Covering up pesky, dark under-eye circles can prove quite the challenge. On one end, you want good coverage, but on the other, you want your complexion to appear as natural as possible. And while there are plenty of techniques out there to try, what it really comes down to are the concealers you’re using.
To find out what concealers are best for covering up dark circles, we tapped some of beauty’s top experts. Keep reading to find out their must-try picks.
1. Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer
This first concealer comes highly recommended by not one, but two beauty experts. “My favorite concealer is Clé de Peau [Beauté Concealer],” says Dr. Melissa Doft, Park Avenue Plastic Surgeon. “I love the creamy light feel, the coverage is excellent, and the stick actually lasts a very long time — it’s worth the luxury price,” she adds.
And that’s not all. “It has titanium dioxide — which is a physical sunscreen — [and] bio-hyaluronic acid, so it’s hydrating on the eyelid area, which tends to get dry,” says Dr. Debra Jaliman, board-certified dermatologist, Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and author of Skin Rules: Trade Secrets from a Top New York Dermatologist. “It’s very smooth on the skin, and it conceals everything,” she adds.
2. Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Corrective Concealer
If you’re looking for a concealer made from naturally-derived ingredients, try Juice Beauty Phyto Pigments Corrective Concealer — a must-try from Dr. Deanne Robinson. “I’m a big fan of paraben and fragrance-free products, and this one hits the mark,” says Dr. Robinson. “This natural-based concealer also contains vitamins C and E, which are great antioxidants to help protect against further skin damage,” she adds.
3. NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer
When it comes to concealing dark circles, you want your concealer to glide on a smoothly as possible. That way, you can build coverage and blend easily. Dr. Jennifer Lavine is a fan of NARS Soft Matte Complete concealer because “it makes the under eye look smooth and not crepey.”
4. Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer
When it comes to no-makeup makeup, Urban Decay’s Naked Skin collection is a must-try. Experts love the Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer because “it’s loaded with tons of ingredients that are good for your skin, like anti-wrinkle peptides that improve the skin’s appearance and elasticity,” says Brandon Liberati, celebrity makeup artist. “It also contains Japanese green tea [to] revitalize and help reduce the appearance of fine lines, lychee fruit [to] protect against dehydration, and sodium hyaluronate [to] help the skin retain moisture. I love that it is not sticky, it is soft enough to be used on delicate under eye skin, and [it] won’t settle into fine lines. And let’s be honest, who doesn’t want to feel beautiful Naked?”
5. NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer
Another NARS concealer to make the cut? The Radiant Creamy Concealer. “Its smooth consistency provides great coverage that blends flawlessly,” says Lisa Ginn, MD, FAAD. “I love how it layers nicely over eye cream and wears throughout the day without melting off or getting trapped in under-eye lines and creases. It is a home run with all of my patients, no matter their age or skin tone,” she adds.
6. ISDINCEUTICS Skin Drops
When covering up dark circles, Dr. Dendy Engelman says “the best concealer is a weightless concealer.” Her favorite? “ISDINCEUTICS Skin Drops. “What I love about it is that it can be mixed with serum, cream, or sunscreen — so it works double duty,” says Dr. Engelman. The award-winning skin drops can cover light surface blemishes, dark bruises, and everything in between.
7. IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye
Best known for their infusion of skin care into makeup, IT Cosmetics makes some of the best concealers out there. And experts stand by the Bye Bye Under Eye concealer. “One drop does a lot,” says Dr. Deanne Robinson. “This full-coverage concealer is great for covering pigmentation, dark circles, and broken blood vessels under the eyes,” she adds. Plus, “it doesn’t settle into fine lines, so it is not aging!”