7 Ways To Get Dark Under Eye Circles Disappear

They’ve been called raccoon eyes and zombie-eyes in recent pop-culture.  No matter the name, we want them gone, or at the very least, disguised.

The topic ignited a viral beauty sensation. This YouTube tutorial for using red lipstick to cover under eye circles was viewed four million times in one month.

Not sure about using lip stick as concealer? Here are the best conventional tips and tricks for diminishing and hiding under eye circles.

Use Sunscreen

In case you haven’t gotten the message yet – wear sunscreen! Because the skin beneath the eyes is thin, it's especially prone to sun-induced hyperpigmentation. How To Get Rid Of Dark Circles For Good at recommends using a stick formula that won't migrate to get in your eye! 

Appearance isn’t the only reason to make wearing sunscreen a skin care obsession. The Skin Cancer Foundation states that eyes and surrounding areas are particularly prone to cancers with up to 10 percent of all skin cancers occurring on the eyelids.

Switch Your Sleep Position

Sleep on your back to Banish The Bags Under Your Eyes. Dark under-eye circles, puffiness and bags can be reduced by sleeping on your back with the head slightly elevated. Gravity causes fluid to collect under the eyes and smooshing your face into a pillow compounds the effect. Sleeping compression-free reduces overall facial distortion and puffiness.

But back sleeping doesn’t come naturally to many people and changing habitual sleep positions can be a challenge. Try the JuveRest pillow which allows you to comfortably sleep on your back in neutral alignment, making back sleeping a more restful experience. The best part: you can wake up with less noticeable under eye puffiness and circles, while avoiding facial sleep wrinkles that are aging you.   

Use A Retinoid, But Don't Overdo It

Be sure to use a retinoid cream that is formulated for the eye area advises The vitamin A derivative will help fade pigment and increase collagen production to make skin less transparent so dark circles are less noticeable. But, don’t overdo it. Retinoids can leave you with red, flaky rings around your eyes that turn brownish or gray as they heal, especially in olive or darker skin tones.                          

Consider An Antihistamine

If dark under-eye circles are due to allergies, consider using antihistamine drugs like Claritin or Allegra.  Also, a neti pot can help reduce the fluid build-up happening around the eyes says

Conceal turned to makeup artists for advice on vanishing dark circles with concealer. First, choose the color and consistency wisely. Concealers with peachy undertones neutralize the blue tint in most dark circles. Creamy solid concealers provide better coverage and last longer. To begin, swipe a little concealer on your finger, then press it against the back of your hand to remove the excess. To apply, start where the skin is darkest and blend out from there. Steer clear of crow’s feet; concealer will exaggerate them. Pat a little concealer around the inner corners of your eyes near the tear ducts. Blend it down the sides of your nose just enough so you don't have obvious circles of makeup smack-dab in the middle of your face.

If you still look like you pulled back-to-back all-nighters, you need to do some preconcealing concealing. According to makeup artist Bobbi Brown, the only way to brighten up really dark circles is by prepping skin with a peach-colored cream base called a corrector.

Check out this how-to video from

Non-Surgical Procedures

Hyaluronic Acid Facial Fillers or injectable fillers are often used to correct dark circles created by thinning under eye skin or fat and tissue loss in the under eyes or upper cheeks. Just be careful not to overfill or you will end up looking like you have more bags under your eyes cautions Plus when fillers are placed too superficially, it causes a blue-green tint under the eye making the problem worse.

Skin Resurfacing and Chemical Peel can help reduce dark circles by increasing collagen production, decreasing pigmentation problems, and improving overall skin quality.

When using fillers or undergoing skin resurfacing and peels, always look for a board-certified physician to increase your chances of getting the best results.

More Tips And Tricks

From tomato juice mixed with lemon and sliced potato strips to almond oil and mint leaves, offers suggestions on Home Remedies For Dark Circles.

Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize at night, using a thick cream formulated for under the eye says

We saved the best for last -- GAIN WEIGHT (yes, you read that correctly). Former international fashion model Angela Willemse says the less fat tissue you have in your face, the higher the probability of having dark under-eye circles. Gaining weight or making sure not to lose weight too much can be a solution.