The 22 Best Skin Tints and Serum Foundations for a Dewy Glow

L’oreal Paris Age Perfect Radiant Serum Foundation

This serum foundation keeps mature skin in mind and is fortified with SPF 50 and niacinamide to protect and even skin tone. Reviewers say the sheer coverage blends right into your skin, without caking or accentuating fine lines. Plus, it settles into the skin quickly so it’s easily buildable for more coverage wherever you need it.

No7 Lift & Luminate Triple Action Serum Foundation SPF 15

No7’s Lift & Luminate foundation targets mature skin with its creamy formula fortified with peptides to fight against wrinkles, plus vitamin C to brighten and reduce discoloration. It’s light enough to keep from creasing and caking, but still gives medium coverage.

Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint

We can credit Glossier as one of the originators of the no-makeup-makeup look, so you can trust that its lightweight skin tint is effective and dewy AF. The Perfecting Skin Tint gives light, blurring coverage and also provides some moisture, thanks to glycerin. A few drops will give you sheer coverage, but you can build up too.

Fenty Beauty Eaze Drop Blurring Skin Tint

Here’s a bestseller from Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty. Reviewers praise its longevity and hydrating powers for normal and dry skin types. “I put just a few drops on my face and it had the perfect amount of coverage,” wrote one reviewer. “It also made my face look smooth and still showed my freckles. It lasted 8+ hours on me.”

Flower Beauty Get Real Serum Foundation

This drugstore beauty buy from Drew Barrymore’s FLOWER Beauty is enriched with antioxidants and probiotics for an added skincare boost. Plus, its hydrating, lightweight formula is great for folks with dry skin. You’ll barely notice it’s there.

The Ordinary Serum Foundation

Beloved brand The Ordinary is known for quality ingredients at actually accessible price points. Its water-based serum foundation is richly pigmented and semi-matte, so it provides more coverage than other foundations of its kind and could be a good option for folks with oily, acne-prone skin.

Bareminerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturizer Hydrating Gel Cream SPF 30

If the more than 5,000 five-star reviews aren’t enough for you to immediately add this tube of goodness to your cart, maybe this will: it’s a 3-in-1 product packed with hyaluronic acid, squalane, and SPF. Not only does it act as your face moisturizer, but your foundation and sunscreen too. It gives enough coverage to blur dark spots, but still show off your skin’s natural look.

Perricone MD No Makeup Foundation Serum SPF 20

It’s in the name: Perricone MD’s No Makeup Serum Foundation acts more like a second skin than a cover-up. Its semi-matte coverage makes it a solid pick for anyone who wants to stick it to shine, and it’s enriched with peptides to fight against fine lines.

Shiseido Synchro Skin Self-Refreshing Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20

This skin tint from Shiseido offers lightweight moisture similar to a BB cream, for normal, combination, and oily skin types. Reviewers say it left their skin feeling cushiony and soft.

It Cosmetics CC+ Cream Illumination with SPF 50+

Reviewers love this full-coverage CC cream for a reason: It’s packed with peptides, collagen, hyaluronic acid, and niacinamide—all ingredients derms love for nourishing and hydrating skin. So not only will the coverage make your skin look radiant, but it’ll likely improve it in the long run too. Win, win.

ILIA Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 Foundation

This cult-favorite skin tint from Ilia boasts an impressive SPF 43 and comes packed with hydrating plant-based squalane and hyaluronic acid, as well as niacinamide, which derms love for brightening and smoothing skin. This dewy serum foundation provides light coverage and an overall blurring effect—and has an extensive shade range for darker skin tones.

Tarte Sea Hydroflex Serum Foundation

Tarte’s serum foundation combines hyaluronic acid with vegan collagen to plump skin, plus niacinamide to soothe and brighten. It gives medium semi-matte coverage, and buildable coverage. So if you’re not into the super dewy, borderline sweaty look, SEA Hydroflex might be right up your alley. What’s more, you only need 2–4 drops for optimal coverage.

Saie Slip Tint Dewy Tinted Moisturizer SPF 35

This lightweight SPF 35 tinted moisturizer intends to give sheer, dewy coverage and lock in moisture all day long—and it delivers on both fronts. Slip Tint features licorice to fight discoloration, plus pansy flower, which works in combination with hyaluronic acid to help your skin retain moisture.

Clinique Even Better Clinical Serum Foundation SPF 25

Clinique’s serum foundation includes salicylic acid to fight breakouts, so it’s ideal for folks with acne-prone or oily skin. Plus, the addition of vitamin C and hyaluronic acid gives this serum foundation a skin-care boost. It’s also oil-free, meaning it won’t clog your pores, and it offers medium to full coverage.

Lys Beauty Triple Fix Serum Foundation

Here’s an innovative foundation from LYS Beauty that is fortified with ashwagandha and turmeric to combat stress and brighten, plus hyaluronic acid to plump and hydrate. It’s fragrance-free and gives medium, dewy coverage.

Tower 28 SunnyDays SPF 30 Tinted Sunscreen Foundation

Tower 28, a sensitive skin-friendly brand that earned the National Eczema Association’s Seal of Acceptance, makes a delightful creamy tinted mineral sunscreen foundation. It offers 30 broad-spectrum SPF and is boosted by white sage extract to combat redness and irritation.

ILIA True Skin Serum Foundation

Another winner from Ilia, this foundation gives a bit more coverage than the original Super Serum Skin Tint. The True Skin foundation is formulated with soothing aloe and mastic, a plant resin that helps to mattify and refine pores. It’s also enriched with powerhouse oils like jojoba and marula to keep you quenched and flourishing.

Rare Beauty Positive Light Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20

Rare Beauty’s Positive Light is one of the best tinted moisturizers. It offers breathable coverage and has an impressive shade range. It’s water- and silicone-based, making it a good pick for folks with combination or oily skin. Though it’s important to note it only offers 20 SPF through mineral filters, derms recommend at least 30 SPF, so consider wearing additional sunscreen to boost your protection.

Yves Saint Laurent Nu Bare Look Tint Hydrating Skin Tint Foundation

With nearly 800 five-star reviews, YSL’s skin tint is fortified with hyaluronic acid and glycerin to hydrate and moisturize, plus mallow, which helps to brighten the skin for an allover glow. It has the texture and weight of a water cream, so it makes an excellent beginner-friendly skin tint option.

Kosas Tinted Face Oil Comfy Skin Tint

Ideal for dry skin, this face oil skin tint hybrid is packed with nourishing oils like avocado, meadowfoam, and jojoba to enhance your skin long after you take your makeup off. It feels like a second skin and provides a healthy glow with light coverage.

Milk Makeup Sunshine Skin Tint Clean SPF 30 Foundation

The packaging of this skin tint from Milk Makeup is innovative and refillable; you press the base of the container like a pen until the product moves towards the glass rollerball, which glides across your skin. It’s formulated with skin-loving oils like jojoba, avocado, and mandarin, plus squalane and mineral SPF.

Typology TEINT Tinted Serum

Boosted with aloe vera, vitamin C, and squalane, this buzzy-tinted serum from Parisian brand Typology gives the coveted blurring effect. The coverage is just enough to hide slight discoloration and blemishes for an overall glow. Everyone will be asking you to drop the skin-care routine.

