Getting eight hours of beauty sleep is essential to maintaining a youthful and bright appearance; however, as we all know, that isn’t always possible. Between balancing busy schedules, work and home life, some of us are lucky to get a solid six hours of sleep. If you’re a mama bear to little ones, those hours are most likely even shorter. Catching those precious zzzz’s sometimes feels like a game you just can’t win. Losing sleep not only leads to non-stop yawning, but it also shows up right under your eyes. The appearance of dark circles and puffy eyes isn’t flattering on anyone and can make you look older than you are.
Lucky for us, there are so many wonderful beauty products out there that can help you appear well-rested and refreshed, even when you find yourself running on low batteries. While concealer can work wonders, it isn’t always the best option. If used incorrectly (like applying globs and globs of it), it can have the opposite effect, making your under-eye area appear crepey and more tired. Using a concealer isn’t your only option, either. If you truly want to make your eyes look refreshed, you’re going to want to use a few products to get the job done.
If you’ve ever used cucumber slices under your eyes, then you’re going to want to use Peter Thomas Roth’s Cucumber De-tox De-puffing Eye Cubes. These individually packaged eye cubes are a must-have for anyone who need a powerful pick-me-up in the morning before work. Cucumber, Hyaluronic Acid, Arnica, Green Tea, Chamomile, Caffeine and Aloe Vera work instantly to soothe your tired eyes and hydrate your under-eye area for a youthful, bright appearance. These magical little cubes come in a liquid form that are frozen before use. The coolness not only wakes you up, but instantly de-puffs your tired eyes.
As mentioned previously, heavy concealer isn’t always the answer for getting fresh-looking peepers. Sometimes less is better, especially when it comes to under eye makeup. For natural-looking coverage and an immediate illuminating effect, you can’t go wrong with BareMinerals’ award-winning Stroke of Light Eye Brightener. This customer-favorite offers sheer-to-medium coverage with an easy-to-apply applicator. Just a few dabs are needed to quickly diminish the appearance of circles and puffiness. The luminous tint diffuses those pesky under eye problems without feeling heavy. One of the reasons we love this product is that you can re-apply it over your makeup if you need a little pick-me-up throughout the day.
One of the easiest things you can do to appear more alert and awake is wearing mascara. It’s literally the one product that can save you from looking completely exhausted if you’re makeup-free everywhere else. To get your lashes looking long and full, a fiber mascara can work wonders! Cherry Blooms Eyelash Extensions Brush On Fiber Mascara creates the look of false lashes without having to wear them. All it takes is three steps and you’re good to go! Unlike other fiber mascara, the fibers in Cherry Blooms are black, so they look super natural when they get sealed with the gel.
When you’re tired, sometimes your exhaustion can make your eyes appear smaller than normal. You know the I-literally-can’t-keep-my-eyes-open feeling. One of the ways you can open your eyes up is by wearing a white or nude eye pencil shade on your waterline. Smashbox’s Always Sharp Waterproof Liner in Bare will immediately brighten your eyes and stay in place all day long.
Rachel Richardson from Lovely In LA knows how hard it is to balance a busy schedule and still look fabulous! Check out our video and see how she uses these wonderful eye brightening products!
Liz Cabrera is a skin care enthusiast who has worked at Planet Beauty for 10 years. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Creative Writing from the University of California, Long Beach. She has a love for film, jazz and the Humor boards on Pinterest.