The 9 Best Under-Eye Concealers of 2023

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You work hard, so your under-eye concealer should, too! With brightening and blurring formulas to disguise imperfections on delicate skin, the right products can take you from tired to wired with just a few taps. "The under-eye area is such a thin layer of skin," makeup artist Lex Smith tells PEOPLE. "So hydrating ingredients as well as stuff to help speed up circulation, like caffeine, [are great]." While that may sound like a good reason to reach for another cup of coffee, caffeine is actually an ingredient in some under-eye products used to treat dark circles and bags. Smith says you want to "not only cover, but treat the under-eye."

Our testers swiped on over 20 concealers (using their application method of choice) in search of the ones with the best concealing abilities and strongest staying power. With the goal of putting their best face forward, testers blended a few dots of the concealers below their eyes, taking notes on each cream's texture, feel, and coverage straight out of the bottle. Six hours later, they checked back to see how well each concealer lasted and if there was any creasing.

It should come as no surprise that our winner — Tarte Shape Tape Concealer — is also one beloved by tons of celebrities. Kyle Richards got ready with the product in a recent tutorial for Amazon Live, and Shay Mitchell did the same for Vogue Beauty Secrets. Meanwhile, Gigi Hadid raved about our 'Best Budget' pick for the magazine's beauty series.

These concealers are considered the best that PEOPLE tested.

Best Overall: Tarte Shape Tape Concealer

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Ulta

Pros

  • Long-lasting coverage
  • Matte formula doesn't crease

Cons

  • Needs to be thoroughly blended in

This Tarte concealer is a cult favorite within the beauty community. Reviewers rave about the matte formula's smooth finish without shine, and versatility when doing contour. It scored a flawless 5/5 for texture, feel, coverage, and staying power; our testers agreed that the concealer didn't crease or cake after hours on the go. We also loved the product's wide range of shades. After applying the product with a jumbo-sized applicator brush, reviewers were wowed by just how bright their under eyes became.

The one con that testers noted? It definitely fits more into a "full face of makeup" routine, rather than being a quick on-the-go product. "Definitely not an everyday formula if you're just dabbing on some makeup and running out the door, but a must-have for full glam," one tester noted.

All in all, Tarte Shape Tape Concealer takes the top prize for its fierce full coverage that's lightweight and lasts all day.

Price at time of publish: $31

Coverage Level: Full | Finish: Matte | Shades: 35 | Size: 0.33 oz.

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Best Budget: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser

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Amazon

Pros

  • Full-coverage formula is buildable
  • Concealer can also be used to highlight and contour

Cons

  • It only comes in 18 shades

Marketed for its might to disguise dark circles and fine lines, the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser packs a powerful punch when it comes to flawless, glowy skin. Reviewers raved about the affordable price point, fresh feel, and all they could do with the concealer stick.

"High coverage, great texture, and great wear," one reviewer wrote. "Love highlighting, concealing, and contouring with this. The right shade also works well as a base."

Looking in the mirror again after the six-hour test, another reported "very minimal creasing" – but better than expected after a full day of running around.

One note: The product is packaged with formula dispensing through a click-up sponge applicator – which could be a perk or a problem, depending on personal preference.

Price at time of publish: $8.99

Coverage Level: Full | Finish: Glowing, Radiant | Shades: 18 | Size: 0.2 oz.

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Best Full Coverage: Beauty Bakerie Instabake 3 in 1 Concealer

beauty bakerie concealer
Ulta

Pros

  • Perfect for those who like a full face of makeup
  • Features a dewy, smooth finish

Cons

  • Not available at a ton of retailers

Obviously, you can use concealer in other places beyond the under-eye, and this one proved to be effective at spot treatments too. "It hides the light spider veins around my mouth, redness around my nose, and areas of my areas of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation with just one layer of its creamy formula," said our tester. "Sweep it on with the teardrop-shaped applicator and buff it out — but make sure to move quickly. It sets with a skin-like finish in just a few seconds."

We love this concealer for a full-coverage look and think it would be perfect for date night, professional photos, social events, and more. The dewy finish adds just a little something so you'll glow no matter if you wear this day or night.

Price at time of publish: $20

Coverage Level: Full | Finish: Dewy | Shades: 18 | Size: 0.19 oz.

Best Buildable: Nars Radiant Concealer

nars radiant concealer
Blue Mercury

Pros

  • Completely buildable formula to work with any makeup look
  • Made with hydrating ingredients

Cons

  • It's a little expensive for the amount, but it does last a while

Nars Radiant Concealer is a staple in beauty drawers everywhere. One tester called it "old reliable" and said she loves "that [it] has buildable coverage, creamy texture, and a smaller applicator." Another said she was "happy to be reunited with [this product]."

