If you're naturally shadowed or perpetually sleep-deprived, you know the struggle. Whether under-eye bags and dark shadows are your reality every day or just when you've skipped out on sleep, you'll need to be armed with a good under-eye concealer (or, better yet, an impenetrable shield of self-confidence, though I will say that buying a concealer is way faster than dismantling the patriarchy). A tried-and-true concealer has the ability to instantly brighten skin, cover bags, and dark shadows, and cover small breakouts and imperfections. And whether you’ve been searching for a product that will withstand humid climates or a formula equipped to banish the look of fine lines and wrinkles, the hunt for the best under-eye concealer for you can be...daunting, to say the least.
So, to make everything a billion times easier, the Marie Claire beauty team read every review, swiped on (almost) every single cult-favorite concealer on the market, and called on professional makeup artists Erin Parsons, Olivia Madorma, and Grace Balsamo for shopping tips and insight on their holy grail under-eye concealer heroes. We narrowed down the competition to the absolute best under-eye concealer formulas you're guaranteed to fall in love with and toss in your purse, no matter what the occasion. From luxury retailers to classic drugstore concealers, we made sure to select the concealers armed to perfect all of your under-eye needs this season. Pick your favorite, ahead, and get swiping.
- Best Overall Under-Eye Concealer: Tarte Double Duty Shape Tape Contour Concealer
- Best Budget Under-Eye Concealer: NYX Professional Makeup Can't Stop Won't Stop Contour Concealer
- Best Splurgeworthy Under-Eye Concealer: NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer
- Best Full-Coverage Under-Eye Concealer: IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Full Coverage Anti-Aging Waterproof Concealer
- Best Brightening Under-Eye Concealer: Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat All-Over Brightening Pen
- Best Under-Eye Concealer for Oily Skin: Anastasia Beverly Hills Magic Touch Concealer
- Best Under-Eye Concealer for Mature Skin: Maybelline New York Instant Age Rewind Eraser
- Best Under-Eye Concealer for Dry Skin: Milk Makeup Sunshine Under Eye Brightening Light Coverage Concealer
What to Look For in Under-Eye Concealer
If you’re on the hunt for a great under-eye concealer, you’ll quickly realize that there are about a million different options on the market, so how do you weed out the good from the bad? Take a look at the ingredient list. Balsamo says ingredients with hydrating and emulsifying properties are a must-have in an under-eye concealer. “Emulsifying ingredients help smooth the skin and fill fine texture and lines,” she explains. “A good one to look out for is dimethicone.”
Madorma seconds this, adding that hyaluronic acid and castor seed oil are the two ingredients she always looks for in an under-eye concealer. In case you were wondering, “the castor seed oil with help smooth out texture and keep the under-eye hydrated throughout the wear time,” Madorma explains. Meanwhile, “the hyaluronic acid will help with any imperfections under the eye, and together they will work great!”
Both Balsamo and Madorma agree that to find the perfect under-eye concealer for you, you have to match a concealer’s texture with your skin type and needs. For example, Balsamo explains for mature skin, a thin, hydrating formula will prevent creasing, while those with oily skin would benefit from a matte formula which “also helps prevent mascara from transferring from bottom lashes to the skin by eliminating excess oil or moisture.”
For specific skin concerns such as dark circles, blemishes, scarring, or pigmentation, Madorma recommends a pot concealer (such as RMS Beauty’s “Un” Cover-Up Concealer, below). She says, “They are extremely pigmented, creamy, and work well on top of makeup as well as underneath to cover any blemish.” But if you’re just looking for light under-eye coverage or added brightness, Madorma says to go with a liquid or pen formula since these are “so hydrating and easy to blend.” All in all, consider your skin needs first before weighing your under-eye concealer options. To make shopping for your skin type easier, we’ve provided pros and cons for each of the vetted products below.
