This little pen concealer is also amazingly a highlighter. A stroke of this is said to bring light to shadowy or dull complexions instantly. Trying is believing.
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, $45. 10 Jan 2017
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, $45.
Just the right balance of coverage and weightless texture. Just a dab of this conceals any dark circles into oblivion.
MAYBELLINE Age Rewind Concealer, $19.90. 10 Jan 2017
MAYBELLINE Age Rewind Concealer, $19.90.
Save yourself from mucky fingertips from blending on your concealer, this has a nifty twist function to release the product onto the attached sponge-tip, which blends your coverage to seamless perfection.
IT COSMETICS CC+ Eye Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream, $44 10 Jan 2017
IT COSMETICS CC+ Eye Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream, $44
Even the most ferociously dark eye rings don't stand a chance against this full coverage cream concealer. It is richly pigmented yet has a soft creamy texture that won't settle into fine lines or crow's feet.
CLINIQUE All About Eyes Concealer, $35. 10 Jan 2017
CLINIQUE All About Eyes Concealer, $35.
There's nothing like a spot of pretty shimmery-pink cream to brighten up any greyish, dull dark rings.
CLE DE PEAU BEAUTE Concealer, $116. 10 Jan 2017
CLE DE PEAU BEAUTE Concealer, $116.
This stick concealer has the thickest texture of the lot, but oh-my-gawd, it blends like the lightest souffle textured cream and camouflages dark circles immaculately.
BY TERRY Terrybly Densiliss Concealer, $95. 10 Jan 2017
BY TERRY Terrybly Densiliss Concealer, $95.
This pinkish cream-like formula cancels out sallowness and the sponge-tipped applicator makes it a breeze to apply.
Concealing dark eye rings is tricky business. Take it from me, a dark circles sufferer since my teenage years.
Firstly, the eye area moves way too much — from constantly blinking (more than 20,000 times a day!), reading, and looking near and far — which makes the texture of your eye concealer very crucial. Too dry a formula is almost guaranteed to make the eye area look cakey and plastered in tiny cracks as the concealer emphasises fine lines.
Next, the colour and pigments of your eye concealer need to be just right. Translucent pigments that are much brighter than your skin tone can cause a reverse panda effect, especially with flash photography, wherein the offending dark circles appear unnaturally white compared to the rest of your face.
Fret not though, if you have yet to find the right under eye concealer. Consider your search vastly narrowed down with this — my top 7 eye area concealers. Tried, tested and given my stamp of approval.
This story originally appeared on ELLE.sg, Toggle’s sister site and the Singapore edition of the world’s biggest-selling fashion magazine.