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The Best Drugstore Mascara? Here Are the Top 10, According to the Pros

When it comes to cheap thrills, few things leave a beauty-lover more elated than having the best drugstore mascara in tow; a tried-and-true tube that curls, volumizes, defines, and comes with a price tag that encourages you to layer it on liberally. From richer color payoff to smoother, creamier textures that don’t flake or smudge, the offerings at the pharmacy are only getting better, furthering the stakes when it comes to what you ultimately toss in your basket. Here, the best drugstore mascara formulas to stock up on.

L’Oréal Voluminous Mascara

An all-time favorite pick for five of the makeup artists we spoke with, L’Oréal’s Voluminous Mascara comes out on top. “I’ve been using this mascara forever and it’s a staple in my kit,” explains celebrity makeup artist Gita Bass. “It’s super-black and adds incredible volume and curl, and never clumps or flakes.” On top of the aforementioned aspects, fellow artist Alana Wright can’t get enough of the brush, which she considers the perfect size, shape, and density “to still able to reach those tiny lashes in the inner and out corners of the eyes,” she says. Another bonus is the gentle, non-abrasive formula. “It doesn’t irritate even the most sensitive eyes,” says Los Angeles–based makeup artist Autumn Moultrie.  Celebrity makeup artist Rob Rumsey emphasizes how buildable it is—“You can do one swipe for a natural look or you can do multiple coats for more drama.”  While Carbon Black is the most popular shade, both Moultrie and editorial pro Akiko Owada also like reaching for Black Brown, which can have a softer effect. “It provides clump-free lashes, it doesn’t run, and it’s easy to control,” adds Owada of the formula’s all-embracing appeal.

CoverGirl Lash Blast Volume Mascara

For bolder, more intense lashes, CoverGirl’s Lash Blast is another tried-and-true go-to. “I love its creamy texture, which gives you volume and length instantly in one coat, and it’s easy to layer it for more drama,” explains French makeup artist Cedric Jolivet. “I find the silicone brush [makes it easy] to grab the lashes from the root, and it totally works on short lashes!” Makeup artist William Scott, whose clientele includes Padma Lakshmi and Mette Towley, agrees. “It’s perfect for those who want maximum volume on the first swipe, and with a lash comb, it can be spread over the lashes to make them more fluttery.” There’s just as much to love about its waterproof formula: “It will dry a bit faster, which help the eyelashes to stay curled,” says Jolivet of why it’s worth the extra time spent removing it at the end of the day. “I always curl the lashes first, but I noticed a lot of mascaras don’t hold a curl and make your lashes look heavy…not this one!

Neutrogena Healthy Volume Mascara

For Matin, who counts Angelina Jolie as a longtime client, it’s all about Neutrogena’s Healthy Volume Mascara with its nourishing ingredients and jet-black pigment. “It’s a true volume mascara that doesn’t dry out the lashes,” he says of the formula, which is supercharged with vitamin E-rich olive oil and protective sweet almond. “It stays flexible and won’t crumble throughout the day.” Another major draw? “It has a giant brush!” adds Matin. All the better to coat every little lash.

This mascara counts celebrity makeup artist and Neutrogena brand ambassador Amy Oresman as a fan, too. “This silky formula has an olive oil base, is incredibly buildable, and separates every lash with no clumps and no flakes. It also hydrates and strengthens lashes for those days you want to go without makeup.

Maybelline Sky High Lash

It’s by far one of the best mascaras on the market—and relatively newer, too,” says Colby Smith, who works with Dua Lipa and Charli XCX, of Maybelline’s Lash Sensational Sky High mascara. “I love that it’s super-black,” he continues. “A few coats and you really get that full long lash. It has the look of a high-end mascara without breaking the bank.” And Smith isn’t alone in his love of this mascara, considering how it took over TikTok in 2021.

L’Oréal Telescopic Mascara

For soft, supple lashes, you can’t beat L’Oréal’s Telescopic Mascara, insists Scott. “I love its applicator and slick formula, which make it easy to apply to bottom lashes and give long and defined lashes all around,” they explain, emphasizing the lengthening powers of its patented plastic-bristle comb brush. “It’s very versatile in that one swipe delivers length and the wand makes it easy to keep the lashes separated, and the formula builds nicely to add some volume.” 

CoverGirl Lash Blast Clean Volume Mascara

If sustainability in beauty is a 2022 goal of yours, swap out your old mascara for CoverGirl’s Lash Blast Clean Volume—a vegan, cruelty-free formula infused with argan and marula oil that won’t clump or flake. Think of this as a skin and environmentally-friendly take on the coveted classic CoverGirl Lash Blast mascara.

Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara

I have incredibly sparse, thin lashes with minimal volume and this is one of the few mascaras that is ultra black, ultra lengthening, and gives me incredible volume,” says makeup artist and TikTok star Mikayla Nogueira of the Essence Lash Princess mascara. “It makes my lashes truly stand out and appear as if I have a small false lash on. I’ve bought it over and over again.

L’Oréal Voluminous Volume Building Waterproof Mascara

My favorite drugstore mascara is L’Oréal Voluminous Hydrofuge Mascara. I have been using this mascara since I was in high school,” admits pro makeup artist Liz Castellanos. “It gives major volume to your lashes, adds length, depth, and stays put.  It’s a staple in my makeup bag.”

Maybelline Great Lash Washable Mascara

The nostalgic Maybelline Great Lash mascara is still a drugstore staple—a formula crafted to thicken and condition lashes simultaneously. It’s the ultimate no-fuss mascara when you’re looking to quickly coat your lashes or to keep a bottle stashed in your beauty bag. 

L’Oréal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara

If feathery voluminous lashes are your look, consider picking up L’Oréal’s Lash Paradise mascara that’s known to lengthen and separate lashes with just one coat. Even more: The brand’s new formula incorporates floral oil for softer, fuller lashes. 

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If You Want to Avoid the Retinol Uglies, Add This Product to Your Routine

Perfect for dry skin.

There’s no questioning the power of retinol.

The gold standard ingredient is well-known for fighting acne, exfoliating the skin, and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The only downside are the side effects, which can sometimes include dry, flaky skin, irritation, and redness. These symptoms can show up any time you use retinol, but they’re most likely to appear when your skin is first getting acclimated to it.

Thankfully, Biossance, a squalane-powered clean beauty brand, has heard our cries and made a product that gives you all the goodness of a traditional retinol — without the hellish side effects.

Enter the Squalane + Retinol Night Serum.

To shop: $72; sephora.com

Believe it or not, this is a retinol product that’s safe to use for all skin types (yes, including sensitive. However, you should always check in with a trusted derm before adding any new products to your regimen.)

The magic is all in the formula, which uses a gentle, yet powerful, time-release retinol and retinal combo to ensure maximum results that won’t burn your face off. These ingredients are paired with sugarcane-derived squalane to help provide moisture in order to curb dryness and irritation, as well as saffron and rosemary that work to hydrate and boost radiance. Rice bran extract rounds out the formula with vitamin E for antioxidant protection.

Together, you’ll be left with smooth, bright, and gorgeously glowing skin — minus the typical retinol uglies.

If you’re new to the game, the brand recommends starting off by using the product every other night, then working your way up to nightly use. And you never, ever want to use this during the day, as retinols can increase sensitivity to the sun.

