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Have Bad Dark Circles? These Concealers Will Hide All Signs Of A Late Night

Never go another day looking tired.

Spending long hours looking at the computer screen, catching up on all those Instagram posts, or getting less than eight hours of sleep a night can tire out eyes. Which is why many women are always on the lookout for that elusive eye cream that does it all. Keep an eye out for those that contain vitamins C and E and hyaluronic acid as they improve circulation, plump up the skin and increase skin elasticity so dark circles are less visible. When the skin around the eye area is thicker and not as fragile, that serves as a good base for concealers — which are a staple in every woman’s kit because they erase evidence of fatigue in one sweep.

To energise eyes, here are some quick do-it-yourself tips you can do at the office or in the comfort of your home. To reduce puffiness, leave a teaspoon (or two) in the fridge for an hour, then place the rounded portion on the eyes for 30 to 40 seconds. The cold sensation also helps to constrict the blood vessels to boost blood circulation and refresh the eye contours. For a fuss-free solution to relieve eye fatigue, press your fingers along three pressure points: near the bridge of the nose under the eyebrow, the highest point of your eyebrow and outer side of the eye socket, for five to ten seconds each.

If you’ve got a big meeting or important date, here are the must-try concealers that will brighten eyes without sinking into fine lines and wrinkles:

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer, $42
More than a concealer that offers high yet natural coverage, its creamy texture is easily blended and doesn’t sink into fine lines and wrinkles for long-lasting wear. Developed with leading plastic surgeons, it also contains anti-aging ingredients like hydrolyzed collagen and Vitamins C and K for skincare benefits like plumper, brighter eye contours. By Terry Touche Veloutée , $80
By Terry Touche Veloutée is infused with nourishing botanicals, hyaluronic acid plumping microspheres and soft-focus pigments to gives tired eyes a rested and illuminated look. Suitable for all skin types, the lightweight concealer blends easily into skin and also strengthens the fragile skin around the eyes with an antioxidant cocktail. Chantecaille Le Camouflage Stylo, $88
Simply brush on a bit of this ultra-moisturising formula with light-reflecting pigments to have wide-awake eyes in an instant. Suitable for use on the eye area as well as for dark spots, its blend of brightening botanical extracts help minimise the appearance of age spots while a sugar-based oligo-polymer plumps the appearance fine lines and reduces the look of puffiness. YSL Beauty Touche Eclat, $62
With a precise brush applicator perfect for easy on-the-go application, the Touche Eclat light-infused pigment formula gives skin a healthy and  luminous finish. Hyaluronic acid increases hydration and plumps skin while vitamin E antioxidants fight visible signs of fatigue. To conceal dark circles, start with a full coverage concealer, then use Touche Eclat on the inner corner of the eye and in the shadows underneath. RMS Beauty “Un” Cover-Up Concealer + Foundation, $45
Lightweight and hydrating, this skin-perfecting concealer made of coconut oil, jojoba seed oil and rosemary extract can be used on the eyes and face. With buildable coverage, the concealer melts into skin to cover imperfections and reduce the appearance of pores. RMS Beauty is also one of the most popular clean beauty brands as their products are formulated without parabens, sulfates and phthalates, while tested to be hypoallergenic, gluten-free, and non-comedogenic. Cle de Peau Beauté Radiant Corrector for Eyes, $90
Treat your skin to this silky-smooth formula that hydrates skin while giving buildable coverage that lasts for eight hours. Best for those with dry skin around the delicate eye area, this concealer contains antioxidant ingredients to fight dullness and fine lines. Plus, it helps correct discolouration around the eyes as illuminating pearl pigments reflect light for an instant brightening effect. Tarte Colored Clay CC Undereye Corrector, $38, Sephora
Naturally-derived light-diffusing particles work to revitalise and brighten the delicate skin under the eyes, while colour-correcting coloured clay helps to offset the look of dark circles and discolouration. This nutrient-rich formula hydrates, conditions, and smoothes skin — for an instantly bright-eyed, younger-looking complexion in universal shades. To apply, use a concealer brush to apply to the undereye area from the inner corner to the outer corner. Charlotte Tilbury Mini Miracle Eye Wand, US$32 (S$43), www.net-a-porter.com
