The 8 best concealers for covering dark circles
Win the fight against unsightly circles
By Kate Niven
Beauty Crew Beauty Writer / April 11 2019
When an evening Netflix session turns into a five-hour binge, it’s highly likely you’ll have dark circles staring back at you in the mirror the next morning. When this unfortunate reality occurs, chances are your regular concealer won’t be up to the task of covering the purple blotches under your eyes.
That’s why we’ve taken on the challenge to help find you the best of the best under-eye concealers. We chatted to our best friends, scoured the Internet, talked to Beauty Crew members and rummaged through our own beauty cupboards to put together a list of the eight best full-coverage concealers, guaranteed to cover up your dark circles and make you look like you've had hours of sleep.
NYX Professional Makeup Dark Circle Concealer
As your skin around the eye area tends to run on the drier side, many full-coverage concealers can settle into fine lines and accentuate them. That’s why this uber-affordable option is my personal fave. Its creamy formula is enriched with coconut oil to nourish the eye area while it conceals – it feels a dream as you smooth it on.
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer
It’s a classic for a reason.This lightweight concealer instantly covers dark circles, is crease-proof, and lasts, no matter what’s thrown at it. Reddit user gotta_mila echoed this sentiment: “I’ve tried several concealers and it’s the first one that’s completely covered my under-eye circles, didn’t crease and covered my dark spots. There’s no going back now!”
Maybelline New York Fit Me! Concealer
Sometimes you simply can’t go past a budget-friendly buy! “Maybelline Fit Me! is my ride or die concealer. It’s affordable and I’ve managed to find the perfect shade that’s a touch lighter than my foundation (so it works to brighten the area), while still being thick enough to provide decent coverage,” says marie claire’s Beauty Writer, Jordyn Christensen.
IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer
The reason why dark circles are so notoriously hard to cover is because many concealers aren’t able to counteract the purple tones that appear. One way to combat the issue is to have a concealer with salmon or pink tones – this is where IT Cosmetics’ full-coverage formula comes in. According to Reddit user Aerochiquita, “it’s the only solution to my dark circles I’ve found. It takes some practice to set it correctly, but it’s definitely worth it!”
Clinique All About Eyes Concealer
This long-wearing and hydrating formula made the list when our editor Carli’s friend sang its praises and insisted she try it out. But what’s so good about it? According to Carli’s friend, it covers absolutely everything, doesn’t crease and leaves the under-eye area hydrated and smooth. Sounds good to us.
Yves Saint Laurent Beauté All Hours Concealer
The French beauty house’s recently-launched concealer is one a plethora of makeup-savvy Beauty Crew members urge you to rush out and buy, stat. The thick liquid concealer will cover anything in its path while still blending out easily, leaving a smooth and flawless finish in its wake.
Rimmel London Lasting Finish Concealer
If you’re on a budget, but don’t want to skimp on quality, Rimmel London’s Lasting Finish Concealer is one of your best bets. Reddit user flyaninnocentlife claims it’s the only concealer she’s found that effectively covers her dark under-eye circles. “I’ve tried everything! Every dark circle concealer, foundations, creams etc. Everything that seemed to work for others made no difference to me. I even started asking tattoo artists if they could cover them (no they can’t as it turns out). On a whim, I bought this concealer and it’s simply amazing.”
Maybelline New York Instant Age Rewind® Eraser Dark Circles Concealer + Treatment
According to our Beauty Crew members, Maybelline Instant Age Rewind concealer is the best concealer for dry skin. It has a creamy, hydrating formula that’s easily blendable. Reviewers were also impressed by the high coverage, with many commenting on how they experienced minimal touch-ups. It's definitely worth adding to your makeup bag!
NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer
This is the highest coverage formula in NARS’s concealer range, so it works wonders on those dark circles. It’s also oil-free, feels weightless on skin, and is infused with antioxidant-rich ingredients like vitamins A, C and E. One of our SUPERcrew members said, “I have dry skin so many high-coverage concealers are too dry for me except for this concealer. The coverage is amazing for covering my blemishes, pimples and dark spots and it doesn't make my skin look dry. The coverage is buildable without looking cakey.”
Now that you’ve got the right product for the job, follow our guide on the proper way to use your concealer to hide those dark circles, and doscover the best beauty products and eye creams for getting rid of them for good.
What’s your Holy Grail dark circle concealer? Let us know in the comments below.
Kate started working for BEAUTYcrew in early 2016, first as a contributor, and was then named Beauty Writer in 2017. She loves picking the brains of the industry's top experts to get to the bottom of beauty's toughest questions. Bronze eyeshadow palettes are her weakness and she's forever on the hunt for the perfect nude nail polish to suit her fair skin. Her words can also be found in Men's Health magazine, and she now works in PR.