To use, pump out a pea-size amount, and apply to freshly washed and dried skin before bed. Follow up with any necessary serums, and of course a moisturizer. When you wake up, expect bright, gorgeous skin — just don’t forget to apply at least SPF 40 before heading out the door.

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10 Fermented Skin Care Products to Try in 2023 for Hydration, Exfoliation, and More

From slugging to squalane, we love a skin care trend that actually delivers. That’s one reason why we’ve turned our attention to fermented skin care products. If you have images of sauerkraut- and kimchi-infused serums dancing through your mind, these products aren’t quite so literal—but they do rely on the same process that blesses us with those tasty fermented foods. So, we set out to learn more about the fermentation process behind these products, what sets them apart from other treatments on the market, and whether they’re worth a try if you’re thinking about shaking up your skin care routine.

What is fermented skin care, anyway?

Lately, you’ll see skin care products with all sorts of fermented ingredients on the label, including soy, kelp, rice water, various botanicals, and even active ingredients we know and love like vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, and more.

When it comes to making fermented skin care ingredients, we have good old bacteria to thank, board-certified dermatologist Marisa Garshick, MD, FAAD, tells SELF. Essentially, fermented ingredients have been exposed to microorganisms. These beneficial bugs break down the ingredients into smaller molecules, Dr. Garshick explains. The smaller the molecule size is, the easier it is for an ingredient to penetrate the skin more deeply, she says.

It’s not far off from what happens when yeast is added to grapes to produce wine, board-certified dermatologist Azadeh Shirazi, MD, tells SELF. Using fermentation in skin care may also help “enhance [the] potency” of certain ingredients, she says, which, in theory, should lead to better results.

What are the benefits of using products with fermented ingredients?

It all comes back to that smaller molecule size, Dr. Garshick says. She explains that your skin barrier is protective by design, so ingredients that can be absorbed more easily stand a better chance of having substantial effects. For example, hyaluronic acid—a beloved humectant that helps draw water to the surface of the skin—is a fairly large molecule, which makes it harder for the skin to absorb. When hyaluronic acid is fermented, it can sink deeper into the skin and work its hydrating magic more thoroughly, Dr. Garshick says. In other words, it’s possible that fermenting ingredients that we already know to be helpful in addressing common concerns like dryness, acne, dullness, and fine lines, may increase their capacity to deliver the results you want. On the flipside, because products containing fermented ingredients tend to be more potent, they could potentially cause a reaction in sensitive skin (similar to chemical exfoliants), so they should be used with some caution. If they’re more potent, they could be more irritating.

Despite its promise (and derms’ interest in it) as a trend, fermented skin care is a fairly new concept, so there isn’t a ton of specific research on it at the moment. That makes the full breadth of its effects (and possible benefits) a bit murky. Dr. Garschick points to a couple of small studies (one on animals and one on humans) that suggest certain fermented ingredients, including red ginseng and a barley and soybean formula, showed some potential in boosting skin hydration and fighting signs of aging, but they’re far from conclusive. Larger studies on diverse groups of people need to be done to better understand the possibilities of these ingredients. Ultimately, Dr. Garshick says we still have more to learn about this trend (and the skin’s microbiome in general).

This is a valuable reminder to take claims around any emerging beauty trend with a grain of salt. As Dr. Shirazi puts it: “There are potential benefits, but there’s not a lot of research on their effectiveness. So I don’t consider it the holy grail of skin care just yet.”

Who should try fermented skin care products?

While further research is needed, fermented ingredients are thought to be safe, so if someone is interested, it is reasonable to try,” Dr. Garshick says. Just make sure to note the ingredients before you apply them and avoid any known irritants; a patch test is never a bad idea, especially if you’re trying a product that has multiple active ingredients in it. Apply a dime-size amount of the product on the inside of your elbow or on your neck and check on it a day later. If you don’t see any irritation or feel itchy, you’re probably good to go.

Now that you’re a bit more familiar with fermentation skin care, here are some standout products that employ the process to potentially boost the effects of hydration, exfoliation, brightening, and more.

Ferver Fermented Enzyme Radiance Face Mask

Dr. Garshick recommends using this fermented enzyme mask from buzzy brand Ferver once a week, explaining that it exfoliates the skin without being too harsh, leaving it softer and brighter. “It also delivers antioxidant benefits as it contains red algae and helps to reduce inflammation through turmeric,” she says.

Layers Probiotic Serum

This serum uses lactic acid to gently exfoliate in combination with meadowfoam oil, which helps to lock in moisture,” Dr. Garshick says. Made with the probiotic ingredient lactobacillus ferment, it aims to support and strengthen the skin barrier while promoting an overall glowy appearance.

Sunday Riley Pink Drink Skin Firming Resurfacing Essence Face Mist

Sunday Riley, a cult-fave brand around here, reaps the benefits of fermentation in this delightfully pink treatment essence. Dr. Garshick explains that it contains a potent combination of peptides (chains of amino acids that provide the building blocks for collagen), fermented honey, pink yeast filtrate, and kelp, which work in tandem to soothe, moisturize, and restore skin. “It is also rich in antioxidants to protect against free radical damage,” she says.

Bliss Mighty Biome Ultra-Hydrating Moisturizer Concentrate

Nourishing yet lightweight, this moisturizer “uses prebiotic beta-glucan to attract water and boost moisture, as well as the postbiotic lactococcus ferment lysate to help stimulate cell renewal,” Dr. Garshick says, referring to those beneficial bugs we mentioned earlier. She explains that prebiotic and postbiotic ingredients, when used topically, may help maintain a healthy skin barrier and reduce inflammation.

Vichy Minéral 89 Prebiotic Recovery & Defense Concentrate

The experts we spoke to recommended this Vichy serum that contains niacinamide “to help calm inflammation and regulate oil production,” Dr. Shirazi says. Not only does this ingredient offer a host of benefits for people concerned about fine lines and dullness, but it’s also useful for those with acne-prone skin. In other words, it’s a great entry point into the world of fermented skin care, regardless of your skin type.

Andalou Naturals Deep Hydration Multi Correcting Cream

The vegan collagen in this face cream is made via plant-based fermentation, while the hyaluronic acid is made with wheat and plant fermentation. “Together, these ingredients help to boost hydration while plumping the skin,” Dr. Garshick says. Plus, the cream is intensely moisturizing without feeling remotely heavy or greasy.

Venn Advanced Multi-Perfecting Red Oil Serum

The main ingredients in this vegan, top-rated face oil from K-beauty brand Venn are fermented root extracts that increase the skin’s radiance while retaining moisture for as long as 24 hours after applying.

Neogen Real Ferment Micro Essence

This brightening essence from Korean skin care brand Neogen is known to appear in beauty experts’ skin care routines for its ultra-lightweight consistency, which makes it a breeze to apply. It contains several fermented ingredients, including bifida ferment lysate and saccharomyces ferment filtrate, which can moisturize the skin and make it appear more supple. And, for those who want to avoid possible irritants, this product is fragrance-free.

Ferver Fermented Ginseng Eye Cream

Another option from Ferver, this eye cream can help thwart fatigued skin and dark circles. It soothes, brightens, and de-puffs the delicate skin around your eyes with the help of fermented ginseng, as well as our go-to brightening active ingredient vitamin C.

