How to reduce puffy eyes? Well, I’m here to disappoint you! There is no quick, easy way to get rid of puffy eyes no matter what Cosmo is telling you! Today my eye puff is extra bad due to lack of sleep. And no, I swear I wasn’t up all night WOWing and slamming back Mountain Dew Code Red (I’d be in the hospital if that was the case). Actually I was eating bags of Cheetos and playing Five Nights at Freddy’s 3.
Damn I wish it went down like that! But actually I laid in bed starting at my bedroom ceiling until like 4:15 AM and proceeded to finally fall asleep only to be woken up at 5 by my alarm.
Needless to say I looked in the mirror and realized I’d scare small children and animals if I left the house without doing some damage control.
So here’s the tricks of the trade to rid yourself of puffy eyes or at the very least become presentable to the world!
Generally puffy or swollen eyes are caused by fluid retention when you’re a bit older but crying, stress, allergies, and too much gaming (believe me, I know this well) can cause eyes to become puffy.
I’ve always been prone to some puffiness when I was younger due to lack of sleep but I’ve found with age that it’s fairly common to wake up with puffy eyes even if I did get a proper night’s rest. Honestly, if your puffiness is causes by aging there’s not a lot you can do about it in my experience aside from getting your hands on GOOD concealer!
Which leads me to my first recommendation….
Get yourself something pigmented, something that blends easily, something that brightens, and something that doesn’t accentuate puffiness or make it look worst. I really like Em The Great Cover Up Concealer as it’s creamy, hydrating, and it doesn’t crease into finer lines plus it brightens up my entire eye area while concealing puffiness and/or darkness.
But before concealer, first thing in the morning, before you even take a shower, try running the cold water in your bathroom sink for a few minutes. Place a wash cloth under the running water for a few minutes and ring it out. Now pat it gently under your eyes and finally just hold it over each eye for a few minutes. The water in my bathroom sink is like ICE water! It runs really cold! If you don’t have cold water from the sink try freezing a bottle of water and before going to bed at night take it out and place it on your bathroom sink. In the morning, you can use it to wet a wash cloth. This really helps depuff my eyes a fair bit and works better than the spoon in the freezer trick.
If you’re a fond fan of Korean beauty you might have some eye packs and masks hanging around. I have several I keep on hand to use in the AM. They provide moisture and some will subtly decrease the look of puffiness.
I also like to fill little ziploc snack bags with water and freeze them. These are the perfect size for placing under my eyes. If it’s a late night and lack of sleep that’s causing my puffiness the ice really helps to depuff eyes quickly.
If all else fails? Remember that’s why the makeup gods created pigmented concealer and brightening powders! It Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Concealer has yet to fail me! It literally covers ALL puffiness and makes me look like I’ve had 14 hours of sleep when I’m only working on one. Add it a little Besame Brightening Powder on top and I can get back to my plans to take over the world.
And if that doesn’t help?
Cool memes do….
How do you fight your puffy eyes?
Do share your tips and tricks!