I’m a firm believer that a great cover-up can be life changing and as a beauty editor, I’ve gone through a fair few formulas in my time – some good, some bad and some that, frankly, I would swap my favourite heels for (yes, really). I don’t need to tell you the myriad complexion concerns that concealers tackle, but let’s talk about my biggest battle: dark circles. If this rings true with you then you’ll know how impossible it can be to hide them.. In truth, they need a multidisciplinary approach, involving lotions, potions, colour correctors and a ruddy good cover-up. However, if that all seems like too much work for you, try one of my go tos below.
Unsatisfied with what’s on offer, Charlotte Tilbury set out to create the holy grail of concealers. Years in the making, the wand is inspired by airbrushing techniques and specifically designed with dark circles in mind. It comes with a long list of promises, including reducing fine lines, brightening and hydrating. The sponge applicator seamlessly blends the product to match your skin and is made to fit the under-eye contour for a flawless application and finish.
This cover-up has garnered cult status thanks to its heavy duty formula that conceals without setting into fine lines, feeling cakey or drying. A little really does go a long way so apply sparingly and be sure to warm it up on the back of your hand first.
Take everything we’ve said about It Cosmetics’ Bye Bye Under Eye, then cut the price in half and you’re left with this gem. The rich, thick formula is just as efficacious as it’s more costly counterparts, so we simply couldn’t miss it out.
Weightier than its predecessor, NARS’ little pot of magic makes light work of concealing the tell-tale signs of a late night. It comes in ample shades – 16 to be exact – so if you struggle to find the right one for your skin tone you’re in luck. Add in an impressive blend of hyaluronic acid and vitamins A, C and E and you’re met with a worthy contender for the best concealer on the market.
In most instances, two products are better than one – and this is one of them. The experts over at Laura Mercier have doubled up with their concealer duo, which offers a clever two-shade system: a shade for your skin’s depth of colour and one for your undertones. In other words, you can create a custom shade just for your skin tone. We’re sold.
If you’re suffering from fine lines and darkness it can be a battle between treating the two, as a lot of high coverage formulas aren’t suited for older skin. Luckily, this stick solves both beauty dilemmas by encasing a lightweight concealer inside a sheer, hydrating balm, leaving your skin moisturised, smooth and camouflaged.
If you find yourself reapplying your cover-up on the regular, you’ll quickly fall in love with this long-lasting concealer. It comes with a doe-foot applicator, which makes for easy application (and is a hero for hiding blemishes). This formula stays put come rain or shine thanks to its water, sweat and humidity-resistant formula. It’s a summer staple.
Trust Becca to deliver on coverage, their best-selling concealer is a no-brainer when it comes to pretending you’ve had a good night’s sleep. Smooth on using a brush or finger and blend avidly – it’s thick so you’ll need to put some welly in it.