Drunk Elephant Sweet Biome Fermented Sake Spray

Drunk Elephant’s refreshing, antioxidant-rich facial spray has a foundation of fermented ingredients (including kombucha and fermented rice water) that create a veritable cocktail of benefits: “This product incorporates amino acids, fatty acids, electrolytes, and ceramides, which work to hydrate and refresh the skin, while helping to support a healthy microbiome,” Dr. Garshick says.

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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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The 11 Best Waterproof Foundations that Hold Up to the Elements

A waterproof foundation can be a lifesaver in the summer, on vacation, or whenever you need your makeup to last all day and night without turning into a muddy, cakey mess. But finding the right formulas can mean the difference between a clear, polished complexion, and a sticky, coated, smudge-y one. “Waterproof foundations are a great solution for when you want to wear a full face of makeup, but don’t want to constantly worry about touch-ups or looking like you’re melting,” Emily Amick, New York City-based Makeup Artist, told InStyle. The trick is finding a formula that strikes the right balance delivering a breathable lightweight texture with impressive staying power, and one that works into the skin, instead of caking on top of it. 

Our skin creates natural oils over the course of the day, and waterproof foundation will endure the buildup of natural oils,” Deney Adams, celebrity makeup artist at Blonde Artists, told InStyle. With more options hitting the market than ever before, we’re helping you weed through the clutter, and find the high-quality, outperforming formulas that will hold up despite water, sweat, and tears. 

Best Overall

MAC Studio Radiance Face and Body Radiant Sheer Foundation

What We Love: The formula feels light and comfortable on skin. 

What We Don’t Love: The coverage may be too sheer for some. 

Don’t let the new name fool you. This bottle houses the same beloved formula as the MAC Studio Face and Body Foundation, just with a fancier name and more shade options to choose from. It’s the familiar bottle you’ll find in almost every professional makeup artist’s kit because of its ability to withstand the elements — no matter if it’s long days on set or the sweat and tears of a hot summer wedding — while still looking fresh and natural. The formula strikes the hard-to-find balance of being delightfully creamy and hydrating without feeling heavy on the skin. It’s a buildable formula that starts sheer, adding a natural dewy finish to the skin, but can work up to medium coverage and will last all day and night without melting away. 

Price at time of publish: $39

Shade Range: 30 | Coverage: Buildable Size: 1.7 oz 

Best Value

Make Up Forever HD Skin Undetectable Longwear Foundation

What We Love: The long wear formula is vegan.

What We Don’t Love: The matte finish can be dry for some skin types. 

As the name suggests, this high-performance formula was originally designed to be undetectable under any light and look natural even under the most high-definition lenses, like those used in television production and on fashion runways. “The formula is beautiful for skin that really looks like skin but has the coverage to hide any imperfections,” Amick told InStyle. “It is long-lasting, waterproof, and designed to be undetectable on HD cameras, so it’s perfect for someone who fears cakey-ness and just wants luminous, perfect skin (a.k.a, all of us!).” 

Price at time of publish: $43

Shade Range: 40 | Coverage: Medium Size: 1.01 oz  

Best Splurge

Dior Backstage Face & Body Foundation

What We Love: It’s great for use on face and body. 

What We Don’t Love: May not be hydrating enough for dry skin. 

If you’re looking to even out skin anywhere on your face or body, this buildable, lightweight formula will do the trick. It provides enough flexibility to build up to your desired coverage level, while also delivering the staying power to withstand a sweaty workout or hot day at the beach, without wiping away. “This foundation looks like a second skin and is buildable so you can layer it to the desired coverage,” Tobi Henney, celebrity makeup artist to Megan Fox, Barbara Palvin, and Poppy Delevingne, told InStyle. This is the perfect option for someone who wants to even out their skin tone because you can build it up in areas where you need a little more coverage,” Amick added. 

Price at time of publish: $40

Shade Range: 40 | Coverage: Medium Size: 1.6 oz 

Best Budget

Revlon ColorStay Longwear Makeup

What We Love: The texture is impressively lightweight and comfortable on skin.

What We Don’t Love: It may be too drying for some skin types. 

Don’t let the friendly price tag fool you. This high-quality formula feels luxurious on the skin and has a staying power that rivals that of its higher-priced counterparts. The oil-free formula and natural matte finish are great for combatting the greasiest, sweatiest days, or anyone who battles a naturally shiny T-zone come the afternoon. A small dab is enough to provide medium coverage and even out any redness or dark spots on the skin, so your complexion appears flawless. It also layers nicely if you need a little extra coverage in certain areas. The best part: you don’t have to worry about this budge-proof base wiping away in the summer heat, and it’s spiked with a shot of SPF 15 sun protection, too.  

Price at time of publish: $10

Shade Range: 43 | Coverage: Medium Size: 1 oz. 

Best Drugstore

Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation + Concealer

What We Love: The budget-friendly price tag. 

What We Don’t Love:  Some noted it can look orange against fairer complexions.

Here’s a multi-tasking formula that delivers on its promises as both a quality concealer and a high-performing foundation base. “I was surprised by its performance when I first tried it, but this affordable formula really holds its own,” Amick told InStyle. “It’s a great semi-matte, water-resistant foundation that packs a lot of coverage without looking heavy.” We also love the impressively inclusive shade range and the versatility of this product which helps to even skin tone and effectively disguise dark under-eye circles without caking or settling into fine lines. 

Price at time of publish: $12

Shade Range: 45 | Coverage: Full | Size: 1 oz. 

Best for Sensitive Skin

Morphe Filter Effect Soft-Focus Foundation

What We Don’t Love:  The coverage may be too light for some. 

We love a good makeup product spiked with skincare benefits, and this long-wear foundation is exactly that. The texture strikes a delicate balance being both soft, but not watery, and creamy, but not heavy, giving skin natural coverage that looks like your skin, but better. It’s formulated with hyaluronic acid and vitamin E, which deliver added hydration and a dose of skin-loving antioxidants that help improve skin texture overtime. The formula blends seamlessly into skin, without caking on top of it, and adds a natural dewy glow that won’t wipe away at the first sign of sweat or moisture. 

Price at time of publish: $20

Shade Range: 40 | Coverage: Medium Size: 0.94 oz.

Best Matte Finish

NARS Soft Matte Complete Foundation

What We Love: It helps to reduce shine. 

What We Don’t Love: Some note it can settle into fine lines.

The luxurious formula may come at a price, but let that be your first clue that this is not your average foundation formula. The high-quality, sweat-proof makeup base is packed with oil-absorbing powders and micro-algae extract that eliminate any excess grease or shine from skin, even on the hottest, stickiest summer nights. It’s also spiked with hydrating hyaluronic acid to help keep skin supple, while still managing to give complexion the most gorgeous natural matte finish. “It looks great in photos and has great longevity,” Henney told InStyle. A small dab goes a long way in delivering full coverage wherever you need it, and rest assured that even base will stay put until you decide it’s time to wash it all away. 

Price at time of publish: $40

Shade Range: 34 | Coverage: Full Size: 1.5 oz. 

Best Natural Finish

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation

What We Love: The natural matte finish won’t leave skin dry. 

What We Don’t Love: The fancy formula, comes with a fancy price tag. 

