Just like the wasp nest above my front door, big, annoying purple circles have taken seemingly permanent residence in my life. While these dark under-eye bags can’t physically hurt me like the wasps (seriously, leave), they do cause a certain amount of stress since they Never. Go. Away. Whether it’s because of late nights, stress or genetics (check, check, check!), tired eyes are no fun for anyone. Luckily, there are ways to drastically reduce their appearance or cover it up, so you can get back to your usually peppy-looking self in no time!
If you’ve consistently been getting less sleep and more pronounced eye bags, go for a long-term solution: eye creams. No, these aren’t just for grandmas. Eye creams are a great way to deliver high-powered hydration directly to this sensitive area of skin, so over time, your eyes will look naturally refreshed again. We like the OLEHENRIKSEN Banana Bright Eye Creme from Sephora ($38), made with vitamin C and banana powder to illuminate and brighten the eye area while reducing the appearance of dark circles and wrinkles. This lightweight formula works best when applied over time (so don’t expect a quick fix the morning of a big event). For a faster-acting solution, go with the ORIGINS GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream ($32), which is designed to be used as needed. It is made with coffee beans, panax ginseng, magnolia extract and natural optic brighteners to quickly refresh tired eyes in the morning.
Dabbing a little concealer under your eyes is greater for regular brightening, but when you need something to combat dark eye circles, an under-eye corrector is a much better fit. The Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear Camouflage Corrector ($31 from Neiman Marcus) is a great choice. Choose the bottle color based on what you want to fix: discoloration, redness, sallowness and more, and blend underneath your eyes. Peach works to minimize dark spots and circles for medium skin tones, while orange/red does the same for darker skin tones and yellow is best for pale skin tones.
In a pinch? Simply apply makeup to your lids for a look that instantly looks refreshed. We recommend a pale pink eyeshadow for the lids, like the MAC Eyeshadow from Ulta ($17) in Yogurt, in order to give your eyes a soft, wide-awake look. After blending this all over your lids, line your eyes with the Kjaer Weis Midsummer Eye Pencil in Bright ($30 from Neiman Marcus). This pastel peach eyeliner will make your eyes appear happy and bright when you run it along the waterline and inner corners of your eyes. When you’re done, nobody will be able to tell that you stayed up an extra hour binge-watching “Stranger Things” instead of getting your full eight hours.