Creating the appearance of a well-rested complexion, this product moisturises and conceals at the same time. The hydrating cream is enriched with plumping hyaluronic acid and anti-aging rice proteins, as well as nourishing jojoba, olive and sweet almond oils. Inspired by the silver reflectors used by professional photographers, the other side of the wand is tinted and infused with light-diffusing particles to give off a youthful luminosity. First apply the eye cream on the undereye area, then go over it with the brightening reflector tip. Clinique All About Eyes Concealer
This oil-free and ophthalmologist tested concealer promises three benefits: disguising, de-circling and de-puffing. The multi-tasking concealer disguises dark undereye circles while helping to reduce the look of puffiness. Meanwhile, the long-wearing, moisturising formula provides moderate coverage, but won’t crease or settle into fine lines. To apply, either use a concealer brush and stroke over the area to be covered, blending well, or finger-blend into skin using a light, patting motion. Hera Eye Brightener
If you really need some help to brighten up your peepers, this is the product to get. This anti-wrinkle eye brightener contains arbutin, which helps to block harmful UV rays that cause skin dullness and aging, while also brightening up dull-looking skin tone. This is especially useful for those with very bad dark circles. In addition, not only does it it firm up the skin around the eye area, it also has moisturising properties to help form a shield of moisture to leave a hydrated finish while preventing moisture loss. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer, $19.90
This super-concentrated treatment concealer features a micro-corrector applicator to help instantly erase dark circles and fine lines. Infused with goji berry and Haloxyl™, the formula promises to create a radiant, refreshed-looking eye area in no time. To apply, use the applicator and apply concealer directly to the undereye area, blending in an outward motion. For a luminous touch, apply the brightener shade to the inner corner of eyes, cheek and brow bones and bridge of the nose. Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brightener
This is a lightweight concealer that instantly brightens undereye circles and refreshes your look. It’s ideal for those who need slightly less undereye coverage, and also works as a good alternative to normal concealer, or as a touch-up to your regular concealer throughout the day. It’s packaged in a portable vial with a doe-foot applicator, so there’s no need for a separate brush. With just one swipe, apply this lightweight concealer to the undereye area, and pat to blend. Benefit Cosmetics Boi-ing Brightening Concealer, $35
Made specifically to address dull, tired eyes, dark circles and discolouration, this full coverage, creamy concealer contains brightening melon undertones to colour-correct undereye circles and imperfections for an instantly radiant finish. Dab this creamy, colour-correcting concealer under eyes – or onto face – and blend with your fingertip using a gentle patting motion. If you need some extra brightening, use the concealer on the inner corners of your eyes to open up your peepers. Clarins Instant Concealer, $42
This concealer from the French luxury beauty brand provides customised correction for all types of dark circles. It is tinted to mask the colour of dark circles while restoring the skin’s natural tone. Its fluid texture blends flawlessly into the skin and smoothes the eye contour area, leaving a velvety feel and hydrating the skin, while soothing potential redness. Dab on gently with fingertips, working from the inside to the outside to blend in the formula, or use a brush in gentle smoothing motions. Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector, $48, Sephora
This corrector promises to completely eradicate undereye darkness by brightening and blurring imperfections. Infused with ultra-fine light-reflecting illuminators, this rich luminescent cream won’t settle into fine lines or wrinkles as it preps skin for smooth, even concealer coverage. To conceal darkness around the eyes, pat underneath the eye and gently blend using your ring finger or a concealer brush. Follow with concealer application to conceal, colour correct and brighten the undereye area. Lilah B. Virtuous Veil™ Concealer & Eye Primer, US$38 (S$51), www.net-a-porter.com
Both a concealer and an eyeshadow primer, this product is a must for anyone who prefers a simple, streamlined beauty routine. The creamy formula hydrates and nourishes while minimising the appearance of imperfections and brightening your complexion. Use it to allow your skin’s natural radiance to shine through. To use as a concealer, apply with a brush and build for extra coverage. To use as an eye primer, apply a sheer layer over lid prior to applying shadows. Main image: Showbit.com