The 15 Best Dark Circle Concealers in 2023

Our best overall pick is Tarte's Shape Tape Concealer

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Best Dark Circle Concealers

Byrdie / Sabrina Jiang

Here’s a fun fact for ya—did you know that dark undereye circles are largely caused by genetics? Yep, just like your hair color or shoe size, whether or not you have to deal with constant dark circles ultimately boils down to your DNA. (Though yes, things like a lack of sleep can absolutely exacerbate the situation and make any undereye shadows you have all the more noticeable.)

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Our best overall pick in concealers for dark circles is the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer. It has full, long lasting coverage without looking cakey or creasing. We also love the more affordable Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Concealer because it completely brightens the under eye area and blurs the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

When it comes to camouflaging raccoon eyes, at the end of the day, a concealer is by far your best bet. Eye creams can help—to a certain extent—but it takes time to see those effects. A good undereye concealer, on the other hand, can give you complete coverage and make you look bright-eyed in seconds. For better context, we enlisted the help of celebrity makeup artist Tobi Henney to contribute her two cents regarding undereye concealer.

We conducted hours of research to find the best concealers for dark circles on the market, evaluating each on their coverage, lasting power, and shade range. We also looked for any extra features, like if they were able to blur fine lines or soothe puffiness. After considering dozens of products and consulting a celebrity makeup artist and our editors for their personal favorites, we landed on these top-rated picks.

Ahead, find the best dark circle concealers available now.

Best Overall

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer

4.8
Tarte Shape Tape Concealer

Amazon

What We Like
  • Good color payoff

  • Coverage lasts all day

  • Easy to blend

What We Don't Like
  • Can feel heavy

There’s arguably no concealer out there more beloved than this one. Beauty editors swear by it (Hallie Gould, our senior editorial director, is just one of many Byrdie staffers that are obsessed). Influencers post about it on the reg. And people buy it—and rave about it—time and time again. While it works great all over your face, it’s especially choice for under the eyes, thanks to an extra hydrating and creamy formula (credit mango and shea butter) and complete coverage that never creases or settles into fine lines.

Reviewers love that this concealer lives up to its claim of lasting up to 16 hours without fading, and that it gives their undereyes a lifted look. It also works to brighten dark circles over time, with the inclusion of licorice root in its formula (an ingredient known for its ability to treat hyperpigmentation).

Coverage Level: Full | Finish: Matte | Shades: 35 | Size: 0.3 fl. oz | Byrdie Clean: No | Cruelty-Free: Yes

Price at time of publish: $31

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer

Byrdie / Ashley Rebecca

What Our Testers Say

The biggest takeaway from wearing shape tape is how my skin looked lifted immediately after applying, and the fact I was able to use it to highlight my features too, was a big win in my opinion.” — Ashley Rebecca, Product Tester

Best Budget

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Concealer

5
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Multi-Use Concealer

Amazon

What We Like
  • Blends easily

  • Includes sponge-tip applicator

  • Blurs fine lines and pores

What We Don't Like
  • Can crease

This drugstore staple is a best-seller—one of the top-selling ones in America, NBD—for good reason. The creamy formula completely covers up not only dark circles but also helps to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as well, while working to tamp down puffiness in the process. Bonus points for the built-in, sponge-tip applicator that ensures silky smooth blending.

Coverage Level: Medium to full | Finish: Natural | Shades: 16 | Size: 0.2 fl. oz | Byrdie Clean: No | Cruelty-Free: No

Price at time of publish: $11

Best Long-Lasting

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

4.9
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

Sephora

What We Like
  • Coverage lasts all day

  • Easy to blend

  • Suitable for all skin types

What We Don't Like
  • Can oxidize over time

This one is the recommendation of former Byrdie editorial director Faith Xue. Reach for it when makeup touch-ups aren’t going to be feasible; the formula offers medium coverage that stays put for up to 16 hours. It also boasts a mineral tone balancing powder to optically correct, not just cover, discoloration, plus a light-diffusing mineral powder as well to create a radiant finish.

