The 12 Best Color Correctors to Put Dark Circles to Bed

Whether they’re caused by allergies, a sleepless night, or even genetics, dealing with dark under-eye circles can be a daunting task. Many eye creams and serums can help diminish their appearance over time, but if you’re looking for a quick fix, you might want to layer a color corrector underneath your concealer. These innovative products use color theory to balance discoloration on your skin by canceling it out with the opposite shade on the color wheel.

From color-correcting palettes that allow you to blend multiple colors to brush-on options or a brightening color corrector that makes you look more awake, there’s tons of different types of color correctors available. With so many options, it can be difficult to discern what color corrector is the best for your skin tone and needs. That’s why we found the best color correctors for every skin tone and under-eye concern.

When looking at these products, we took into consideration their shades, formula, and lasting-power in order to make the best recommendations. One clear winner was the Bobbi Brown Under Eye Corrector for its wide range of shades and hydrating formula that lasts for hours.

These are the best color correctors for dark circles.

Best Overall

Bobbi Brown Under Eye Corrector

What We Love: It has tons of different shades and is budge-proof.

What We Don’t Love: The cream formula can be tough to blend.

This Bobbi Brown color corrector is a very popular option and for good reason. Not only is the cream corrector infused with moisturizing ingredients to keep your under-eye area looking smooth and hydrated, but it’s also waterproof, sweatproof, and humidity-resistant, so it will stay put all day. Plus, there are 12 shades to choose from, so you should be able to find an option that works for your skin tone. Each shade has a pink or peachy base, which is great for canceling out the bluish-purple tone of under-eye bags. You’ll look well-rested and youthful in mere seconds!

Price at time of publish: $34

Size: .05 fl oz | Number of Shades: 12 | Cruelty-Free: No

Best Value

L.A. Girl HD Pro Concealer

What We Love: It’s very creamy and makes the skin look even and smooth.

What We Don’t Love: The coverage is not very buildable.

Looking for a long-lasting color corrector that won’t break the bank? We suggest this L.A. Girl option. Along with a brush tip that makes application a breeze, the color corrector is specially formulated to provide natural-looking coverage for hours at a time. It comes in tons of different shades, ranging from purple and green to orange and yellow, so you can easily tackle whatever type of discoloration you’re dealing with. The texture is so creamy and easily blends into the skin. However, a little amount goes a long way as it is very pigmented. If you’re looking for extra coverage, pair it with the L.A Girl HD Pro Concealer.

Price at time of publish: $5

Size: .28 fl oz | Number of Shades: 10 | Cruelty-Free: Yes

Best Stick

Maybelline New York Cover Stick Concealer

What We Love: It’s hypoallergenic and easy to apply.

What We Don’t Love: We wish this product lasted longer on the skin.

This Maybelline corrector is another affordable find that’s incredibly popular. The dermatologist-tested product is hypoallergenic and specially formulated to not clog pores. It’s also waterproof, so it will stay put through workouts and hot summer days alike. The best part is the stick-styled application, which makes it easy to brighten up the eyes in a pinch. It is offered in both a yellow and green corrective shade as well as multiple skin tone shades. It’s very pigmented, so one quick swipe will apply plenty of product.

Price at time of publish: $10

Size: .16 fl oz | Number of Shades: 8 | Cruelty-Free: No

Best Palette

NYX Professional Makeup Color Correcting Concealer Palette

What We Love: It targets every type of discoloration.

What We Don’t Love: The product feels a bit waxy and can look greasy under foundation.

This handy NYX palette comes with six different creamy shades that do everything from counteracting redness to combatting sallowness. You can mix and match to target all your problem areas or blend multiple shades for a custom corrector that works on your skin tone. It’s very lightweight and easy to blend, so you’ll hardly even notice it’s there. Once it does its job, you won’t need as much concealer or foundation either.

Price at time of publish: $12

Size: .05 fl oz | Number of Shades: 6 | Cruelty-Free: Yes

Best Pen

Maybelline New York Master Camo Color Correcting Pen

What We Love: It visibly brightens under-eye circles and works on all skin tones.