Featuring ingredients like grapeseed and magnolia bark extracts, this concealer helps hydrate the under-eye as well as firming and tightening the area. With buildable coverage, you can layer this makeup to create sheer or full coverage depending on your needs. Though it is somewhat pricey for being such a small volume, a little goes a long way, and this writer gets about six months-use from this concealer — as this product is her "old reliable," too.

Price at time of publish: $31

Coverage Level: Medium | Finish: Radiant | Shades: 30 | Size: 0.22 oz./ 6 mL

Best for Spot Coverage: Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer Pot

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Sephora

Pros

  • The formula is oil-free with a silky texture
  • Highly pigmented to cover blemishes and fine lines

Cons

  • It's expensive
  • The application can be tedious

If "creamy" sounds dreamy and you're not on a beauty budget, this concealer is meant to be yours. Reviewers unanimously swooned about its smooth, silky sensation and how the high-pigmented product concealed discoloration, sun spots, and blemishes to boot.

"It covers up my one fine line like a charm and it's ideal for acne coverage," one tester said of the oil-free option.

While Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer Pot scored 5/5 for all-day wear, would-be buyers should note the makeup's suggested application. Sephora recommends that the product is first warmed in the fingers before being tapped into place on the face, while Nars advises adding a stippling brush to blend it into wrinkles, scars, or large pores.

Price at time of publish: $30

Coverage Level: Full | Finish: Matte | Shades: 30 | Size: 0.22 oz.

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Best for Dark Circles: Urban Decay Stay Naked Correcting Concealer

urban decay concealer
Urban Decay

Pros

  • A patented applicator provides a more customized application
  • Maintains a non-cakey, buttery texture

Cons

  • Small container for the price

If you often wear dark circles with designer bags under your eyes, this correcting concealer from Urban Decay can help lessen the discoloration. "This concealer has a buttery, creamy texture that glides on very smoothly," said our tester. "It was easy to apply; its patented wave-tip applicator has two sides — flat, which holds less product, and curved, which holds more — for customized application."

This concealer has a long-lasting matte finish that can help cover dark circles as well as other spots that need to be smoothed out. While it's a small container for the price, it works effectively and we think it's worth it. "I used it to cover my dark under-eye circles and an emerging pimple near my chin," said our tester. "In both areas, I thought it provided medium-to-full coverage (I used it more sparingly, at first) that looked very natural without ever looking cakey. 10/10, [I] would buy this product myself."

Price at time of publish: $15

Coverage Level: Full | Finish: Matte | Shades: 25 | Size: 0.35 oz./ 10.2 g

Best Filter Effect: Dior Forever Skin Correct

dior concealer
Sephora

Pros

  • Gives an airbrushed look by blurring texture and pores
  • A little goes a long way

Cons

  • It's expensive

Who needs filters when you have a concealer that gives you an IRL airbrushed face? "The Dior Forever Skin Correct lives up to its name," said our tester. "I used this concealer two days in a row and was shocked at how great my skin looked — from the moment I put it on until I washed it off at night. It offers amazing coverage and you don't have to cake it on to get discolorations, acne scars, pimples, or dark spots to disappear — a little bit goes a long way here."

She was impressed with the formula — made with wild pansy to smooth and moisturize the skin and said it was "thicker than other formulas I've tried (especially compared to the Rare Beauty concealer)." As someone with large pores, "especially on [her] nose" our tester said, "this has been the best concealer I've used to minimize the look of my pores for a successful "airbrush" effect while still looking natural." We love the blurring effect of this concealer, and so did our tester. "Have I met my dream concealer? I think so," she said.

Price at time of publish: $38

Coverage Level: Medium | Finish: Natural | Shades: 30 | Size: 0.37 oz./ 11 mL

Best Dewy Finish: Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez Liquid Touch Brightening Concealer

rare beauty concealer
Sephora

Pros

  • Provides a beautiful, dewy finish with blendable light coverage
  • Huge shade variety

Cons

  • Not ideal for covering dark spots or acne

This concealer is the definition of light and airy. It rests on your face and provides a subtle glow and shimmer that almost looks like a natural highlighter. "What this concealer has going for it are the dewy finish and easily blendable formula," said our tester. "I also appreciated the wide range of shades so you can find your EXACT match. After using this product several times over a two-week period, I found it to easily blend into my skin without it looking cakey or dry but rather dewy and supple."

