Whether you pulled an all-nighter studying, couldn’t stop binging Netflix, or had a few too many cocktails with your friends, your eyes say it all the next morning. Having tired, puffy eyes is a tell tale sign you’re slacking on sleep, stressed out, or aren’t taking the best care of yourself. Refreshing tired-looking eyes can perk up your whole face, making you look like you got a full night’s rest. Take a look at our best tips and tricks to make you look rejuvenated!
10 Ways to Refresh Tired-Looking Eyes
1. Give Yourself an Eye Massage
A soothing eye massage is one of the best things you can do to start your day when you have tired eyes. It helps increase blood circulation to the eye area and releases muscle tension.
Keeping your eyes closed, use your middle finger to massage the eye socket bones, down the bridge of your nose. Repeat 8 to 10 times to boost circulation. Then, use your thumbs to gently press on the area right above the inner corner of the eyes, where the crease of your lid begins. Repeat 5 times to relieve pressure between your eyes.
Finally, using your index and middle fingers, use gentle tapping motions to tap out a circle around your eyes to bring blood flow to the area. Go outward along your eyebrows then inward along the top of your cheekbones toward the bridge of your nose. Repeat 3 to 5 times.
2. Reach for Eye Masks
Moisturizing eye masks refresh your face, rejuvenating the skin under your eyes. The Everything is Better in Pink Eye Masks by Grace & Stella were carefully formulated to target the appearance of saggy, wrinkly under-eye skin. With cooling, anti-inflammatory properties, they rejuvenate tired eyes and bring moisture to the area. They help reduce puffiness and lighten the appearance of dark circles, while containing powerful ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and horse chestnut for brightened and tightened skin. 10/10 recommend!
3. Use Cold Metal Spoons
Place two metal spoons in the refrigerator overnight to use on your eyes in the morning. Cold spoons help reduce puffiness, as the temperature helps tighten swollen skin. You can also use the rounded side of the spoon to massage your eye area (from inner to outer corner) to help stimulate lymphatic drainage, since fluid can pool under your eyes while you sleep. You can also invest in an ice roller to roll under your eyes for the same effect.
4. Don’t Skip the Eye Cream
If you haven’t added an eye cream to your daily skincare routine yet, what are you waiting for? Grace & Stella’s If Eyes Could Smile Eye Cream is brightening and moisturizing to combat puffiness, dark circles, fine lines, and wrinkles. It’s formulated with brightening ingredients like niacinamide, caffeine, green tea extract, and more, to boost moisture. It’s a vegan product made with safe, non-toxic botanical extracts. Use it for a rich, powerful, hydrating under eye boost each morning.
5. Stay Hydrated While Drinking Alcohol
The golden rule of one-glass-of-water-to-one-glass-of-wine rings true. Alcohol can contribute to under eye swelling and puffiness the next morning. Drinking causes your blood vessels to widen, and can even lead to slight leakage from swollen vessels, creating redness in your skin and overall puffiness. It dehydrates your body and can also disturb your sleep, making your skin look fatigued, so make sure you get your glasses of water in.
6. Makeup for Tired Eyes: How to Look More Awake | Charlotte Tilbury
If you’re a Charlotte Tilbury fan (who isn’t?), you’re going to love her tips and tricks for brightening your eyes. She shows you how to cheat your best night’s sleep with this skincare and makeup tutorial. To get the look, she uses fan-favourites including the Cryo-Recovery Eye Serum, the Sleep Cheat Liner Duo, and the Pillow Talk Push Up Lashes Mascara. It will look like you got your beauty sleep, even though you didn’t!
7. Use Concealer to Brighten
A great concealer can help you look refreshed and wide awake. Liquid concealer tends to work best on the thin skin around the eyes. Use a concealer that’s one shade lighter than your base to help brighten your eyes. If your under eye circles are blue-ish in colour, look for a yellow-tone concealer; if they’re brown or red in colour, opt for a peachy-based one. You can also dust on a soft focus setting powder for an extra brightening effect.
8. Minimize Caffeinated Beverages, Increase Caffeinated Eye Products
While you may reach for coffee to help wake you up, holding off on your morning cuppa will do wonders for your eyes. Stick to drinking water to help hydrate and energize you, as drinking caffeine dehydrates the skin (the mild diuretic effect of caffeine can cause water loss). However, applying caffeine to your under eye area has the opposite effect. This caffeine eye stick helps improve the elasticity of the skin, while reducing the appearance of puffiness and wrinkles. Infused with caffeine to depuff and boost moisture, your eyes are sure to look smoother and more awake!
9. Cut Down on Salt
Salty foods are one of the biggest culprits of inflammation and swelling in the body. Eating lots of salty foods causes you to retain water, and puffiness around the eyes could be a sign that your sodium intake is too high. Avoid high sodium foods as much as possible (and look out for hidden sodium in packaged and canned foods). To minimize the effects of sodium, you can also increase vitamin B-rich foods like spinach and avocado, as well as foods that contain potassium like bananas, sweet potatoes, and cantaloupe, which can help decrease swelling.
10. Highlight Your Eyes
You can also use a highlighter to brighten your eyes. Using a small brush, apply highlighter to the inner corner of your eyes to instantly make your eyes look bigger and well-rested. You can also gently pat highlighter onto the centre of the eyelid (over your eyeshadow) to create a glossy look. Then, highlight the brow bone to lift the brows. The shimmer in the highlighter will reflect light and make the eyes pop.
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