I don’t sleep enough and I need to know how to get rid of under eye dark circles! There I said it, out loud for the world to hear. Ok maybe that is pretty much everyone, right? While I’d love to think of myself as a beauty blogger, I often opt for the “natural is beautiful” look every day and use makeup to correct minimally unless I’m headed somewhere special. For me that means under eye circles are one of the top priorities in my beauty routine or they stand out on my face. Those under eye circles are stubborn though, and not everything works for everyone. Here are some tips and tricks I’ve picked up over the years that can help you to reduce the raccoon tired eye look and get rid of under eye dark circles!

How To Get Rid Of Under Eye Dark Circles

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To get rid of under eye dark circles there are a couple different things you can try. Applying cold tea bags, a paste of tomato and many other creams and DIY treatments will help you reduce under eye circles easily.

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Try Applying Cold Tea Bags

Caffeinated Tea Bags have long been an easy home remedy to perk up tired eyes. To try, soak tea bags in warm water. (Or just brew yourself two cups of tea!) A black tea with more caffeine or chamomile tea will likely have better results, but any tea will work. Place the tea bags in the refrigerator until they are cold. Place cold tea bags over your eyes for at least five minutes. You should see a reduction in puffiness, and your skin will feel super fresh!

Try Tomatoes And Cucumbers

Another home remedy I’ve tried with success is applying fresh crushed tomato (or tomato paste) under my eyes for about ten minutes. I like to also add cucumber for a cooling effect. Tomatoes have a gentle lightening effect on skin, just be careful not to get tomato in your eyes! You can also use the classic idea of putting cucumber slices over your eyes. The cooling effect is relaxing, but unfortunately won’t last as long as other methods.

Be Gentle On Your Skin

The skin under your eyes can be super thin, and depending on your genetics for some people it’s extra thin! Take care to use gentle, moisturizing products when removing your eye makeup. I also personally use a cotton pad with my makeup remover. I like Almay Eye Makeup Remover Pads because they are both gentle and kind to my contact lens.

Try An Under-Eye  Cream With Retinoid

Retinoid, also known as vitamin A, plumps the skin and encourages collagen to build to give it a brighter and smoother appearance. There are many creams on the market that include retinoid, but be careful as it can dry the area under your eyes or irritate if the cream you’re using has too much retinoid for your skin. For a good under eye cream that isn’t expensive, try Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream. This formula is lightweight, and one I always go back to.

Take An Antihistamine

Do you have allergies? You might notice your dark circles increase, mine do in the spring with all of the pollen floating around. The more you rub your eyes, the more you may notice they look darker. An antihistamine not only will clear up your nose, it may help reduce those dark circles too!

Get More Sleep

I know this isn’t always possible with the busy lives we lead. Lately, I’ve been noticing I’ve been letting sleep drop off my priority list and it shows both in my reactions, my stress level and under my eyes. Make a goal to get to bed a little earlier and under your eyes will thank you!


Concealer is every girl’s secret weapon, am I right? Not sure what color to use? Here are the details! Sometimes a combo of colors can be used to cover and conceal multiple issues.

  • Green or Yellow Concealer- reduces redness, can correct some color for fair skin
  • Orange Concealer- great for medium to dark skin tones to reduce circles
  • Blue Concealer- Works well to banish sallowness from fair skin (when skin has a yellow almost sickly hue)
  • Pink Concealer- Brightens under eyes for fair skin to light skin

Use a colored concealer, followed by a concealer similar to your skin tone to effectively cover dark circles. I use NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer for my super pale skin.

These are some of the simplest ways I know to reduce under eye dark circles. Do you have any remedies, DIY or favorite products? Tell me about them in the comments!

Last update on 2024-06-22 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API