Our eyes are usually the first thing a person notices about us. Keep your peepers pretty by giving them the care they deserve. We've created an easy, five-step routine for healthy eyes that includes targeted treatments for specific eye concerns as well as healthy makeup tips and recommendations. Get ready to bat those beautiful eyes!
Step 1: (The Night Before) Remove All Traces of Makeup
The first step in caring for your eyes is to remove your makeup before you go to bed. If you've been ignoring this well-known advice, it's time to stop. Your skin repairs itself at night while you sleep, and not removing makeup impairs that process by clogging pores and not allowing your skin to breathe. Your eyelids have tiny hair follicles and oil glands that can also become clogged, and that can result in bacteria build-up and inflammation. And remember, eye makeup itself has a high risk of contamination, so do your eyes a favor and cleanse them well before shutting them for the night.
S.W. Basics Makeup Remover ($14) uses jojoba, almond and extra virgin olive oils to remove makeup but without leaving any greasy residue or burning eyes. This makeup remover is gentle on sensitive skin and can even double as a light moisturizer.
Step 2: Apply the Right Eye Cream
We all need a good eye cream to properly care for the skin around our eyes, which is some of the thinnest and most delicate skin on our bodies. With few oil glands and little support structure, the eye area develops very specific issues and needs. Fortunately, there are excellent treatments to target those concerns.
Best for Puffy Eyes
Mukti Age Defence Eye Serum ($91) uses three different peptides (including Argireline), CoEnzyme Q10 and Australian native extracts to promote skin elasticity, smooth fine lines, and eliminate puffiness and dark circles around the eye area.
La Vie Celeste Restorative Rose Hydrosol Eye Cream ($60 in the shop) is a gentle, non-toxic, brightening and refining eye cream. It contains the peptide caprooyl tetrapeptide-3 as well as powerful antioxidants to reduce the appearance of dark circles and under-eye puffiness.
Best for Crow's Feet/Under-Eye Crepeyness
Amarte Eyeconic Eye Cream combines the potency of retinol and epidermal growth factors with botanical extracts and antioxidants, as well as argan oil and glycerin, into a well-balanced formula that is not drying or irritating. This powerful blend of active ingredients nourish, hydrate and promote elasticity around the delicate eye area.
Eslor Firming Eye Cream ($75) lifts, brightens and helps remove fine lines. This hydrating eye cream also calms inflammation while toning and brightening the delicate tissue under the eyes.
Best for Dark Circles
YBF Correct Eye Cream ($150 in the shop) contains peptides to reduce fine lines, crepey wrinkles and puffiness, as well as alpha arbutin, Haloxyl and licorice root extract to fade dark under-eye circles and fight signs of fatigue.
Medik8 Dark Circles ($60) uses a professional strength formula to improve the appearance of dark circles, relieve puffiness, and firm the under-eye area.
Best for Under-Eye Dryness
Sciote Peptide + Defense Firming Eye Creme ($65 in the shop) is a gentle but potent eye cream that uses aloe instead of water to soothe and hydrate the skin. It contains glycolic and lactic acids to smooth skin without irritating the delicate eye area, as well as a blend of peptides that reduce wrinkles by inhibiting muscle contractions.
Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics Vitamin E Active Moisture Eye Balm ($49) is an intensively hydrating, waterless eye treatment containing vitamins and active antioxidants that restores radiance to the delicate eye area. It contains organic fennel to reduce puffiness, as well as pomegranate, eyebright and ginseng to lift and plump the skin while providing continuous moisture throughout the day.
Best for .. I Need All the Help I Can Get!
AQ Skin Solutions Eye Serum ($99 in the shop) effectively diminishes crow's feet wrinkles and fine lines, lightens dark circles and depuffs the eye area with a concentrated formula of Human Growth Factors and peptides, including Matrixyl 3000. This non- greasy serum is lightweight and perfect for daytime use.
Step 3: Don't Forget Lash & Brows
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AQ Skin Solutions Lash ($135 in the shop) is a safe and effective eyelash treatment serum that results in stronger, longer, and darker lashes. It contains growth factors that signal the cells to do things such as repair wounds, stimulate collagen and glycosaminoglycan production, and inhibit matrix degradation.
Brow Vitality Complex ($39 in the shop), our exclusive brow growth treatment, is enhanced for better application and absorption by the brows. Its actives are all-natural copper peptides and vitamin B. Copper peptides are said to increase follicle cell proliferation while decreasing programmed follicle cell death.
Step 4: Conceal....If Needed
For those times when you need a little extra help covering up dark circles, nothing beats a good concealer. The trick is finding a good concealer! The right color is key — peach, salmon, melon, or pink undertone to counteract the blue tone of under-eye darkness — and the right consistency that will stay in place without caking, streaking or creasing.
La Vie Celeste Illumine Under- Eye Concealer ($32.50) is a brightening under-eye concealer with antioxidants and fatty acids for anti-aging properties.
RMS Beauty "Un" Cover Up ($36) is a natural concealer that is formulated to reveal and enhance healthy skin. It also covers and calms rosacea.
Step 5: Add a Pop of Color
Adding a little color is an easy and fun way to brighten eyes and make them stand out. You don't have to have the advanced makeup skills to create a glamorous smoky eye — just the right shade of eye shadow to complement your eye color, mascara to define your lashes and brow pigment to fill out your brows (if needed).
W3LL People Elitist Mineral Eye Shadow are loose, pure mineral pigments perfect for shading, highlighting, lining and contouring the eyes.
Chella Water Resistant Black Mascara ($25) is a vegan, cruelty-free mascara that uses panthenol and cocoa butter to moisturize and thicken lashes.
W3LL People Capitalist Mineral Brow Pigment is a smudge-proof, long-lasting, all-natural brow pigment that defines and fills in brows instantly and precisely.