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6 Eye-Brightening Tricks to Try This Weekend

Your eyes are the windows to your soul. And tired, puffy peepers can reveal your age, sleep depravation, or last night’s over indulgence in one too many cocktails. Even if your social calendar is jam-packed, this President’s Day Weekend is the perfect time to offload some serious undereye baggage. Use these brightening tricks to help you look fully rested come Tuesday morning:

—Ally

Another tip to keep tired-looking eyes at bay? Remove your eye makeup every night. We love Lancôme’s BI-FACIL, which effectively removes liner, eyeshadow, and mascara. 

Brighten Undereye Circles with YSL’s Touche Eclat Magic Illuminator

At yesterday’s video shoot, we talked a lot about undereye darkness. The best defense against undereye circles and bags is tons of sleep. Since that isn’t always an option we turn to the next best thing: magic highlighters. In my option, and I’ve had plenty of experience with camouflaging tiredness, a great brightener trumps a great concealer. I love YSL’s Touche Eclat, a peach-toned liquid that brightens the entire eye area. (I’m not alone - it’s the company’s top-seller and a staple of makeup artists and beauty gurus everywhere.) At $40 it isn’t inexpensive, but I think it’s absolutely worth it. For something a little less spendy, try Smashbox’s Photo Op Under Eye Brightener. It’s a little lighter so it doesn’t have as dramatic as an effect as the Touche Eclat, but I still keep it in my desk for 6pm pick-me-ups. I also love Benefit’s Ooh La Lift, a pink-toned creamy highlighter that makes you look wide-awake even when you’re not. In the morning I apply brightener under my eyes before concealer (though often I skip concealer), and then reapply in the evenings (over my makeup) if I’m going out.

For more tips on getting flawless skin, watch our video on applying foundation.

Check out our makeup collection, including great face illuminators, in the Birchbox Shop.

—Mollie