There are too many days when we wake up, look in the mirror, and think, “Why didn’t I go to bed earlier?”
Dark circles are just the damn worst. And sadly, because they’ve become a fixture in our lives, we’ve become masters at hiding those zombie-like under-eyes.
Depending on the day, we may need a color corrector or something with more moisture (#hangoverdays). But how do you know if you need a corrector, concealer or both?
Well, concealers will just disguise those nasty shadows and they’re usually a bit translucent ― meaning your skin is a bit visible through it. This is good because it gives you flexibility with your makeup look and also lets your skin look like skin.
The downside with just using a concealer is that if your shadows are particularly dark, they’ll shine through the product too.
That’s where correctors come in. They neutralize the darkness using the same principles you learned in middle school art class.
Using colors like green, yellow, peach, and lavender, you can put a color on your spots or shadows that is opposite on the color wheel. Think peach pigment on purplish, blue circles; green on splotchy reds; lavender to counteract sallowness.
Wearing the correctors alone or with concealer over them is up to you and the finish you’re looking to achieve. For major skin concerns (super dark circles, hyperpigmentation, acne, etc.), the combo of a corrector and concealer is a life-saver.
Now that you know the basics, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite concealers and correctors so you can say “hello world!” without having people run away from you screaming.
The Correctors We Love
Bobbi Brown Corrector ($27): Shout out to Bobbi Brown for this OG corrector that is specifically meant for dark circles. The range of peaches and pinks are all thoroughly layerable and don’t crease at all.
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Wipeout Color-Correcting Palette ($45): This palette is a one-stop correcting shop. The green is perfect for redness around your nose or T-zone area while the yellow and peach will fight the worst of your dark circles. Also a bonus: Each shade plays really well with both oily and dry skin.
The Concealers We Need
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer ($29): The light-diffusing technology in this smooth, delight-of-a-formula has an applicator that suits us on days when we need dabs or thick smears. It also comes in a nice array of shades.
Glossier Stretch Concealer ($18): If you hate putting on concealer because you can’t find one that makes you look au naturel (but better), this is the one for you. Its super silky texture covers what needs to be covered (i.e. those bluish shadows) and lets your skin live its best life.
Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer ($70): So, this is pricey, but it is #worthit. With its Revitalizing Moisture Complex, this stuff gives you the blending capabilities of your dreams.
Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick ($46): We’ve already sung the praises of this stick, but it bears mentioning again. Pair this with a Beauty Blender and every friend will be telling you they wish they got the eight hours you must’ve gotten.
IT CosmeticsBye Bye Under Eye Illumination Full Coverage Anti-Aging Waterproof Concealer ($24): This baby is brand new, but it is deserving of being mentioned as one of the greats. Ace at eliminating dark circles and acne, this stuff can pretty much be used for anything that needs to be concealed ― including wrinkles!!
We’re suddenly feeling a lot more well-rested.