The Best Under-Eye Concealers
Best Overall Under-Eye Concealer
In case 8,000 five-star reviews don't speak for themselves, maybe you'll be wooed by the fact that this cult-favorite concealer is filled with Amazonian clay (to soak up skin oils to prevent midday slippage), plus hydrating shea butter, olive oil, and sunflower seed oil to keep skin dewy and hydrated all day long. MC's own Style Editor Emma Childs calls this concealer "magic," adding, "Its dermatologist-tested formula delivers tenfold on its promise of crease-free 16-hour wear, and I was astounded by how masterfully it lightened my purple-hued under-eyes."
Pros: Editor-approved; Great for dark circles; Provides a brightening effect; Non-creasing; Long-wearing; Dermatologist-tested; Extensive shade range; Waterproof.
Cons: Over $30.
Best Under-Eye Concealer for Mature Skin
All right, this won't actually erase dark circles or rewind the clock, (because this isn't Harry Potter, and for that, we are sorry), but this creamy powder is pretty much the next best thing in a tube. "I love the formula because it keeps the skin fresh and doesn’t sink into fine lines and wrinkles yet provides a medium coverage," explains Parsons. Dab and sweep the spongey puff under your eyes, around your nose, and anywhere else you want the goji berry- and haloxyl-spiked formula to brighten and smooth.
Pros: Pro-approved; Under $15; Easy to apply with sponge-tip applicator; Great for dark circles; Hydrating formula; Buildable coverage.
Cons: Limited shade range.
Best Splurgeworthy Under-Eye Concealer
This liquid formula is one of the most sworn-by concealers for makeup artists, thanks to its full-coverage yet sheer-looking finish that's like a shot of espresso to your eyes. "This is one particular concealer I reach for the most when working on deeper skin tones. The formula is beautiful but even better, the color range is vast with many different undertones," says Parsons. "I find it great for coverage, brightening and sculpting the face." Madorma also counts herself a fan, calling it her "absolute go-to."
Pros: Pro-approved; Great for dark circles; Provides a brightening effect; Suitable for all skin types; Long-wearing; Non-creasing; Extensive shade range.
Cons: Over $30.
Best Budget Under-Eye Concealer
Sometimes, you just need extra help illuminating that oft-dull area under your eyes and at the tops of your cheeks. Create an instant lift with NYX's affordable option. As Madorma suggests below, opt for a shade or two lighter than your natural skin tone for a brightening effect in seconds. This one is especially great if you have oily skin or deep shadows under your eyes. Its full coverage formula takes care of any dark circles in a pinch, plus its matte finish will keep you shine-free all day.
Pros: Under $15; Extensive shade range; Waterproof; Blendable; Vegan; Offers full coverage; Lightweight; Non-creasing;
Cons: May be drying for some.
Best Brightening Under-Eye Concealer
Your eyes will never look dull again if this little pen has anything to do with it. Promising "eight hours of sleep with the click of a pen" (uh, in my wildest dreams, right?), this cult-favorite cream is infused with light-reflecting—but never shimmery or glittery—minerals that brighten with every swipe. "I use this concealer on top of regular concealer to provide a brightening effect without adding too much coverage," says Parsons. "I find the best way to use it is to apply a dab and let it set for about 30 seconds before blending. This allows the product to thicken thus producing a seamless blend."
Pros: Pro-approved; Provides a brightening effect; Great for dark circles; Buildable coverage; Easy to apply with brush tip; Suitable for all skin types.
Cons: Over $30; Limited shade range for darker skin tones.
Best Full-Coverage Under-Eye Concealer
Show your skin some love with this full-coverage, long-lasting concealer. The formula's mix of peptides, antioxidants, collagen, hyaluronic acid, and vitamins will improve the appearance of wrinkles while it also goes to work covering discoloration and blemishes. This one works especially well to cover up dark circles, but I will say the formula is on the thicker side. A tiny dab is really all you need for full coverage, which also means one tube is going to last you forever.
Pros: Editor-approved; Great for dark circles; Waterproof; Long-wearing; Hydrating formula.
Cons: May crease if you use too much.
