If you’ve gotten a full eight hours of sleep and the person staring back at you in the mirror every morning still looks tired, it’s probably the dark circles under your eyes. Some days are worse than others. While you may not be able to completely get rid of dark circles, there are definitely ways to look less tired and more awake.

What causes dark circles under the eyes?

Mums and dads with babies, toddlers or even children who are just afraid of the dark will tell you it’s impossible to get a full night’s sleep. And while lack of sleep is one of the causes of dark circles under the eyes, it’s not the only one. The skin under the eyes is extremely thin and the loss of collagen can also contribute to dark circles. You might also have hyperpigmentation under the eyes which looks like dark circles. Lifestyle, diet and stress also play a big part in exacerbating the issue.

How to get rid of dark circles under the eyes?

Eating antioxidant-rich and anti-inflammatory foods, getting enough sleep and managing stress are long-term solutions that will not only improve the look of dark circles, but also your skin in general. While you’re working on getting your lifestyle on track to combat dark circles, you can use eye creams and concealers to tackles dark circles topically. Colour correctors can also help neutralise hyperpigmentation and purple-ish hue that shows through the thin skin around the eyes.

Eye creams for dark circles  

First Aid Beauty Skin Lab Retinol Eye Cream, $70


Microencapsulated retinol is the key ingredient in this eye cream that helps tackle dark circles under the eyes as well as pigmentation. It also helps improve the look of lines and crow’s feet. A blend of hydrating, soothing and depuffing ingredients work to restore natural radiance and ensure eyes look refreshed and rejuvenated. Just remember to use your sunscreen around your eyes the next morning.

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Ole Henriksen Banana Bright+ Eye Creme, $66


Packed with vitamin C—another ingredient that helps to improve the look of dark circles caused by pigmentation—this lightweight eye cream helps to even out tone, improve elasticity, soften lines and it acts as a primer for your concealer. It’s also got light-reflecting pigments to help add a subtle luminosity and colour correct dark circles under the eyes for those no makeup makeup days.  

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MAC Cosmetics Lightful C³ Radiant Hydration Tone Up Eye Cream, $66


Thanks to a tone up effect, this eye cream instantly brightens dark circles under the eyes so you look like you’ve just come back from a restful spa retreat. It also hydrates, strengthens the skin barrier around the eyes and fights lines and wrinkles thanks to a potent blend of vitamin C, coral grass and cherry blossom.

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Concealers to camouflage dark circles under the eyes

Fenty Beauty We’re Even Longwear Concealer, $45


If you’re looking to disguise dark circles under the eyes, but don’t like wearing anything too heavy or dislike matte concealers, Fenty Beauty’s newest concealer is for you. With 50 shades on hand, everyone can use it to hide any signs of darkness. Skin nourishing ingredients help tackle puffiness and keep the skin around the eyes from feeling dry for up to 12 hours. The medium coverage concealer is also crease-, sweat- and humidity-resistant and won’t accentuate any texture.

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Pat McGrath Labs Skin Fetish: Sublime Perfection Concealer $55


Those who have to deal with dark circles under the eyes and dry skin will enjoy this hydrating, creamy concealer that provides ample coverage without settling into fine lines. It also has optically diffusing pigments that give a soft focus effect to blur imperfections while brightening the area so no one knows you were binge watching dramas when you should have been sleeping.

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Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer, $47


This cult-favourite concealer has mango seed and shea butter to nourish the skin under the eyes and help bring radiance to the area. It also offers a full coverage matte finish that helps hide dark circles as well as other imperfections without looking cakey or creasing.   

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Colour correctors that help neutralise darkness under the eyes

Huda Beauty Faux Filter Color Corrector, $48 


Available in seven shades that suit skin tones that range from deep to pale, this colour corrector helps to cancel out discolouration from hyperpigmentation that makes your dark circles under the eyes look worse than it is. Lightweight and easy to blend, you can use it alone or under your concealer to cancel dark circles.

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Charlotte Tilbury Magic Vanish! Colour Corrector, $58  


Buttery smooth and feather light this creamy colour corrector can be applied with just your fingers to balance any hyperpigmentation and even out skin tone so your concealer doesn’t look grey and your dark circles are fully covered.   

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