While the actual prospect of under-eye bags is a disappointing concept, the name is even worse. Bags? Lexically, it isn't a sexy word—bag lady, baggy, baggage—you get point. Now take the concept of an empty, crumpled bag and its association with the area underneath your eyes. It's bad enough having puffiness there—it doesn't need to be made worse with such a fowl-sounding word.
Now that we've gotten that off our chests, let's focus on how to deal with them. You can try microneedling or injections if you're up for an invasive treatment, or you can opt for a more temporary trick like putting tea bags or cold compresses over the area to reduce puffiness. But if you're in a real pinch, especially after a long night of working (or pizza and Bravo), we've found the holy-grail concealers that help diminish their appearance. They're so good, in fact, that celebrity makeup artists swear by them. Take a look at the best concealers for under-eye bags (*shudder*) below.
Are you someone who likes products with double-duty features? Meet your soulmate. This two-in-one concealer/eye cream is perfect for on-the-go application. "One end houses a brightening, light-diffusing eye cream, and the other has a concealer pen," says Honey Makeup Artist Suzy Gerstein. "The peach and pink tones of the concealer are key for correcting the blue aspect of darkness underneath the eyes." Skincare and makeup in one? Say no more–we're sold. Gerstein suggests that after applying any concealer, "setting with a Tatcha blotting paper or a tiny bit of light-diffusing powder, like Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder," maximizes and sets the wear and coverage of your makeup. The super-soft lightweight dust creates the appearance of naturally perfected skin (so no one will know you stayed up until 3 a.m. binge-watching Netflix last night).
When you're on day two or three of a saga of sleepless nights, you don't want to have to worry about your makeup. This full-coverage color corrector's smooth, creamy texture is easy to blend and won't crease. Plus, it's formulated with skin conditioners that protect the delicate under-eye area—an indulgence that your skin will thank you for after one too many all-nighters.
One of the useful tricks for under-eye concealing is color correcting. Honey Makeup Artist Aidan Keogh suggests using "warmer colors or pink/rose tones to neutralize blue undertones and cooler colors or yellow tones to neutralize red undertones." Since the skin under the eye is thinner, using liquid hydrating formulas like this new formula from Lancôme ensures a natural feel and finish.
"Once you neutralize darkness, it's time to create the optical illusion with highlighters," Keogh says. "My go-to is YSL Touche Éclat." This light-diffusing, smooth formula reflects light to create a brighter, more youthful under-eye area. Keogh's beauty hack? Use sparingly and in conjugation with concealer.
While not exactly a concealer, Honey Makeup Artist Daniela Gozlan likes to use this foundation for her under-eye care to totally eliminate any trace of tiredness. "For under-eye bags, I would use two shades: a darker one on top of the actual 'bag' and a lighter shade right underneath, and they must be well-blended." Make Up For Ever's ultra-lightweight formula is crafted specifically to melt into the skin and give off a flawless, unfiltered finish.
From the company that prides itself on doing beauty differently, we were pleased to hear that its products back up its talk of attention to diversity in the industry. Martin raves that the two shades conceal and act as a corrector. Adding that "this moisturizing yet budgeproof formula is great for any skin type and tone."
To talk about a cult-fave, this concealer is an enduring makeup artist top pick and has been for years. Celebrity Makeup Artist Tina Turnbow loves the award-winning product, saying it "stays in place and is great for spots and blemishes because it's on the drier side," though she assures that it's definitely still creamy enough to blend well. She praises the range of shades, specifically Almond for warm skin tones.
Concealer duos are the perfect under-eye bag concealer because you can blend the two shades together to personalize the formula for your skin tone. Turnbow says Mineral Fusion's line is "moist and good coverage for the eye area. The warm, cool, and neutral tones are just perfect." She says further how the good-for-the-skin ingredients and mineral-based formula ensure sun protection, which is important for this fragile eye area.
This concealer is formulated with turmeric extract and camellia seed oil (from Jeju Island, Korea), both of which have skin-calming and anti-inflammatory properties to nourish and moisturize your skin. The sponge tip allows for easy and seamless application, which is perfect for those of us who prefer applying with our fingers or on the go. Turnbow says it has "amazing coverage for spot concealing a huge range of colors." We'll take three.
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