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Mellow Yellows: The Best Under-Eye Color Correctors

Raccoon eyes are the bane of many a woman’s existence, but luckily there are some tried-and-true products that provide great results with very little effort. See the best of the bunch.

First up, one of my all-time favorites: Physician’s Formula Magic Cube© concealer ($6). This perfectly blendable, bright yellow cream uses color theory to combat dark circles (yellow is the primary color opposite purple on the color wheel), comes in an unobtrusive little compact, and lasts forever. Apply it under your eyes to look fresh when you’re out after work on Friday, and on your lids the next morning when you’re headed to brunch. One caveat: reapplication is convenient, but you’re best off setting the cream with powder; otherwise you’ll have buttercup-colored creases under your eyes at the end of the night.

A new generation of products uses sleight of hand to mask discoloration; now you see the circles, now you don’t! Benefit’s Powderflage ($28) works using the same principles that allow magicians to perform illusions, using mica and other minerals in place of mirrors to scatter light and refract it, which gives you a soft glow and corrects dark areas.

If you’ve got the patience to wait for gradual results, then color correction without makeup is within reach. Newer products like Hylexin ($95), which breaks down the characteristic red-blue pigmentation over time, and standbys like Vita-K Solution ($15), which brightens the eye area, can reduce the look of dark circles without the use of concealer.

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Nadia24gv Nadia24gv 8 years
I only use yellow for acne. I use Physician's Formula but from the tube. It works well but it's so thick if you don't rub it in right away it basically dries up like concrete.
sofi sofi 8 years
Bobbi Brown correctors and concealers are fabulous. I wouldn't waste my time with hylexin but the vitamin k probably would help over time and prevent some darkening.
Gdeeaz Gdeeaz 8 years
i really love the make up for ever 5 Camouflage Cream Palette in Light to Fair. it comes with three skin tone colors, a green, and a peach. i also like that they have different palettes for different skin tones.
SalescoopCaro SalescoopCaro 8 years
I can not wait to try these products. I just started getting horrible dark circles and I have no idea how to combat them. I think I'm going to try the Physician’s Formula Magic Cube concealer first; at 6 dollars who can resist!
tigerlyllie21 tigerlyllie21 8 years
Another great one is Eye Bright from Benefit. I swear by it.
zoinks zoinks 8 years
I would love to see a tutorial on how to apply these. I have had horrible bags my entire life these look very promising. Though I must say, I have also heard that peach covers better than yellow. I need to try both, I guess.
shaima shaima 8 years
I know many people (including myself) who used Hylexin and in my opinion, it's a big swindle!
psyche2 psyche2 8 years
Yellow actually isn't tops for undereyes (for me, anyway) - it's peach! MAC has a peach corrector that I use with or without concealer.
Lori-Gragg Lori-Gragg 8 years
Will you be giving away any of these products at anytime, I think these would make a great addition to any make up collection.
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