This speedy concealer trick is why Meghan Markle never has dark circles

Meghan Markle never looks tired and there's a good reason why—here's the trick you can copy too

Meghan Markle's favorite concealer
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Meghan Markle's concealer trick is not only speedy but it makes you look like you've had eight hours of blissful sleep—even if you're barely awake!

Back in the height of Meghan Markle's Suits days, the Duchess of Sussex spoke to Birchbox about her beauty habits. In the interview, she revealed some of her favorite products to use when filming the hit TV show, as well as the tricks she uses to look more awake. 

That's when we learned not only about her go-to concealer—YSL's Touche Éclat—but her knack for using the light-reflecting pen to banish dark circles, even better it's reduced right now in the Boots Black Friday deals. 


Touche Éclat Illuminating Pen, Was £27 (opens in new tab)

Touche Éclat Illuminating Pen, Was £27, Now £17.00 (opens in new tab) | Yves Saint Laurent

The YSL hybrid concealer-highlighter pen is more than 35% off in Black Friday sales. If you buy this weekend you will save £10 on this luxury item loved by the Duchess of Sussex.

The Duchess mentioned the specific YSL product and explained that she uses this highlighter pen as a concealer on her under-eyes.

"To open up your eyes, apply a highlighter like Yves Saint Laurent’s Touche Éclat in the inner corner—this trick is especially good when we are filming at 3 a.m. and I need to look bright-eyed and bushy-tailed," Meghan said.

Meghan also name-checked the best-selling Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler for opening up the eyes (opens in new tab). "Even if you don't have a stitch of makeup on, you suddenly look a bit more alive."

To use an eyelash curler correctly, the trick is to place the curler approximately a quarter of the way down the lash, then press down and release. Keep doing this until you reach the root of your lashes. This helps to create a long-lasting curl rather than simply a kink in the lash.


Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler, £23.34 (opens in new tab)

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler, £23.34 (opens in new tab) | Amazon

These eyelash curlers are curved at an angle that suits all eye shapes. The beauty product also has silicone rubber pads that release the right amount of pressure to curl lashes.

If you are looking for some similar products to help you either cover up your dark circles or add a bit of a glow to your under-eyes there are plenty of similar concealers and highlighters that can help do the trick.

Plus you don't have to be a member of the royal family to have flawless under eyes, here are some of the best items you can purchase on a budget.


Dream Lumi Touch Concealer Pen Was £7.99, (opens in new tab)

Dream Lumi Touch Concealer Pen Was £7.99, Now £5.33 (opens in new tab) | Maybelline

This Maybelline concealer has high coverage and illuminates. This product is also currently on sale with 33% of the original price shaved off.


True Match Eye Cream in a Concealer Was £9.99 (opens in new tab)

True Match Eye Cream in a Concealer Was £9.99, Now £6.66 (opens in new tab) | L'Oreal Paris

The L'Oreal Paris True Match Eye Cream in a concealer is, as the name might suggest, both an eye cream and a concealer and promises to give high coverage whilst banishing dark circles.

Touche Éclat High Cover Concealer Was £27.00 (opens in new tab)

Touche Éclat High Cover Concealer Was £27.00, Now £17.00 (opens in new tab) | YSL

This product is very similar to the Touche Éclat Illuminating Pen but has a higher pigment for those who are looking for less illumination and more coverage. 

Fiona Embleton is a beauty writer who is now Acting Beauty Editor at Stylist. She is obsessed with Isabel Marant and cats.