Best Color-Correcting Under-Eye Concealer
This. Stuff. Is. Magical. The lightweight formula (which feels almost like a balm) is part-color corrector, part-eye primer, and part-concealer, meaning it not only smooths fine lines and hides redness, but it also brightens dark circles with its peachy undertones. A little goes long way here. Gently tap a bit under your eyes with your fingers to quickly color-correct. And if you need a little more coverage, simply layer your favorite concealer on top. Either way, you'll achieve a mega-watt bright effect.
Pros: Multi-use formula; Great for dark circles; Non-creasing; Waterproof; Provides a brightening effect; Suitable for all skin types.
Cons: Limited shade range for darker skin tones; Over $30.
Best Editor-Approved Under-Eye Concealer
Do away with unwanted imperfections with this complexion-smoothing formula. The iconic Hourglass Vanish Airbrush concealer has 16-hour staying power and glides on with absolute ease. Spherical micro powders work to brighten the under-eye area and create a blurring effect for a real-life airbrush finish. Just about the entire team at MC is obsessed with this concealer, but no one more so than MC's E-Commerce Editor, Julia Marzovilla. She says, "This is the concealer I keep in my makeup bag," adding it's her "holy grail."
Pros: Editor-approved; Long-wearing; Waterproof; Non-creasing; Provides a brightening effect; Great applicator; Suitable for all skin types.
Cons: Over $30.
Best Multi-Use Under-Eye Concealer
Meet the do-it-all, multi-use concealer you've been waiting on. It's equipped to conceal, highlight, contour, and retouch your skin for a flawless finish. A single swipe of this baby under your eyes equals a full day of coverage—a little goes a long way. And its skin-first ingredients, like coconut water and hyaluronic acid, works for all skin types. Gabrielle Ulubay, MC's E-Commerce Writer, is a fan and says, "Not only does it work well for under-eye bags, but it's also highly effective for red spots and hyperpigmentation."
Pros: Editor-approved; Wide shade range; Great for undereye bags; Multi-use formula; Non-creasing; Long-wearing; Hydrating formula; Vegan.
Cons: Over $30; Dries quickly.
Best Blurring Under-Eye Concealer
Give your under-eyes a second-skin effect with Dior Skin's latest family member: This concealer features the best of both worlds with its moisture-enriched and matte finish formula. It smoothes fine lines, conceals dark circles, and stays put—no setting powder necessary. While this pick is on the pricier side, it delivers on its promise of 24-hour wear, plus you get a ton of product for the price. Another bonus? This concealer is a pro at blurring large pores.
Pros: Long-wearing; Hydrating formula; Multi-use formula; Great for dark circles; Provides a blurring effect; A little goes a long way.
Cons: Over $30.
Best Skin-Like Under-Eye Concealer
The "Mother of Makeup," a.k.a. Pat McGrath, presents her first-ever concealer: a creamy, full-coverage, lightweight formula. For a natural second-skin effect, add this silky smooth concealer to your makeup bag to brighten and blur your under-eye imperfections. This concealer also comes in a whopping 36 shades, a range second only to Fenty Beauty, so there's a good chance you'll find your exact match. Plus, the formula is long-lasting and won't get tacky and drying throughout the day.
Pros: Extensive shade range; Blendable; Lightweight; Provides a brightening and blurring effect; Long-wearing; Hydrating formula.
Cons: Over $30; May not be great for mature skin.
Best All-In-One Under-Eye Concealer
Some concealers feel dry as hell, which is not good for my perpetually dehydrated skin. When I discovered this hydrating formula years ago, I was hooked on how glowy it made my skin look thanks to its hyaluronic spheres-spiked formula. Even better? You can skip the extra step of setting this with a powder because the fool-proof formula sets itself for up to 12 hours. In case you needed another reason to love this concealer, Madorma is also a fan, sayings it's "another staple in my makeup kit.
Pros: Hydrating formula; Self-setting; Extensive shade range; Buildable coverage; Non-creasing; Long-wearing
Cons: Can be drying to some.
Best Shade Range Under-Eye Concealer
Do the happy dance, because you'll never have to worry about a concealer not coming in your shade again. Leave it to Rihanna to drop 50 shades of incredible concealers that'll exceed your expectations when it comes to coverage, and stay in place all damn day. I'm convinced this sweat-proof formula is made with a magical potion that won't move to save a life. As if this concealer couldn't get better, it's also completely vegan.
