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Is anyone actually a fan of dark circles under eyes? We think not. Whether you’re dealing with dark circles all the time or they pop up when you least expect it, you’ll no doubt be searching for a solution. Well, we have two words for you: Eye cream. 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 seem not that much different than moisturizer, but eye creams are actually formulated to help address skin concerns that are specific to your delicate under-eye area. Still not sure about using eye cream? We’ll give you a push in the right direction and recommend our best eye creams for dark circles. Keep reading to find out more about our best eye creams for dark circles under the eyes, plus get tips for concealing dark circles with makeup.
Luckily, there are skin care products you can incorporate into your skin care routine to help reduce the appearance of dark circles with continued use over time. Here are our best eye creams for dark circles—go ahead and pick the one that suits you best! Bonus: Some of our best eye creams for dark circles can help minimize the look of under-eye bags and crow’s feet, too.
L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Manuka Honey Eye Gel: This ultra-gentle eye gel is formulated with manuka honey extract and nurturing oils to cushion mature, very dry skin with nourishing moisture. In one week, puffy bags appear reduced, dark circles appear brighter, and eyes look more youthful.
How to apply it: Apply twice daily on clean skin. Using the rollerball applicator, massage formula onto the under-eye area in circular motions. Gently pat any excess with fingers.
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.
How to apply it: Every morning, pat around the eye area and gently smooth until absorbed. This eye cream can be used on the under eye and eyelid areas.
L’Oréal Paris Men Expert Hydra-Energetic Ice Cold Eye Roller: Formulated with vitamin C and caffeine, the ice-cold eye roller combined with the lightweight serum fights signs of fatigue like dark under-eye circles and puffiness.
How to apply it: After cleansing or shaving, roll on around the eye area.
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.
How to apply it: Apply in small dots around your eye with your ring finger and smooth gently until thoroughly absorbed in the morning and night to clean skin.
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.
How to apply it: Use morning and night alone, under makeup, or layer as needed.
L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Miracle Blur Eye: If you’re looking for a miracle (pun intended), then turn your attention to this eye cream. This eye smoother is formulated with Opti-Blur™ Technology and light-diffusing pigments. It helps to reduce the signs of fatigue and aging around your eyes, including dark circles, with continued use over time.
How to apply it: Dot a small amount onto your eye area with your fingertips, and use the pad of your finger to gently blend. Apply it daily on bare skin, using it as the last step in your skin care routine.
L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Eye Renewal Eye Cream: Formulated with Pro-Cysteine for mature skin, this eye cream helps defend against free radical damage and oxidative stress. It can help diminish the look of dark circles, as well as the appearance of under-eye bags. Score!
How to apply it: After cleansing every morning and evening, apply a small amount on the entire eye area using your fingertips, then pat gently until the cream is thoroughly absorbed. Follow up with your facial moisturizer of choice.
In addition to adding a new eye cream to your skin care routine, there are some makeup tips and tricks that can help you mask your dark circles, too. Basically, be thankful for face makeup.
When your under-eye circles are really dark, you may want to consider color correcting. This technique involves applying your knowledge of color theory (think back to art class) to your makeup. Since dark circles typically have a blue hue, a peach or orange concealer will be your best friend for hiding them. Try the L’Oréal Paris True Match Color Correcting Crayon in the peach, bisque, or orange hues, being sure to follow with a concealer that matches your skin tone. Blend everything with a makeup blender for a seamless finish.
Editor’s tip: Keep the color correctors on hand if you also have dark spots! Shades of orange are perfect for covering up other discolorations, too.
Don’t underestimate the power of makeup. If your regular old concealer doesn’t seem to make a dent in “disappearing” those dark circles, switch to a fuller coverage option, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Full Wear Concealer Waterproof, Full Coverage. Reach for a makeup blender to apply, blend, and buff the concealer onto your skin for heavy-duty coverage that doesn’t actually look heavy. When you’re applying concealer to hide dark circles, create an upside-down triangle shape under your eyes for a brightening effect.
You can’t let all your hard work slip away! Once you’ve finishing disguising your dark circles, apply a face powder, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Sweep & Lock Loose Setting Face Powder, to your under-eye area. You’re all set!
Don’t forget about those under-eye bags. Up next: Our Best Eye Creams for Puffiness.