BEAUTY 911: "Help me find an under-eye concealer that stays put and makes me look normal?!"

Meet my top three industrial strength concealers for covering up the deepest of dark circles.

Jun 22, 2012 at 2:00pm | Leave a comment

Dear Julie,

First of all.. if you are reading this, thank you for doing so! I have these terrible dark circles under my eyes.  Most of the women on my mom's side of the family have them, so they aren't the type to go away with more sleep.  

I have tried so many beige concealers and a few kinds of purple ones too. Part of the issue is that they wipe away when I apply foundation and so I still look like death warmed over. Can you please help me find an under-eye concealer that stays, and actually makes me look normal?!  

Thanks so much!

I too have the sort of under eyes that look like the product of several sleepless months, and maybe a a few punches to the orbital rim. Without concealer, I'm often asked if I've been crying. My first makeup memory is shopping for under eye cover-up with my mother at a beauty counter in Harvey Nichols. I can't have been older than 11. 

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Like that?

"You'll need surgery to fix those," said the Harvey Nics makeup artist, signaling my purple undereye veins. She smoothed a greasy yellow foundation stick under both eyes, assuring me that nothing could ever conceal the darkness entirely. Convinced that she was wrong, I began looking for the ultimate industrial-strength under eye concealer and I still haven't stopped.

Over the years I've found -- unsurprisingly -- that the best coverage comes from formulas designed to conceal tattoos. And unlike the rest of the face, under eyes aren't acne-prone so you don't have to worry about clogging pores. Here are my ultimate favorites, the ones that would work on a panda bear and don't disappear two hours after you've applied them.

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Dermablend Smooth Indulgence Concealer, $22: Fully tatted spokesmodel Rick Genest or Zombie Boy, is the ultimate testament to the strength of all things Dermablend. I've been using this concealer on and off since high school and I'm back on it right now. 

Bobbi Brown Corrector, $22: Another one that's been in my roster for years, this blendable formula isn't as heavy as Dermablend, but it works well with foundation and never flakes or pills the way some other concealers do. 

M.A.C Studio Sculpt, $17: This is very similar to the Bobbi Brown Corrector. It's slightly creamier for those who need extra hydration and it's available in deeper shades.

Have you tried any of these? What concealers do you use and love? 

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