Mellow Yellows: The Best Under-Eye Color Correctors

Raccoon eyes are the bane of many a woman’s existence, but luckily there are some tried-and-true products that provide great results with very little effort. See the best of the bunch.

First up, one of my all-time favorites: Physician’s Formula Magic Cube© concealer ($6). This perfectly blendable, bright yellow cream uses color theory to combat dark circles (yellow is the primary color opposite purple on the color wheel), comes in an unobtrusive little compact, and lasts forever. Apply it under your eyes to look fresh when you’re out after work on Friday, and on your lids the next morning when you’re headed to brunch. One caveat: reapplication is convenient, but you’re best off setting the cream with powder; otherwise you’ll have buttercup-colored creases under your eyes at the end of the night.

A new generation of products uses sleight of hand to mask discoloration; now you see the circles, now you don’t! Benefit’s Powderflage ($28) works using the same principles that allow magicians to perform illusions, using mica and other minerals in place of mirrors to scatter light and refract it, which gives you a soft glow and corrects dark areas.

If you’ve got the patience to wait for gradual results, then color correction without makeup is within reach. Newer products like Hylexin ($95), which breaks down the characteristic red-blue pigmentation over time, and standbys like Vita-K Solution ($15), which brightens the eye area, can reduce the look of dark circles without the use of concealer.

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