After 18 hours of research evaluating 125 products, we picked L.A. Girl Pro Conceal High Definiton Under Eye Concealer Makeup as our top choice.
Are you sick of regularly hearing "you look tired today"? Thanks to a combination of sleep insomnia, long hours at the office, and genetics, many of us experience annoying, dark undereye circles.
Finding the best concealer for your needs may really pay off.
Here's what we mean:
According to a study in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, both genders and all races suffer from dark circles and would benefit from a concealer for dark circles.
Although there are many causes, the most common is aging. Unfortunately, this only gets worse with age.
The good news is:
Thanks to makeup companies everywhere, we have some of the best concealer.
The best concealer can disguise bags, blemishes, redness, and dark circles. It makes a tired face instantly look brighter and keeps the skin looking flawless.
The best ones have a smooth, buildable texture, provide coverage without looking cakey, and have an impressive ability to stay put throughout the day.
Keep in mind that you may want a couple of different concealers to keep your face looking its best. In in the winter you may need one that's moisturizing and in the summer you may want one that is waterproof.
Now, on to the list!
Not only full-c0verage, but also waterproof
Blends nicely and will not settle into fine lines or wrinkles
Lightweight enough to be worn under foundation, but also full-coverage to look great by itself as well
If you suffer from chronically dry skin and are looking for a product that will hydrate while providing full-coverage, weightless, conceal, contour, and highlight – look no further. This product is available in 35 shades and will not flake or crease with extended wear.
Since this foundation is full-coverage, it is thicker than some of the light to medium coverage concealers on our list. That being said, some reviewers report that it feels a bit sticky once applied.
The thing we love most about Born this Way by Too Faced is that it is one of the most efficient multitasking concealers on our list. Not only does it mask imperfections, but it’s also hydrating and buildable to create a dewy flawless, smooth, and sculpted complexion with natural looking coverage that never appears oily or cakey. Or purchase a shade or two darker or lighter for natural highlighting or contour.
Additionally, it’s infused with coconut water, alpine rose, and hyaluronic acid—all skin-loving ingredients—that come together for a crease-free, weightless finish that will brighten and firm with regular wear.
Like we said, this product is a multi-tasker, so if you’re just looking to retouch or conceal dark circles put a dot from the flat side of the applicator directly on the area of discoloration. Gently blend with a concealer brush or press or tap with a makeup sponge.
To contour, select a neutral to cool-tone that is about three tones darker than your natural complexion. Dot, tap, and blend along check bone, brow bone, and nose to create natural shadow and shape. To highlight, select a brighter tone about two to three shades lighter than your natural complexion, but in your same undertone.
Keep in mind the applicator is two sided, so use the edge or tip of the applicator for sculpting fine lines with precision and use the flat side for fuller delivery when covering blemishes and adding highlight or contour.
Half an ounce does not seem like a lot of product for $29, but reviewers report that it seems like a lot of product and will last you longer than you would expect. Overall, this product comes highly recommended and definitely worth a try.
Medium coverage, but will still provide adequate coverage for dark circles and hyperpigmentation
Very buildable and will not crease
Does not appear cakey and makes eyes look naturally well-rested
Touche Eclat by YSL if a High Coverage Radiant Concealer that features a skin-loving brush perfect for brightening under-eyes with natural, buildable, and lightweight coverage.
If you're looking for full coverage or something that can be used in place of a foundation, this product is not that.
YSL’s unique Optical Brightening Technology is nothing new, but this is the first time they have used it to create a product designed for tackling under-eye circles specifically. This concealer is full-coverage enough to address to hereditary under-eye circles, as well as those caused by fatigue. The formula also reflects light away from the eyes to diffuse and color-correct darkness.
The product is free of SLS and SLES, parabens, and phthalates. It’s also formulated with Caffeine and Ruscus Extract to decrease under-eye puffiness and smelling, Hyaluronic Acid to hydrate, and Vitamin E and Calendula Extract which provides rich antioxidant and soothing benefits to protect the delicate under eye area.
The built-in brush applicator is perfect for applying and blending in the small under eye area.
