The 13 Best Dark Circle Concealers in 2022

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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.)

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.

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.

Here, the best dark circle concealers on the market now.

Best Overall: Tarte Shape Tape Concealer

4.8
Tarte Shape Tape Concealer

 Courtesy of Ulta

What We Like
  • Good color payoff

  • Coverage lasts all day

  • Easy to blend

What We Don't Like
  • Can feel heavy

Who else recommends it? Harper's Bazaar, Good Housekeeping, and Marie Claire all picked the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer.

What do buyers say? 11,600+ Ulta reviewers rated this product 4 stars or above.

There’s arguably no concealer out there more beloved than this one. Beauty editors swear by it (Hallie Gould, Byrdie’s Senior Editor, 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.

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

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 Radiant Finish: UOMA Beauty Stay Woke Concealer

Uoma Beauty Stay Woke Luminous Concealer

Ulta

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

Best Drugstore: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Concealer

5
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Concealer

Courtesy of Maybelline

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

Best Shade Range: Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Concealer

Fenty Beauty

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

Best Matte Finish: NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer

nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer
What We Like
  • Matte without looking too dry

  • Creamy, velvety texture

  • Wide shade range

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey

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

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer

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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 tend to oxidize over time

This one is the recommendation of 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

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 Brightening: Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat High Cover Radiant Concealer

YSL Touche Éclat High Cover Radiant Concealer

 Courtesy of 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 camo 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

Best Hydrating: Giorgio Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Concealer

3.7
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

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 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

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

Best Natural: ILIA True Skin Serum Concealer

Ilia True Skin Serum Concealer

Ilia 

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

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 Editor 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

Best Cream: Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer

4.7
kevyn aucoin

Courtesy

What We Like
  • Intense coverage with the smallest amount of product

  • Blends easily

  • Product lasts a long time

What We Don't Like
  • Scent may 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

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 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 Email 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

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 makeup artist Tobi 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.

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