No matter how good your genes or how much beauty sleep you get, the time will come when you need an undereye concealer. (And yes, I know some of you are 18 and bright-eyed and you don't need it. I was once one of you. Just you wait.) In my view, a good concealer should cover dark circles without looking masklike, it should go on without tugging skin, and it shouldn't settle into fine lines.
I've tried many concealers, and only a few live up to these expectations. That's why I'm so excited about Philosophy's The Supernatural concealer ($25). It's technically called "airbrushed color corrector," which accurately describes the look it provides. Three shades are available (light, medium, dark), and there are three colors within each compact. Now, this might seem unnecessary, but it's actually the thing that makes this stuff so brilliant.
The key to making The Supernatural concealer work for you is to use the included brush to apply color where you need it. For instance, I started by using the lightest shade on my undereye area, which evened out my skin tone but still left a little bit of my purple circles visible. Then, I dabbed a bit of the medium shade wherever I still saw the circles. A little blending, a tiny bit of the dark shade near the inner corners of my eye, and voila! Perfect coverage. The kind that makes you look naturally well-rested, like you're not wearing a lick of makeup. And it didn't take more time than my usual concealer routine.
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So, not to go all Two-Face on you, but here's a photo that illustrates just how well this works. I'm not wearing any makeup except for The Supernatural under my right eye (which is at your left, of course).
Yum took the picture, and when she saw me without concealer, she said I looked like a panda. Sadly, she is right. But would you look at the coverage on the eye that does have concealer? Totally natural-looking, soft, and effective. I love this stuff.
(Also, every time I take one of these pictures to post, I am reminded that it's time for a brow-shaping appointment. Ugh!)