Finding the best undereye concealer that checks all the boxes – looks invisible on, doesn’t crease, and remains flawless all day – might feel like an impossible task. While it can take some trial and error to find the perfect one for you, knowing your skin type definitely helps. Those with dry skin (hi, and welcome to the club) should look for creamier formulas that hydrate dry, flaky areas instead of accentuating them.
Liquid or cream concealers are often your best bet. As makeup artist Erika La’Pearl (you might know her as Cardi B’s makeup artist) tells Allure, these formulas tend to “look very natural on the skin and have lasting power on dry skin that enables them to remain flawless all day.”
You’ll also want to make sure your choice of concealer comes with hydrating, skin-care-benefitting ingredients. Makeup artist Leticia Meyers looks for hyaluronic acid, which she says can help smooth out imperfections. She also prefers foundations with peptides and vitamin E.
Even after you find a concealer that seems to meet all of the above requirements, there’s still the task of finding your perfect shade match. “Concealers are not a one-size-fits-all kind of thing,” Meyers tells Allure. “When it comes to choosing the right shade for your skin tone, consider knowing your undertones to make it a lot easier.” Meyers and La’Pearl both suggest selecting a shade that’s one to two shades lighter than your foundation, as this helps brighten the undereye area. La’Pearl notes you could test the concealer for yourself firsthand by applying it to the neck, forearm, or chest.
For an MUA-approved means of application, you’ll want to apply the concealer after your foundation. La’Pearl likes to use a damp sponge, while Meyers uses her ring finger to gently tap and blend for a softer finish.
It can be tough to shop for concealers with so many options on the market, which is why we took the liberty of tapping several makeup artists for their expert insight and go-to concealers for dry skin. Add to cart, check out, and say hello to brighter undereyes.
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