The best illuminating concealers to brighten your eyes

Taryn Davies
Published: April 19, 2018

Illuminating concealers are the must-have item in your handbag when you’ve had more late nights and early mornings than you’d like. They give you a gorgeous bright-eyed and bushy-tailed look, all with a quick swipe.

Our pick of the best illuminating concealers to buy right now will ensure that you look well rested and glowing through the day.

Benefit Boi Ing Brightening ConcealerBenefit Boi-ing Brightening Concealer

Hide dull, dark circles and brighten with the Benefit Boi-ing Brightening Concealer, seriously they don't really stand a chance when it comes to this concealer. It's creamy and gives excellent coverage, ensuring your tired eyes are perked and preppy.

Apply this concealer with your fingertips, as they’ll warm up the product and help it melt into the skin flawlessly.

Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer review Wake Me Up concealer

The coverage on the Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer is excellent, and the instant anti-fatigue effect with peptides and vitamin moisturising complex helps to reawaken and illuminate the eyes. It comes in only four shades, and it’s recommended to go one or two shades lighter for your concealer when it comes to using them under your eyes, as you want a real brightening effect.

Yves Saint Laurent Touche EclatYves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat

You can’t ever really leave Touche Eclat off a best concealers list, it’s been a staple in many makeup artists and celebrity makeup bags for years.

Everything about this concealer screams luxury, from the product inside to the gorgeous gold pen design.

The pen is easy to use, the formula is light and creamy, yet densely packed with pigment to cover dark circles with ease.

L'oreal Lumi Magique Concealer review’Oreal Paris Lumi Magique Concealer

In comparison to the YSL Touche Eclat, this might not have the same air of luxury because of the packaging, but the product inside definitely measures up. The Lumi Magique pen is a light reflecting product which gives luminosity to the skin, it can also be used to highlight cheekbones, brow bones and your cupids bow.

The formula is light and silky soft, and gives your under eyes a good dose of hydration.

Nars Radiant Creamy ConcealerNars Radiant Creamy Concealer

A firm favourite of many beauty bloggers, the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer is the must-have product for those who suffer from dry skin around their eyes.

The formula is hydrating, so it doesn’t settle into fine lines around the eyes.

It’s moisturising, buildable and easily blended – once you try this product once, you’ll be hooked.

Tom Ford Illuminating Highlighting PenTom Ford Illuminating Highlighting Pen

This is definitely one of the pricier products on our list, but it’s justified with the fact it’s Tom Ford quality, and it’s also great to use in your contour and highlight makeup routine too.

The four shades are designed to catch the light and bring focus to the cheekbones and eyes, as well as diminish flaws and shadows. You’re left with a smooth and undetectable finish.

Dior Backstage Flash Luminzer Radiance Booster PenDior Backstage Flash Luminzer Radiance Booster Pen

A fresh texture that’s amazingly fine and totally weightless, the Dior Backstage Flash Luminzer Radiance Booster Pen blends beautifully on the skin.

White Light Pigments are designed to catch the light and redistribute it in all directions to boost the radiance and brighten your eyes. Plus the Beautyfier Complex is enriched with hyaluronic acid miscrospheres to help fill wrinkles and fine lines, so this concealer won’t settle around your eyes.

Charlotte Tilbury Mini Miracle Eye WandCharlotte Tilbury Mini Miracle Eye Wand

There's yet to be a Charlotte Tilbury product that we've come across that we haven't loved, and the Mini Miracle Eye Wand is no different. The creamy concealer blends easily into the eye area giving radiance and coverage. The wanded pen makes it a dream to use as well. There's light reflectors in the formula which leave you looking rested as the tighten and brighten the eye area.

Liz Earle Colour Light Reflecting ConcealerLiz Earle Colour Light Reflecting Concealer

Another easy to use pen design, the Liz Earle Reflecting Concealer leaves your eyes looking bright and radiant with one quick sweep of product. The silky product blends easily and makes you look more awake in an instant.

Laura Mercier Candleglow Concealer And HighlighterLaura Mercier Candleglow Concealer

The applicator on this pen design is unlike anything we've ever used before and it fits easily into the eye area to help with coverage and feels soft too. It doesn't drag at the skin either. Thankfully the Laura Mercier Candleglow concealer product is as good as the design of the tool too. The coverage is excellent, it feels really lightweight and looks natural too.

The product is, in fact, a Concealer and Highlighter, so you can use this to add brightness to your face too if you want, but honestly, we prefer to keep that gorgeous product for just underneath the eyes where it's really needed.

Smashbox Photo Op Under Eye BrightenerSmashbox Photo Op Under Eye Brightener

If your regular concealer just isn’t doing the trick for your under eye darkness, then the Smashbox Photo Op Under Eye Brightener could be the product you need.

For when concealer alone just doesn’t cut it, Smashbox has developed this handy little product that preps your skin for concealer application. It works to immediately awaken and brighten the skin and adds a beautiful pop of highlight and radiance too. You don’t just have to use this on your eyes either, add a dab to wherever you’d normally apply highlighter.