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These 5 Tips Will Help You Get Rid Of Dark Under-Eye Circles



You can probably hold off on worrying about wrinkles for a few more years and your acne has likely calmed down since you were a teen, but there is one major skin concern that targets college students: The dreaded dark under-eye circle.

College is a time for sleepless nights, poor eating habits and tons of booze – all things that can make those awful circles worse than ever. As someone whose chief beauty concern is dark circles, I haven’t quite found the solution to nixing them completely – but I’ve definitely been on the hunt for years.

Most of the advice I’ve gotten has been “get more sleep and your dark circles will fade” and I’m all “hello? If I had more time to sleep don’t you think I would sleep more?” People just don’t seem to realize that, as much as I want to get rid of my circles, I want to stay up late watching Scandal and eating snacks more.

Lucky for you, I’m here to share some tips I’ve picked up a long the way – and don’t worry, none of these ideas require being in bed by midnight

Drink tons of water: It really is the cheapest, simplest beauty solution. When I’m hydrated my entire face looks more alive and my dark circles are definitely less obvious. Invest in a plastic water bottle and fill it up every morning. Take it to class with you and sip, sip, sip all day long. And be sure to chug a glass of water after a night of drinking. This is a good idea for several reasons.

Chill on the contacts: If you’re a contact lens wearer, you’re likely stretching the skin below your eyes all the time. That skin is already super thin and stretching it too much can make the dark circles even more visible. Wear glasses instead a few times a week.

Invest in an an eye cream that also brightens: If your cream has light-reflecting particles or brightening properties, it’ll work wonders when layered under your concealer.

Layer potato slices under your eyes: They lighten up that skin like crazy thanks to the bleaching properties in this veggie. Do this while lounging before a night out.

Resort to makeup: Choose a concealer that’s a shade lighter than your foundation and apply it over a corrector in a contrasting color. It won’t take care of the problem but it does a great job of hiding it!

I'm a Chicago-based writer and graduate of the Medill School of Journalism who has written for sites like,,,,, Racked, Thrillist and The Huffington Post.