#1 Banish dark circles

After 40, skin loses elasticity and thins, which can make you look tired and allow blood vessels to show through, heightening discoloration. Concealer lightens dark circles, gives lids the appearance of a lift, and brightens your face. Here are three steps to use this eye makeup to cover correctly.

Step 1: Pick a yellow-based formula that’s at least two shades lighter than your skin tone.

Step 2: Using a small-headed concealer brush, apply a dab along the lower lashes to the innermost corner of eyes and the hollows of the nose. You can also use your ring finger, which has a naturally light touch and added warmth to tap and gently blend.

Step 3: A dusting of a sheer, loose, yellow-toned powder locks the concealer in place for the day.

#2 Take care of your lashes

Lashes age just like your skin and lash alopecia is a common side effect of aging. Thick youthful lashes distract from other aging around the eyes and can open them up making your eyes look bigger and more defined.

Step 1: Take off all makeup, especially mascara, before going to bed. Mascara, particularly long lasting or waterproof mascara can make lashes dry and brittle already. It is best to use water-based as much as possible, but if you have to use waterproof, take it off before sleeping on them.

Step 2: Use oils to strengthen and promote growth. Not oils are the same, so be very careful when choosing a lash moisturizer. The most common used are Castor Oil and Coconut Oil. Other beneficial oils are rapeseed and pomegranate. Avoid those made from petroleum like Mineral Oil or Petrolatum.

Step 3: Switch from strips (or tabs/clusters) to individual lash extensions (see the difference here). While individual lashes do not cause any damage and can even help strengthen your lash dexterity, while also making lash curlers and mascara pointless, tabs or clusters as well as strip lashes can damage your existing lashes while stunting the growth of new ones.


#3 Fill in your eyebrows

When brows are thin and light, they make your features disappear, adding years to even the youngest looking face. If yours are growing sparser (or have just had too much tweezing), use these steps to get back a full, youthful arch.

Step 1: Start by gently pulling your skin taut with one hand to create a smooth surface.

Step 2: With a stiff, angled brow brush, dust on brow powder in the same direction your hairs grow, using light, feathery strokes. Concentrate on sparse areas.

Step 3: When you’re finished, brush the hairs up and out with a spoolie (it’s like a clean mascara wand); this blends and softens the powder so it looks more natural and removes any excess powder.

#4 Camouflage crow’s-feet

Avoid heavy cover-up, which makes lines more obvious. Instead, brighten the area with concealer under the outer third of your lower lashes and a creamy highlighter just below any lines.

#5 Caffeinate your eyes

Tea bags are a great at-home natural beauty trick to perk up tired-looking, puffy eyes. The caffeine helps shrink the underlying dark blood vessels and forces out some of the liquid that creates puffiness. Soak tea bags in hot water for a minute before plunging them into ice water for a few seconds. Lie down and apply them directly to your eyes for 15 minutes.

#6 Brighten with a white eye pencil

Apply to inner eye corners to instantly brighten a dark area women often miss. Focus around tear ducts and the hollows of your nose, smudging with your pinky to soften the effect.

#7 Give circles a kick with vitamin K

In a 2003 study, women who applied an under eye cream containing vitamin K and retinol every night for 12 weeks saw their dark circles improve 33%. Like retinol, vitamin K is sensitive to ultraviolet light and should be used only at night. Bonus: The retinol helps erase crow’s-feet.

#8 Soothe puffiness

The brilliant blue cornflower boasts a long history as the go-to remedy for eye troubles, including puffy eyes. Even today, practitioners of herbal medicine treat conjunctivitis with a cornflower eyewash and relieve strain by applying a poultice of petals over the eyes. Studies explain why it’s a natural for peeper problems: Besides being antibacterial, the flower heads contain several anti-inflammatory substances, says a Journal of Ethnopharmacology study.