Are you tired of looking like you are in need of some solid shuteye? The skin around the eyes is usually the first place to show signs of aging such as lines and wrinkles, under-eye bags, and puffiness. The good news is that there are many ways to reverse these signs thanks to potent multi-tasking eye creams, collagen-building treatments offered by dermatologists, and the right makeup. Here, in honor of BITB’s five-year anniversary, we give you five ways to make eyes standout and look younger.
Use an Eye Cream Daily
Lines and wrinkles form from years of squinting, sun damage, and the breakdown of collagen. Eye creams can help plump delicate skin and tackle a variety of issues without being harsh. One we like is vbeauté Eye Never Nourishing Repair Eye Crème (ARV $43), containing caffeine to reduce swelling, alpine rose botanical technology to repair cell damage, and sensytens (a muscle relaxer) to instantly fill in fine lines. Lumixyl Revitaleyes Brightening Eye Cream (ARV $65) contains decapeptide-12 to treat dark circles without irritation as well as botanicals and moisturizers to fight inflammation and crepiness. Apply eye cream along the orbital bone in the morning and evening for best results.
Conceal Discoloration and Brighten
As we age, skin loses elasticity and blood vessels begin to show through, revealing darker under-eye circles. A creamy concealer camouflages darkness, illuminates the under-eye area, and makes eyes appear well rested. “Add concealer to the inner and outer corners of eyes for an instant wake-me-up effect,” says celebrity makeup artist Mally Roncal. Stila All Day Concealer ($23) gives full coverage while going on smooth and stays put throughout the day. Apply Mally Beauty Lightwand Eye Brightener ($25) after eye makeup to fake eight hours of sleep. Use the creamy pencil in the inner corners of the eye to brighten, and the illuminating powder under the brow bones to make eyes appear more lifted.
Get An In-Office Treatment
While makeup and eye creams can help the appearance of aging eyes, in-office treatments will give dramatic results in little time. One of the top treatments for crow’s feet and under-eye wrinkles is Pellevé, which uses radio-frequency energy to heat up tissue deep in the skin, making it contract and produce new collagen and elastin.
“Pellevé is a great treatment for people in their 40s, 50s, and maybe 60s, who don’t want to go under the knife,” says Massachusetts plastic surgeon Christine A. Hamori. “It gives you an immediate tightening of the skin, and in response, the body makes new collagen in the dermis that is more compact. If you treat the forehead to shrink it, the brow goes up and it can be significant. And better yet, it is not painful and you can go to the work or to the gym right after you have had a Pellevé treatment because there is no downtime.”
Results are noticeable after just one treatment, but a series of three treatments spaced out a month apart may be recommended. Cost can range from $500 to $800 for one treatment around the eye area.
Pump up Lashes
“Mascara can really make your eyes look awake,” says Roncal. Choose a formula that is both volumizing and lengthening with bristles that lift and separate. Benefit They’re Real! Mascara (ARV $23) is a glossy formula that lifts and lengthens with short and long bristles. To get an eye-opening effect, Roncal suggests taking the wand and stroke it onto the lashes towards the bridge of the nose (instead of the outer corner). Just because it’s been around for practically forever, don’t forget Maybelline Great Lash, one of the great all time selling mascaras. A new one from Maybelline, Volum’ Express Falsie Big Eyes Washable Mascara (ARV $9.49), offers a dual-ended brush that pushes up top lashes and grabs the tiniest of the bottom lashes.
Accentuate with Liner
Choose a dark-colored creamy liner on lids to make the white in eyes pop. Roncal likes to draw some eyeliner on the back of her hand and with a small brush dip smudge it onto the top and bottom lash line. “This softer, smudgy line will make eyes appear larger.” Try Rimmel London Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner ($4.49) for soft, deep color. Or for pure drama, use Lancôme Artliner 24H Precision Point Eyeliner ($30) for a dramatic and long lasting vinyl finish.