Coverage Level: Medium | Finish: Radiant | Shades: 30 | Size: 0.2 fl. oz | Byrdie Clean: No | Cruelty-Free: No

Price at time of publish: $31

What Our Testers Say

"Everything I wanted to be covered, was covered. I noticed my skin looked glowier which is a nod to the radiant aspect of the formula. The concealer held up all day and didn’t crease on me." — Ashley Rebecca, Product Tester

Best Hydrating

Giorgio Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Concealer

4.2
Armani Luminous Silk Concealer

 Courtesy of Sephora

What We Like
  • Wears comfortably

  • Lasts all day

  • Blends into a radiant, skin-like finish

What We Don't Like
  • Limited shade range

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of their best-selling Luminous Silk Foundation, Armani recently launched this guy, the concealer variant of the beloved base. Both have that same silky feel and subtly radiant finish, and this concealer delivers up to 24 hours of hydration. There’s also caffeine in the mix, choice for helping to combat both dark circles and puffiness.

Coverage Level: Medium | Finish: Radiant | Shades: 20 | Size: 0.4 fl. oz | Byrdie Clean: No | Cruelty-Free: No

Price at time of publish: $38

What Our Testers Say

"Armani's Luminous Silk Concealer is really nice. Its liquid texture, easy-to-blend formula, and pigment can help conceal or brighten dark circles or hyperpigmentation almost immediately." — Khera Alexander, Product Tester

Best Cream

Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer

4.7
Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer

Kevyn Aucoin

What We Like
  • Intense coverage with a tiny amount of product

  • Blends easily

  • Product lasts a long time

What We Don't Like
  • Scent can be off-putting to some

No matter whether you’re dealing with dry skin or want to make sure you have plenty of coverage, reach for a cream concealer. Often housed in pots, they’re a surefire way to get plenty of creamy color. This one, another one of Rhue’s picks, packs plenty of color. So much so that you truly need only a tiny dot (about the size of the grain of rice, per the brand’s recommendation) under each eye. Jojoba oil in the formula ensures it’s nice and hydrating and never creases or cakes, and we also love the intensely pigmented pick for strategic covering of pimples.

Coverage Level: Medium | Finish: Dewy | Shades: 16 | Size: 0.6 fl. oz | Byrdie Clean: No | Cruelty-Free: No

Price at time of publish: $34

What Our Testers Say

"This concealer showed me two things: this product is beyond amazing, and it’s possible to find a full coverage concealer that doesn’t take a lot of manipulating to look natural." — Khera Alexander, Product Tester

Key Features

"I love Kevyn Aucoin Soft Skin Enhancers—they are buildable and definitely have staying power. They won’t move if you’re prone to sweating." — Tobi Henney, Celebrity Makeup Artist

Best Radiant Finish

UOMA Beauty Stay Woke Concealer

UOMA Beauty Stay Woke Concealer

Beauty Bay

What We Like
  • Radiant finish

  • Creamy, smooth texture

  • Coverage lasts all day

What We Don't Like
  • Shades could be improved

On the flip side, if you’re looking for a little luminosity, this concealer can’t be beaten. Despite the fact that it packs full coverage, it still has a featherweight, nearly skin-like texture—no easy feat. Creamy and smooth, it also has the perfect amount of radiance to leave skin looking fresh and healthy, without veering into sparkly or shimmery territory.

Coverage Level: Full | Finish: Satin | Shades: 17 | Size: 0.2 fl. oz | Byrdie Clean: No | Cruelty-Free: Yes

Price at time of publish: $25

Best Drugstore

e.l.f. Cosmetics 16HR Camo Concealer

e.l.f. Cosmetics 16HR Camo Concealer

Amazon

What We Like
  • Controls oil and shine

  • Blends easily

  • Hydrates

What We Don't Like
  • May be too matte for dry skin

When it comes to drugstore concealers, this pick from e.l.f is arguably one of the most popular picks. For under $10, you get a product that is able to brighten, conceal, and blur imperfections. This hydrating formula lasts up to 16 hours, and it won't settle into fine lines or become shiny throughout the day.

Coverage Level: Full | Finish: Matte | Shades: 26 | Size: 0.2 fl. oz | Byrdie Clean: No | Cruelty-Free: Yes

Price at time of publish: $7

Best Shade Range

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Concealer

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Longwear Liquid Concealer

Sephora

What We Like
  • Easy to find a matching shade

  • Coverage lasts all day

  • Doesn't settle into creases or fine lines

What We Don't Like
  • Can look a little dry

It’s a simple beauty fact of life: Concealers always come in fewer shades than foundations. That’s why this particular pick is so noteworthy. There are, wait for it, a whopping 50 shades with an extensive range of undertones to pick from, offering a hue for pretty much any and every skin tone. Long-wear and sweat-resistant, one swipe offers medium coverage, though it’s easily buildable if you need more.

