These Concealers Hide a Multitude of Sins and Dark Circles

For as long as I can remember I’ve always had dark circles which, much to my dismay probably means they’re part of my colouring as opposed to lack of sleep. I’ve tried every trick in the book. I’ve put cold slices of cucumber over them, used tea bags as compresses, gone to bed earlier and even invested in the help of skincare professionals. Although the odd eye cream here and there has made a slight difference along the way the only thing I can really trust to hide my dark circles is a good concealer. 

At no time of the year will you find me without concealer on hand. Take away my foundation, mascara, brow products, I don’t care. Hey, I’ll even let you confiscate my bronzer if I really have to but try to take concealer from me and all hell will break loose. 

See, concealer is so much more than a quick cover up. Sure, that’s one of the many reasons why I love it but how about its power to brighten under-eyes and transform an entire face, shining a light on it that five minutes ago seemed entirely impossible. It’s ability to make embarrassing breakouts disappear with the click of your fingers. What about its multi-purpose qualities in not only concealing but acting as an eyeshadow base and primer as well? A product that works overtime and saves you money. Its value is a no-brainer. 

Don’t even get my started on the amazing variation of formulas and coverage. Honestly, at this point I think we should all ditch the foundation and plaster our faces in concealer instead. That’s a joke – please don’t.

Whether it’s a heavy duty night on the tiles kind of cover up or an ‘I woke up like this’ subtle job for Christmas breakfast with your in-laws, I’ve got you covered with my most trusted concealers listed below.

Bobbi Brown Corrector, £19.50

Although not technically a concealer, this product was a complete game changer in terms of hiding my dark circles. I like to apply this product post-primer but before applying a foundation to the skin. In terms of the science behind the concealer wheel, pinks, greens, yellows and lilacs all play a different role in combatting uneven skin tones. In this instance it’s the pink tones that should be used to cancel out the purple of under eye circles. When the Bobbi Brown makeup artists showed me the product on my skin, I was baffled by the difference it made to my dark circles.

Packaged in a such a small pot, applying this product with your fingers can get a little messy so I recommend using a small concealer brush for precision.

Anastasia Beverly Hills, Contour Cream Kit, £42.00

Disclaimer: I’m by no means a beauty expert nor do I claim to be, which means sometimes I use products wrongly and it just so happens to work out well for me. This is likely one of those times. What can I say? I’m just a girl willing to try anything to be freed from stubborn dark circles. 

Like most of us, I shamelessly jumped on the contouring bandwagon when it first emerged Kim K style. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that I was desperate to get my hands on the cult contouring kit by Anastasia Beverly Hills. The contouring side of things didn’t go so well for me (let’s not go there) but the joy that landed in my life instead was the heavy-duty cream highlighting products from the palette. 

These star as my back up when I’ve run out of Bobbi Brown Corrector. Again, I apply the product underneath my foundation. I find because of the texture of the formula, it takes to my skin and blends much better this way. It also means that even when the rest of my makeup fades throughout the day, my under eye circles remain hidden.

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Radiant Touch Highlighting Pen, £25.50

This is a an OG product from back in my teenage years when being self-conscious about your appearance first kicked in. It may seem a little extravagant for a teenager but every so often while passing through duty-free, my mum would very kindly bring this home for me, taking pity on my self-conscious ways. 

As a young’un I’ll admit it took me a while to master the technique with this product. On several occasions mum tried to get through to me that less was more but amazed by the product’s illuminating powers, I wouldn’t listen and plastered it on under my eyes. Gradually I learned that yes, in fact a little does go a long way. These days it’s a strategic light touch of the product applied close to the inner corner of my eye to reduce the dulling effect of dark circles. 

MAC Pro Longwear Concealer, £18.50

Another heavy duty number reserved for occasions that call for a full face of makeup. We first crossed paths when I was 18 for none other than my highly anticipated, school formal. Since then I can confirm we’ve remained loyal to one another and I’ve even invested in a few different shades. Heavy duty looks call for lighter under eye makeup after all. 

Easy to blend with show stopping staying power, a little goes a long way. To avoid mascara smudging against the matte finish, lightly dust a lightweight translucent powder over the top of the product. 

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, £24

This concealer is a personal favourite and one that I stock up on at every opportunity. Of all the concealers I’ve tried, this one proves the most impressive in terms of the ratio of brightening power to amount of product used. With a built in applicator, it’s ideal for touch ups on the go and given the creamy nature of the product, it takes a lot of effort to go overboard on application, minimising the risks of looking ‘caked’.

The only complication in my relationship with this concealer is the heartbreak that endures when it runs out and I have to wait for a replacement to arrive.

Niamh Crawford-Walker

Niamh is a freelance writer covering fashion, beauty and lifestyle articles. Her work has appeared in IMAGE magazine, image.ie and Emirates Woman. Niamh is also a blogger at niamhserena.co.uk and podcast host of Werkin’ On It.

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