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9 Under Eye Primers That Will Prep You For Makeup – And Wake You Up

I’d never had a problem with my eyes before. I’d rub some concealer onto my lids, throw on eyeshadow, and go through the day. Easy. Breezy. Beautiful. (Sorry.)

It feels like I woke up one day and looked in the mirror, only to find dark circles and puffiness galore. Was I really that tired? Maybe I should have slept more than three hours a night throughout college. Hindsight is 20/20, you know?

Turns out, you can’t just put concealer on top of dark circles, unless you want them to peek through two hours later. Nope, the answer, my friends: under eye primer.

It sounds silly. Or perhaps obvious. But this is a judgement-free zone, okay?

Once I realized the grave misstep of overloading concealer underneath my eyes, I invested in a variety of under eye primers. Now, I can’t put on makeup without it. Even on days where my eyes look fine, paranoia kicks in. It’s a must-have, must-do every day.

If this sounds like you, I’m sorry. And also: here are nine under eye primers that will hide the fact that you cried for two hours straight. Don’t worry, your secret is safe here. Judgement-free zone, after all.



JACLYN hill under eye primer

First things first: you can apply this with your finger, but the cool tip is ultra-soothing against red, puffy eyes. The primer’s formula is water-based, with shea butter infused to condition and nourish under eyes while prepping for makeup.

BUY NOW – $24

HydraGel Lift Under Eye Perfecting Primer

Pur cosmetics under eye primer

Don’t slap concealer over tired eyes and call it a day (or, even worse, apply cakey foundation). PUR’s HydraGel Lift primer doesn’t just prep under eyes for makeup by smoothing out imperfections – it also brightens, firms, and lifts.

BUY NOW – $26


Beauty pie under eye balm

Beauty Pie created a creamy “Genius” for your under eyes. Filled with essential fatty acids to smooth fine lines, vitamin E for healing, MDI Complex to brighten dark circles, and their Anti-Fatigue Micro-Pearls to dispense light, your dark circles will not be on full display.

BUY NOW – $25


STARRY eye balm

Would it be a complete list if I didn’t include caffeine somewhere? No, no it would not be. Pair caffeine, to help tone and tighten, with hyaluronic acid to totally moisturize. Puffy, dark under eyes are a thing of the past (er, this morning).

BUY NOW – $28

Panda’s Dream Brightening Eye Base

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Let’s get things out of the way: it’s adorable. How can you beat a cartoon panda?! When it comes to ingredients, though, TonyMoly knocks it out of the park. Bamboo sap and shoot extract calms, pearl extract brightens, and Chrysin works to reduce redness and lighten up those circles.

BUY NOW – $12

Hydro Grip Eye Primer


Milk Makeup is one of my fav brands, and their eye primer doesn’t just help with eyeshadow – it also helps battle under eye problems, like concealer that keeps migrating down your face. In fact, 94% said it helped concealer grip beneath the eyes.

BUY NOW – $24

Becca Anti-fatigue Under Eye Primer

becca fatigue under eye primer

If your main problem is puffy under eyes, this primer is packed with ingredients that will calm. The velvet texture is infused with cucumber, matcha green tea, and caffeine to battle fine lines and prep for the day’s makeup.

BUY NOW – $45.90

Vitamin Enriched Eye Base Primer & Moisturizer

bobbi brown eye base primer

Bobbi Brown is always worth buying. The formula includes hyaluronic acid and shea butter to moisturize, vitamins B3 and C to brighten dark circles immediately and over time, vitamin A to smooth, and caffeine to tame puffiness.

BUY NOW – $54

Instant Eclat

sisley paris primer

This is a bit of a splurge, but when is Sisley not worth the extra $$? This Instant Eclat corrects so much, you’ll wonder if it’s magic. Say goodbye to shadows, dark circles, and tiredness, because Butcher’s Broom extract reduces puffiness, while Padina pavonica extract refreshes. Your under eyes will look radiant.

BUY NOW – $95

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What is your favorite under eye primer? Share with us below!

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