Coverage Level: Full | Finish: Matte | Shades: 50 | Size: 0.3 fl. oz | Byrdie Clean: No | Cruelty-Free: Yes

Price at time of publish: $28

Best Matte Finish

NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer

NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer

Sephora

What We Like
  • Matte without looking too dry

  • Creamy, velvety texture

  • Wide shade range

What We Don't Like
  • Reviewers note that the formula is a little thick

This one is a personal favorite of Tobi Henney, a professional makeup artist based in New York City. The oil-free formula packs plenty of coverage and has a velvety finish that strikes the perfect balance between being matte but never coming across as dry or flat. It’s also nice and creamy, instantly melting into skin, and works just as well to conceal blemishes as it does dark circles.

"The matte finish definitely helps cover any darkness under the eyes," says Henney. "I like to use a soft fluffy brush to apply and then blend with a damp Beauty Blender." Bonus points for the addition of protective antioxidants—vitamins A, C, and E—which are always a good thing for the delicate skin around your eyes.

Coverage Level: Full | Finish: Matte | Shades: 30 | Size: 0.2 fl. oz | Byrdie Clean: No | Cruelty-Free: No

Price at time of publish: $30

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer

Byrdie / Ashley Rebecca

Best Brightening

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat High Cover Radiant Concealer

4.6
Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat High Cover Radiant Concealer

Sephora

What We Like
  • Skin looks radiant and uplifted

  • Creamy, silky texture

  • Lightweight

What We Don't Like
  • Packaging could be improved

The OG Touche Éclat highlighting pen first launched nearly 30 years ago. It too can be used to brighten the area under the eyes, though to score both the brightening and concealing benefits, reach for this take on the classic. With more coverage, it helps cover discoloration, but still offers the same Optical Brightening Technology that works to deflect the light away from the eyes to diffuse darkness and increase radiance.

Coverage Level: Medium | Finish: Radiant | Shades: 16 | Size: 0.08 fl. oz | Byrdie Clean: No | Cruelty-Free: No

Price at time of publish: $38

Best Sheer Coverage

Glossier Stretch Concealer

Glossier Stretch Concealer

 Courtesy of Glossier

What We Like
  • Wears comfortably on skin

  • Won't cake or crease

  • Goes on smoothly

What We Don't Like
  • Not ideal for oily skin

Those who crave coverage, but don’t love the look and/or feel of concealer, will appreciate how undetectable this formula is. Credit elastic micro waxes in the formula that move with your skin, rather than sitting on top of it (and end up resulting in caking or creasing).

Coverage Level: Light to medium | Finish: Natural | Shades: 12 | Size: 0.2 fl. oz | Byrdie Clean: No | Cruelty-Free: Yes

Price at time of publish: $20

For best results, warm up the product with your fingertips before blending it in.

Best Natural

ILIA True Skin Serum Concealer

4.7
ILIA True Skin Serum Concealer

Dermstore

What We Like
  • Hydrating formula

  • Blends easily

  • Lightweight

What We Don't Like
  • Can settle into fine lines

Those looking for clean ingredient lists will appreciate this formula, free of a long list of potentially questionable chemicals. In fact, the first ingredient is aloe juice, imparting plenty of soothing hydration. Per the serum part of things, it also contains brightening and protective vitamin C and has a serum-like texture that melts and blends seamlessly onto skin, even in areas where there might be some fine lines or crepiness (like around the eyes).

Coverage Level: Medium | Finish: Satin | Shades: 20 | Size: 0.2 fl. oz | Byrdie Clean: Yes | Cruelty-Free: Yes

Price at time of publish: $30

Best for 40+ Skin

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination Anti-Aging Concealer

it cosmetics bye bye under eye illumination concealer

Courtesy of Sephora

What We Like
  • Illuminates the eye area

  • Comes in both radiant and natural finishes

  • Waterproof

What We Don't Like
  • Shade range could be more inclusive

Byrdie associate editorial director Holly Rhue raves about this full coverage, waterproof, long-lasting formula. A new variant on the OG (and also very popular version), this one boasts more of a luminescent finish, ideal when you want a little extra brightness around your eyes. But like its predecessor, it too contains hydrating hyaluronic acid, plus anti-aging collagen and peptides to help smooth out the look of fine lines and wrinkles over time.

