The Concealer Tricks For Dry Skin That You'll Need For Winter 2018

Thanks to factors beyond your control, like weather and aging, your skin is always changing — and your makeup has to evolve along with it. The moisture-starved air of January is blowing in, and colder air makes blemishes and dry patches sprout up even more. If you're looking for a new concealer for the season, the best concealers for dry skin should typically contain a few key ingredients to help with a lack of moisture.

It seems obvious, but be careful to avoid products formulated with drying ingredients. “Concealers that are targeted for acne, or those that contain oil-absorbing powders like kaolin and other clays, will be more drying to the skin,” Kelly Dobos, a cosmetic chemist, tells The Zoe Report. When it comes to finding a concealer that won’t accentuate flakes or tightness, Dobos suggests looking for skincare-level ingredients you normally see in serums and moisturizers. “While simple, humectants like glycerin make a big impact in skin hydration,” she says.

Also, be sure to pay attention to your product's texture, as well — the creamier, the better. “They will blend into the skin a lot easier than a matte version,” Neil Scibelli, the go-to makeup artist for iconic model Elle Macpherson, tells TZR. He swears by the affordable Neutrogena Hydro Boost Concealer. “It’s literally my favorite everyday concealer, especially for dry skin, because it contains hyaluronic acid,” he says. “That hydrates the eye area while binding the product to the skin.”


But beware of the fine line between creamy and cakey, Ashley Donovan, Kelly Clarkson's makeup artist, notes. Look for a lightweight concealer that’s sheer and buildable, so you can layer it to create your ideal level of coverage. Dry skin also tends to look dull, so it can benefit from a product with light-reflecting properties.

Setting the concealer in place is where you might have the most trouble, since powder can exacerbate dry patches and draw attention to flakes. “With powder, less is more,” Donovan says. “I often feel that too much can settle into lines and have an aging effect.” She suggests staying away from the “baking” trend (i.e., letting powder sit and “cook” on the face before blending it out), saying this technique really only looks good online and not IRL. “Instead, I use a light dusting of Laura Mercier’s Secret Brightening Powder,” she tells us. “It’s invisible to the eye and reflects light to minimize dark circles.”

Finally, in lieu of a setting spray — many of which are formulated with drying alcohols — opt for a moisture-rich mist. “Spraying your face with a hydrating toner after your makeup is done helps to soften the complexion while creating a natural finish,” Gilbert Soliz, an editorial makeup artist for Harper’s Bazaar, tells The Zoe Report. “This step will make makeup look healthy while lasting longer.”

Ahead, shop all the non-drying concealers and setting products that the pros swear by.

Shop Concealers

Maifanshi Moisture Fit Concealer



Made with glycerin, Koh Gen Do's concealer helps skin retain moisture while camouflaging dark circles.

POREfection Concealer


LORAC Cosmetics

LORAC's concealer includes vitamins A, C, and E to keep your face healthy and hydrated — it's basically like skincare and makeup in one easy step.

Radiant Creamy Concealer



With a creamy finish and an inclusive range of over 30 shades, consider NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer your dry skin's BFF.

Hydro Boost Hydrating Concealer



"The Hydro Boost concealer is great for dry skin types because the formula is sheer and buildable, so you can be sure it won't accentuate fine lines or cake up on the skin," Scibelli says. "I apply it in a patting motion under the eyes."

Remedy Concealer Pen



"When choosing a concealer for the under-eye, I recommend choosing creamy, lightweight formulas with great light reflecting coverage," Donovan tells TZR. Marc Jacobs' Remedy Concealer Pen "is like a magic eraser and is super hydrating," she says.

Fresh Glow Highlighting Luminous Pen



“I love adding Burberry's Fresh Glow Pen as a base before applying concealer to the under-eye area, since it helps catch the light giving the illusion of brightness,” Aliana Lopez, a makeup artist who works with Sophia Amoruso and Emily Weiss, tells TZR.

Sheer Luminous Concealer



"Try not to use a concealer that is too matte — it tends to make skin look dry," Lopez adds. She likes this sheer formula from Burberry.

Vibrancy Argan Oil Full Coverage Concealer Fluid


Josie Maran

With a dose of the brand's signature argan oil, this concealer does way more than just cover blemishes — it soothes and improves dry skin while it wears.

Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer



This drugstore fave refracts light *and* evens skin tone for under $7.

Super CC+ Concealer


Physicians Formula

Build and blend with this light-as-air option from Physician's Formula until you reach the level of coverage you crave.

Shop Setting Products

Secret Brightening Powder for Under Eyes



Keep under-eye concealer in place with a soft swipe of Laura Mercier's Secret Brightening Powder, says Donovan.

Translucent Loose Setting Powder



"Pat on a translucent powder, like Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder, all over with a dense brush or sponge to set the concealer for the day," Lopez tells us.

Luminous Dewy Skin Mist



Skip the traditional setting mists and spray with Tatcha's Luminous Dewy Skin Mist instead. It'll add much-needed moisture and a subtle glow.