When you wake up to puffy eyes and dark under-eye circles, you need a quick fix to make your face look like you’ve had a good night’s rest. The skin around the eyes is very thin, so it’s greatly affected by the in and outflow of fluids. In addition not getting enough sleep, other causes of puffy eyes and dark circles include eating salty foods at night, seasonal allergies, smoking, excessive drinking, sinus infections, going to bed with your makeup on and sleeping on your side or stomach, which encourages fluids to accumulate under your eyes. (Try sleeping on your back instead.) If you’re having a bad eyes day, try these 10 quick fixes to make your delicate peepers look better:
- Put some cold cucumber slices on your closed eyes for 10-15 minutes to reduce inflammation and swelling.
- Brew two tea bags filled with black or green tea (no herbal teas) and then put the bags in a plastic storage bag and let them cool in your refrigerator. Once the bags have cooled, squeeze out any excess water, set a timer for 15 minutes, lie down, close your eyes and place a place a tea bag on each eye. (The tannins in the tea will help shrink inflammation.) If necessary, swap out more cold tea bags and repeat this procedure for another 15 minutes.
- Place two metal spoons in your freezer for 15 minutes and then place them on your closed eyes until the spoons become warm.
- Create a cold compress with a washcloth to help make dark eye circles fade: Grab a clean washcloth and wet it with the coldest water possible. Wring out any excess water and place the cold washcloth over both eyes, or hold it on one eye and then the other for a few minutes. If you want to kick things up a notch, wrap some ice cubes in the cold washcloth to speed up the process. (If you can’t tolerate ice cubs on your eyes, you may find that crushing the ice cubes and putting them and a small amount of water in a plastic storage bag will help.)
- Use a creamy concealer with a yellow base to counteract dark circles. (Sephora has an excellent collection of concealers at wallet-friendly prices.) Gently dot the concealer under your eyes and blend by pressing and rolling your ring finger over the dots. Then smooth on some foundation over the concealer to complete your look.
- Add some shimmer to the center of your eyelids to brighten them. Almay Shadow Softies Eyeshadow in Crème Brûlée 125 works especially well.
(Photo courtesy of Helmut Gevert)