Coverage Level: Full | Finish: Radiant, natural | Shades: 12 | Size: 0.4 fl. oz | Byrdie Clean: No | Cruelty-Free: Yes

Price at time of publish: $29

Best Stick

Marc Jacobs Accomplice Concealer & Touch-Up Stick

Marc Jacobs Accomplice Concealer & Touch-Up Stick

Courtesy of Net-a-Porter

What We Like
  • Goes on smoothly

  • Good value

  • Buildable without caking

What We Don't Like
  • Shade range could be expanded

Stick concealers are choice for easy application—all you have to do is swipe on and blend in with your fingertips, no extra tools or brushes required. This particular one is a fave of Karli Bendlin, Byrdie’s former senior editor, and touts an extra creamy consistency that glides beautifully along the skin. Use it as your AM concealer, but, as the name suggests, keep it on hand for touch-ups, too. It layers nicely over existing makeup if you realize you need a little more coverage mid-day.

Coverage Level: Full | Finish: Natural | Shades: 17 | Size: 0.2 fl. oz | Byrdie Clean: No | Cruelty-Free: Yes

Price at time of publish: $18

Best Vegan

LYS Beauty Triple Fix Brightening Concealer

LYS Beauty Triple Fix Brightening Concealer

Sephora

What We Like
  • Hydrating

  • Extensive shade range

  • Feels lightweight

What We Don't Like
  • Can look cakey if too much is applied

If you're looking for a concealer that incorporates natural ingredients, you'll love this pick that has ashwaghanda and turmeric in it formula to soothe inflammation and brighten the under eye area. While this concealer can be beneficial for your skin, it also completely covers dark circles without settling into creases or wrinkles. It also contains hyaluronic acid in its formula to hydrate, so it'll never look dry or patchy on the skin.

Coverage Level: Full | Finish: Natural | Shades: 25 | Size: 0.25 fl. oz | Byrdie Clean: Yes | Cruelty-Free: Yes

Price at time of publish: $18

Final Verdict

The best concealer for dark circles is Tarte Shape Tape Concealer, because its universally-beloved formula can last up to 16 hours and can cover wrinkles and fine lines. For a more budget-friendly pick, we recommend the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Concealer, which comes with a. nifty applicator that can blend out the product easily and reduce puffiness.

Meet the Expert

Tobi Henney is a bicoastal professional makeup artist. Her client list includes celebrities like Megan Fox, Ellie Goulding, and Ashley Graham, and brands such as Chanel, Dior, and Victoria's Secret.

What to Look For in a Dark Circle Concealer

A Smooth, Blendable Consistency

Your undereye area is a very sensitive one, so looking for a concealer that doesn't take too much work to blend is important. Seek out a smooth, creamy formula that can easily be blended with your makeup sponge, brush, or finger without any tugging.

Skincare Ingredients

Want to give your undereye area some extra love while also concealing dark circles? Look for a formula that incorporates skincare ingredients like Vitamin C, Vitamin E, shea, caffeine, or Vitamin K, which can act as sidekicks for your eye cream in helping to boost brightness.

Subtle Luminosity

We're not talking all-out disco ball sparkle here, but some subtle radiance goes a long way in creating a more awake look in an instant. Seek out a formula with the slightest amount of pearl pigment—the matte finish of your concealer should cancel out any excessive shimmer, and instead, impart a brighter, more refreshed appearance.

FAQ
  • How should I apply my undereye concealer?

    According to Henney, you can simply dot the concealer under your eyes, then blending it out either with a makeup brush or sponge, or your fingers.

  • Should my undereye concealer be lighter than my foundation?

    While Henney recommends opting for a slightly lighter hue to impart a brighter, more-awake appearance, veer no more than 2 to 3 shades lighter than your foundation so the effect doesn't impart too dramatic of a contrast.

  • How can I prevent my undereye concealer from creasing?

    Once you've blended the concealer into your complexion, set the area with a small amount of translucent powder.

Updated by Shannon Stubbs
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