We know a thing or two about hectic schedules, endless deadlines and myriad social engagements that inevitably curtail the recommended eight hours of sleep. As we collectively struggle to look like we’ve had a restful snooze, the first signs of grogginess in the morning unfortunately reveal themselves around our eyes. However, with much practice we’ve figured out effective ways to instantly reverse puffiness, bags and dark circles so we can seem wide awake—despite needing an intravenous caffeine supply. Ahead, our editors reveal the tricks they swear by for achieving gorgeous, bright eyes.
FlashPatch Eye Gels
"I love these eye gels because they're meant to be stored in your refrigerator. They're instantly cooling and the cold compress is perfect for bringing down any puffiness around the eye area."
—Andrea Navarro, Associate Beauty Editor
Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid in Peach
"I swear by Urban Decay’s color-correcting liquid concealer in peach, which cancels out blue and purple tones in the under-eye area."
—Kristi Mikesy, Features Editor
"So gross, but I use Preparation H! It reduces the puffiness that results from late nights or a good cry."
—Erin Nicole, Lifestyle Editor
Goat Milk De-Puffing Eye Balm
"This super silky, lightweight formula is the first thing I put on in the morning after washing my face. It reduces puffiness quickly and is incredibly moisturizing too. Win-win!"
—Laura Lajiness, New York Editor
"I love applying Pixi's Correction Concentrate under and around my eyes as a concealer. It's highly pigmented, but blends seamlessly onto my skin to eliminate any dark circles. Then, in addition to applying mascara on top I like to use the Lower Lash Mascara, which adds a little oomph to open up my sleep-deprived eyes."
—Amy Lee, Associate Fashion Editor
Correction Concentrate in Brightening Peach
Pixi by Petra
Lower Lash Mascara
Pixi by Petra
MAC Fast Response Eye Cream
"This is a miracle cream, hands down. It's neither a concealer nor a highlighter sans shimmer, but when you put it on your eyes you instantly look less tired. It's my go-to for immediate results to fight puffiness and dark circles."
—Stephanie Montes, Senior Beauty Editor
"When I'm tired the skin around my eyes gets incredibly dehydrated so I apply a thick balm like Aquaphor and let my skin suck it up before applying Kevyn Aucoin concealer which stays put for hours."
—Nicky Deam, Editorial Director
The Sensual Skin Enhancer
Skin Protectant Healing Ointment