Hide those dark circles with our pick of the most effective under-eye concealers
Dark under eye circles sit in the ‘unwelcome yet inevitable’ category of ageing alongside pores, cellulite and those random chin hairs that wait until you’re in the loo at a party to show themselves. Some suffer more than most, usually thanks to genetics, but as the already delicate skin under our eyes thins even further with age, blue-tinged oxygenated blood shows through ever more strongly, giving our faces a knackered or – even worse – mildly haunted quality. Grim.
That’s the bad news, the good is this gradual darkening has been happening since the dawn of time and make-up itself, so there are tons of great concealers out there that not only cover dark circles with hard-wearing pigment, but de-puff, correct sallow undertones and hydrate the area for an altogether perkier look.
Whether you prefer a robust going-nowhere cream or looser, liquid formula for easy spreading, there is an under-reye concealer out there that is the perfect foil to your dark circles. Read on to discover a selection of my personal favourites, from luxury classics to new cult buys and cheap-as-chips steals.
If you’re looking for a budget beauty buy that is worth way more in beauty credentials than the price it’s selling for – look no further.
The Lasting Perfection concealer from affordable brand Collection is actually so good, that it’s been quietly selling a huge amount on a regular basis for years. The beauty brand has revealed that they sell 10 of their budget concealer every 60 seconds – which adds up to a whopping 14,400 every day!
The £3.99 tube with applicator wand is certainly not to be sniffed at then. And it’s clear its celebrity fans don’t think so either – the concealer is reportedly regularly used by revered make-up artist Lisa Eldridge, and a myriad of beauty bloggers.
The concealer promises to cover up imperfections and blemishes for a huge 16 hours – so what are you waiting for? Get yours before it goes!
Already a player in the US market, this brand recently arrived in the UK much to the delight of British beauty fans keen to try this much-hyped undereye concealer.
The formula is pretty hardcore. It’s thick and highly pigmented and requires a little strong-arming out of the tube, but that effort will be bountifully rewarded with brilliant, robust coverage that magically combines rock-solid staying power with an easy texture that melts into skin. You’ll find skincare ingredients like hyaluronic acid and peptides to plump, and while the six shades do seem to come up on the light side, there should be a colour there to fit most.
Part treatment, part make up, this sponge-topped tube contains a lotion-like liquid with a mixture of de-puffing ingredients, brightening antioxidants and pigment to brighten and cover simultaneously.
Cleverly you can choose from colour correcting and more traditional concealer shades, although these will only cover light-medium skin tones, which is a shame.
The first thing you’ll notice about this is the lovely cool metal tip, which instantly calms and de-puffs angry eyes, next the optically brightening ingredients perk up and blur over dark circles, and clever skincare fades pigmentation over ime – just remember a little goes a long way.
The problem with concealers is the ones with decent enough coverage to be worth using tend to dry out and sink into lines by the end of the day – a worse look than a few dark circles by my estimation, Well, not this. It’s by famously pigment-packed MAC, so as you’d expect the concealing benefits are top drawer, but the formula is juicy, light and hydrating, and stays that way all day long. Great to see a nice selection of shades for every skin tone too.
If you’re into make-up, chances are you’ve used YSL Touche Eclat before. This iconic click stick has been brightening tired eyes for two decades hanks to the cleverly-crafted, easy-wearing formula (illuminating undertones tailored to different skin types) and handbag friendly, sleek design.
It’s worth noting this is more of a brightener than an actual concealer, so it won’t cover very dark circles or pigmentation, but as an illuminator that gives skin the most beautiful finish, it’s well worth the splurge.
Aside from being the most glamorous little silver tube ever to grace your handbag, Dior Skinflash is brilliant at perking up eyes, fast. The ‘white light’ pigments refract light to blur, dazzle and distract from shadows, plus hyaluronic acid plumps up lines and makes skin look juicy, fresh and new. This can also be used as a handy highlighter on cheekbones, brow bones and the cupid’s bow for lovely glowy effect.
Buy Dior Skinflash Flash Luminizer, £29, Dior.com