To illuminate, apply to the upper area of cheekbones and the top of the browbone. Also create a three-dimensional effect by highlighting the bridge of the nose and adding a radiant touch to the middle of the forehead. Finally, apply under the eyes and along the inner corner to diminish the look of eye area shadows.
$35 is pretty steep for only .08 ounces of product. However, remember that this product is full coverage and specifically designed for the delicate area under your eyes, so just a dab will do ya!
Lancôme Effacernes Waterproof Protective Undereye Concealer is long lasting and waterproof.
This product has yellow undertones and can be difficult to remove.
This full coverage cream instantly eliminates all signs of blemishes and dark circles. An added bonus is that it's melt-proof which makes it the perfect product for sweaty summer months.
This product feels light but packs some strength in the concealing department. The creamy texture feels great under the eyes and it's barely noticeable. It stays put all day and offers seamless, smooth and natural looking coverage. You can wear this stuff for 12 hours and it won't settle into lines or dry your eye area. Now that's impressive.
We have mixed feelings about the squeeze tube, mostly because it can be hard to control how much product comes out. If too much is squeezed out, there is not really a way to save the product and it becomes wasted. Although the squeeze tube isn't the worst, it's not our favorite either.
At $31, the price of this product is about the same as its competitors. Our favorite products are the ones where a little goes a long way (mostly because it saves us money). The Lancôme Effacernes Waterproof is one of them - only a small amount is needed for each use.
Great coverage yet light and natural looking. Can be easily stored for on-the-go touchups.
Expensive and can be difficult to apply the right amount.
Not sure about makeup with such a high price tag? Well, lets just say a little of this product goes a long way. The Clé de Peau Beauté is the Mercedes Benz of concealers and has been featured on many beauty award winner lists. It's healthy for the skin, talc-free and, best of all, doesn't crease. The best review we found? "Miracle in a stick! That's my review." Enough said.
This makeup artist favorite is extremely pigmented, which means you don't need very much product to cover a lot of discoloration. The texture is smooth, silky, and blends like a dream. After applied, this product leaves a light reflective glow that illuminates and brightens your face. So, if you prefer a matte finish you might not like the way this product looks. However, we do wish Clé de Peau Beauté would come out with more shades - there are only 6.
We loved the creamy emulsion stick that it comes in, mostly because we can take it with us wherever we go. The stick is also twice the diameter as other sticks on the market, which means it will last you twice as long (6 months to a year). Application can be a bit tricky, however, if you don't know the best way to apply it. For blemishes, apply directly to the spot you want to conceal and pat lightly with fingertips. For under eyes, apply with a brush in short feathery strokes and blend outwards.
Although your wallet might have a slight panic attack when you purchase this product, just remember that it will probably last you close to a year. Reviewers wrote over and over, "Worth every penny!"
tarte Shape Tape is America’s #1 concealer brand for reason. Not only does it contain natural ingredients that are also vegan friendly, it also provides full coverage, a smooth finish, and a firmer more lifted look from day to night.
Not as effective on very fair or very dry skin.
tarte Shape Tape is full coverage with a flawless matte finish. It conceals imperfections, but also doubles as a contour and highlight which is creamy, easy-to-blend, and won’t flake or crease.
Shea butter moisturizes, mango seed butter nourishes, and licorice root brightens and illuminates skin for a flawless, lifted effect.
In addition to the coverage benefits, this concealer it vegan and formulated without Parabens, Mineral Oil, Phthalates, Triclosan, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, and Gluten.
Apply concealer directly onto imperfections and blend using the domed end of a sponge or beauty blender. Any sponge or beauty blender will do, but for best results try the tarte Quickie Blending sponge (sold separately). To best conceal dark circles, trace concealer directly under the eye and tap to blend (Pro Tip: tap verses blend in order to prevent the skin under your eyes from damage and premature aging).
tarte Contour Shape Tape is available in 30 different shades ranging from fair/light to medium to tan/rich. In order to select a shade that will best work for your skim type, select a concealer 1-2 shades darker for creamy contouring and 1-2 shades lighter as a luminous highlighter.
