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June 24, 2022
Under Eye Creams Dark Circles

We’ll be the first to admit that the dark under-eye circle trend was one of the most bizarre trends to hit social media — and we loved it! When you naturally have dark circles under your eyes, it feels pretty nice to see people not only embrace it, but actually want to mimic it. 

But like most TikTok trends, its popularity faded as quickly and ferociously as it peaked. And those of us with under-eye circles were back to searching for the best products and techniques to keep our deeply colored eye area concealed. While makeup plays a big role, eye cream is a must-have if dark circles are playing defense against your skin care goals we’re looking at your even skin tone). 

If you have dark circles and eye cream isn’t part of your skin care routine, you could be missing out. Those tiny jars and tubes may not seem that much different than moisturizer, but eye creams are actually formulated to help address skin concerns that are specific to your delicate eye area. Keep reading to find out more about some of the best eye creams for dark under-eye circles, plus get tips for covering up dark circles under the eyes with that aforementioned makeup too.

Do Eye Creams for Dark Circles Really Work?

Eye creams with effective ingredients meant to target discoloration and the causes of circles can indeed help diminish the look of your dark under-eyes circles amongst other things — so the short answer is yes, eye creams can really work. 

How you apply your eye cream also makes a difference. Celebrity makeup artist and L’Oréal Paris expert Sir John always suggests lightly tapping the cream into your skin with your ring finger since it has the least mobility and is therefore the most gentle. Also, ensure that you’re applying your eye cream (and all skin care products) in the correct order of consistency. So if you have a water-based eye serum, apply it before your thicker facial serums and moisturizers, and vice versa.

Which Cream Is Best for Dark Circles Under Eye?

Of course we wouldn’t just say there are eye creams and other under-eye area products that actually work to address dark circles and not give you the scoop on which ones we love. Just remember that while some may have immediate benefits, they’re most effective with continued use over time — dark circles don’t just disappear. 

The upside is that some of the best eye creams for dark circles can help minimize the look of puffy eyes, under-eye bags and crow’s feet, too. Check out our favorites below.

L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 1.5% Hyaluronic Acid +1% Caffeine Eye Serum

Formulated with hydrating hyaluronic acid and re-energizing caffeine, this eye serum visibly reduces the look of fine lines and crow’s feet, puffiness under the eyes, and brightens dark circles with continued use. 

Dip the rollerball applicator into the serum and massage it over the contours of the eye area all the way up to the temples and eyelids. Use your ring finger to gently tap in excess serum.

L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal Anti-Aging Eye Cream Treatment

This anti-aging treatment targets five signs of aging, including dark circles, puffiness and under-eye bags. Made with vitamin E and a patented antioxidant recovery complex, it boosts the cell renewal process, making the skin around the eye area appear younger. 

Dot it around the eye area and gently tap it in using your ring finger until fully absorbed. Apply it as part of your morning and evening skin care routines.

L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Rosy Tone Anti-Aging Eye Brightener

This anti-aging eye cream has a unique whipped texture that instantly blurs to help visibly correct dark circles. Formulated with imperial peony, it reduces the look of dark circles, visibly brightens skin around the eye area, and provides an overall healthier, younger-looking complexion. Also noteworthy, the formula is paraben-free, mineral oil-free, and suitable for sensitive skin. 

Every morning, pat it around the eye area and gently smooth the remainder until absorbed. This eye cream can be used on the under eye and eyelids areas.

L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Eye Cream

Formulated with Pro-Retinol, this eye cream can help firm the feel of skin around the eyes and diminish the appearance of dark circles with continued use over time. Use morning and night alone, under makeup, or layer as needed.

L’Oréal Paris Wrinkle Expert 55+ Anti-Wrinkle Eye Treatment

This eye treatment may be formulated for the 55 and older crowd but everyone who wants to add some moisture to their eye area can benefit from using it. It’s formulated with calcium which is known to strengthen thinning skin and improve smoothness. 

Every morning and night, dot it around the eye area and gently tap it into the skin using your fingertips. Immediately skin looks and feels moisturized and over time you’ll start to notice a visible reduction in crow’s feet and texture.

L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Eye Treatment

This powerful and luxurious serum is formulated with Pro-Xylane and hyaluronic acid to repair wrinkles, reduce bags, and lift the eye area. Morning and night, apply in small dots around your clean eye area with your ring finger and smooth gently until it’s thoroughly absorbed.

Editor’s tip: Eye cream and serum are key for longterm benefits, but you can also cover dark circles with makeup, like the L’Oréal Paris True Match Eye Cream in a Concealer, 0.5% Hyaluronic Acid

This makeup and skin care hybrid instantly covers dark circles, making your eyes appear more awake, brighter and younger immediately — like a concealer. The dose of hyaluronic acid moisturizers like an eye cream, and helps make your eye area naturally look better and more refreshed over time.  

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Written by: Shalwah Evans, Photo Design: Crystal Simone