8 Beauty Tricks for Amazing Eyes

Tired of looking tired? Genetics, seasonal allergies, and yes, staying up all night with a restless kid play a role. Follow this expert advice for eyes that look energized.

01 of 08

Get Your Beauty Sleep

amazing eye makeup
Susan Pittard

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.

02 of 08


Lily.B Multi-Action Rescue Ultra Eye Cream
Bryan McCay

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.

($42.50; lilybskincare.com)

03 of 08

Pluck to Perfection

Tweezerman Designer Series Slant Tweezer
Bryan McCay

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.

($25; sephora.com)

04 of 08

Add Some Brow "Wow"

Anastasia Go Brow
Bryan McCay

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)

05 of 08

Disguise Dark Areas

Benefit Erase Paste
Bryan McCay

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.

($26; benefitcosmetics.com)

06 of 08

Light Up Your Lids

Physicians Formula Eye Candy Shimmer Strips
Bryan McCay

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)

07 of 08

Squeeze, Please

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler
Bryan McCay

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)

08 of 08

Brush On Mascara

Neutrogena Healthy Volume Mascara
Bryan McCay

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

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