Dark circles could be makeup's biggest challenge. Sometimes no matter how much concealer we put on they still peek through. So why, when makeup artists do makeup, do they seem to make dark circles disappear right before our eyes? Maybe they just know which products to use. Let's take a look at the concealers that pros swear by! 

Charlotte Tilbury Mini Miracle Eye Wand

To counteract dark circles, “choose one that is one shade lighter than your natural skin tone,” makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury advises. She invented this one “because the whole world is tired,” she says.

Tom Ford Correcting Pen

“For undereye circles, it’s most effective to use a peach (for light-to-medium skin tones) or orange (for darker skin tones) shade to neutralize the darkness you’re trying to cover,” says Kathy Jeung, a makeup artist who counts Rita Ora as a client. Those with darker skin tones should avoid using concealers in shades lighter than their complexion, as they can make skin look ashy, she warns.

Zelens Active Concealer

Combat eye bags by using your finger to tap an anti-inflammatory concealer undereyes or atop fine lines. (This one is stocked with 15 active ingredients, including caffeine, green tea, vitamin E, hyaluronic acid, algae, and peptides.) Be sure to apply it in a triangular shape — not a semi-circle — to avoid further enhancing the problem.

Laura Mercier Candleglow Concealer and Highlighter

When your skin starts looking dull, reach for a product that highlights as well as conceals. This hybrid formula from Laura Mercier tops our wish list because its sheer coverage lends the skin a soft, glowy effect. Use the conveniently rounded tip to apply directly on any dark spots, in the inner corners and under your eyes, or around your nose and mouth to lighten shadows. 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Concealer

Many makeup artists layer green color correctors under flesh-toned concealers to counteract redness on the skin. But for those looking to streamline the process, makeup artist Carola Gonzalez suggests using a golden-yellow concealer, which can look more natural. Tap it on to red areas with a blending sponge or brush. 

Temptu 'Air' Cordless Makeup Airbrush Device

In a pinch, coral or red lipstick topped with concealer can make ink disappear. But for really seamless results, pros like Gonzalez use heavy concealer formulas applied with airbrush guns. “I use the Temptu 'Air' on the third setting. It gives full coverage to the point the tattoo disappears,” she explains. 

Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer

“If the concealer is too light, it will highlight the zit and make it stand out even more,” Brown explains. And if the blemish is red, neutralize the color with a yellow-toned concealer first, Jeung suggests. 

Yes to Tomatoes Corrective Concealer

“Concealing zits is a matter of color and not the amount applied on top of it,” says Janice Kinjo, a makeup artist who works with Mindy Kaling. “Applying too much and the wrong color can make it look cakey.” 

Veil Cosmetics Complexion Fix

Some concealers can actually draw attention to minor imperfections, like fine lines around the eyes. To avoid this, pick a creamy concealing illuminator that’s one to two shades lighter than your complexion. (If you have a YSL Touche Éclat, this is the time to use it.) 

Originally published on Refinery 29 | Featured image from @kevynaucoin

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