A full-coverage, waterproof foundation that doesn’t feel heavy on the skin is hard to find. That was until the beloved celebrity makeup artist, Charlotte Tilbury, gifted us the prettiest bottle of dewy, hydrating perfection that feels like a second skin. The creamy foundation strikes the delicate balance of delivering full coverage, without feeling like a heavy blanket of pigment on the skin. It also features a host of skincare benefits including wrinkle-fighters that help to improve skin’s appearance long-term, instead of just temporarily covering things up. “This is such a stunning foundation, that’s sweat-proof, humidity proof, and transfer-proof and can last from day to night,” Henney told InStyle

Price at time of publish: $46

Shade Range: 44 shades| Coverage: Full Size: 1 oz. 

Best Stick

Hourglass Cosmetics Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick

What We Love: The creamy stick makes for easy application.

What We Don’t Love: It has a higher price tag, and comes with less product. 

Every element of this fancy foundation stick was designed with intention to make for an easy, fuss-free application, and flawless, long-lasting coverage. The unique slanted, triangular tip allows you to effortlessly navigate the hard-to-reach nooks and crannies around your face and nose. The creamy formula glides onto skin, making it easy to apply as foundation to cover larger areas for all-over coverage, or double as a concealer dabbed onto targeted spots like under the eyes. The coverage is substantial, yet still manages to feel lightweight and comfortable on skin. Plus, thanks to its impressive long-wear and waterproof benefits, you’re safe against the elements all day and night. 

Price at time of publish: $48

Shade Range: 32 | Coverage: Full Size: 0.25 oz. 

Best Clean

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation

What We Love: The extensive shade range ensures a perfect match for most. 

What We Don’t Love: The coverage might be too light for some.  

A quick Google search will surface over 50,000 four- and five-star reviews of the beauty universe celebrating this beloved formula for a plethora of reasons. For starters, the all-inclusive range features 50 distinct shade options across the light to deep spectrum, delivering the perfect shade match to more beauty lovers than ever before. The meticulous formula balances tone and texture, delivering comfortable, all-day wear that isn’t too heavy, too matte, or too shiny. The gorgeous soft matte finish looks like your skin, but better, and is buildable so you can work up to your desired coverage level, without feeling like you’re caking on pigment. Added bonus: this polished base will remain flawless through sweat and tears. 

Price at time of publish: $39

Shade Range: 50 | Coverage: Medium | Size: 1.08 oz. 

Best Cruelty-Free

Smashbox Studio Skin 24 Hour Full Coverage Waterproof Foundation

What We Love: It’s easy to blend. 

What We Don’t Love: It can feel heavy on skin.

This is a feel-good formula for multiple reasons. One: it feels impressively pampering thanks to hyaluronic acid and vitamin E, which keep skin feeling smooth and hydrated. Two: special pigments help to create a special blurring effect which gives the complexion a polished, matte finish, without leaving skin dry and cakey. Three: it’s a formula built to last and one that will take you from humid beach days to all-night dance parties without wiping away. We also love the cruelty-free formulation which just adds to the feel-good factors.

Price at time of publish: $38

Shade Range: 30 | Coverage: Full Size: 1 oz.  


What to Keep in Mind  

When to Use 

There’s no wrong time to use a waterproof foundation. From hot summer days and nights, to beach vacations, or anytime you’re looking for your makeup to last for a long period of time. “If you’re a full-face-at-the-gym kind of person, or a stage performer, you might consider a waterproof formula for daily use! There’s no harm in wearing waterproof year-round as long as you’re cleansing properly at the end of the day,” Amick told InStyle. 

Skin Type 

Be sure to check out the ingredients when choosing a foundation. It’s often misunderstood that waterproof foundations are heavy and drying.  “We all have different skin types and skin needs, you’ll want to choose a foundation with ingredients that work best with your needs,” Adams, told InStyle. “For example, if you have oily skin you might look out for foundation with zinc oxide or serecite.” There are also formulas spiked with hyaluronic acid to help keep skin hydrated. 

Coverage  

Not all waterproof foundations are full coverage. There are many great formulas on the market today that offer medium, buildable coverage so you can be in control of the desired effect. You can also find waterproof foundations with both matte and natural finishes, so you can best meet your skin needs. 

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These Are the Best Eyeshadow Primers That Stay Smudge-Proof All Day Long

Best Overall: NARS Cosmetics Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base

What We Love: It has nourishing, gentle ingredients that give it a smooth, balm-like quality.

What We Don’t Love: The applicator’s handle is a bit too long for our liking.

This NARS option is one of the most popular eyeshadow primers around, and it’s for good reason. It comes in four different shades, ranging from light to dark — so there’s an option for almost every skin tone. The best part is that it’s super blendable and easy to manipulate, so even if you don’t have a perfect match, a little elbow grease will help get you there. “It felt like a smooth balm, so it was so easy to blend in,” our tester says. “Ultimately, it’s a no-fuss primer that works well.” 

One thing we wish we could change: The applicator’s handle. “I would make the handle shorter; it feels really long and too intense for how simple the product is,” she explains. “It feels like half of the packaging is an applicator, so I’d like more product in place of the larger handle.” 

Price at time of publish: $45

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

Best for Oily Eyelids: Ilia Natural Brightening Eye Primer

What We Love: This eyeshadow primer is derived from natural ingredients and won’t cause irritation for those with sensitive eyes. 

What We Don’t Love: It disappears into skin right away.

If you have oily eyelids, you know just how frustrating it is for your eyeshadow to slip right off, minutes after application. This clean eyeshadow primer from ILIA, which uses natural ingredients, is weightless and won’t contribute to slippage. In fact, thanks to botanicals like rosehip oil, arnica, and jojoba, this primer actually soaks up excess oil and offers long-lasting hold. And, as you may have been able to guess, it serves as an illuminating base for makeup that can be worn on its own for a glowy boost or under shadow, but whichever you choose, you can trust that it’ll stay put. 

One thing to note: It’s very serum-like, so it blends into the skin right away. While this is a great thing for some, our tester found it a little confusing. “It soaked right into my skin after I applied it, so I wasn’t totally sure if it was still there,” our tester explains. “But, I was surprised to find that it certainly was and it made my eyeshadow look more vibrant and smudge-proof.”

Price at time of publish: $24

Size: 0.14 fl oz. | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Number of Shades: 1

Best for Contact Lens-Wearers: SEPHORA COLLECTION Beauty Amplifier Eye Shadow Primer

What We Love: This eyeshadow primer has been ophthalmologist-tested and proven safe for those with sensitive eyes. 

What We Don’t Love: The applicator isn’t very useful.

When you wear contact lenses, you avoid anything that weighs down your eyelids — it’s  just plain uncomfortable. Allow us to offer you a solution: This lightweight primer from Sephora. The formula contains chamomile extract to reduce redness and irritation on the lid, so even if you get a little in your lenses, you won’t be in too much pain. Slipping and sliding likely won’t be an issue though, since it’s designed to dry down, stay put, and leave behind a flawless, translucent finish.

Although the applicator tip is easy to use and manipulate, the tester found that it’s better suited for dispensing product, rather than using it to apply the primer directly to the eye. “A little goes a long way, so to avoid using too much I’d recommend tapping a few dots onto a finger and then rubbing it onto your eyelid instead of applying it directly,” she explains. 

