Dark circles are annoying, sure, but they're also a fact of life. We've all had them. They can be a product of late nights, poor diet, and even your DNA. "Dark circles and puffiness are a combination of life and genetics—that means they can become more prominent after pulling long hours at the office, too many margarita-filled nights, sun, and sometimes allergies," explains Amy Fan, an expert from Onomie, a brand dedicated to preventing, treating and concealing under-eye circles.
"There are two types of dark circles," says Fan. "The first is under-eye circles with a bluish tinge, which are actually pools of blood underneath your eyes. The skin right below your eyes is very thin and delicate, and when blood pools, it shows right through." She continues, "The second is under-eye circles with a brown tint. This is usually caused by hyperpigmentation, which is partly genetic and can be exacerbated with sun exposure."
So what to do? Other than keeping your cortisol levels in check, eating well, drinking enough water, and making sure to get some sleep (I know, a tall order), investing in a great concealer can make things easier on you. To find the best options, we connected with our friends over at Pinterest for their top trending concealers with great reviews and thousands of pins. Below, find the five most popular.
Nyx's Professional Makeup HD Concealer Wand ($4), the most wallet-friendly of the bunch doesn't pack any less punch—the concentrated, emollient-rich formula goes on like a dream, neutralizes any blue tones, and spot treats redness. It also incorporates aloe to soothe and de-puff while you apply for an even, easy application that helps with fatigue.
If you're looking for something flexible (read: easily blendable, breathable, and not too thick) but still full-coverage—Milk Makeup's Flex Concealer ($28) is for you. While the ability to conceal dark circles, blemishes, and fine lines and never crack or cake seems mutually exclusive, Milk Makeup has set out to prove that's not true. The secret is in the hydrating formula: It's enriched with blue lotus and chamomile, and keeps your skin plump, soothed, and moisturized while also properly concealed.
I recently discovered Tarte's Double Duty Beauty Shape Tape Contour Concealer ($27), only to realize it's been a favorite on the internet for a while. Not only does it work as a traditional concealer (perfect for concealing darkness and bags) but it also allows you to sculpt and highlight with the formula as well. It's full-coverage but shockingly creamy, and once it's blended, it will not budge. Every single concealer pools in my fine lines, and this one stayed smooth and in place all day long. It incorporates mango seed and shea butter to keep moisture and nutrients in your skin while it helps brighten your complexion.
File Urban Decay's Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer ($29) as the go-to for coverage with a lightweight, luminous finish. The liquid formula never settles into fine lines as it contains Japanese green tea to revitalize the skin as peptides support elasticity. Litchiderm—an ingredient derived from lychee fruit—protects against dehydration by attracting and retaining moisture. The result will be brighter, happier skin and practically imperceptible under-eye darkness.
A concealer with a cult following, Nars's Radiant Creamy Concealer ($30) features a botanical cocktail to hydrate, firm, and strengthen your skin while light-diffusing technology evens the complexion. It's truly a hero product that does it all.