There’s nothing worse than constantly hearing ‘you look so tired today’. Welcome to my life! Or at least what used to be my life, before I discovered that with a good concealer the comments will disappear. That is because I have probably the worst under eye bags I’ve ever seen. Suffice to say, I have tried out countless under-eye concealers, some were pretty bad but a few were gold!
I have put together here the best under eye concealers for dark circles in 2020! If you suffer from dark circles under your eyes, you can be sure you will find a concealer here that will do the trick for you!
P.s scroll to the end of the article for tips and tricks on how to apply your concealer in the best way.
Why you need this concealer
- You want serious full coverage
- You want affordable
- Cruelty-free and vegan is a must
- You need a concealer that lasts all-day
The Makeup Revolution Conceal and Define has been one of my favourite concealers for a while, and I’m not alone with that. It has revolutionised concealers and has proven that you can buy good quality makeup for affordable prices. The Conceal and Define Concealer isn’t only affordable, it is cheap! And it works like magic.
The concealer comes in 2 sizes, a ‘normal’ size and a supersize. The supersize is really awesome, it lasts for a really long time. I don’t know about you, but I hate running out of concealer every 2 weeks. With the supersize, I don’t!
Applying the concealer couldn’t be easier. It comes with a large doe foot applicator that bends as you use it. What I love the most about this concealer is that it covers just about everything with ONE layer of the concealer. From really dark under-eye circles to the worst breakouts, it has you covered.
The texture is lovely too, it’s really soft and creamy which makes applying it a walk in the park. It is a little on the thicker side, but that makes it all the better for covering everything. The concealer lasts beautifully throughout the day without any top-ups.
Makeup Revolution Conceal and Define comes in 24 shades with a huge range of colours. From the very palest of skin colours to the deepest. They have it all. The shades all come in cool, warm and neutral undertones so there’s something for everyone.
The concealer is vegan and cruelty-free and hands-down one of the best under-eye concealers for dark circles.
Why you need this concealer
- For flawless under-eye and blemish coverage
- If you need a concealer that will last perfectly
- Full-coverage is the only way for you
- You know the price is worth the product
- If you need the best of the best!
The Tarte Shape Tape Concealer is an all-time bestseller. According to Tarte, a concealer is sold every 12 seconds. If that’s not impressive, I don’t know what is!
Known as America’s number 1 concealer brand it’s no surprise that everyone needs this concealer. This concealer does everything you need a concealer to do. It covers every blemish and pigmentation in the most flawless way. It has a beautiful matte finish that stays matte throughout the day. You also won’t have any flashbacks with this concealer. What’s not to love? wait, it only gets better!
Tarte Shape Tape Concealer has a lovely consistency, it’s not too thick and not too thin. It is really easy to blend and you won’t have any problems with creasing nor flaking. This concealer is made to last on your face flawlessly throughout the day, and that’s exactly what it does!
The concealer is perfect for you if you are a beginner to makeup because you simply cannot mess up. If you have ageing skin then this is a must-have too, it won’t accentuate any lines of wrinkles and it will give your skin a beautiful illuminated effect. It also works really on people with dry skin as it doesn’t dry out the skin at all. In fact, it has nourishing ingredients like shea butter and mango seed. These will ensure that your skin stays soft and nourished throughout the day.
Tarte Shape Tape Concealer comes in 29 shades with warm, cool and neutral undertones. With a big range of colours, there’s a shade for everyone.
The concealer is vegan and hypoallergenic. It is formulated without any parabens, gluten and sulphates.
It is one of the best concealers on the market, especially for dark circles and blemishes. However, it is also slightly on the pricier side. In my opinion, it is worth every penny because there is no other concealer quite like it in quality and benefits!
Why you need this concealer
- You want budget makeup that actually works
- You want full coverage
- Smooth blending is a must for you
Collection’s Lasting Perfection Concealer is a multiple award-winning concealer and you are about to find out why. It covers dark circles and blemishes, it lasts all day and it is water-resistant and transfer-proof! Does it get better than that?! Oh yes, it’s also extremely easy to apply, it blends smoothly and seamlessly.
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer has always been a favourite for covering dark circles. However, there was always one problem with the concealer. That is the lack of colours available. Thankfully, they realised that 5 colours are not enough of a range to cover all skin tones and shades.
About two years ago Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer did a big turnaround. They added another 5 colours making their range of colours pretty impressive! They added a very light colour for the very fair and quite a few darker colours too.
The consistency of the concealer is quite thick which makes it ideal for covering dark circles. It will unquestionably cover all blemishes and pigmentation under your eyes. One thing to be aware of is that It can be a little drying so if you have dry skin I recommend using a good under eye primer or sticking to a concealer that is made for dry skin.
Another thing I did notice is that the colour does oxidise. This isn’t always a bad thing, you can plan for by getting a shade lighter than you would normally get.
The Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer is really a great concealer that will cover dark circles perfectly! The coverage and consistency of the concealer are impressive. You definitely get your money’s worth.
Why you need this concealer
- Quality is a necessity
- You want an oil-free concealer
- Transfer-proof and waterproof is important
- You want a lightweight concealer
- Longwearing is a must
What’s a makeup review without at least one MAC product?! In this case, it’s the MAC Pro Longwear Concealer. This concealer is the real deal.
MAC Pro Longwear Concealer is lightweight in wearing, but hear this, it has medium coverage that is buildable to become a full coverage concealer. Having the option of a medium or full coverage is always useful, there are always times when we want more or less coverage.
When you wear this concealer as a full coverage, it covers everything. From the darkest under-eye circles to the worst blemishes.
