Your Complete Guide to Concealer Textures

November 18, 2021
Marisa Petrarca
By: Marisa Petrarca | by L'Oréal
Your Complete Guide to Concealer Textures
Concealer is one of the most versatile makeup products. Whether you’re brightening dark under-eye circles, covering blemishes or using it instead of foundation, concealer is a must-have in your beauty arsenal. With so many types and textures available, though, finding the right one to address your concerns can be overwhelming. To help you decide which formula is right for you, we’re breaking down all the different types of concealer coverage and textures, below.

Types of Concealer Texture

Liquid Concealer

This popular texture 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, especially dry. We love the Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear All Over Concealer and the Giorgio Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Concealer, which contains glycerin and provides 24-hour hydration. If you have a dry skin type, we recommend avoiding liquid concealers with a matte finish — it may emphasize the appearance of dry skin.
Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear All Over Concealer

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 will be your best friend. Simply speckle the concealer on before or 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 like a concealer-foundation hybrid. One of our favorites, the Dermablend Cover Creme, is perfect for covering dark circles, hyperpigmentation and breakouts — plus the thick formula 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 L'Oreal Paris True Match Super Blendable Crayon Concealer, have a semi-solid texture that is excellent for covering up little blemishes and dark spots. Since the formula is housed in a stick, they’re great for traveling and touching up your skin when you’re on the go. Be aware that concealer sticks can feel heavy, 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 — like green, purple and red — can neutralize your unwanted tones. For an affordable option, we love the NYX Professional Makeup Color Correcting Concealer Palette. For just $12, you get six balm-like concealers in different shades to address any concern you may have. 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 touchups 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? Go for the YSL Beauty Touché Eclat All-Over Brightening Pen.
YSL Beauty Touché Eclat All-Over Brightening Pen
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