Lack of shut-eye can exaggerate dark circles, bags, and puffiness, says Ranella Hirsch, M.D., a dermatologist in Boston. Her advice? Set an example for your kids by sticking to your bedtime.
Applying eye cream helps concealer stay put, says Katy Walsh, a makeup artist at the Paul Labrecque Salon and Spa, in New York City. Look for one with brightening benefits, such as Lily.B Multi-Action Rescue Ultra Eye Cream.
Use the minute or two it takes for your eye cream to absorb to shape your brows. Our tool of choice: the Tweezerman Designer Series Slant Tweezer.
When your brows are well-defined, your eyes instantly look more awake, Walsh says. Fill in sparse spots with a pencil that matches the color of your brows, then add a touch of pink highlighting cream to your brow bones. You get both products in one with Anastasia Go Brow. ($21; amazon.com)
Blend concealer under your eyes and on your lids, since you can get dark discoloration there too. One that won't budge: Benefit Erase Paste.
Eyeshadow with shimmer instantly adds brightness. You'll have a range of pretty shades to choose from with Physicians Formula Eye Candy Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Shadow & Liner. ($11)
You have to see it to believe it, but using a lash curler makes a big difference. Walsh says it pays to invest in a quality tool, such as the Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler. ($19; shuuemura-usa.com)
Your look isn't complete without it. We like Neutrogena Healthy Volume Mascara. ($9)
Unless otherwise noted, all products are available at mass-market retailers.
Originally published in the February 2011 issue of Parents magazine