From Black Voices — Dark under-eye circles may be hereditary, but that doesn’t mean your beauty has to suffer! And while immediate solutions include getting extra sleep and medical procedures to reduce puffiness and brighten eyes, these methods can be both costly and unrealistic to the overworked and underpaid woman. Since none of us really wants to spend our days walking around looking like sleepy raccoons, here are some quick, easy, painless tips for making eyes appear bigger, brighter and puff-free.
PROBLEM: Dark Circles
SOLUTION: For a temporary fix, cover them up. A creamy concealer under a light dusting of powder will keep dark circles masked for hours. With your fingertips, dab a concealer such as Black Opal Flawless Perfecting Concealer ($4.75,blackopal.com), and use a light brush to dust a loose powder, like L’Oreal True Match Naturale Gentle Mineral Makeup SPF 19 ($13.49, walgreens.com), on top. A great double-whammy is Bobbi Brown’s Creamy Concealer Kit ($32,bobbibrowncosmetics.com), which has both concealer and loose powder in one stacked set.
To reduce dark circles long term, brightening serums such as Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Dark Circle Eye Roller ($12.99, ulta.com) won’t make circles disappear completely, but they will definitely reduce their appearance on a major scale. Sweep under eyes with serum day and night for best results. To heighten the eye roller’s effects, store it in the fridge! The coolness will reduce puffiness and feels amazing when applied.
SOLUTION: Cool down! Cooling masks reduce fluid retention that occurs while you sleep. Earth Therapeutics’ Fire and Ice Mask ($8.99, rickysnyc.com) can be left in the fridge or freezer and placed over eyes to reduce swelling and puffiness after a long day, or microwaved or soaked in warm water and placed over eyes after a cold day, warming the skin and relieving sinus pressure.
No time for masks? Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels ($45 for 6 pairs,skyniceland.com) can be worn while driving to work in the morning. In 10 minutes, the patch’s peptides, enzymes and natural herb extracts reduce puffiness, improve blood flow, and minimize lines and wrinkles (a bonus!).