The eyes are the window to the soul, and they’re what people notice immediately when they first meet you. So shouldn’t your eyes be as beautiful as possible? Whether you want get younger looking eyes, brighter eyes, or both, here are some great tips on how to get that radiant, fresh look that starts with your peepers.
Take Away From The Wrinkles
For women who have wrinkly eyelids, a great tip is to emphasize your lashes to distract from those fine lines. Consider fake lashes, or simply use an eyelash curler and some va-va-voom mascara in order to show off your eye-framing lashes and distract from any crepe-y looking skin.
Keep Your Diet Iron-Rich
If your under-eye bags are bugging you, the culprit could be an iron deficiency. Try eating foods like spinach, kidney beans, and dark chocolate, and see if your under-eye bags improve.
Play Up Your Eye Color
Use eye shadow shades that compliment your eye color to make them truly pop. For blue eyes, warm colors (bronze, terracotta, deep grey) work the best. For green eyes, try purple tones (violet or mauve). For those brown-eyed girls, neutral hues (gold, salmon, and silver) are stunning. And if you’re a hazel? Choose a blend of neutrals and purples. This is a fantastic trick to getting younger looking eyes.
Don’t Over-Pluck Your Eyebrows
The older your face is, the more eyebrows help you retain your youthful appearance. Over-plucked eyebrows after 40 make it seem like you’re losing that brow hair, so put down the tweezers! In fact, we recommend using castor oil nightly to make your eyebrows as full as possible.
Give Lids A Lift
As we age, the skin on the brow bones can begin to droop at the outer corners, creating an exhausted look. To bring some life back into your eyes, line the outer half of your top lash lines with an eye pencil, going up slightly at the corners. Then create a little contour on your lids with the pencil as well. This will give you more radiant, younger looking eyes.
Cut Back On Salt
Did you know that ingesting too much salt can lead to water retention in the eyes? This causes your eyes to look puffy and not so cute. To prevent this, try to eat no more than one teaspoon of salt per day.
“Sparkly eyes” is a look for teenagers, not adults. Instead of sparkle, try shimmer. Apply your favorite highlighter or shimmering eye shadow to the inner corner of your eyes. Be sure to find a shade that’s close to your skin tone. When you use highlighter or shimmery eye shadow on this area only, your eyes will be accented, making them look bigger and brighter.
Change Your Eyeliner
Do you make this mistake? Many women wear dark eyeliner on both the top and bottom lash line. This actually calls attention to crow’s feet and makes under-eye circles look even worse. If you’re guilty of this, try this instead: use the dark eyeliner only above the top lash line. For the bottom, use a lighter color. The result is instantly brighter eyes. Also: winged eyeliner is the enemy of crow’s feet. Eyeliner can be tricky when you want younger looking eyes!
Use Eye Primer
When you first apply makeup to your eye area, it may look fabulous. But as the day goes on, that makeup will settle into your wrinkles, which makes them appear more prominent than they actually are. An eye primer will “fill in” these creases, helping your makeup to sit on your skin more smoothly.
Switch Cucumbers To Sweet Potatoes
We’ve always heard about cucumbers on the eyes, but what’s all this about sweet potatoes? These raw veggies are dense and have anti-inflammatory properties that can improve puffiness. All you have to do is cut one-inch slices and place on your eyes for 10 minutes in the morning to cut way down on darkness and puffiness.
Create A Brighter, Bigger Look
Our eyes “sink back” a little with age, which allows more of the eyelid to hang down and can make eyes seem tinier — but this can be improved with some easy contouring. Use a dark pencil to create a shadow at the crease of the eye, and then use a touch of shimmer to highlight the inner corners. This combination helps to make your eyes appear more wide and bright.
Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize!
We all know this, but it always bears repeating: moisturizing is essential for younger looking eyes. When you don’t moisturize, your skin becomes dry, and this leads to cracks, wrinkles, and bags! Moisturize in the morning and at night. And if you want to go a step further, try an gel eye serum for puffiness and nighttime retinol cream for crow’s feet.
Consider Dermal Fillers
Sometimes diet and makeup just doesn’t go as far as you want it to, and it can be a great idea to borrow a little help from dermal fillers and injectables.
Botox is great for smoothing out crow’s feet, and Restylane L is highly effective for smile lines and any under-eye signs of aging. It Cancels out dark circles while also plumping the area, resulting in a refreshed and rested look.
If you’re interested in Restylane L, Botox, or any other of our treatments to get younger looking eyes and to improve the signs of aging, please feel free to make an appointment for a free consultation to see what we can do for you!