Menu Join now Search

Tired? How to Brighten Under Eyes Correctly

You shut off your alarm, yawn, and stumble into the bathroom. You flip on the light, glance in the mirror, and...oh heck, no. The reflection staring back at you looks like she hasn't slept for days! That may be true, but you don't have to look like it. Here is how to brighten under eyes and fool everyone into thinking you're well rested and ready to face the day.

You may not be ready to wake up, but get ready to wake up that tired eye area of yours! Start with eye drops if your eyeballs are more ruby than ivory. Next, down a full 8-ounce glass of water. Then, it's time to brighten under eyes. Turn on your favorite pick-me-up playlist. Let's go!

Bright Eyes: Steps 1-2

1. Begin by prepping the under-eye area with a brightening concealer like Origins GinZing. Lightly tap your ring finger on the C-shape areas around your eyes, otherwise known as the orbital bone. No rubbing! This will prep the skin by hydrating and plumping up fine lines. Then apply concealer in a triangle shape below each eye as shown. Make sure it's at least two shades lighter than your skin tone for ultimate brightening. Sweep it down the side of the nose; then angle it toward the outer corners of your eyes, and fill in. Use your fingers to blend the concealer by tapping and pressing or using a brush with gentle pressure. Set concealer by lightly dusting on a brightening powder like Laura Mercier's Secret Brightening Powder.

2. Next, apply a cream or liquid highlighter to the very tops of your cheekbones and in those C-shape areas around your eyes. Benefit High Beam is a beautiful, pearlescent pink that reflects light in a flattering and ethereal way.

Bright Eyes: Steps 3-4

3. Now apply a soft, medium-tone shadow to the creases to lightly contour the eye area. Stila's Eden or Puppy would be good choices. Keep this shade matte.

4. Press a light, shimmery pink onto the entire lids. Urban Decay's Sin is a universally flattering shade.

Bright Eyes: Steps 5-6

5. Curl your lashes to really open up the whole eye area. This step is literally like opening the shades of the window to your soul!

6. Apply your mascara. L'Oreal Voluminous is tried-and-true. It's buildable and creates soft, feathery lashes that frame your now wide-awake eyes!

For more makeup tutorials from Ivy, check out Wake Up for Makeup.


Ivy Boyd

I have a Bachelor's degree in Graphic Design, but it's creating works of art on faces that I love most. By day, I am a Senior Education Consultant for Sephora as well as a freelance makeup artist. The rest of the time, I'm creating content for my makeup and beauty blog, Wake Up for Makeup, reading product reviews, watching tutorial videos and reading makeup artist books. I live and breathe this stuff and if you could eat makeup, I'd probably do that too. I also love painting abstracts, running, attending music festivals and acting weird with my husband and our two awesome cats. I'm here to tell you what products are legit, how to better use the ones you have, give you ideas to shake up your routine and guide you through some fun tutorials I know you can dominate.

More You'll Love

Rihanna’s Beauty Tutorial Gives Us 8 Secrets To Flawless Summer Makeup
10 Zodiac Beauty Products For The Trailblazing Aries Sign
This Aspiring Makeup Artist's Illness Isn't Standing In The Way Of Her Dreams
These Kid Makeup Artists Are Better At Contouring Than We Are, And We're Not Even Mad
5-Year-Old's Unicorn Makeup Tutorial Is Putting Us All To Shame
Bold & Bright Holiday Red Lipsticks We Love
You Won't Believe Your Eyes Watching This Makeup Artist Transform Into Celebs
15 Of The Best Everday Makeup Looks To Try
Let Shay Mitchell Show You How To Slay Your Festival Makeup