We all understand the importance of eye contact in social functions and work matters. In this article, we help you to reduce your eye bags and amp up the intensity of your gaze. Use these beauty tips and tricks – ranging from makeup principles to home remedies – to enhance the appearance of your eye area and give yourself a confidence boost:
Skincare products to treat eye bags
The best way to get rid of your eye bags for good is to invest in an effective, appropriate skincare product. The skin around your eyes is especially delicate and thus, it is important to use a product made specially for the eyes.
1. Use eye serums
Since there are millions of eye products in the market, it may be difficult to pin down one that actually works for you. London-based cosmetics doctor, Dr Rabia Malik recommends eye serums as the solution.
She shared in an interview with Daily Mail that creams are heavy and stay on the surface of skin, while gels are high in water content so may not resolve the problem of eye puffiness. She explained that eye serums are lightweight, can be absorbed quickly, and penetrate more deeply.
Popular eye serums you can try include the Lancome Genifique Yeux Light-Pearl, Clarins Super-Restorative Total Eye Concentrate, and Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum.
Possibly more important than the eye skincare product itself is how you apply the product. Use your ring finger to gently pat in your skincare products instead of tugging or pulling at your delicate eye area!
Makeup tricks to conceal eye bags
While you wait for your skincare products to kick in and take effect, use these methods to conceal your eye bags.
2. Use a concealer
Apply concealer to the shadows of your eye bags. Simply covering your entire eye area with concealer won’t work – the goal is to cover the shadows caused by your eye bags, thus hiding your eye bags. The key point here is to apply a light layer, using a concealer that matches your skin tone.
We have recommended a few best-reviewed undereye concealers that you can try.
Makeup artist Wayne Goss shared in a tutorial on his own YouTube channel that you should avoid piling up products on your eyes which would just make them look cakey – focus on using the concealer on the shadows to hide the eye bags.
Watch his tutorial here:
3. Try colour correcting
If concealer alone isn’t enough to cover your eye bags, try colour correcting. While it may seem intimidating, this technique relies on a very basic principle – colours opposite of each other on the colour wheel cancel each other out.
Depending on whether the shadows of your eye bags have a blue, green, yellow, or purple undertone, use a salmon, red, lavender, and yellow colour corrector respectively.
Put on a layer of the colour corrector with a brush onto the shadows, then apply your concealer on top. And poof! It’s as if your eye bags never existed.
If you need a quick fix, try out these home remedies to diminish the appearance of your eye bags:
4. Chilled spoons and teabags
When you’re done with your cuppa, keep the used tea bags in an airtight container and store in the fridge. To de-puff your eyes, take out the cold tea bags and place them under your eyes. The caffeine and coldness will cause your blood vessels to constrict, reducing the appearance of eye bags and eye circles that you may have.
If you don’t have a habit of drinking tea, keep a couple of metal spoons in the fridge, and use them in place of the tea bags.
Change your lifestyle and habits
There are several things you can change to your lifestyle to reduce the appearance of your eye bags.
5. Drink up and have sufficient rest
First, always drink lots of water and keep your body hydrated. Dehydration cause water retention, which can emphasise the look of eye bags.
Secondly, sleep tight and sleep right. Most people need around seven to nine hours of sleep each night, and insufficient sleep is one of the factors that cause eye bags to look more prominent. 11pm to 3am is the best time for your skin to renew and regenerate itself, so make sure you’re tucked in bed within this period of time.