Makeup Artists Agree: These Are the 6 Best Under-Eye Concealers
Had a late night and want to look less tired? Or have dark circles that have set up permanent shop beneath your eyes? Either way, you have two options when you're getting ready: You can reach for your trusty oversize sunglasses, or you can rifle through your makeup bag in search of concealer. The staple product can be used to hide everything from blemishes to redness, and although it lives in the shadow of its all-star sister, foundation, this concentrated pigment is truly magical when used under the eyes.
And who better than professional makeup artists to help us rank the top concealers? These pros spend their days using various formulas in multiple shades and textures, so they know what's up and can advise on which concealer to use for times when you need to fake those eight hours of sleep. The best part is a lot of them called out the same products, which makes shopping for this multitasker even easier. Keep scrolling to read about the top seven concealers these makeup artists agree on.
Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer ($70)
Kevyn Aucoin's versatile concealer is in every makeup artist's kit. Celebrity makeup artist Linda Hay chooses to use this for heavy coverage, and fellow makeup artists Samuel Paul and Tym Shutchai Buacharern agree that a little bit of this pigment-packed concealer goes a long way.
"I love the colour range and the coverage that this product has," raves Tym. "It's a buildable product, so you could go from sheer to full coverage without looking cakey." Samuel's application technique is as follows: "Pat on with the index finger, which helps warm the concealer and melt it into the skin." Tym adds, "The warmth from your fingers will give you a smooth finish."
Makeup artist Fabiola notes that this product's colour range makes it easy for anyone to find a match, and Kristee Liu says that although she carries many concealers in her kit, she always comes back to this one. "It has the ability to cover everything! It is versatile, blends easily, and stays put all day. I like to use a round flat brush to apply it, and then I use a wet Beautyblender to press it into the skin."
Hay's application advice is essential given this concealer's thick consistency. "Always apply moisturizer before applying concealer, and be sure to blend it with your foundation. I use a small, flat brush to apply and finish with my finger to make the perfect blend," she says.
Charlotte Tilbury Mini Miracle Eye Wand ($58)
If you're the low-maintenance type, you'll love this easy-to-use dual-ended concealer. Celebrity makeup artist Tina Turnbow says that it is so foolproof, no extra tools are even necessary. "It never fails to cover without looking cakey. I like the consistency and pigments. I dab it on with the firm brush it comes with, and then I tap it with my fingertips to blend and allow it to sink in."
Hay adds that this option is excellent for days when you don't need too heavy of coverage but still want to even out your skin tone. Oh, and the highlighter tip is the quintessential finishing touch to look like you just slept for a full eight hours.
Maybelline Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles ($19)
Kelli J. Bartlett, GlamSquad VP of makeup and new services, has a genius trick for dark circles: "I layer Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer first, let it sit for a moment, and then go in with a stick concealer and pat down with a Beautyblender. The combination of the lavender undertone of the Maybelline gives a lift and brightness to the face, while a stick concealer corrects to the perfect shade."
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage ($55)
Two shades might look and sound intimidating, but the reliable results make this palette totally worth it. Celebrity makeup artist Pati Dubroff swears by this unique concealer. "This palette has two shades, so no matter where on your face it's used, it will match impeccably," she says. "It also stays put without looking dry." Makeup artist Vincent Oquendo notes that he likes to pair the rich cream formula with a luminous finish foundation for balance.
Makeup artist Vera Steimberg is also a fan of the two-shade combo. "Layering the concealer on top of the neutralizer works really well. I tried it on different people and always works!" Makeup artist Lisa Aharon adds that the consistency of the formula lends versatility. "It's heavy enough to cover spots, bruises, and even tattoos in a pinch. Yet it's light enough to use under the eyes or as a sheer foundation," she says.
Steimberg applies the neutralizer before the concealer: "Sometimes I add a little moisturizer to thin it out." And Aharon seconds that notion: "It will help you blend and distribute the product more evenly for that even and light coverage you desire."
While most artists all agree that this is a great product to use with a fluffy brush, Aharon has a two-option system depending on coverage needs. "This concealer works wonderfully with a brush. For smaller spots and more coverage, I like to pat it on with a small, dense concealer brush and finish with a little translucent powder. Under the eyes, I'll use something medium in size and a little fluffy."
Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Concealer ($48)
If "less is more" sounds like your makeup philosophy, look no further than this complement to Make Up For Ever's Ultra HD Foundation. Celebrity makeup artist Colby Smith swears by it. "The great thing about this concealer is that it gives coverage without the thickness. Less is more!" Makeup artist Julie Harris agrees: "I love it for under the eyes because they blend well and don't look cakey."
For application, Colby uses just a bit followed by optional powder. "My trick is to place the concealer in the little diagonal groove under the eye. By adding lightness and coverage to the dark area and leaving the outside of the eye clean, it allows you to pull the depth forward. This makes the under-eye look smoother and brighter," he says. "Tap a little transparent powder on top for a more natural appearance."
Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer ($44)
When it comes to makeup for the average user, the easier it is to apply, the better. The shade selection is also a big part of what makes a concealer so great. Rita Ora's go-to MUA, Kathy Jeung, is a fan of this cult favorite, pointing out its foolproof usage. "This versatile concealer can give light to heavy coverage depending on how you apply it. Either way, you go, the results are long-lasting without any creasing or dryness," she says.
Makeup artist Kirin Bhatty loves that the name does exactly what it says it will. "It melts into the skin, creating a flawless finish that feels good on the skin; it gives it a soft glow," she says. To up the glow factor, she uses a damp Beautyblender for application.
Celebrity makeup artist Gianpaolo Ceciliato calls the concealer's new 16-shade range "beautiful" and fellow Celebrity makeup artist Tracey Levy adds, "There is a shade for everyone. The creamy formula can be sheer or built up to cover anything."
Gianpaolo adds that it's easy to blend, so novices have no excuse. "I use my fingertips for a natural light coverage or a concealer brush for more coverage followed by powder." Makeup artist Sandy Ganzer echoes this, adding, "It's great applied straight from the tube and melted into the skin with your finger or a damp beauty blender. It couldn't be easier."
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