The eyes are the window to the soul. And they’re definitely the place where things are first visible. For example, our eyes are the first place where the signs of ageing begin to show. They’re also the first place where the signs of tiredness are visible. I’ve got 9 super simple tips that you can easily incorporate into your skincare routine that will brighten tired eyes and make you look (and feel) more awake in an instant.
Tip 1: Always use your ring finger when applying products to the eye area
I’ve put this as my first tip because it’s such an important one and will make a big difference to your eyes. You see, the skin around the eye area is extremely delicate. In fact, it’s the thinnest of the entire face. So it’s very important not to put too much pressure on this area.
That’s why it’s best to always apply any eye care products using your ring finger. It has the lightest touch which means you won’t apply too much pressure to your delicate eye area. If you’re unsure which one is your ring finger, it’s the one right beside your little finger.
This applies to anything you use on or around your eye area such as concealer, eye cream and makeup removal products.
When applying any products to the eye area, also make sure you don’t press too hard. And don’t swipe or rub the product onto the skin. Instead, use a very light tapping motion to gently apply and blend the product.
Tip 2: Only apply concealer where needed to brighten tired eyes
One of the main reasons we use concealer is to neutralise dark eye circles and give a fresh, wide awake look to our entire face.
However, if you sometimes notice you look even more tired after applying concealer, it’s most likely because you’re doing one, or both, of the following.
Your concealer shade is too light
If you’re using a concealer that’s lighter than your skin tone, it’s not going to brighten tired eyes at all! Instead, it’s just going to give a grey, dull look to your eye area.
Concealer is actually a colour corrector. So you need to use one that will correct and neutralise the area you’re trying to enhance.
Make sure to read this post where I’ve explained how to choose the right shade of concealer. This is a must-read and will help you to stop wasting money on the concealers that are not right for you.
You’re applying too much concealer!
If you apply too much concealer (like you’re taught in many video tutorials. Or if you apply concealer all the way up to your lashline, this is just going to cause the product to settle in any fine lines or wrinkles. And it will emphasise them even further. Which will cause your eyes to look even more tired.
You only ever need to apply a very small amount of concealer. And only in the areas where you actually need it! So nothing like in those video tutorials I mentioned!
Tip 3: Apply mascara on your top and bottom lashes
I highly recommend you apply your mascara on both your top AND bottom lashes as it will really open up your eyes even further. This is one of my favourite ways to brighten tired eyes as it’s so quick and simple to do.
And it has the added benefit of making your eyes look bigger too. So a win-win here.
Tip 4: Use an eye cream
The eye area needs hydration just as much as the rest of the skin on our face. Fine lines are often formed because of a lack of hydration. This can be due to factors such as not drinking enough water and environmental factors. But this can also cause dark circles and make you look more tired too.
Applying an eye cream is a great way to brighten tired eyes.
But it also has other benefits too. As the skin around the eye area is so delicate, signs of dehydration will be visible here first. People often mistake fine lines for wrinkles. But actually, these are sometimes just the signs of a lack of hydration.
Be sure to use a separate eye cream that’s specifically for the eye area. Your normal facial moisturiser will not work here. Facial moisturisers are much too heavy for the delicate eye area. Whereas eye creams are a lot lighter and gentler in texture.
How to apply eye cream properly
Apply twice daily, morning and evening. Ensure your face is clean and apply either before or after your moisturiser.
As per tip 1 above, always use your ring finger to apply it. You only need to apply it around the darkest part of the eye and around the eye socket. And just like concealer, you do not need to apply eye cream all the way up to the lashline.
If you do, this will only cause even more fine lines and will make your eyes look more puffy and tired.
Tip 5: Apply a peach or skin-toned eye pencil in the water line
This is such another super simple and super quick way to brighten tired eyes. And it gives a much more natural look than using a white eye pencil.
Tip 6: Treat your eyes to some extra hydration
This is an oldie, but a goodie. And it really works! Simply place 2 slices of cucumbers over your eyes. Then lie down and let them work their magic for approximately 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, simply remove them and then follow up with your eye cream.
Cucumber is made up of approximately 90% water. So that’s why placing them over your eyes is such a fantastic way to get an instant boost of hydration back into your eyes. Eating them is also pretty great for the skin in general too. And even better if your cucumber has been in the fridge for a while and is nice and cold. This will help with any swelling or redness as well as brighten tired eyes too.
Another super simple way to brighten tired eyes in an instant is to place cold tea bags over your eyes. Make sure the tea bags have been used and then let them dry for a while. Then place them over your eyes for about 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags and follow up with your eye cream.
Both of these are a lovely little bit of self-care to start your day too.
Do this weekly
I recommend introducing this into your skincare routine on a regular basis. So make some time to do this once or twice per week. You could do this as at the same time as you apply your facial mask. It’s a great way to give your eyes an extra little bit of TLC. And a lovely opportunity for a little me-time too.
Tip 7: Don’t head straight for the caffeine!
I know it’s tempting to drink a cup of coffee or tea first thing in the morning to wake you up. But caffeine can also contribute to dark circles.
I highly recommend drinking a glass of water first thing in the morning. Or even better, a cup of warm water with lemon. Your skin needs hydration after sleeping. And drinking water first is the fastest way to do this.
Tip 8: How to remedy puffy or swollen eyes
Sometimes there are days when, no matter what you do, you still have puffy or swollen looking eyes. But there’s a super quick and easy way to calm them down in seconds.
Run your hands under some cold water for a few seconds, or until they feel cold. Dry them slightly with a towel. Then whilst your hands are still cold, press your ring finger gently around the eye area. Do this for a few seconds. You’ll begin to notice the swelling subsiding after about 30-60 seconds. And the cold will brighten tired eyes and even make you feel more awake too.
Alternatively, and if you can stand it, splash some cold water on your face immediately after cleansing and before applying your makeup. This will help your entire face to look and feel more refreshed in an instant.
Tip 9: Always use a separate eye makeup remover
A common mistake people make is to use their facial cleanser to remove their eye makeup too. But just as you need to use an eye cream designed specifically for the eye area. You also need to do the same when removing your makeup. As facial cleansers are much too heavy for the delicate eye area.
Make sure to watch this video tutorial where I’ve shown you how to correctly remove your makeup.
Even if your cleanser states that it’s suitable for eye makeup removal too, just stick to using it for cleansing your face only. Look for an eye makeup remover that doesn’t contain oil, as this can irritate the eyes and cause redness and stinging.
I really hope you enjoyed this post. So often our eyes are the one area of our skin that tends to get neglected the most. But with a little TLC and implementing even a few of these tips, you’ll start to notice a difference in no time. It’s often the little things that make the biggest difference.
Did you find these tips helpful? Have you already tried some of them? Which one will you try next (or first)? Let me know in the comments below. And if you’ve any questions at all, please let me know and I’d be thrilled to answer them for you. xo