$34 is a lot for .33 ounces of concealer. However, a little bit goes a long way and will still hide everything from acne scars to dark circles to redness and large pores, so, in our opinion, this product is well worth the investment.
L.A. Girl Pro is cheap, but works just as well as expensive brands.
The shades of this particular product run darker than most, so make sure to select a color a bit lighter than you typically wear. Additionally, the squeeze tube applicator with soft tip brush can make it difficult to apply.
If expensive beauty products aren't your thing, we've got the perfect cream for you. L.A Girl Pro is just about as good as it gets if you're looking for a cheap product. This stuff is heavy duty and full coverage. Makeup users, bloggers, and reviewers everywhere love it - and so do we.
The L.A Girl Pro formula is extremely thick, which is why it covers dark circles so well. We love that the texture is on the drier side while still remaining creamy. It blends flawlessly leaving a matte finish that lasts all day. It also has the widest variety of colors available (21 to be specific) so you can find the exact match for your skin. Since the color shades do run somewhat dark, we suggest going a shade or two lighter than your natural skin tone.
The squeeze tube comes with a soft tip brush that can be tricky to use. We recommend gently squeezing and blending out on the back of your hand first instead of directly onto the skin in order to avoid separation in the formula.
For the price, you can't find better - it's one of the cheapest products out there. However, L.A Girl Pro can be tough to find in stores so you're better off ordering directly from Amazon.
Concealer is a skin colored makeup that is applied onto small areas such as blemishes, under your eyes, or around your nose. A decent concealer can disguise bags, blemishes, redness, and dark circles. It makes a tired face instantly look brighter and keeps the skin looking flawless. The best ones have a smooth, buildable texture, provide coverage without looking cakey, and have an impressive ability to stay put throughout the day.
There are two major types of concealer: liquid and stick concealer. Many who use concealer on a daily basis are using liquid concealer because it’s easy to blend and doesn’t cake up on your skin. Stick concealers are almost solid, like a lipstick and have a lot of pigment. Because it is so pigmented, this type of concealer is perfect for covering blemishes and discoloration around your nose.
In addition to skin colored concealer, there are also green and pink concealers. Green concealers neutralize red areas such as blemishes and scars. Green concealer is perfect for covering up acne as well. Pink concealer neutralizes dark areas on your skin. If you’ve got dark circles or sunspots, pink concealer can help.
Keep in mind that you may want a couple of different concealers to keep your face looking its best. In the winter you may need one that's moisturizing and in the summer you may want one that is waterproof. You may also want a stick applicator that can be easily stored in your car or gym bag for on-the-go touchups.
It is pretty typical to be confused by the two and many times, people often think concealer is an unnecessary investment. Ideally though, concealer should be used as a last step after primer and foundation. A concealer’s main job is to cover dark circles, hide stubborn blemishes, and brighten your under eye area. Concealer helps to make you look more awake (which is always a good thing). So, if you had a late night, you are going to want to use a concealer the next morning.
The consistency of concealer is much thicker and has a much higher pigmentation than foundation, which is why you only want to use it sparingly. Unlike foundation, concealer is not meant to be worn all over your face. It is only for the areas that need a little extra T.L.C. If you do not already have a good concealer, you should probably get one A.S.A.P. And, to make things easier, we have already made a list of the best ones.
When choosing a concealer color, choose one that is one or two shades lighter than your foundation. This will brighten the areas under your eyes, making you look more awake. Be careful not to go too much lighter, though or else it will look too light. Now, you don’t want to look like a raccoon do you? If you’ve got severe acne scars or blemishes, you may want to grab a green concealer as well. Keep in mind if you have dark spots, you may want a pink concealer, too. Don’t be concerned if you have more than one concealer. It’s normal to have a few different ones.
Ah, the frequently debated beauty question. Makeup artists everywhere have gone back and forth on this question and expressed different opinions. However, it seems that most will agree that you should be applying your foundation first before concealer. Here is why: If you apply foundation first, you won’t use as much concealer. Which is a good thing because concealer often comes in a small tube and is a lot more expensive. Not to mention, if you apply concealer first, you will find that you are using a lot more than you actually need (and it’s getting wiped off). So you are essentially wasting time and money. The bottom line: apply your foundation first, then your concealer.
