We’ve all been there before: a late night at the office, a happy hour that turned into an all-night rager, or even just a bout of insomnia — all things that result in less sleep than you need and the dark undereye circles the next day to show it. You figure your favorite concealer should do the trick so you apply...and you apply some more...but the circles don’t seem to disappear. In fact, they start turning a weird gray color that give your eyes a sunken look instead of the bright-eyed complexion your concealer promised. What gives?
The problem isn’t that the product is the wrong shade — it very well may be the perfect match. It just doesn’t have the color-correcting properties needed to combat those circles. Dark undereye circles, caused by anything from poor circulation as a result of lack of sleep, or more often just genetics, require a different type of coverage than say a red pimple.
This is where Art 101, and more specifically the color wheel, comes in handy. Any color you pick on the color wheel has a corresponding “neutralizing” counterpart, for example, we’ve all heard green concealer can help “neutralize” a red zit. Along the same lines, blue or purple, the most common undereye colors, are opposite orange and pink hues, which make them the perfect shade to “color-correct” those dark circles. Regular concealers without a color-correcting tint can leave skin looking ashy or gray, making those dark circles even more noticeable.
So, although it may feel strange using a pink concealer when your skin tone is anything but, watch yourself become a color-correcting believer once those undereye circles disappear. We rounded up a few concealers that were born to banish those dark circles plus tips on how to best apply them. Click through and let the evidence of those long nights become a thing of the past.
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The name says it all — this paste erases. The Fair and Medium shades have pink and peach undertones which are great for bluish-purple circles found most commonly on light and Asian skin tones. This product can get pretty sticky, so make sure to gently tap on under the eyes (not swipe), and immediately set with powder to avoid creases.
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This color-correcting concealer not only has SPF 20 but plenty of other good-for-you-ingredients like lemon-peel extract to help brighten and reduce dark circles over time. Tan 1 and Tan 2 have an apricot undertone, which makes them great for olive complexions or girls of Indian descent. Make sure to get into the deepest corners of your eyes where the shadowing is darkest.
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Orange is the perfect counter balance for dark-skinned girls whose dark circles veer into dark blue. The orange shade (far right) from the Make Up For Ever palette may appear bright, but the color will disappear onto skin, taking dark circles and any discoloration along with it. Makeup artists love this palette for its range in tones, and everyone will appreciate its excellent coverage.
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This travel-friendly pot has all your color-correcting needs packaged in one tiny compact. Use the color-correcting shade on the right to cover dark circles and go over with the foundation shade on the left if you need extra coverage. Finish it off with the included powder.
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Beauty mavens swear by this color-correcting “miracle-in-a-tube.” The pink shade is perfect for fair to medium skin tones while the orange is spot-on for olive skin tones and those with darker-toned complexions.
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