“Wow, you look great! Is the baby sleeping through the night?” I smiled at the question. “Nope!” I replied, and held out my new eye brightening stick. I had been tired of looking so tired, so when the Bare Minerals eye brightener caught my eye at the mall, I had to go for it. I couldn’t believe what a difference it made, and I was curious to see what else was out there.
It would be hard to think of someone I know who wouldn’t like her eyes to look brighter. Having that healthy glow not only looks great, but it makes me feel great as well. When I’m looking good, I feel like I can conquer the world. When I’m exhausted (and look like it), I’ll probably stay in my leggings and topknot, not accomplishing much of anything. So I spoke with eye experts — everyone from makeup artists to surgeons — about how to brighten up those peepers!
Use a light eye shadow
One of the easiest ways to make your eyes look brighter is by lightening up your eye shadow. By brushing a light color with just a hint of shine, your eyes will pop. Makeup Artist and Beauty Blogger Hillary Kline plays with eye shadow colors to get that bright, wide-awake look.
“Go light in the corner of your eye,” she told me. “To really make your eyes pop, put a light colored eye shadow on the inner-third of your eyelid, as well as close to the tear duct. By doing this, it makes the eyes look fresh and more awake.” Try it this morning and see what happens!
Downplay your lips
Here’s another makeup tip I hadn’t thought of. When you choose a subtle, nude lip color, all of the attention stays with your eyes. This will help bring the gaze up, naturally making your eyes seem brighter. “Make your lips a lighter color because then the attention will be on your eyes,” M.J. Forte, a New York City-based makeup artist told Women’s Health.
Try a cold shower
If you have trouble waking up in the morning, a little ice water could be just the thing. No, not to drink, but to shower in. When we sleep flat on our backs, fluid can pool underneath our sensitive under-eye skin. This leaves us with swollen, dark eyes in the morning. One of the best ways to get rid of swelling is with ice.
Puffy eyes look dull and tired. “What also works wonders is anything cold,” makeup artist Susie Sobel told Allure. “Even a bag of ice.” Try filling your bathroom sink with cold water and dunking your face. Not only will you get rid of the eye bags, but you’ll instantly feel awake without coffee!
Find a bright concealer
A bright under eye concealer helped me go from “exhausted new mom” to “busy mom on-the-go.” It’s such a quick step, but makes a big difference. An easy tip from NYC Cosmetic and Oculofacial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Brett Kotlus is finding the right concealer. “Concealer, BB cream, or creams with reflective properties are great to reduce the look of the under-eye shadows and dark circles but these can be off-putting for men [to use],” he told me. ” An alternative for males is a tinted mineral sunscreen that matches your skin tone that performs the double-duty of UV protection and shadow reduction.”
It’s important to play around with products until you find the right one for you. “Brightening eyes isn’t just about covering up, it’s about camouflaging in a way that looks natural,” cofounder of Chalet Cosmetics Andrea Rodriguez told me. “Not all concealers are created equal, especially when it comes to the delicate skin around the eye area.”