Pros: Extensive shade range; Long-wearing; Suitable for all skin types; Non-creasing.
Cons: Dries fast; Some say it's drying.
Best Illuminating Under-Eye Concealer
Calling all my ladies who don't play when it comes to full, full-coverage. You need this pore-perfecting, blemish-hiding, skin-brightening concealer in your life—like, yesterday. This creamy concealer is almost too good at hiding hyperpigmentation. When my skin is acting crazy, this concealer puts me in a good mood because it makes me forget my "problem spots" are even there. It's also extra brightening—like, "I just slept for eight hours" brightening, and you won't have to worry about pesky creasing.
Pros: Provides a brightening effect; Great for dark circles and spots; Blendable; A little goes a long way.
Cons: Not great for mature skin.
Best Drugstore Under-Eye Concealer
This stick concealer has been my favorite drugstore concealer for six years straight, and for good reason: The formula is so ridiculously creamy that it melts into your skin from the moment you swipe it on, making it easily buildable, without any caking. But the biggest draw is its imperceptible light-reflecting pigments that leave you with a soft, diffused finish, like an Instagram filter IRL. In case you needed proof a great concealer can be found at the drugstore, here you go.
Pros: Under $15; Blendable; Offers high coverage; Travel-friendly; Great for dark circles.
Cons: Only available in six shades.
Best Under-Eye Concealer for Dry Skin
Sometimes a light wash of color in the under eyes is all you need to look refreshed. This sheer, lightweight concealer does the work of lightly dark circles, while also helping to improve your skin's brightness and elasticity over time with skin-loving ingredients like vitamin C, squalane, and hyaluronic acid. What's even better is that this concealer is 99 percent natural. If you have oily skin, try setting this one with powder so it doesn't crease.
Pros: Provides a brightening effect; Made with skincare ingredients; Clean and vegan formula; Roller ball applicator gently massages eyes; Hydrating formula.
Cons: Only offered in seven shades; Can appear cakey if too much is applied.
Best Under-Eye Concealer for Dark Spots
For those looking to spot conceal or cover up dark circles, a creamy pot concealer like this one is going to be your new best friend. This beloved buildable cream concealer will hide dark circles, redness, and discoloration to give you a natural, radiant look. Even better? The formula contains coconut and jojoba oil which will soften, soothe, and hydrate your skin. Thanks to its creaminess, all you need is your finger to blend this concealer out, but a dense, flat brush works too.
Pros: Buildable coverage; Blendable; Non-creasing; Made with skincare ingredients; Vegan; Moisturizing formula.
Cons: Over $30; Limited shade range.
Best Under-Eye Concealer for Oily Skin
Sure, you may know Anastasia Beverly Hills for their eyebrow-enhancing products, but let us draw your attention to this great concealer. This smooth liquid concealer with a creamy texture and a lightweight feel can be built-up from medium to full coverage without settling or caking. It'll help blur pores, fine lines, and undereye wrinkles while brightening under your eyes for a refreshed, natural look. The formula also includes light-reflecting ingredients to blur any imperfections just like your favorite Instagram filter.
Pros: Extensive shade range; Buildable coverage; Provides a brightening and blurring effect; Non-creasing; Vegan; Blendable; Long-wearing.
Cons: May be too matte for dry skin.
Best Cult-Favorite Under-Eye Concealer
If you're on TikTok there's not a chance you haven't heard about this cult-favorite concealer. "It's worth the buzz," admits MC's E-Commerce Editor, Julia Marzovilla. "The texture is super lightweight, and the coverage is virtually undetectable on the skin." Balsamo also keeps this pick stashed in her makeup kit and says, "I love it for its clean ingredients but also its super hydrating formula. It's really buildable and generally is great on most skin types."
Pros: Pro- and editor-approved; Great for dark circles; Non-creasing; Hydrating formula; Provides a brightening effect; Made with skincare ingredients.
Cons: May crease if you apply too much.