Price at time of publish: $13

Size: 0.20 fl oz. | Cruelty-Free: No | Number of Shades: 1

Best Smoothing: Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Amplifying Eye Primer

What We Love: The lightweight one-color-fits-all shade is designed to be used on all skin tones. 

What We Don’t Love: It goes on very light, so you may need to layer it on to get more coverage.

Rihanna’s beauty line Fenty Beauty is all about inclusivity, and this eyeshadow primer is no different. The product has a light pink tone that dries down clear all skin tones. According to our tester, it has a creamy, off-white color when you first put it on, but then, over time, it blends into your natural skin tone. “I couldn’t even see it after a few minutes,” she explains. “I didn’t notice it underneath my eyeshadow either.” 

The weightless formula offers light coverage, which means you might need to layer on some more to get your lids completely covered. “It took a little more product than I thought I’d need, but it went on smoothly, no matter how much I added,” our tester says. “Regardless, after applying a hefty amount of eyeshadow, I didn’t notice any creasing and barely felt like I had anything on my eyelids.” 

Price at time of publish: $22

Size: 0.27 fl oz. | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Number of Shades: 1

Best Brightening: Rare Beauty Always An Optimist Weightless Eye Primer

What We Love: This no-fuss primer brightens eyelids and acts like a glue for eyeshadow. 

What We Don’t Love:  It only comes in one shade.

Using this eyeshadow primer is as effortless as it gets. A little goes a long way — just a dab is all you need to brighten and prep your eyelids. It goes on thick and creamy, but once you buff it out (your finger is the perfect tool), it turns velvety smooth and powdery, making it the perfect base for pigment to stick to. “It smoothed easily and provided consistent coverage across my entire eyelid,” our tester explains. “The tinted peachy color immediately brightened up my eye area, disguising the bluish veins I have on my lids.”

That’s not all, thanks to its unique tube shape, you won’t have to worry about it rolling around your bathroom sink countertop. “Tubes usually roll around my vanity if not propped up against something,” our tester says. “This tube’s flat edge ensures that it won’t roll onto the floor or potentially break.”

Price at time of publish: $18

Size: 0.10 fl oz. | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Number of Shades: 1

Best Hydrating: MILK MAKEUP Hydro Grip Eyeshadow and Concealer Primer

What We Love: The primer’s gel-like formula is loaded with skin-loving ingredients and goes on completely clear. 

What We Don’t Love: The product is entirely made of plastic.

If you’re looking for a completely clear and totally clean eyeshadow primer, consider the Hydro Grip Eyeshadow and Concealer Primer from Milk Makeup your match. Despite being loaded with skin-loving ingredients like aloe water, niacinamide, hemp-derived cannabis seed extract, and hyaluronic acid, the formula is crystal clear — and dries down that way too. “It adds no color to the eyelid, that way you know the only color showing up will be the color of the eyeshadow and nothing else,” our tester explains. “Plus, the product is very light; it’s the perfect medium of creaminess and liquidity.” 

Our tester loved the fact that the product was entirely cruelty-free, but if she could change anything, it would be to ensure that the packaging used less plastic. “This product itself is perfect, I just wish the bottle could be made of recycled plastic bottles to eliminate waste,” she adds.

Price at time of publish: $32

Size: 0.29 fl oz. | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Number of Shades: 1

Best Waterproof: Laura Mercier Eye Basics Primer

What We Love: The primer comes in several shades, including color-correcting hues like blue and orange. 

What We Don’t Love: It can feel thick upon application.

Most other eyeshadow primers on this list are subtle, skin-colored shades. This one from Laura Mercier, on the other hand, has a few unexpected ones. It comes in a range of beiges, plus a color-correcting blue and orange. The pigmented options were designed to help reduce the appearance of dark circles, spots, and redness to create a more even base for eyeshadow. If the idea of a tint turns you off, don’t worry, our tester swears it’s undetectable underneath eyeshadow. “I was worried when the product left a tint behind, but once I applied a light shadow, it wasn’t visible at all,” she admits.

If there’s anything to keep in mind, it’s that a little goes a long way. If you apply too much, like our tester did, it can feel thick. But, after a little buffing and blending, she noted that it worked just fine. 

Price at time of publish: $45

Size: 0.18 fl oz. | Cruelty-Free: No | Number of Shades: 6

Best Longwearing: Benefit Cosmetics Stay Don’t Stray Eyeshadow Primer

What We Love: This formula has anti-aging properties and even works on the undereye area. 

What We Don’t Love: There is only one shade.

Noticing your under-eye concealer fading by the end of the day? Try using this long-lasting primer from Benefit. The dual-action formula can be applied both on the eyelids and the under-eye area, preventing eyeshadow color from fading and concealer from creasing. It melts into the skin with ease and dries down to a matte finish. 

What’s more, it is also infused with sodium hyaluronate to help hydrate the skin, along with vitamins C and E to help diminish signs of aging — meaning it’s effective as both a makeup and a skincare product. 

Aside from the impressive formula, it comes with a wand that makes blending a breeze. “The wand gives you options: I could either apply it with my finger, a brush, or straight onto my eye,” our tester, Senior Beauty Commerce Editor Shannon Bauer shares. “It has just enough pigment to cover dark spots and redness, but not so much that it looks cakey or requires a perfect color match.” 

Price at time of publish: $43

Size: 0.33 fl oz. | Cruelty-Free: No | Number of Shades: 1

Best Clean Formula: bareMinerals Prime Time Eyelid Primer

What We Love: This eyeshadow primer combats greasy eyelids by soaking up excess oil. 

What We Don’t Love: We wish it was bigger.

Excess oil is one of the main culprits behind eye makeup slippage. So, if you have oily eyelids, check out this primer from Bare Minerals — it’s formulated specifically to prevent oil from ruining your eye makeup. According to our tester, the primer goes on watery, but once it dries, it leaves behind a smooth, silky base for eyeshadow. “To my surprise, it covered all of my little eyelid creases,” she says. Besides preventing any creasing from occurring, the primer also helps eyeshadow pigment stay intense and true-to-color all day long. We especially love that it’s oil- and fragrance-free, as well as allergy- and dermatologist-tested, so you don’t have to worry about irritation. 

Price at time of publish: $19

Size: 0.1 fl oz. | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Number of Shades: 1


What to Keep in Mind 

Lasting Power 

The main purpose of using an eyeshadow primer is to make your eyeshadow last longer, so an effective primer shouldn’t budge for 12 to 24 hours. The consistency of the product can also play into its lasting power. If a primer is more tacky, it can provide a ton of grip for the eyeshadow and keep the shadow in place longer, acting like a glue. No matter what the occasion is, how long you intend on wearing eye makeup, or how dramatic your eye look is, the goal is to avoid needing touch ups and a long-lasting primer (like Benefit Stay Don’t Stray Eyeshadow Primer) will ensure this. 

