Best Concealer for Dry Skin: We Test & Review The Most Effective!

(Last Updated On: December 13, 2018)

Some girls would say that they can’t go a day without mascara, but if I had to choose only one piece of makeup I’d stick to my best concealer for dry skin. It’s a real life saver, works like magic against everything you ever wanted to hide – eye circles, marks, blemishes or even three of them at once.

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But when you have a dehydrated complexion and dry skin, just like with foundation, choosing the right concealer for you can be a really difficult task. Getting the wrong one will do you more harm than good by emphasizing the dry patches on your skin.

You need to be super careful and look for a concealer that will actually hydrate your skin instead of drying it out even more. To help you out in your quest, below I numbered all the top ones I’ve tried.

Best Concealer for Dry Skin 2018

glo Minerals

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A must-have to conceal dark circles under the eye or imperfections all over the face, GloMinerals Brightener Highlight comes in two rich shades. This is made to smooth the surface of your complexion while diffusing light to reduce the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles.

This concealer’s nourishing formula features vitamin A to reduce discoloration and tighten the skin, vitamin C to protect and brighten the complexion, and vitamin E to moisturize your dry skin. Green tea extract fortifies, improving its natural resilience One of the best concealer for dry skin.

Why It’s So Popular:

  • Provides a smooth, even canvas for foundation
  • Easily covers dark circles under the eyes
  • Can be used to highlight key areas
  • Easily covers all types of imperfections and blemishes
  • Ideal for traveling
  • Works great with dehydrated complexion

Keep In Mind:

  • Bad choice for those with large pores
  • Won’t work with oily complexions prone to breakouts

Diego Dalla Palma Cover Stick

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This is a soft and moisture rich concealer that helps correct imperfections around the eyes and on all other dry areas on the face and skin. Its special formula guarantees excellent coverage, giving long lasting effect without drying.

It can be used on all types, even on very dehydrated complexion. It adheres to the skin creating an elastic and protective thin film that gives to the delicate eye contour area a bright, natural, smooth look.

Why It’s So Popular:

  • Excellent coverage
  • Natural looking finish
  • Great for anyone with troublesome under eye circles or blemishes
  • Really long lasting
  • Doesn’t feel patchy
  • You can achieve maximum effect with minimal coverage



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This is a multipurpose concealer that is formulated to erase any complexion imperfections, from under eye circles and blemishes to uneven complexion tones and sun damage all the while remaining undetectable on the skin.

This cream-based formula is long wearing and can also be used to highlight and contour cheekbones, prime and define lips, define and highlight the brow and contour the nose and jawline. This is available in 20 shades. It can also be mixed with the anti-aging face primer to create a tinted moisturizer.

Why It’s So Popular:

  • Absolutely complete coverage for a tiny amount of product
  • Really good at covering acne scars and blemishes
  • It lasts all day without any need to reapply
  • One tube lasts for months
  • Great choice of shades
  • Very creamy and easy to use


Clinique Beyond Perfecting Concealer, Dry Skin

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This is a foundation-and-concealer in one for a natural, beyond perfected look that lasts all day. Lightweight, moisturizing makeup covers thoroughly without clogging pores. Skin breathes comfortably, color stays true, even through sweat and humidity.

A little goes a long way. It’s moisturizing and works for all types (it’s especially great for dry skin!), offering moderate to full coverage. The finish is natural-matte.

Why It’s So Popular:

  • Very natural looking medium coverage
  • Perfect for acne scars and blemishes
  • Two in one product
  • Easy to put on and it stays on
  • Doesn’t highlight wrinkles
  • Complexion looks younger and beautiful
  • Good for sensitive complexions and sensitive eyes

Keep In Mind:

  • Shades come darker than expected
  • You need to use care in applying as it goes on a little heavy

MAC Pro Longwear NW20

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This is a lightweight concealer that provides medium to full coverage with a comfortable, natural matte finish. Its color-true formula lasts up to 15 hours and is great for dry skin. Helps conceal and correct the look of under-eye circles, and discolorations. Comes in a clear glass vial with a matte black pump.

Why It’s So Popular:

  • Makes complexion glow
  • Works great with really dry skin
  • Really easy application
  • Amazing staying power
  • Gives natural looking light coverage
  • A tiny bit goes a very long way

Keep In Mind:

  • Not a great product if you’re looking for a full coverage
  • You need to be careful: a lot of product comes out with each pump, so you can end up wasting a lot of it

Lancome Effacernes Waterproof Natural-Looking Concealer

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We love this concealer for how natural it looks. It blends wonderfully, helps to even your skin tone and minimizes creasing and wrinkles. Its waterproof formula is also an added bonus and it’s also one of the more durable formulas around. For ladies with dry skin, this is perfect as it doesn’t dry out your skin or make any lines or wrinkles stand out.

Why It’s So Popular:

  • Waterproof formula
  • Natural looking, easy to blend
  • Evens out your skin tone
  • Moisturizing and minimizes creasing

Types of Concealers To Choose For Dry Skin

In order to choose the most suitable concealer for you, you need to keep in mind your complexion type and concerns. Here are some tips:

  • If you have a dry, dehydrated complexion– try to stay away from liquid ones with matte finish, since those will just emphasize your complexion’s dryness
  • If your complexion is oily and your pores are visible – stay away from cream ones since those will make your complexion even more oily and enlarge the appearance of your pores even more
  • If you have only minor discolorations to cover, you don’t need anything heavier than a light or medium coverage one
  • If you wish to cover your under eye circles: don’t get one that is too light for you, always go maximum two shades lighter than your complexion colors, since anything else will just be easily noticeable and you’ll end up with white circles around your eyes.
  • For the rest of your face, match it to your foundation, there’s no need to get anything lighter than that.
  • Liquid: Most Suitable for oily complexion it offers buildable coverage. This is a very popular type that is really easy to apply. Works great with covering pimples.
  • Stick: A good choice for anyone with a dehydrated, normal or sensitive complexion, and a bad option for those with big pores and oily complexions. It offers buildable coverage ranging from medium to full. It comes in a semi-solid texture and is really easily applied. They’re also really handy for traveling and keeping in your purse for touch ups during the day. Can be applied with a finger or a brush.
  • Cream: Great choice for dehydrated, normal and sensitive complexions. It comes in a small pot or in a palette. It’s a good choice for covering under eye circles and discolorations. Those can be applied with a finger, a sponge or a brush.


Choosing the best concealer for dry skin can be risky even if your skin is perfect and has zero dry patches. But with dehydrated skin, you’ll need to be very careful to select a formula that will moisturize and will never highlight your dryness.

You’d want to find the concealer that blends well, stays flawless through your busy day and doesn’t crease. It might take a while to experiment and try out different ones but start with the ones we’ve covered here and you will be on the right track!

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