Just like the rest of your face, make sure you’re prepping your eye with a decent eye cream and moisturizer. Dry skin will only leave your concealer looking caked-on and creased. Nobody wants that look. Once your skin is hydrated, apply the concealer directly under your eyes in the shape of an upside down triangle. What do we mean by this? Well, apply your concealer with the base under your eye and the point down towards your cheek. This shape brightens dark circles and adds contour to your face making it look more lifted. Although it sounds odd, it actually works!
Once you have applied concealer under your eyes, you want to make sure and apply concealer on your eyelids as well. The concealer acts as a primer for your eye shadow. This prevents your eye shadow from creasing or falling off of your lid. For the most natural look, use a damp sponge or Beauty Blender to gently blend the concealer into your skin. To conceal a pimple or scar, first use a green concealer; it will cancel out any redness. Then, cover it with a concealer that matches your skin tone.
As a bonus, you can use concealer to contour. If you are wondering what contouring is, don’t worry you’re not alone. Contouring is using makeup to enhance the facial structure of your face. What do we mean by this? Well, you can apply concealer directly on your brow bone (under your brows) to make them look more lifted. This gives you a younger looking appearance. You can also apply concealer down the center of your nose from forehead to tip. This gives the appearance that your nose is slimmer than it actually is.
For a video tutorial on the best way to apply concealer, check out the one by makeup vlogger Chloe Morello.
The best way to set your concealer is to bake it. No, we don’t mean stick it in the oven and set the timer. Baking is the latest and greatest way to set your concealer by packing on translucent powder and letting it sit on your face. Baking is the smartest thing you should be doing for flawless looking skin. Here’s how to do it: After applying your concealer, dust translucent powder onto your lids with a fluffy brush. Then, using a damp sponge or Beauty Blender, apply more powder generously to lids and under eyes. Next, let the powder sit on your face for 5-10 minutes. This allows the heat from your face to set your concealer. After letting it sit, dust the powder off of your face and you are finished!
Choosing the best concealer isn’t easy, especially since we all have different skin types. However, we tested many of them and read hundreds of reviews to find one that stood out from the rest. The Urban Decay Naked Skin Complete Coverage Concealer is the best of the best. We know because we've tested it ourselves. It lets you cover imperfections without actually looking covered up. It’s easily blendable and buildable, giving you even coverage with a luminous, demi-matte finish. Why we love this product so much? It's formula is ultra-lightweight and never settles into fine lines.
Urban Decay provides full coverage right away, so you don't need to use more than one swipe of product at a time. The pigmented formula gives a flawless, natural look that covers all traces of blemishes and dark circles. After applying, it was barely noticeable. All that was left was a bright (but not shiny) demi-matte finish. The finish of this Urban Decay product is very unique. It has the brightening effects without the shininess of typical sheen concealers on the market.
One thing that set the Urban Decay Naked apart from the rest is the specially designed applicator. When it is pulled out of the tube, product comes out on both sides of the tip. Regular doefoot wand applicators only come out on one side leaving room for air to be pushed back inside the tube. With air circling around inside, the makeup dries out and doesn’t last as long. So, thanks Urban Decay for being design geniuses!
We think $29 for the best product in the world is a pretty good deal. Not to mention, because this is full coverage you don’t have to use very much to get the job done. The less you have to apply, the less you have to buy.
If the thought of buying and applying two different products (a foundation and concealer) exhausts you, get the Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation and Concealer. This stuff is seriously good, and only $28. This lightweight, moisturizing foundation and concealer provides full coverage with just one dip of the wand. Because this formula is so pigmented, it can be used to spot conceal, too. Plus, it can be used on all skin types and comes in 27 different shades. As a bonus, this product is non-acnegenic, dermatologist tested, sweat- and humidity-resistant, ophthalmologist tested, and allergy-tested. It is free of oil and 100 percent free of fragrance, too. Now, that’s impressive.