Summertime is about embracing the whole “less is more” thing. Less time stuck inside, less clothing, and less primping in front of the mirror. But sometimes it’s hard to go light on makeup if you have dark circles under your eyes. Have no fear! We’ve rounded up three of the best of the best eye-area brighteners to help you look fabulous—without having to heap on concealer.
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If eyes are the windows to the soul, your “windows” are going to look bright and beautiful after this luxe cream. Dab it on the delicate under eye area to simultaneously boost radiance and minimize the appearance of dark circles and fine lines, pretty much instantly! Wild rose oil helps to even skin tone, and the proprietary blend of yeast, ruscus, and horse chestnut extracts minimize the appearance of wrinkles. With every use, you’ll see fewer dark circles and more luminosity. We recommend using it once in the morning, and once at night.
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An awakening treatment that will help you fake a solid eight hours of sleep any day of the week? Sign us up! What’s unique about the product is the high-tech way in which its packaged, designed to help your skin reap the full benefits of the ingredients inside. Each box comes with four dual-chamber treatment packets that you “activate” right before use. One chamber contains two collagen eye patches, which have been freeze-dried to keep the beneficial minerals in peak form; the other chamber is filled with a vitamin C– and cucumber–infused activating fluid. You press to release the fluid onto the patches, and once they’re soaked, apply under the eyes and relax for 15 minutes. The antioxidants will noticeably de-puff, hydrate, and brighten the entire area—you’ll see a difference immediately!
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Need to look good in a flash for a last-minute party or date? GlamGlow, the reigning champ of all at-home masks, has your secret weapon. The treatments come in single-use pods with two compartments (marked “left eye” and “right eye”), though depending on how liberal you are with the product, there’s enough in a single compartment to do both eyes. You just scoop out the jelly-like substance and tap it under the eyes and around the orbital bone. You might feel a pleasant cooling, tingling sensation—that would be the cooling ingredients like peppermint working their magic. After about three minutes, you just wipe away with a dry tissue, no rinsing required. As the product sinks into skin, you’ll get de-puffing, soothing results that last for hours. Each box contains six packets, enough for six treatments, or 12 if you use one pod for both eyes.