8 Ways to Brighten & Tighten Your Eyes to Look More Rested

8 Ways to Brighten & Tighten Your Eyes to Look More Rested

No, you don’t need a full night’s sleep to look refreshed. Seriously.


By Nicole Fabian-Weber

There are a lot of great things about getting older: We feel more confident, that "oh my gosh, what do I do with my life?" question no longer plagues us, we can eat ice cream for breakfast if we want. But other things -- like under eye circles, puffiness, and crow's feet -- aren't. Of course, there's nothing more important than inner beauty, but a little help in the outer beauty department certainly never hurt -- particularly if it helps us look more awake!

Here, eight ways to brighten, tighten, depuff, and treat bags under your eyes.



1. Get your Zs the “right” way. If you’re a stomach or side sleeper, try, try, try to learn how to sleep on your back with two pillows. Just like women learn to sleep on their sides when they're pregnant, you can learn to sleep with an extra pillow. Elevating your head all night helps drain fluid downward instead of pooling under your eyes. In the end, it's worth it!

2. Try an antihistamine. If you suspect allergies are the cause of your under eye issues -- bags, circles, puffiness – try an over-the-counter antihistamine, which can help abate the nasty symptoms. Of course, always consult with your doctor before taking a new drug, and keep in mind that many antihistamines will make you drowsy, so be mindful of when you take them!

3. Pat concealer at the corners of your eyes. I recently learned this trick, and WOW! Am I the only person who's been missing out on this? If not, please try this at home -- simply pat a creamy concealer at the outer edges of your eyes and on your lids. It instantly brightens your eyes!

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4. Use a compress for puffiness. There are many compresses you can use to help get rid of puffiness underneath your eyes, notes the Mayo Clinic. The most common are cool cucumber slices, warm tea bags (caffeinated is key), and a good old-fashioned washcloth that's cool and damp. However, one of my personal favorite tricks is dipping my face -- yes, my whole face -- into cool, if not ice, water. Fill up your sink with freezing cold water (you can even drop in a few ice cubes), and dunk your head after washing your face. Follow with moisturizer. Instant depuffing.

5. Use a retinol cream. When thin skin is the culprit behind under eye circles, many women and dermatologists alike swear by retinol creams. Retinol helps build collagen, so over time, it helps "thicken" the delicate skin underneath your eyes.

6. Try an eye cream with caffeine. Another ingredient to look for when shopping for an under eye cream is caffeine, which, like your morning coffee, wakes up and tightens the area around your eyes. One to try: Olay ProX Eye Restoration Complex.



7. Use a highlighter or bright eye shadow on the inner corners of your eyes. When you've had a late night, a shimmery highlighter is your best friend. Years ago, a makeup artist in Los Angeles taught me this trick, and it works every single time: Simply dab the inner corners of your eyes with something super bright -- highlighter works best -- and blend a little upward and downward. You will instantly look brighter and more well-rested. And if you really want an extra punch, try putting a little dark liner or shadow on the outer corners of your eyes. Insta-gorg.

8. Watch what you drink. You are what you eat (and drink!). Just like alcohol and coffee don't exactly do wonders for your skin and overall health, the same applies to the skin underneath your eyes. The more dehydrated you are, the more puffy you'll be. So, try to replace that afternoon latte with a glass of water. (I know, not as fun, but hey, no one ever said being beautiful was easy.)

What tricks do you have for beautifying your eyes?


Nicole Fabian-Weber is the mama of a sweet toddler girl and an equally sweet baby boy. She lives outside of NYC and writes for The Stir and numerous other online publications. Right now, she’s probably fantasizing about sleep.

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Treeg

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Best & least expensive way is Prep-H, works better than ANY $$$ cream! Happy Holidays!

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Jasmine

Jasmine

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I love how dermalmd under eye treatment serum makes my eyes feel tighter and brighter! I've only used this serum for about a week and still see a difference already.

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Cold water certainly would wake you up Classyclegg! Thanks for the coconut oil tip Msmicki!

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Msmicki

Msmicki

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I use coconut oil at night around my eyes. It helps to decrease any puffiness in the morning.

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Great tips, plunging your face in ice cold water would wake you up and take puffiness away!

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