Lack of sleep, diet, stress or good-old genetics can all play a role in the cause of those pesky shadows under the eyes. For me, a change in any of these factors will instantly show in the form of dark circles. The skin surrounding our eye area is five-times thinner than the rest of our face, and therefore more sensitive. Whilst there is no magic cure, lifestyle changes like drinking enough water, limiting caffeine, alcohol and salt consumption can make a difference. So can keeping the eye-area well hydrated with a good serum, cream or try a weekly mask. And of course having one of the best concealers for dark circles in your make-up arsenal is a must. Here’re my absolute favourites I’ve tested over the years…
BEST: LONG-LASTING COVERAGE
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer, £24
This took me a while to get used to, as it’s a very thick consistency. I’ve mastered it by warming a tiny bit (a teeny amount really goes a long way and beyond) on my hand with my finger before applying. It’s truly budge-proof, even water-proof should you want to wear it on holiday.
BEST: VALUE FOR MONEY
L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect Radiant Concealer, £9.99
Forget that this is the most purse-friendly pick, because it’s just as brilliant as the rest. It has a beautiful lighter texture, but covers really well and is brilliant on more mature complexions, as it doesn’t settle in fine lines. It doesn’t get raved about enough in my eyes!
BEST: MATTE FINISH
Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer, £24
A brilliant concealer choice for those with an oilier skin type or those that simply prefer a matte coverage. It’s super build-able, so works great on redness and blemishes too. A concealer classic!
BEST: NATURAL COLOUR
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage, £28.50
This is a clever two-shade pallet, so you can customise the colour by mixing them together to fit your exact skin tone. Again, it’s a thick coverage that works best by warming it on your hand before applying. It’s brilliant on any imperfections.
Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer, £20.99
This stuff really lives up to its name. Don’t be fooled by the tiny tube, you only need a pin-sized amount and it really does stay put all day.
BEST: COLOUR CORRECTOR
Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid in Peach, £20
For truly dark circles, I like to use this colour corrector under my foundation first to neutralise the blue. I use the Peach shade, but really fair skin types should go for the Pink and darker skin tones will like the Deep Peach. I actually find this works best under foundation and then a little concealer on top if needed.