As Benjamin Franklin said, "Nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes" but it's worth adding dark undereye circles to that list. While dark undereye circles can be exacerbated by certain factors (lack of sleep, dehydration etc), it's often hereditary in nature. However, the look of dark circles can be conquered with a three tiered system: Eye cream, Peachy corrector, and Undereye concealer. Here are my budget and splurge picks for all three items.
1| Eye cream. Eye cream is important as it helps to moisturize and prep the undereye prior to any makeup. Along with eye cream, be sure to wear sunscreen in the area to prevent any skin damage! The eye creams pictured can help to hydrate your under eyes and come with ingredients to help with dark circles.
BUDGET: ROC Retinol Correxion Eye Cream ($25.00). This eye cream gets a ton of great reviews for helping both undereye wrinkles and dark circles.
SPLURGE: Rilastil Progression HD Illuminating Eye Contour Cream ($70.00). This eye cream is expensive, but the eye cream with its metal tip feels cooling to the undereye area and has ingredients to help with dark circles.
2| Peachy corrector. Here's where color theory comes in. Instead of just applying a skintone concealer on dark circles (which may make the area look ashy) a peachy/orange concealer will cancel out the blueish tones of dark circles. Orange is the opposite color of blue and together they neutralize each other.
BUDGET: NYX Dark Circle Concealer ($6.00). It can be difficult to find a drugstore peachy concealer so it was fantastic to see NYX come out with their Dark Circle Concealer. It's peachy/orange enough to counteract the blueness in my dark circles. It's also light and creamy enough to apply without creasing.
SPLURGE: Benefit Erase Paste ($26.00). This is one of Benefit's mainstay concealers, though it is slightly tacky. It feels a little thicker than the NYX concealer but has enough peachy/orange in it. A pot will last you a long time.
3| Undereye concealer. Once the peachy corrector is applied, you'll need a skin tone concealer on top to cover it all and it can be used as a natural brightener to the face. You'll want a liquid concealer for the undereye area (since heavy and ultra-creamy concealers will just crease or cake up).
BUDGET: Maybelline Fit Me Concealer ($7.00). This light and creamy concealer applies easily to the undereye and blends out well. The only downside is that it doesn't come in a ton of shades.
SPLURGE: NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer ($29.00). This concealer is perfect for the undereye. Pigmented but not heavy, it does come in a ton of shades so you'll be able to get a good color match.
I hope these tips help you conquer those dark undereye circles! Do you have any tips to share?