discoloration on darker skin tones.


Concealer Pen

While a balm or pot concealer may be your go-to for covering up blemishes or dark circles, a pen concealer is unmatched for brightening your complexion. Pen concealers have precise tips, making them perfect for touch ups under the eye, highlighting the brow bone or lightening the tops of your cheekbones or Cupid’s bow. Want to try a concealer pen out for yourself? Try the YSL Beauty Touché Eclat All-Over Brightening Pen


Photo: Chaunte Vaughn

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