What is the Best Concealer for Oily Skin in 2023?

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A woman with great skin, long hair and a hat looking towards the side in front of a wall after applying the best concealer for oily skin.

The wet look may be in, if you’re the star of a ‘70s porn film! But the look from oily skin can often be difficult to cover with makeup, making you look like you’ve spent the day as a grill chef in a burger joint.

If you’re not lucky enough to be one of the women blessed with ‘normal’ skin you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. Foundation just doesn’t do the job and offer enough coverage when you have oily skin, and concealers tend to last a shorter time, which quickly becomes stressful and tiring.

Does this sound familiar?

Oily skin can make the application and wearing of concealer and other related makeup more challenging due to the excess oil, or sebum, that oily skin produces which quickly makes the skin look shiny again. As the oil oozes out of your pores it can mix with the makeup or concealer causing it to move or slide off the face. The wrong concealer on oily skin can also make you more prone to dreaded acne.

But there’s light at the end of the tunnel. Choosing the right concealer for your oily skin can change that wet shiny look to a glow. We all have those days when we need to just cover up a little bit, whether it be a few blemishes or to even out the skin tones. Let’s take a look at what you should consider when choosing the best concealer for oily skin, before recommending a few of the best concealers that can stop us worrying about our oily skin.

What Makes a Concealer Best for Oily Skin?

The main role of a good concealer is to hide or ‘conceal’ any imperfections or flaws of the skin. Unfortunately not all skin types are made equal and for oily skin choosing the right concealer can be tricky.

In general, people with oily skin should try to avoid most creamy or stick concealers as they’ll only make the skin look oilier and shinier. It’s pretty obvious that you should avoid oil-based concealers but other liquid concealers tend to work best for acne-prone and oily skin as they offer buildable coverage. You should try to choose a lightweight or waterproof concealer that won’t move when mixed with the body’s natural oils.

And there’s more.

Liquid concealers are easy to apply, less likely to cake up and have the least chance of clogging pores. Always try to choose a liquid concealer with a matte finish which will last longer than a satin finish and is less likely to migrate throughout the day. Oily skin can also benefit from using a primer with the concealer as it gives it something to stick to. Some primers can even combat oily skin, but that’s a whole other story.

What Is the Best Concealer for Oily Skin?

Armed with few tips above, let’s take a more detailed look at some of the best-selling concealers suitable for oily skin types. Any one of the five products we’ve looked at could be the best concealer for oily skin that’s a perfect fit for you.

Our Choice

Although it can be challenging using a concealer on oily skin, of the five we’ve looked at, in my opinion, the Maybelline New York Fit Me Concealer is the best concealer for oily skin.

Free of oils and waxes, non-comedogenic and dermatologist tested, it’s a lightweight and fragrance free concealer that would benefit anybody with oily skin. The Maybelline concealer is also one of the least expensive we looked at and offers great value for money, with a little going a long way.

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