The skin around your eyes is extremely sensitive – but it often doesn’t get enough love. Heavy makeup products, harsh cleansers, and normal wear and tear can all result in dry, tired-looking under-eye areas. Luckily, it’s simple to give this under-loved area a healthy boost using the right combination of hydrating primer and concealer.
A moisturizing primer will deliver essential hydration to your skin, while helping to keep makeup in place all day long; meanwhile, a nourishing concealer will brighten your eye area, making you look healthier and more alert.
Best eye primer for the under-eye area
Before applying any makeup to your under-eye area, we recommend that you gently dab on some primer. The right primer will protect your skin from the elements and from whatever products you may choose to apply; it will also hold your concealer in place throughout the day, so you’ll have bright, bold eyes around the clock. It’s important to choose an eye primer carefully, however: The wrong product could dry out your skin.
If you’re suffering from dry skin around the eyes, we recommend Alima Pure’s Eye Primer. This product contains olive oil, shea butter, and apricot kernel oil to replenish moisture and heal skin damage. It’ll help makeup to stay in place while soothing and softening your dry skin.
Best under-eye concealers for dry skin
100% Pure’s Fruit Pigmented Long Last Concealer with Super Fruits: This natural concealer is extra long-lasting, so it’ll stay put throughout the day. It contains green coffee to plump and brighten your skin, goldenseal and chamomile to fight inflammation, and cocoa butter and shea butter for deep under-eye hydration. Unlike makeup products that use harsh chemicals as their base, exacerbating dryness, this concealer will help to restore hydration to your skin.
Plain Jane Beauty’s Creme Concealer: This full-coverage, creme concealer’s blend of botanical ingredients make it an excellent option for use all over your face. When using it on the fragile skin around your eyes, we recommend gently applying it using a brush or clean fingers, rather than rubbing the concealer stick directly onto the skin. It contains sweet almond oil, shea butter, avocado butter, and jojoba seed oil to deeply hydrate your skin.
Sappho New Paradigm’s Concealer: This concealer pot contains dryness-fighting ingredients like coconut oil, jojoba seed oil, and argan oil. It’s richly pigmented to deliver the maximum possible effect, disguising discoloration all over the face. It’s ideal for use around the eyes because of its creamy consistency: It’ll glide smoothly over your skin without any need for over-handling, and won’t settle into fine lines or wrinkles.
Juice Beauty’s Phyto-Pigments Perfecting Concealer: I’m obsessed with Juice Beauty’s Phyto-Pigments line, and this product is just one more reason to fall in love. It blends dreamily over your skin without creasing and provides adjustable coverage with a radiant, glowing finish. It contains moisturizing coconut oil, castor seed oil, grapeseed oil, and jojoba seed oil, as well as brightening vitamin C.
When applying eye makeup, it’s important to be as gentle as possible with your skin in order to prevent damage. You should also make sure to remove your makeup as soon and as thoroughly as possible, as overuse can speed up the formation of fine lines. We recommend cleansing your eye area using a micellar water or gentle, oil cleanser.
Camille Bond is a freelance writer based in New York City. She has interned in the film industry and the publishing industry, as well as for a political campaign. When it comes to the world of beauty and wellness, she loves researching natural skincare brands, concocting DIY recipes, and discovering new mediation techniques!