Even if you weren't up late binge-watching the latest Netflix original series to cross your list, the dark circles under your eyes could suggest otherwise, and there are days when even your most-trusted concealer won't cut it. That's why we broke down 4 ways you can reduce the appearance of your dark circles, whether you have as much time as a week, or need to conceal them in five minutes flat—yes, it's possible. Keep reading to find out how!
1. If You Have a Week
The more hydrated your skin is, the more awake you look, and your dark circles will be less apparent. Try incorporating an eye cream that illuminates immediately while fading shadiness on your undereye area naturally over time into your skincare lineup. We love Givenchy's Hydra Sparkling Luminescence Eye Reviver Gel, which delivers water molecules into the deeper layers of your skin to reduce puffiness and discoloration.
2. If You Have a Night
After a long, stressful day, one of our favorite activities is to wind down with a DIY spa night. The depuffing qualities of the cucumber, aloe vera, and caffeine used in The Estée Edit's Stress Relief Eye Masks have solidified them as a staple in our regimen, and we especially love how they provide an instant brightening effect on contact with skin. After 10 minutes, peel off the masks, follow up with your favorite moisturizer and eye cream, then sleep on it.
3. If You Have an Hour
If you don't take as long to get ready in the morning as we do, then you may not need an entire hour to color-correct your undereye area, but a palette like Stila's Correct & Perfect includes every shade of the color wheel to neutralize those dark circles. The hue you use all depends on your undertones—apply the yellow cream to counteract blue or purple, or try blending on the green to cancel out redness in the skin. Apricot and orange help to hide any hints of brown. Apply your foundation over the top, then set your undereyes with either the yellow or violet powder.
4. If You Have Five Minutes
The easiest way to get rid of dark circles fast? Some well-placed highlighter, of course. Blend a small amount of liquid highlighter like Chantecaille's Anti-Aging formula in Sheen underneath your eyes prior to sweeping on concealer. The subtle shimmer of the highlighter will reflect the light and effectively hide discoloration, but the shine-free finish of the concealer will prevent you from looking like you just lost a fight in the glitter section of a craft store.