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When choosing the right formula, it’s what’s inside that counts. Ranella Hirsch, MD, a Boston dermatologist, IDs the goods.
- Vitamin C brightens and evens out discoloration.
- Retinol exfoliates and plumps.
- Peptides increase collagen production.
- Antioxidants protect from free-radical damage.
- Caffeine constricts blood vessels, reducing puffiness.
- Hyaluronic acid adds moisture and smoothes.
These all-star products include one or more of the above: No7 Youthful Eye Serum, $24; Caudalie Resveratrol Lift Eye Lifting Balm, $62; Olay Eyes De-Puffing Eye Roller, $25.; It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Eye Cream, $48; Dermalogica Age Reversal Eye Complex, $78; L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Eye Renewal, $25.
Apply right: Hirsch suggests using the tip of your ring finger—you’re less likely to tug—and gently tapping cream into skin.
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Meet the New Booster Club
Eye masks that instantly plump, revive, tighten and brighten are perfect for a big event—or after a late night. We love Hada Labo Tokyo’s Express Renewal Eye Mask ($25 for eight pairs), although Bliss, Boscia and Joanna Vargas also have stellar options.
For instant results, Mona Gohara, MD, associate clinical professor at Yale, recommends a few in-office procedures. Botox is the most common injectable used for eliminating crow’s feet, and ranges from $250 to $400. For dark spots and discoloration, try a laser that targets blood vessels, like Fraxel or Q Switched.
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Little-Known Derm Secrets
1. Keep soaked green tea bags in freezer, then place on eyes for five minutes while lying on your back, suggests Mona Gohara, MD. The cold combined with antioxidants de-puffs.
2. Moisten the air in your bedroom with a humidifier or plants to keep skin hydrated, recommends Ranella Hirsch, MD.
3. Reduce redness by squeezing a few drops of Visine onto a cotton swab and dabbing underneath lower lids.
4. Wear sunglasses with UV protection whenever you're outdoors. Wider styles, such as the SEE Tortoise sunglasses shown here ($99), offer more coverage.
5. Avoid sleeping on your stomach. Fluid can accumulate under skin, causing slight puffiness. Also, switch to a silk pillowcase—it’s less abrasive.
6. Limit your tech time, especially before bed. Squinting at bright, small print in the dark can deepen wrinkles.
Eat This, Not That
Hirsch’s golden rule: If it makes you bloat, it will probably make your eyes puffy too. We’re not just talking about salty items, but also carbs like bagels and pasta. Instead, stick with foods that are high in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids, says Gohara. Green leafy vegetables, salmon, nuts and avocados are all good choices.
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Pro Makeup Tips
1. Draw black liner on top lid only, using a gel or kohl pencil for smooth application (read: no pulling). Follow with a beige or pearlescent highlighter on inner corners and lower lash line for instant brightening, says Sir John, celebrity makeup artist for L’Oréal Paris.
2. Brush a soft neutral shadow on outer edges of eyes, suggests celebrity makeup artist Maria Verel. It will make them appear bigger.
3. Curl lashes before applying mascara, says Verel. When they’re completely dry, lashes hold the shape longer. Stick with brown mascara for a softer look.
4. Apply five or six individual false lashes to outer corners for an eye-opening effect.
5. Avoid pressed powder around eyes, warns John. It can look cakey or settle into lines.
6. Keep brows well groomed, says Verel, with a subtle arch to lift and frame eyes. Fill in sparse spots with a pencil or powder one shade lighter than your hair.
Try These Everyday Essentials
Too Faced Born This Way Concealer, $28. Maybelline New York Lasting Drama Waterproof Gel Pencil in Smooth Charcoal, $8. L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Eyeshadow in Paris Beach, $6. CoverGirl The Super Sizer Fibers by LashBlast Mascara in Brown, $6 to $8. Ardell Duralash Double Individuals, $5. Kevyn Aucoin The Eyelash Curler, $21.