I’ve reached a crossroads in my 2020 beauty routine, which makes sense given that we’re literally smack dab in the middle of the year. After months of working from home and changing almost everything about my daily schedule, makeup has been left behind. I’m speaking in literal terms–March is the last time I put on a full face and last month, I bid adieu to expired products which ended up being everything sitting in my bathroom. Now that I’ve decided mascara is definitely making a comeback this summer, I’ll need the best tinted under eye cream to elevate what I hope will be my best no-makeup makeup to date.
I love eyeliner in theory, but after a couple of hours (especially in the summer), I tend to look more tired than awake and no matter how hard I try, it gets messy. A few swipes of mascara, the sheerest layer of BB cream, copious amounts of Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb, and perhaps a little highlighter are my go-to’s. And as a dedicated makeup minimalist, I’ve realized that tinted under-eye cream is the secret weapon that takes the finish to a new level. Not only does it cancel out dark circles; it also nourishes the skin with deeply-penetrating ingredients with the potential to permanently banish the puffiness and discoloration that make us want concealer in the first place.
All of the following eye creams come in a variety of tinted shades or have one universal option that adjusts to your skin tone. Just be sure to read up on the skincare benefits of each one before making a final decision, as some may offer brightening benefits, depuffing properties, or all of the above.
A skincare-makeup hybrid product that delivers short- and long-term benefits by delivering a blurring and brightening effect to the under-eye area (silk powder), as well as enriching the same area with moisture (hyaluronic acid) and protective botanical extracts.
A makeup priming color corrector that deposits peach- and apricot-toned illuminators to distract from dark circles and vitamin E for added nourishment.
An algae-powered under-eye brightener that reduces fine lines and diminishes dark circles, all while depositing a sheer tint that adjusts to your individual skin tone.
A subtle under-eye tint that reduces bags, dark circles, and wrinkles by enriching the under-eye area with energizing coffee extract, vitamin K1, diamond powder, and more.
Though it’s not technically “tinted,” the light-reflective pigments in this skin corrector decrease the appearance of dark circles upon application.
An antiaging eye cream infused with real diamond dust to brighten and highlight the under-eye area with or without concealer.
A universal under-eye tint that neutralizes color, gradually firms and plumps the skin (peptides), and provides UV protection with reef-safe SPF.
A creamy under-eye illuminator that color-corrects the under-eye area and provides skincare benefits with a lightweight formula infused with pearls.
A tinted under-eye treatment infused with vitamin C and deposited through a cooling rollerball applicator.
A light-reflecting eye treatment infused with caffeine and licorice extract to target under-eye circles and puffiness.
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