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Whether you have oily skin or are prone to congested pores courtesy of your favorite makeup products from time to time, switching to an oil-free formula is key to maintaining healthy-looking skin—with or without makeup on. This is especially the case for foundation and concealer. Aside from blackheads and blemishes, using a heavy or super-emollient concealer formula underneath your eyes can also cause pesky milia bumps to form due to clogged pores.
Oil-free concealers are also great because they tend to last longer, resist caking and crease, and aren’t as likely as richer options to settle into (and therefore, enhance) the appearance of fine lines and crow’s feet after just an hour or two of wear time.
Water-based (as opposed to oil-based) and water-resistant concealers are also an excellent choice for oily skin types, not only because they’re practically budge-proof, but because they also won’t exacerbate excess shine. Ahead, we’ve rounded up our favorite oil-free formulas that will seamlessly camouflage breakouts, redness, dark circles, and everything in between without leaving you looking like an utter oil slick.
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1. Catrice Liquid Camouflage High Coverage Concealer
This non-greasy and long-wearing liquid concealer gives you full coverage for a flawless complexion without looking cakey or clogging your pores. The lightweight, non-heavy formula allows your skin to breathe and layers over foundation evenly.
2. Almay Clear Complexion Concealer
Infused with soothing and skin-enhancing ingredients like aloe and salicylic acid, this concentrated concealer not only hides imperfections but the fragrance-free and dermatologist-tested formula also helps to actually improvesyour skin over time.
3. Maybelline Fit Me Liquid Concealer
This weightless and breathable liquid concealer gives you buildable coverage without feeling greasy or emphasizing fine lines and texture. The pore-refining formula keeps shine at bay without leaving the skin feeling overly dry.
4. L'Oreal Infallible Full Wear Concealer
For an ultra-matte and crease-proof finish that keeps oil and shine at bay all day long, look no further. This full-coverage formula is capable of covering blemish, undereye circles, discoloration, and more. Plus, it also doubles as a contouring product, so it’s a great multipurpose product to have on hand.
5. Glo Skin Beauty Oil-Free Concealer
This oil-free concealer comes in convenient pot packaging, making it great for on-the-go touchups. Best of all, the shine-reducing formula doesn’t crease, cake, or accentuate the appearance of fine lines, texture, or enlarged pores. The one downside to this concealer is that it has very limited shade ranges.