Color Payoff 

On top of keeping your eyeshadow in place and preventing creasing or smudging, a good eyeshadow primer will also maintain the color of your eyeshadow or make it pop even more. Look for a primer that will increase the vibrancy of your shadow, like Ruby Kisses 24 HR Eyeshadow Magic Primer

Formula 

According to cosmetic chemist Julie Pefferman, primers for eye makeup are pretty similar to concealers and other face makeup. “They’re usually water-resistant and offer long-wear capabilities all while ensuring safety and comfort for the eyes,” she explains. When it comes to specific ingredients, Pefferman says that in order to get a crease-less, smudge-proof canvas, silicones are the way to go. “Silicones help the eyeshadow adhere to the eyelid and offer a ton of spreadability without weighing anything down,” she says. “Many of my esthetician friends swear by the NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, which makes sense given that the percentage of silicones makes it super spreadable and gives it that long-lasting film,” she shares. But, if you’re looking for a silicone-free option, she recommends the Milk Makeup Hydro Grip Eyeshadow and Concealer Primer, which works just as well, just without the added ingredients.

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This Bestselling $7 Concealer Has 96,500+ 5-Star Amazon Reviews

This top-reviewed concealer is the game-changer you need in your beauty routine.

Does the perfect concealer exist? That depends on your skin type, the time of year, and the climate. If you are looking for a great beauty product that’s actually affordable, it might seem like an impossible task. However, 96,500+ people may disagree with that sentiment.

The Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer has 96,500+ 5-star Amazon reviews and 1,900+ 5-star Ulta reviews. If you’re hesitant to try another new beauty product, this price tag is too good to pass up. You can get this bestselling concealer for only $7. Nope, that’s not a typo.

You can use this beloved product to conceal fine lines, blemishes, redness, and dark circles, according to the brand. Or you can get a darker shade and use this to contour. If you’ve tried everything, you might as well check out this amazing deal. For $7, what do you have to lose? The (the appearance of) some under eye bags. 

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer, Brightener

This concealer has up to 12 hours of hydrating wear, according to the brand. It’s crease-resistant and you can use it to 1. conceal 2. color correct or 3. to contour. This applicator makes blending it so easy to blend your look and there are 18 beautiful shades to choose from. 

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Concealer Reviews

A shopper declared, “Holy grail concealer!!!! HELLO where have you been all my life? How have I slept on this drugstore product for so long?! It gets glowing reviews everywhere and now I know why. Started using concealer about 6/7 years ago and never in all those years found something that either matched my skin tone or didn’t crease and look awful – or both. From the high end to the organic to the low end, never found it. Enter this simple product and the quest is over. Formulation is light and creasing is barely noticeable on me even without setting.”

Another shared, “I like the product so well that I am on my third one. I use this all over my face where needed to blend In any dark spots and under eyes . It never cakes. Light is a perfect blend for my skin. Cant tell I have anything on . I feel that it makes me look years younger.

Someone else explained, “I have tried countless concealers for my under eye circles—most of which cost triple the price of this one by the way. I figured I’d try this on a whim because the reviews were so great and it was so inexpensive. It’s officially become my new favorite concealer. It’s not cakey, it blends easily, it doesn’t crease and it lasts all day.”

An Amazon customer said, “This inexpensive dark circle concealer is the best I’ve ever found. It goes on very easily and stays on for hours on my skin. It blends easily with a light touch of my finger. It really does hide my dark circles! I feel so lucky to have tried it. I was fortunate to order the right color for me. I am 72 years young and had almost given up on products like this. It’s never too late.”

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Pro Tip: The Best Bronzers for All Skin Tones, According to Makeup Artists, Models, and Beauty Insiders

While bronzer has never abandoned its promise of a luster unencumbered by seasonal shifts, these real-world recommendations reveal a host of additional benefits, from mattifying effects to skin-nourishing ingredients. Nevertheless, a seamless glow is always the goal. “It doesn’t look like powder, there’s no texture left on the skin—yet you have this perfect color of a sun-kissed complexion,” says the makeup artist Violette,who founded her own brand of Parisian beauty staples in 2021 and later signed on as Guerlain’s creative director of makeup. With this lineup–including Violette’s classic Terracotta, new brands rooted in inclusivity, and some seriously chic packaging—there’s no shortage of radiance.   

Haus Labs by Lady Gaga Power Sculpt Velvet Bronzer

This formula from the recently revamped Haus Labs gets a skin-friendly boost from plant-derived squalane as well as fermented arnica oil—an anti-inflammatory ingredient long favored by founder Lady Gaga. “I especially love that it’s talc-free, non comedogenic, cruelty-free, and vegan,” says Rokael Lizama, noting the formulation’s seamless blendability.  He recommends “applying it first in the crease of the eye, then warming the sides of the forehead and the cheekbone area to create a monochromatic sun-kissed look.” 

Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer

Designer Asia Hall, behind the fashion-tech brand Neon Cowboys, appreciates this formula’s sheer quality and broad shade range. “For our New York Fashion Week runway debut, our makeup lead Nick Lennon used the Fenty cream bronzer for all our models, which was quite impressive since we had a very diverse cast,” she says. The designer pairs her LED face jewelry with a bronzed flush to emphasize her high cheekbones.

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sun-Kissed Powder

A master of soft glam and avant-garde makeup looks alike, makeup artist Tyron Machhausen understands how to dial it up with little effort. This powder bronzer, adorned with tiny double Cs in a classic compact, is one of his secret weapons. “The texture is so silky,” says the Chanel artist, explaining that he applies it “where the sun would naturally hit: forehead, cheekbones, the bridge of the nose, and the chin.” Praising the formula’s easy blendability, Machhausen leans into the oversize packaging, using a large Kabuki brush to quickly dust not just the face but the whole body. 

Merit Bronze Balm Sheer Sculpting Bronzer

Makeup artist Jenna Menard, who has created looks for Kerry Washington and Kate Winslet, understands the importance of shade-matching when it comes to bronzer. She prefers this cream formula from Merit for its “neutral base, which means no orange tones—just a natural, warm, believable glow.” The vegan bronzer delivers fatty acids to keep skin moisturized while steering clear of ingredients that trigger acne. But the best part, for Menard, is its buildability. The sheer formula allows you to “take your time getting to the right hint of warmth for your look,” she says. 

Westman Atelier Super Loaded Tinted Cream Highlighter

For Rebecca Zhou, co-founder and CEO of the body-care brand Soft Services, this ultra-moisturizing formula—infused with hyaluronic acid, jojoba oil, and caper extract—is an instant ticket to sun-kissed skin. It “goes on really nicely with a brush or with fingers when I’m on the go,” says Zhou, who pairs the shade Peau de Soleil with a flush of Peau de Pêche. Her secret: “Dab a bit on the bridge of your nose to give the effect of catching a bit too much sun.”

Dior Forever Natural Bronze Bronzing Powder

This formula, neatly packed in a chic quilted cushion case, is Dior beauty ambassador Sabrina Bedrani’s go-to for a few reasons. “First, I love that the formula is 95% mineral origin, but what I love most is the texture,” says Bedrani, behind Sofia Vergara’s radiant glam for the 2022 Emmys. Infused with wild pansy flower extract, “it blends easily onto the skin, warms up the face without looking too powdery, and gives a very natural sun-kissed look,” the makeup artist says. “It’s also a great product when doing men’s grooming, as they tend to not like the feeling of having makeup on their faces.”

Simihaze Beauty Sun Wash Bronzing Powder

Zizi Donohoe’s aesthetic sensibility led her to this formula from Simihaze. “The glossy red magnetic packaging is to die for,” says the designer who also moonlights as a model. This bronzing powder comes in two finishes—matte (infused with kokum seed butter) and pearlescent (with a flicker of diamond powder)—which Donohoe uses conjointly for an effect that’s “glowy without looking like a glazed donut.” She also applauds the lighter shade range for working wonderfully with her pale skin. “It’s a perfect, easy, everyday look,” she says, adding that a dusting on “eyelids and temples” amps things up for a night out. 

