The best under eye concealers for dark circles in 2019
Under eye concealer really is a girl's best friend. No matter how much sleep you’ve had, or how many glasses of wine – under eye concealer has your back and will hide dark circles in a flash. But with so many concealers on the market, it can be hard to know which one is right for you. We spoke to celebrity makeup artist, Jade Kisnorbo, to find out how to choose the best under eye concealer to hide dark circles.
What’s the best shade of under eye concealer for dark circles?
Jade admits that this is where a lot of people struggle. “In order to find the right shade you have to understand what you are trying to cover,” she says.
If you have a blue undertones under your eyes:
“I would recommend a yellow based shade, one tone lighter than your skin. This will help to brighten and will cover the blue discolouration on your skin.”
If you have a brown undertones under your eyes:
Jade suggests applying a peach/ orange concealer. “The majority of my clients require this one,” she says.
Should under eye concealer always be a shade lighter than your foundation?
“I would suggest using a concealer that is a shade lighter as it tends to brighten the area,” says Jade. “However, it’s important that the underline concealer seamlessly vanishes to the foundation.” To achieve this, Jade recommends buffing in your foundation over the top.
What’s the best way to set under eye concealer?
Between baking and banana powder, there are so many methods of setting your concealer. “I would suggest using a light powder, as a lot of people can produce more oils under the eye,” recommends Jade. “Setting it with a fine powder can ensure that mascara doesn’t rub under the eye and concealer stays put.” Jade loves to use the Becca Under Eye Brightening Setting Powder ($42, sephora.com.au).
How can we stop concealer from creasing or budging?
According to Jade, it’s all in the skin prep. To avoid creasing, you should start by prepping the eye area with an eye cream. “An old time favourite of mine is the Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado, because it keeps the eyes plump and uses only natural ingredients including avocado.” If you’re particularly prone to creasing, you should avoid layering too many products. Jade also suggests warming up your concealer in between your hands before applying it.
Do you recommend a liquid or cream concealer?
“It depends on your skin type,” says Jade. “If you have dry skin, liquid concealers often emphasise that so I would stick to a cream concealer. And if you have oily skin, I would recommend a liquid concealer.”
What is your best tip for hiding very dark under eye circles?
As mentioned earlier, learning the basics of colour correcting is a game changer for extremely dark circles. “Try and understand what undertones your dark under circles are – blue or brown,” suggests Jade. Then, it all comes down to application. “The application is very important, once you have corrected the colour don’t be too heavy handed. Jade recommends applying your under eye concealer with fingertips, over concealer brushes.
Click through the gallery below to see our roundup of the best under eye concealers for 2019.
Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit
Too Faced Born This Way Super Coverage Concealer
M.A.C Studio Fix 24-Hour Concealer
Dior Diorskin Forever Waterproof Concealer
Maybelline New York FIT me! Concealer
NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer
Rimmel London Wake Me Up Anti-Fatigue Concealer
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Concealer
Mary Kay Perfecting Concealer
jane iredale Enlighten Concealer
Clinique Airbrush Concealer
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