Best Natural Finish Under-Eye Concealer
Does Charlotte Tilbury ever miss? We think not. I despise cakey makeup with a passion, which is why I tend to stay away from anything full-coverage. This concealer strikes the perfect balance between texture and coverage. It's formula is ultra-creamy, making it a dream to blend out, with coverage that's so easy to build up. The best part is the finish. Once set, this concealer looks just like my skin only 1000 times better and the effect lasts the entire day.
Pros: Hydrating formula; Long-wearing; Waterproof; Extensive shade range; Made with skincare ingredients; Buildable coverage; Non-creasing.
Cons: Over $30.
Best Luxury Under-Eye Concealer
We all could use a little luxury in our life, so why not include it in our makeup? Chanel's Le Correcteur De Chanel Longwear Concealer is a favorite of Madorma's, who says it "has the best shade range and such a beautiful formula." In terms of formula, it's a lightweight gel-based concealer, with a buildable medium coverage. It applies silky smooth too, and once its set, it has a radiant, skin-like finish. We say this one is well worth the splurge.
Pros: Pro-approved; Lightweight; Buildable coverage; Long-wearing; Provides a blurring effect.
Cons: Over $30; May be drying to some.
How to Apply Under-Eye Concealer
As much as we would love to, you can’t just throw on a little bit of concealer to your under eyes and call it a day. Without the proper preparation and technique, you’ll likely end up with a whole lot of creasing, which no one wants. Instead, follow these pro-tips below for a flawless under-eye application, every time.
- “Prepping your canvas,” as Balsamo calls it, with skincare is the most important step to applying under-eye concealer, she says. “Using an eye cream with brightening and smoothing agents will really boost your concealer’s results.”
- Then, if needed, Madorma goes in with any concealer a shade darker and with a peachy undertone to color-correct any darkness or blue tint under the eye. Make sure you blend that out and let dry before going in with your under-eye concealer.
- Then go in with your under-eye concealer in either your true skin tone, or one to two shades lighter for added brightness. “Work with little amounts when applying and add coverage as needed,” Madorma recommends. “This will make any makeup application look natural and flawless!”
- Finally, finish off with just a touch of powder to set (if you prefer), then you’re on your way to flawless under eyes.
Meet the Experts
Erin Parsons love of vintage beauty is splashed across her videos on TikTok, on which she boasts over 1.7 million followers. At one point serving as Pat McGrath's assistant, Erin is now one of the industry's leading makeup artists having worked with brands such as Maybelline, Schiaparelli, Calvin Klein, Stuart Weitzman, and Bloomingdales. Some of her clientele include Gigi and Bella Hadid, Julia Fox, Coco Rocha, and Storm Reid.
Olivia Madorma is quickly building up her own client list of celebrities, models, and social media influencers like Anastasia Karanikolaou, Sistine Stallone, Olivia Jade, and the D'Amelio sisters. She creates soft glam looks that are accentuated with glowing skin and metallic accents.
Grace is a professional Los Angeles makeup artist with an affinity for all things beauty. Grace pursued her passion for beauty and graduated from the Cinema Makeup School where she was certified in high fashion makeup. Trained in beauty, commercial, print, high fashion, bridal, and lifestyle, Grace has over six years of experience in the industry. Her makeup expertise ranges from red carpet events such as the Oscar's and Emmy's to music videos and weddings.
With experience in model making and miniature building in the film/TV industry, Grace also works and studies under Oscar-winning artists such as Alec Gillis and Ian Hunter. Grace Carries her excellent attention to detail and artistic eye into the beauty world.
Brooke Knappenberger is the Editorial Fellow at Marie Claire, where she writes across the board from fashion and beauty to books and celebrities. As a pop culture junkie, Brooke obsessively consumes and writes about the latest movie releases, streaming TV shows, and celebrity scandals. She has over three years of experience writing on fashion, beauty, and entertainment and her work has appeared on Looper, NickiSwift, The Sun US, and Vox Magazine of Columbia, Missouri. Brooke obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism with an emphasis on Magazine Editing and has a minor in Textile and Apparel Management.
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