Our tester liked that it had a "subtle sparkle", and said the only downside is that the sheer formula doesn't cover acne or dark spots very well. "Overall, it's a great option if your skin is already rather clear and you just want something to help brighten and make your skin tone look more lively and consistent throughout," she said.

Price at time of publish: $19

Coverage Level: Medium | Finish: Radiant | Shades: 48 | Size: 0.25 oz./ 7.5 mL

Best Shade Range: Fenty Pro Filt'r

Pros

  • Features an impressive 50 shade options
  • Performs well in covering, blemishes, pimples, and dark spots

Cons

  • Can look thick and cakey if not blended well

Fenty Beauty is known for its vast and inclusive shade range and this concealer lives up to that standard. With 50 shades to choose from, you'll have little trouble finding an exact shade match. Our tester called the range "incredible."

As a full coverage concealer, it does go on thick, and "a little goes a long way." Our tester emphasized how much you need to blend it so it doesn't look cakey, but the coverage is next level — say goodbye to any unwanted pimples or dark spots because you won't see them once this concealer is on. It dries quickly and locks into place so your under-eye will look smooth and firm throughout the day with a gorgeous matte finish.

Price at time of publish: $28

Coverage Level: Full | Finish: Matte | Shades: 50 | Size: 0.27 oz./ 8 mL

Things to Consider Before Buying an Under-Eye Concealer

Goal

With so many multitasking products on the market, step back and think about what your vanity counter is missing. Do you only need an under-eye concealer, or do you want to enhance the foundation of your routine with a formula that can layer, contour and highlight? Do you want to stay matte or prefer more of a glow? Read the fine print to ensure your concealer will create a look you love.

Coverage and Finish

Your desired coverage and finish are two factors that will determine which concealer is best for you. "As a professional, [I find that] everyone seems to struggle with dark under eyes, so I tend to veer towards fuller coverage concealers," says Smith. "The finish depends on the person. For example, dry mature skin might need more hydration for the under-eye whereas someone [younger] can get away with a matte finish."

Skin Type

"Skin type plays a huge role because it depicts how your under-eye will look," says Smith. If you have dry, oily, or sensitive skin, it's essential to consider how a formula can best meet your needs. "Someone who's super dry would benefit from a hydrating concealer and would want to steer clear of a matte finish," she says. "Whereas, [someone with an] oily/combo skin type would want a more matte/natural finish concealer. Optimal coverage looks different for everyone. It depends on the skin type [and] what finish you're trying to achieve."

How We Tested Under-Eye Concealers

Eight beauty testers sampled 23 under-eye concealers total for PEOPLE Tested. The testers applied three to four dots of each product below their eyes and blended into the skin using the application method of their choice, immediately evaluating for texture, feel, and level of coverage. The testers carried on with their typical routines and rechecked the concealer between five and six hours later. There, they looked to see whether the concealer creased and judged for overall staying power.

FAQs

What is the best way to apply concealer under the eyes?

"Start [by] focusing on the problem areas," says Smith, emphasizing that less is more. In terms of direct application, you'll want to place the concealer on the soft skin underneath the eye. Smith suggests the "checkmark" technique — "placing the concealer directly on the darkest areas and then along the outer corner up into your brow to give you a lifted effect." This is "super flattering on all face shapes, and the lifted look is super trendy right now," she says. For best results, blend gently using your fingers, a soft brush, or a beauty blender.

How do you know what shade of concealer to use?

Choose a concealer that is one or two shades lighter than your foundation or your natural skin tone. "If you want a super bright highlighted under eye, I would suggest two shades lighter," says Smith. "I would recommend using something closer to your skin tone for spot correction and other parts of the face. A shade lighter is always flattering to help lift the face in certain areas too." The best way to find the right concealer shade for your skin is to test a small amount on the inside of your wrist where your skin gets the least amount of sun exposure.

What is the best type of concealer for dark circles and puffy eyes?

To cover particularly challenging dark under-eye circles, look for color-correcting concealers in shades of red, pink, yellow, or orange. To reduce puffiness under the eyes, try an eye mask, gel, or a chilled roller before applying concealer. And in terms of ingredients, "Caffeine in a concealer is a dream because it helps speed up microcirculation, helping dissipate the appearance of dark circles over time," says Smith. "Caffeine is also a vasoconstrictor, which means it helps to constrict blood vessels so it can help de-puff eyes. It's a magic ingredient for concealer as well as vitamin C, vitamin E, and hyaluronic acid."

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