What We Don’t Love: It takes a while for it to set and moves around if not fully dry.

This correcting pen by Maybelline features a sponge-tip applicator that helps you apply and blend the perfect amount of product each time. The creamy formula provides ample coverage, and it doesn’t crease or become cakey in the under-eye area. It comes in a variety of different shades, which target various complexion issues and skin tones. It’s so easy to take it on the go and is sure to provide a brighter, more even complexion before applying makeup.

Price at time of publish: $8

Size: .05 fl oz | Number of Shades: 6 | Cruelty-Free: No

Best Brightening

Smashbox Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector

What We Love: It evens out discoloration and has an illuminating effect.

What We Don’t Love: It has a bit of shimmer in it, which may not be for everyone.

If you’re looking for a product that will brighten your under-eye area at the same time as it covers dark circles, look to this illuminating corrector. The color corrector’s tint cancels out the dark blue and purple hues of dark circles, while the backlight technology illuminates your skin. It is also formulated with vitamin E to keep your under-eyes hydrated and moisturized, which helps prevent makeup from cracking or creasing. There are four shimmery shades available: Fair/Light, Medium, Medium/Dark, and Dark.

Price at time of publish: $32

Size: .15 fl oz | Number of Shades: 4 | Cruelty-Free: Yes

Best for Dry Under Eyes

Tarte Colored Clay CC Undereye Corrector

What We Love: This product doubles as an eye cream with lots of skincare benefits.

What We Don’t Love: The shade selection is limited.

The best beauty products can tackle more than one issue, which is why we love this multitasking Tarte color corrector so much. Along with providing long-lasting full coverage, the product is also formulated with sodium hyaluronate and squalane to hydrate and nourish the delicate skin under your eyes. For an even more youthful appearance, mica and silica work together to soften the appearance of fine lines, while caffeine improves puffiness. While we wish there were more shade options, this all-in-one product doubles as both makeup and skincare, giving you a lot of bang for your buck.

Price at time of publish: $21

Size: .08 fl oz | Number of Shades: 2 | Cruelty-Free: Yes

Best Crease-Proof

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Vanish Color Corrector

What We Love: It boasts a glowy finish that won’t crease.

What We Don’t Love: It’s on the more expensive end for a corrector.

This fan-favorite color corrector from Charlotte Tilbury is a full-coverage product that brightens dark under-eye circles quickly and offers crease-proof coverage. It’s specially formulated with carnauba wax, which prevents creasing, as well as flavonoids to help reduce the appearance of puffiness. To top it all off, the formula also boasts mica for a glowy, illuminating effect. It’s lightweight, buildable, and has a natural finish, so you’ll hardly even need concealer. There are four shades to choose from: Fair, Medium, Tan, or Deep.

Price at time of publish: $48

Size: .09 fl oz | Number of Shades: 4 | Cruelty-Free: Yes

Best for Light Complexions

Chanel Le Correcteur de Chanel in Pêche

What We Love: The finish is illuminating even when set with powder, and lasts all day long.

What We Don’t Love: While it is comfortable to wear, it does crease.

A color corrector that is lightweight, long-lasting, and super creamy? Yes, please. Although this concealer from Chanel has four shades (a pink, green, apricot, and peach shade), the shade Pêche is a peach color correcting shade that is perfect for light to medium skin tones with deep-blue dark circles. Essentially, the purpose of using a peach shade on lighter skin tones goes back to the color wheel: orange/peach and blue are complimentary opposites, therefore they cancel each other out. Not only will this concealer help dark circles magically disappear, it will also help diffuse any imperfections, such as hyperpigmentation and dark spots, with its soft-focus pigments.

Price at time of publish: $80

Size: 0.26 fl oz. | Number of Shades: 4 | Cruelty-Free: No

Best for Dark Complexions

MAC Studio Fix Conceal and Correct Palette

What We Love: It’s a true all-over product that acts as a color corrector and concealer in one.

