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.