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 a great concealer 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 artist Erin Parsons for insight on her holy grail under-eye concealer heroes. We narrowed down the competition to the absolute best 30 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 brands, 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.
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."
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.
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 sponge-y puff under your eyes, around your nose, and anywhere else you want the goji berry- and haloxyl-spiked formula to brighten and smooth.
On no makeup-makeup days, full-coverage concealer can be a dead giveaway. To conceal dark spots and add a little glow to your lil' bags, tap this lightweight formula on. And if you had a little too much wine last night and woke up ruddy and dry, the arnica in this option will help calm redness.
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.
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."
Do away with unwanted imperfections with this complexion-smoothing formula. This 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.
Weddings. All-nighters. General revelry that requires a full face that won't budge. Enter Huda's full-coverage option, a creamy formula that will stay put no matter how much you sweat.
Soft, creamy, and dreamy, this brand's concealer has been a staple in makeup artists' totes and celebs' red carpet clutches for years thanks to its easy-to-buff finish.
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.
Some days you need a little coverage, and other days, you need a ton. MAC's buildable concealer can accommodate under-eye bags big and small.
If you're looking for a weightless yet full-coverage formula, this is for you. The under-eye area is incredibly sensitive and thanks to this light and pigment technology, it blurs pores, smoothes fine lines, and veils discoloration seamlessly. The vitamin E and manuka honey draws in extra moisture and leaves behind a satin finish.
Give your under-eyes a second-skin effect with Dior Skin's latest family member: This concealer, which 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.
This buildable, blurring concealer claims to stay put up to 12 hours. I can attest that it moves accordingly with my oily skin to resist sweat and humidity throughout the day. Tip: Use the warmth of your fingertips to glide this concealer onto your skin for a natural, radiant finish.
bareMinerals is a brand known and loved for lightweight, natural products. This ultra creamy stick is full-coverage yet feels like you're wearing absolutely nothing. It molds right onto your skin and protects it from pollution with lots of nourishing antioxidants like raspberry seed oil, blackcurrant seed oil, and sea lavender.
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. Plus, the formula is long-lasting and won't get tacky and drying-throughout the day.
Some concealers feel dry as hell. This is not a good combination 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.
It's pretty miraculous when you have sunken, tired eyes from staring at a computer screen too long that suddenly look red carpet-ready. This is exactly what happened to me when I got up from my desk to take a deskside with Marc Jacobs Beauty to test this concealer. The ultra-creamy concealer instantly woke up my entire face with just one swipe. The portable stick makes for easy touch-ups, too.
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.
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.
Introducing a budget-friendly concealer that gives luxury competitors a run for their money. This skin-smoothing concealer, which comes in 30 shades, takes its job of diminishing dark circles and shielding spots very seriously. Those with sensitive skin will appreciate its vegan ingredients.
This stick concealer has been my favorite drugstore buy 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.
This sheer, lightweight concealer does the work of lightly covering redness and dark circles, while also helping to soothe irritated skin with a dose of anti-inflammatory chamomile and hydrating blue lotus. If you have oily skin, try setting this one with powder so it doesn't crease.
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.