Keep it low. Don’t put eye cream on your upper lids before bedtime or you’ll wake up with puffy lids. The cream will prevent the delicate skin in the area from breathing.
Horse around. For reducing under-eye bags, creams containing vitamin K and horse chestnut are thought to exert beneficial effects by reducing puffiness and blood flow under the thin skin of the area.
Go gently into the night. When you apply night cream under your eyes, do so gently. Use your fourth finger (which is the weakest) and pat the cream back and forth under the eye, starting at the outer corner and working inward.
Soothe eyes with cucumber. Place a slice of cucumber on each eyelid for 10-15 minutes to allow the high water and mineral content of the cucumber to be absorbed into the delicate eye skin.
Use an extra pillow. Using an extra pillow can help avoid puffy morning eyes by assisting fluid to drain out of the face by angling it downward. If your neck gets sore, move the pillow under your chest or shoulders.
Don’t be blunt. Sharpen your eye pencil every time you use it. This prevents eye bacteria building up on the round, blunt end, which could spread to other parts of your eyes. It will also help you to achieve high definition as blunt ends are much harder to control.
Hide eye circles. To draw attention away from under-eye bags or circles, avoid applying eyeliner or mascara to lower lashes, which could draw attention downward instead of up.
Stay outside. Unless you are blessed with almond-shaped eyes, stick to using eyeliner on the outside rather than inside the lash line. Applying it inside will make your peepers seem smaller and dull their colour.
Widen with white. To give your eyes the appearance of being wider set, line the inside of the bottom rim of your eyes with a soft white eyeliner pencil. This will also give you a fresher, younger look.
Feather it well. Avoid sharp, hard lines around your eyes, which looks dates and obvious, by feathering eyeliner and blending it with a little powder for a smokey look.
Complement, don’t colour. The purpose of eyeshadow is to shape and accentuate the eye, not colour it. Even if you are going bright, choose tones that accentuate your natural shades.
Daylight is bright enough. Steer clear of bright eyeshadow or coloured mascara in the daytime because harsh sunlight can make the colours appear even brighter, washing out your face and eyes.
Leave the bright colours for creating a dazzling looks in the evening.
Line up the brown. For paler skins, light browns and taupe eyeliners work best because they enhance the natural tones of the eye without overpowering the surrounding skin.
Keep it neutral. Do use flattering neutrals to contour and highlight your eyes for a timeless daytime look that will last. For eyeliners, stick to classic colours like black, navy or brown.
Green up the blue. If you have blue eyes, enhance their natural colour with a subtle green eyeshadow rather than blue – it will bring out the blue eye colour without being overpowering.
Prohibit powder on parched skin. If your skin is dry, aged or wrinkled, void powder eye shadows and base products, which can accentuate wrinkles. Opt for lightweight creams instead, which will keep skin looking smooth and even.
Be a one-trick wonder. As a general rule, let your eyes or your lips do the talking – not both. This doesn’t mean neglecting either area, just plump for a more natural look for one and use stronger make-up on the other. Usually you will want to concentrate on your best feature.