The wrong concealer shade can make your dark circles look worse. “Most women just go one or two shades lighter, or get a a really thick, creamy formula that they think will hide everything. This creates that unnatural, mask-like effect,” says makeup artist Tom Giley.
Thick formulas will cake and crease, especially since 1) the skin under the eyes is thinner and 2) it’s really hot and humid in Singapore! Giley also discourages the trendy “baking” technique for every day makeup. “This looks good in Instagram or at night, but in daytime or harsh fluorescent office lighting, people will see that you’ve got loads of makeup under the eyes.”
“If you get the right concealer shade, you only need a little to cancel out discoloration in the undereyes. You don’t look like you’re wearing makeup — just that you got a good night’s rest!” says makeup artist Letitia Koh.
Here are their makeup tricks to picking the perfect concealer based on your particular undereye problem.
Blue or Purple Undereyes
Get: Peach/Pink Concealer or Orange Colour Corrector
If your circles look dark blue or purple, then you need the warm tones of peach or orange to cancel them out.
If they’re very dark, invest in an orange colour corrector. Apply this first, patting it in with a concealer brush or your finger. Then, apply a concelaer shade that completely matches your skin colour.
L.A. Girl Pro Conceal High Definition Concealer, $7.92 (Lazada). Makeup pros that this affordable drugstore brand works really well!
Becca Backlight Targeted Color Corrector in Papaya, $45. This mineral-based concealer is gentle on the skin, easy to blend, and never creases!
If they’re not that dark — or if you’re way too busy for an extra concealer step — then get a concealer with a warm pink, peach or salmon undertone. Pink works great on light skin tones, while peach blends with medium or dark skin tones.
Bobbi Brown Creamy Corrector in Peach, $47. This buildable formula was made for the darkest, most stubborn dark circles. Pick from 16 color-correcting pink- and peach-based shades to find the perfect concealer for you.
Benefit Boi-ing Brightening Concealer, $39. It has melon undertones that will instantly refresh tired-looking eyes. Easy to blend, and has a radiant finish.
Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid, $40. If you have dry or ageing skin, this lightweight concealer formula is perfect for you!
Pink, Red or Grayish Undereyes
Get: Yellow-toned concealer
If you have fair skin with pink undertones, your dark circles can also look reddish or pinkish. Or, you may have medium skin with a yellow undertone, but your circles look like a dull gray. Yellow concealer is your best friend!
Too Faced Born This Way Multi-Use Sculpting Concealer, $44. This weightless, super blendable concealer comes in a huge color range, so you can definitely find one that matches you. Bonus: you can use this to highlight too!
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser, $13.90. Eyes look instantly radiant and refreshed! It’ also contains goji berry and other anti-ageing ingredients to fight lines.
Get: A light-reflecting concealer
Sometimes you don’t really have discoloration — your eyes just a bit tired and feel dry. In this case, reach for a concealer that’s one shade lighter than your skin tone. The trick so it doesn’t look like a mask is to pick a very sheer, light-reflecting formula that just melts into the skin. The thicker and creamier it is, the more it’ll look like you just applied the wrong shade of foundation around your eyes.
Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat, $62. Yes, this is an expensive concealer, but makeup artists swear that it’s worth every penny. With just a few strokes, its light but pigmented formula makes you look like you’ve had 12 hours of sleep.
Clinique Airbrush Concealer, $35. The light-diffusing formula hides all signs of tiredness and makes your eyes look instantly more refreshed and younger-looking.