If eyes are the window to the soul, then under-eye puffiness is the window into yesterday’s sleepless night and stress-filled workday. To help give your eyes a break and get them looking their best, we’ve put together a guide for perfecting even the most tired peepers.
Soothe sore, tired eyes with a product that can cool and refresh the skin. We like the convenience and portability of Clinique All About Eyes Serum De-Puffing Eye Massage ($26). The rollerball helps massage away bags while refreshing and cooling the skin. Botanicals and antioxidants brighten and tighten the under-eye area over time. For a more DIY approach to de-puffing, place a slice of cucumber on each eye (from the fridge); put a cold, damp washcloth over cucumbers, lie back and relax for five to 10 minutes. Remove for naturally soothed eyes.
Gel formulas seem to soak in better and leave eyes more refreshed than creams. Try Ole Henriksen Ultimate Eye Lift Gel ($38), which fights signs of aging, including puffiness, fine lines and sagging. It does a great job of waking up tired-looking eyes and reducing puffiness and dark circles.
Mask the look of tired, puffy eyes with a concealer formulated specifically for the delicate under-eye area. Try Laura Mercier Secret Concealer ($22), a creamy formula that hides dark circles and other imperfections, while hydrating dry and sensitive skin.
Give the illusion of eyes that are fully awake with a product that brightens as it conceals. Try Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brightener ($38), which leaves eyes looking refreshed and instantly brighter. Sephora Light Touch Highlighter($12) blends easily and creates the illusion of brighter, more awake eyes.
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