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Glow Setting Powder

Carolina Gonzalez, the makeup artist behind Sabrina Carpenter’s nearly glass skin, has found a favorite in this formula. It’s technically a setting powder, she notes, but “it’s so multi-use, and the shade range is additionally perfect for bronzing.” The microfine pigment “buffs out flawlessly and can be layered, all the while adding a radiant and effortless glow,” adds Gonzalez, part of Armani’s international artist collective. The built-in brush and minimal compact make it an on-the-go companion for touch-ups throughout the day. 

Prados Beauty The Matriarch Bronzer

I love Prados Beauty because it’s an inclusive and uplifting brand that inspires people through the lens of Indigenous communities,” says Thirteen Lune cofounder Nyakio Grieco, behind the recently launched skin-care brand Relevant. She favors this formula because of its versatility. “Depending on the day and occasion, I like to wear this bronzer in different ways,” she says, opting for a light dusting anywhere the light hits for a daytime glow and focusing on dimension for a night out. 

Clarins Bronzing Compact

Whether I want to sculpt or just add a sun kiss, this bronzer works perfectly and always looks natural,” says makeup artist Adam Burrell, known for keeping California girls glowing (Winnie Harlow, Khloe Kardashian). “It features the Clarins Anti-Pollution Complex, which helps minimize damage from environmental pollution that leads to premature signs of aging,” he says, alluding to a trifecta of powerhouse botanicals that includes succory dock-cress, white horehound, and furcellaria. Another trio that makes this bronzer great: the compact’s three side-by-side shades, which allow for customizable color. 

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Bronzing Cream

After a makeup artist introduced her to this Chanel formula, model Eniko Mihalik went home and immediately ordered one for herself. “I was impressed with how natural the color is—it is not an orangey shade,” Mihalik says. “Nobody is orange.” Using a large sponge, she likes to apply it to her face and body, giving her fair complexion a “healthy summer glow” by way of light-reflecting pigments. It’s a sentiment echoed by drag artist Violet Chachki, part of the Farfetch Beauty Global Collective. “It gives me that perfect, natural, sun-kissed look, and the formula is smooth, extremely blendable and buildable,” says Chachki, preferring this cream-gel hybrid for the way it works with other products in her arsenal. 

Guerlain Terracotta Sunkissed Natural Bronzer

In the winter, Guerlain’s Terracotta acts as my best friend,” says makeup artist Violette, explaining how this argan oil–infused bronzer perks up her olive skin. She prefers “nothing too technical” in terms of application, dusting it across the nose, forehead, and cheeks, along with a swirl of her own Bisou blush. “When I do this, I look fresh—like I napped and went on a vacation!

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The 9 Best Eye Creams for Dry Skin

Contrary to popular belief, eye creams are not a scam. In fact, they’re an essential part of any healthy skincare routine.

Eye creams are specifically designed to use on the skin around the eyes to address common concerns such as dark circles, puffiness, and fine lines and wrinkles,” Dr. Marisa Garshick, a board-certified dermatologist and clinical assistant professor of dermatology at Cornell – New York Presbyterian Medical Center, previously told InStyle. “Because the skin around the eye is thin and delicate, it can be especially important to use products that are gentle on the skin and intended for the eyelid area.”

That said, it’s important for these formulas to also be ultra-nourishing to ensure they’re helping to hydrate the skin and keep it moisturized all day and night.

With colder weather on the way, you’re probably looking for the best eye cream — and I’ve got you covered. Discover the top nine picks, ahead.

Olay Hyaluronic + Peptide 24 Hydrating Eye Gel 

To shop: $40; ulta.com

While there are dozens of products on the market to choose from these days, you can never go wrong with an old reliable — namely Olay. The fragrance-free formula offers a mix of peptides and hyaluronic acid help to keep skin well quenched for 24 hours, plus it will give you an instant cooling sensation. Expect to see smoother skin after two weeks of consistent use.

Kiehl’s Super Multi-Corrective Anti-Aging Eye Cream 

To shop: $55; sephora.com

A blend of niacinamide and peptides work together to smooth out fine lines, wrinkles, and support collagen production around the brow bone, eyelid, outer corner, and under-eye. Plus, it’s lightweight and fast-absorbing formula is surprisingly hydrating.

Valmont V-Firm Eye Firming Eye Care 

To shop: $290; saksfifthavenue.com

Yes, this product is a splurge, but if you’ve got the cash, it’s worth it — trust me. I first tested the formula when I got to experience Valmont’s signature facial at The Carlyle. As soon as I got home, I put the V-Firm Eye Firming Eye Care in my bathroom cabinet and have been using it ever since. I really appreciate the gel-like formula that gives you the satisfaction and moisturizing benefits of slugging, but without the clammy or heavy feel.

Sunday Riley 5 Stars Retinol + Niacinamide Eye Serum

To shop: $65; sephora.com

We’re all aware of the perks of retinol when it comes to reducing the signs of aging. But on the flip side, it’s also known to wreak havoc on skin — especially for new users. Thankfully, Sunday Riley found a way to incorporate the superstar ingredient into an eye cream that won’t dry out this delicate area. Retinoid ester and liposome-encapsulated retinol work to support collagen production, while the brand’s moisturizing complex of ceramides and olive oil keep the skin barrier thriving. The formula is rounded out with niacinamide, which not only brightens discoloration, but also helps to reduce the look of wrinkles.

StriVectin Peptight™ 360˚ Tightening Eye Serum 

To shop: $72; sephora.com

StriVectin is one of those brands that consistently understands the assignment — and the Tighten & Life Peptight Eye Serum is no exception. The brand’s triple peptide blend of oligopeptide, dipeptide, and tetrapeptide work alongside caffeine and kakudu plum extract to hydrate, support collagen production, and help to give skin a firmer appearance.

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Supercharged Gel-Cream 

To shop: $70; sephora.com

Estée Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair Eye is supercharged, indeed. The silky formula boasts a mix of hyaluronic acid to keep skin hydrated, along with vitamin E to fight free radicals, and the brand’s FR-Defense™ technology, which protects against environmental stressors.

Youth To The People Superfood Hydrate + Firm Peptide Eye Cream 

To shop: $35; sephora.com

This cult-favorite, clean, and planet-positive eye cream checks all the boxes. Formulated for all skin types, expect this mix of proprietary superfood blend, peptides, sunflower oil, and aloe to leave your skin feeling instantly soothed and hydrated.

Drunk Elephant Ceramighty™ AF Eye Cream with Ceramides 

To shop: $60; sephora.com

If your eyes are seriously quenched, this is the eye balm you need to reach for. Formulated with a three percent ceramide blend and 10% plant omega-lipid complex, rich in fatty acids, this product not only supports the skin barrier, but it will also soften skin with regular use.

TULA Eye Recharge + Replenish Pro-Ferm™ Overnight Eye Cream 

To shop: $56; sephora.com

Cult-favorite brand Tula wasn’t joking around when they named this product. Expect star ingredients like chamomile and green algae to help soothe and keep skin moist.

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