Whether they’re due to allergies, a poor night’s sleep, or bad luck in the gene pool, dark circles under the eyes are never a good look. They can make you look tired, sick and even old before your time – who wants that?
That’s why concealer can be a life-saver. Not only can it hide the blue or purple shadows under your eyes, it can actually brighten the area so you look more awake and alert no matter how sick or tired you might be.
The problem is that not all concealers are created equal. Some concealers work really well to hide blemishes and other discolorations on your face, but these formulas are usually too thick for under the eyes – they can settle in your fine lines and look pretty cakey, making a bad situation even worse.
The key to a good under eye concealer is a creamy, lightweight formula with good coverage so you don’t need to apply too much. Your application technique matters too – using your ring finger to gently tap the concealer into the skin is usually the best bet because the warmth from your skin helps the product really blend into the skin for a flawless look.
If you’re in the market for a top-notch concealer to hide the dark circles under your eyes but aren’t sure where to start, here are 10 of the best concealers for camouflaging those pesky shadows without every looking too heavy or thick.
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles
The Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles is a concealer designed specifically for use under the eyes. In addition to a thin, lightweight formula, it boasts goji berry and haloxyl to help reduce the appearance of dark circles and fine lines and visibly diminish puffiness around the eyes. Available in 6 shades, including brightening and neutralizing shade, the concealer also has a convenient sponge-tip applicator to make applying the product very easy. $8.99 at Ulta.
Giorgio Armani Maestro Eraser Concealer
The Giorgio Armani Maestro Eraser Concealer is a therapeutic and illuminating concealer that not only temporarily conceals dark circles but provides long-term benefits as well. Over time, the concealer helps fade dark circles and moisturizes the eye area. Available in 6 shades, the Maestro Eraser Concealer also offers a lightweight, radiant formula that instantly helps brighten the under eyes. $40 at Giorgio Armani.
Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer
Tarte’s Maracuja Creaseless Concealer provides full coverage in creamy, hydrating formula. The concealer helps brighten the under eye area to hide dark circles while providing a dewy, luminous finish that lasts all day without creasing. Available in 8 shades, the Maracuja Creaseless Concealer also helps improve skin texture, tone and moisture content for a smooth, flawless under eye. $24 at Sephora.
Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brightener
The Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brightener is an ultra lightweight formula that instantly illuminates the under eye area to conceal dark circles and leave you looking refreshed and awake. Available in 8 shades, the Tinted Eye Brightener also features a doe-foot applicator that allows for precise applicator. $30 at Sephora.
Garnier Skin Renew Anti Dark Circle Eye Roller
The Garnier Skin Renew Anti Dark Circle Eye Roller is part concealer, part skincare product, which means it can save you valuable time in the morning. The formula contains caffeine to stimulate circulation under the eye so skin isn’t as thin and prone to dark circles, but it also has mineral pigments to tint the product for effective concealing. Available in 2 shades, the product is super lightweight so you never have to worry about it creasing. $12.99 at Ulta.
Cle de Peau Beaute Concealer
The Cle de Peau Beaute Concealer is a favorite of makeup artists around the world for good reason. The formula is enhanced with Cle de Peau’s revitalizing moisture complex, which helps smooth skin texture and lock in moisture. That makes it perfect for concealing darkness in the delicate under eye area. Available in 4 shades, the Cle de Peau Beaute Concealer is also super creamy so it blends into the skin seamlessly. $70 at Nordstrom.
IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer
IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer is a cult favorite for those afflicted with dark circles. With a formula that contains hydrolyzed collagen and vitamins C and K, it provides long-term anti-aging benefits for the under eye area. But the full coverage formula also allows you to use the tiniest bit of the concealer to hide your dark circles so you don’t have to worry about it creasing or looking cakey. Available in 4 shades, Bye Bye Under Eye can also be used on age spots, redness and imperfections on other areas of the face. $24 at Ulta.
Neutrogena 3-in-1 Concealer For Eyes
The Neutrogena 3-in-1 Concealer for Eyes is a powerhouse concealer — it hides dark circles, reduces under eye puffiness and fine lines, and provides SPF20 to protect the delicate eye area from future sun damage. Available in 4 shades, the formula is super creamy and blendable, so it looks natural and doesn’t settle in fine lines or wrinkles for flawless coverage all day. $9.99 at Ulta.
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer
The NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer’s name says it all — it is a creamy, hydrating formula that boasts light-diffusing technology to instantly brighten the skin and blur imperfections. The concealer also provides anitoxidant protection to protect the skin against free radical damage and a multiactive botanical blend to hydrate, firm and strengthen the under eye area. Available in 10 shades, the Radiant Creamy Concealer also features a doe-foot applicator for quick, easy application. $28 at Sephora.
Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer
The Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer boasts a gel-based formula that diffuses light to illuminate the under eye area as it conceals dark circles. In addition to wearing it under your eyes, you can apply it to the inner corners of your eyes to make you instantly look more awake. Available in 6 shades, the concealer can also work as a highlighter on your cheekbones, nose, chin and any other area on your face that you want to accent. $7.99 at Ulta.