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4 striking yet simple ways to brighten eyes

Let's admit it: Our eyes are not the best when it comes to keeping a secret—especially when that secret is having way too much to eat or drink, not to mention also a deplorable night’s sleep. But don’t worry! We have easy expert strategies for vanquishing puffiness, circles, and more—for a fresh, wide-eyed look. 

Use tea bags for under-eye circles. Make sure it’s tea of the caffeinated kind—like black or green. Steep in warm water for a few seconds (not too long because you wouldn’t want to water down your tea's active ingredients. Then get those bags nice and chilly in the fridge before gently plopping them under your eyes while you relax for a few minutes. Remove; then rinse skin with cool water and moisturize. The caffeine will constrict dilated vessels behind those dark under-eye circles and feel soothing, too. 

Apply concealer to make your eyes pop. It’s a trick of the makeup artist trade, and every artist has her own version of it. But we think it’s best to keep it simple. Prime skin with eye cream. Gently blend in a small amount of cream concealer, from inner corner to outer corner, under the eyes and on lids. Don't use too much, or else it will cake up in fine lines or wrinkles around the eyes. (Check out this post to learn the best kind of concealer to use for dry skin.) Blend.

Tweeze brows to widen eyes. If you don’t typically tend to your brows much, you’ll be surprised at how much a clean arch will open up your eyes. Leave it to a professional to actually shape your brows (if that’s what you’d like to do), but simply cleaning up stray hairs below and above your brow can make a difference to brighten up your eyes. 

Brush on mascara to make eyes look bigger. The secret is where you concentrate it. More mascara in the middle of your upper lashes, plus a swipe on your lower ones. Don’t forget to curl them with an eye lash curler.

(Photo by Andrii Podilnyk on Unsplash)

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