I have been prone to under-eye circles my entire life. When I was a little girl, I recall my mum consulting with a pediatrician about the matter. Always going to the worst place, she was thrilled to hear it wasn’t a symptom of some awful disease, but merely an allergy issue. The less thrilling news was that there was no solution to the problem. Since then, anytime I go off the straight and narrow—over-caffeinating, overpartying, or sleep deprivation—my circles make a big-time comeback. I have tried eye creams with the BB’s, CC’s, seaweed extract, oxygen, and everything else you can imagine. While many creams help with fine lines, none of them erase the darn circles. The only answer has been a great concealer. Skin color, texture, and sensitivity vary amongst all humans. My personal dilemma is that my under-eye area is extremely sensitive and dry, yet too much moisture makes my mascara run. I have had no choice but to travel the world (no exaggeration—countless cities throughout the U.S., South America, Europe, the Middle East, and beyond) searching for the perfect concealer. Here is the resulting top-five list.

 

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1. Bobbi Brown Face Touch Up Stick
Yes, I know the name is deceiving, but allow me to serve as the revealer that this stick is the best concealer. While I was complaining at a Hamptons lunch with a favorite collectista, she whipped out her sand-colored Bobbi Brown stick from her makeup bag. “I haven’t shared this one with you?” she asked. No, she had not! Though I have a good five years on her, I am willing to try anything, and this one gets it. Hence, I immediately ran to White’s pharmacy. They were convinced the beige shade was better for me, and voilà: This stick contains the perfect balance of coverage and moisture. Best of all, I apply it with my finger—no extra time spent futzing with brushes.

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2. By Terry Touch-Expert Advanced Multi-Corrective Concealer Brush
When working at Alfred Coffee on Melrose Place, my favorite break was popping into Violet Grey to “look around” at their latest and greatest cosmetics picks. Never did I leave empty-handed. One of my favorite discoveries was By Terry Touch-Expert Advanced Multi-Corrective Concealer. Terry allegedly created the original formula for YSL Touche Éclat before leaving to launch her own brand. By Terry has an ultra-light consistency with the same brightening powers as YSL, but offers a little more coverage. The precision brush, like YSL, makes application easy. However, it still didn’t do the trick in my circle deepest, darkest hours. It does successfully attack puffiness and fine lines en process so it’s definitely a fabulous option.

Photo Credit: Frank Terry

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3. YSL Touche Éclat #2 or #3
A wise woman convinced me to utilize the #2 formula when it was first conceived in the 1990s. I wore it for years and thought I looked pretty fabulous. However, when I reviewed photographs, I noticed I looked like an owl because it was TOO brightening. Hence, I moved onto another darker, more moisturizing concealer. I soon discovered I was allergic to it and it was too sheer to provide the necessary coverage. Hence, I was convinced by an even wiser woman in Florence, Italy, to use the #3 under my eyes. It is brightening but a little closer to my skin tone, and did the trick. Because my circles are so very “rich” in color, I was never totally satisfied but settled for a while. I have since learned from many makeup experts that Touche Éclat is a wonderful highlighter, but doesn’t quite carry enough power for major coverage.

Photo Credit: Frank Terry

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4. Clé de Peau Corrector Visage
I started traveling more extensively a couple of years ago and I can’t stop, won’t stop. When I started this feature, in only eight weeks, I had the good fortune to jet set to New York several times, Tokyo, Kyoto, Maui, Utah, and Washington, D.C. I love it, but all the time-zone changes were a disaster for the circles! YSL was no longer doing the trick. Hence, a lovely 20-something beauty in New York recommended Clé de Peau. It is superthick and brightening, and almost crosses that fine line (no pun intended) with the raccoon eyes, but it was good for a while. Corrector Visage is best applied with your finger so the warmth of your body temperature softens it a bit. My only concern is that it’s a bit drying for those of us who are prone to that issue.

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5. Colorescience Mineral Corrector Palette
This fabulous powder palette was recommended by my favorite cosmetic dermatologist in case…ahem…I should ever become bruised from filler procedures. These powders are miracle workers and you can mix and match daily. They are packaged with their own narrow brush for precise application. I am not a fan of the powder alone, as it leaves a very dry texture. However, I do love utilizing these minerals under my crème and/or stick concealers to neutralize any extreme pigmentation. Frankly, I use it on various areas of my entire face daily. Colorescience is a great best friend as all that ’80s sunbathing catches up with you.

Photo Credit: Frank Terry

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BONUS: Giorgio Armani Maestro Eraser Concealer
Arguably this one is entry number 6, but a seasoned editor told me to always limit my lists to odd numbers. Sorry—I just can’t do it this time! Anyway, this concealer was recommended by the most magnificent-skinned 50-plus collectista and an adorable 20-something at Violet Grey. How could I not try it? Giorgio Armani Maestro is an amazing illuminator and moisturizer. It has an extremely light, velvety texture. Nonetheless, I found it a little lightweight in the coverage area. Honestly, its high moisture content makes it most perfect for recovering blemishes (in my experience).

Photo Credit: Frank Terry

Xx Lottie Dottie