How Do I Choose the Best Concealer for Dark Circles?

Patti Kate
Patti Kate

Choosing the right color is the key to selecting the best concealer for dark circles. It can be useful to ask a sales representative at the cosmetics counter if you may test a few before making your selection. The concealer for dark circles should be slightly lighter than your natural skin color for best results. A concealer that is too light or too dark will make your under-eye circles more noticeable. A cream-based concealer rather than a powder is best for under-eye use.

A concealer for dark circles should be hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested.
A concealer for dark circles should be hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested.

Another consideration when choosing your concealer for dark circles is what type of skin you have. If your skin is oily, you do not want to use an oil-based concealer. Conversely, if you have dry skin, an alcohol-based product may cause your skin to dry out even more. Moisturizers are good for normal to dry skin, so check ingredients and choose accordingly.

If you have sensitive skin that tends to break out easily, your concealer should be pH balanced and chemical free. Look for an all-natural concealer. Your concealer for dark circles should also be hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested.

Most under-eye concealers will have an undertone of yellow or pink. This may look unnatural in the jar, but it is designed to match your skin's natural undertones. For this reason, you must determine if your skin's natural undertone is closer to yellow or pink. If neither choice seems to match your skin tone, choose a natural shade of tan.

Another tip when selecting a good concealer is to consider the texture and consistency of the product. It should feel smooth and non-greasy. If it seems thick and chalky, it might appear pasty when applied under your eyes. Concealers that come in tubes or pots may have a smoother consistency than some of the stick varieties.

When you choose your under-eye concealer, consider getting a shade darker in the summertime. During winter months, when you're less likely to tan, you should choose a shade lighter. If you live in a climate that is sunny year round you might need to go with a concealer that is a shade darker than your natural skin color. If the process of choosing a concealer for dark circles still seems confusing to you, be sure to sample various types and ask if it may be returned if it is not the right color choice for you.

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@donasmrs-- In orange toned concealer is the best eye concealer for bluish dark circles.

Many professional concealer kits come in several colors. I highly recommend getting one of those because if one shade doesn't work, the other one will. If it's a cream concealer, you can even combine two concealer shades to get the perfect tone.

The only downside to cream concealers is that they can accentuate fine lines and wrinkles. If you use a powder to "set" the concealer after blending it in, you can avoid this problem.


What color concealer is best for blue/purple dark circles? I tried several different concealers and none of them worked well.


I think that an oil based concealer is best for dark circles. The eye area is very dry, even in people with oily skin. So an oil based concealer shouldn't be a problem.

I like this type of concealer because it's easy to blend and I can build on it. I have hereditary dark circles so they're always there no matter what and they're very difficult to conceal. I usually have to use two layers of concealer. A water based concealer doesn't blend well and it doesn't layer, so it doesn't cover my dark circles.

Also, my concealer is the same color as my skin. The makeup artist at the makeup counter told me that it should be the same color as my skin, not lighter. I don't know if this opinion varies though.

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