My favourite feature of this concealer is that even when you wear it as a full-coverage concealer it still has a natural, matte finish. It doesn’t settle into any lines and nor does it oxidise or go shiny. The concealer will brighten your face without looking cakey.
Once the concealer sets, it is transfer-free and yep, it’s water-resistant too. The MAC Pro Longwear Concealer wears up to 15 hours. It comes in 16 different shades with a big variety of different tones and colours.
The concealer is oil-free and fragrance-free. It is suitable for all skin types and it has been dermatologist tested.
Why you need this concealer
- You love affordable products
- You want your dark circles gone
- A concealer that lasts all day is a must
- You can’t resist a fun applicator
- You want some age rewind
- Easy to use
- Ideal for travelling
You no longer need to do botox to look younger. With the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer, the hard work is done the easy way. And let’s be honest, who doesn’t want to look younger?
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer is one of the bestselling under-eye concealers for dark circles on the market. The reason for that is not only because of the affordable price but also due to the quality of the concealer. When you use it you cannot tell that its a budget brand, the quality is far superior to most.
This Maybelline concealer has the best of both worlds, it has high coverage without looking cakey and it covers every dark circle, blemish…you name it. The concealer also has in its formula a treatment that helps with dark circles and puffiness.
There are so many things that I love about the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer and one of them is the unique applicator that it comes with! It’s a sponge that is attached to the concealer. To use it you twist the twisty thing at the bottom of the concealer until you see the colour coming through. Then you apply it with the attached sponge. You can even blend it in like that too. I mean, talk about useful. You don’t need any extra brushes or sponges, it’s an all in one kind of product and it couldn’t be easier to use. The sponge applicator is protected with an antimicrobial system so make sure not to get it wet.
The texture is really thick and creamy but also really easy to blend. You can expect magic from the concealer because that’s exactly what it is. It covers EVERYTHING! Your dark circles will be a thing of the past. The concealer does all of this without it settling into any fine lines. You won’t need to worry about creasing under your eyes.
The concealer comes in 18 shades, with 6 of them being relatively new. The range of shades is pretty impressive, there’s something for everyone.
Once you’ve applied your concealer it will last you 12 hours without it budging. And I’m not exaggerating. This is one of the best all-round under-eye concealers for dark circles.
Why you need this concealer
- You have a thing for luxury products
- You want illuminated under-eyes
- Natural finish is a necessity
- You need a hydrating concealer
- You usually have a hard time finding your shade
This is another one of my favourite under-eye concealers for dark circles. If you love luxury then you need to try this concealer. It spews luxury from the packaging to the actual concealer.
The concealer has a medium coverage which is buildable to become a full-coverage. What struck me about the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer is how natural it looks. It has a beautiful luminous finish and the best part is that it doesn’t crease at all. It won’t set in your fine lines either.
Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer isn’t called creamy for no reason, the texture is lovely, soft and creamy. Applying it feels like applying a moisturising cream. It has really good coverage without it feeling thick and heavy on the skin.
Of course, it is long-wearing too, it’s a good all-round concealer that will tackle any dark circles under your eyes as well as any discolouration. It won’t dry out your skin, instead, it will keep your skin looking healthy and glowing throughout the day. The concealer is suitable for all skin types and indeed, it really works on all skin types. From oily to dry, this concealer works on all.
Honestly, you can’t really go wrong with this concealer. With a massive range of 30 shades, everyone is bound to find one shade that will work for them.
Prepping your eyes before applying concealer
There are certain criteria that a good under-eye concealer needs to have in order to be good! The first is that it must cover ALL dark circles, otherwise what’s the point of it?! It also has to stay on flawlessly throughout the day. That means no shine and no creasing under the eyes.
This is where things get tricky. A concealer that covers all dark circles usually has a thick consistency, and a concealer that has a light consistency does not usually cover all under-eye circles. Thick concealers are more likely to crease because there is so much of it, and let’s be honest, creasing under the eyes is not very nice!
Since this is a common problem with even the best concealers in the makeup world, there needs to be a solution. And there is. It’s called prepping your eyes properly before you apply your concealer.
If you have dry skin then prepping your eyes before applying makeup is even more important.
To start with always use a moisturiser twice a day, morning and night. You can use an under-eye cream but honestly, a regular moisturiser should do the trick.
The next step is to always use a primer. A primer is essentially a barrier between your skin and your makeup, you need to use one! It helps prevent your makeup from sinking into your skin and helps it to last longer and better. With moisturising and priming, you will already have eliminated most of the problem.
Apply your concealer the right way
Who would’ve thought there’s a right and wrong way to applying your concealer. It may seem bizarre but there is a technique to it.
The most important thing to remember is to never, I mean never rub your concealer in. The way to apply concealer is to gently tap it into your skin using whichever tool you like or even your fingers. When you rub your concealer, all you are doing is rubbing it off!
If you are experiencing creasing after applying concealer under your eye, then try using a damp beauty blender to apply with. It will stop the creasing and give your under-eyes a more natural look.
Once you’ve applied your concealer and you’re happy with it, its time for finishing powder. Finishing powder helps to keep your makeup lasting better and longer. It helps prevent shine too. My favourite one is Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder. Again, if you have dry skin, apply it with a damp beauty blender for the best, most natural results.
Did you know that all concealers can double up as contours? All you need to do is buy your favourite concealer in a shade or two darker than you normally wear and voila, you have the perfect contour!
Getting the right product for your skin is always a trial and error process. I hope that with my recommendations on the best under eye concealers for dark circles, that process will be a walk in the park!
Each of these concealers is good in their own right, it just depends on your skin, your preferences and your budget of course!
Let me know which under eye concealer is your favourite to help you get rid of dark circles. I’d love to hear your thoughts and questions in the comments below.