What We Don’t Love: The shades might be too warm for cooler undertones.

The MAC Cosmetics Studio Fix Conceal and Correct Palette offers the best of both worlds: four concealers and two color correctors. Those with medium to dark complexions will appreciate the shade range of this palette, which includes brightening shades, contouring shades, and the perfect orange and red shades to conceal dark circles and blemishes. We love that the palette is also infused with antioxidants and other skin-benefitting ingredients to leave a natural, buildable finish on the skin. Plus, you’ll never have to worry about it oxidizing, creasing, or transferring — it is that good.

Price at time of publish: $42

Size: 0.21 fl oz. | Number of Shades: 6 | Cruelty-Free: No

Best for Redness

Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear Camouflage Corrector in Green

What We Love: The coverage is so pigmented, you won’t need to build more on top.

What We Don’t Love: A little goes a long way, so if you use too much, your skin will look green.

Green color correctors are not just for concealing redness from hyperpigmentation, rosacea, and acne — it’s sufficient at covering darkness around the eyes, too. Similar to their Teint Idole Ultra Foundation, Lancôme’s color corrector is long-wearing, ultra-pigmented and truly feels like second skin. All you need is a pea size amount to use underneath the eyes, and it will do the rest. It is also worth noting the corrector is available in other powerful shades (yellow, lavender, and peach, to name a few) to help camouflage brown dark circles and stubborn redness, but the green shade happens to be our personal favorite.

Price at time of publish: $30

Size: 0.41 fl oz | Number of Shades: 6 | Cruelty-Free: No

Best Multi-Use

Live Tinted Huestick Corrector

What We Love: Not only is it the perfect shade to color correct dark circles, it also works as an eyeshadow, blush, and lipstick.

What We Don’t Love: There isn’t much product inside.

The Live Tinted Huestick Corrector is all about skin first, and makeup second. Its ingredients are packed with skin-loving benefits, including hyaluronic acid, squalane, and vitamins C and E to quickly brighten, moisturize, and soften the skin. But best of all, you can use this product outside of color correcting as a eyeshadow, lip, and cheek multi-stick (there’s a reason why it is called a 4-in-1 stick). Swiftly use the corrector to counterbalance blue and purple hues found under the eyes, then use it as a rose-y blush to highlight the face — the possibilities are endless.

Price at time of publish: $24

Size: 0.1 fl oz. | Number of Shades: 5 | Cruelty-Free: Yes


What to Keep in Mind 

Shade 

Many correctors have green and purple undertones, which are great for covering up blemishes and redness, but they do little for concealing dark circles (unless they have red undertones). Instead, you should choose color correctors in shades of red, pink, yellow, or orange, as these will help balance out the bluish-purple color of under-eye circles. The shade you choose will also depend on your skin tone. Peach-toned correctors work really well on light to medium skin tones (like the Chanel Le Correcteur de Chanel in Pêche), while oranges or reds work better for deeper skin tones (such as the MAC Cosmetics Studio Fix Conceal and Correct Palette, which has more than one color corrector). Yellow is another option for those with medium or tan skin and can also be used to counter dullness, bruises, or veins.

Coverage 

Some correctors also offer coverage, so you can wear them on their own and forgo concealer. If you plan to let your corrector stand alone, you’ll want to make sure it provides ample coverage and doesn’t allow for any creasing, cracking, or slipping. If you still plan on wearing concealer or foundation, a good corrector should create a solid, even base, so that you can use less makeup and it stays where you apply it.

Lasting Power 

Just like a concealer, you’ll want to make sure your color corrector can hold up for the entire day (our personal favorite is our Best Overall pick, the Bobbi Brown Under Eye Corrector). The product should not only keep discoloration at bay for however long you intend on wearing it, but a good corrector will also last consistency-wise and prevent makeup from creasing or drying out throughout the day. Look for a product that is resistant to common makeup woes, like sweat and humidity.

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