There are only so many miracles you can expect from your makeup if you don't pay attention to the eye area. To protect this delicate skin, you should apply eye cream twice a day and use sun protection. A few lifestyle tweaks can also make a dramatic improvement in how you look. Jessica Wu, MD, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the University of Southern California, advises sleeping with your head elevated on two pillows the night before a big event and avoiding salty foods for a few days. These steps will prevent fluid from collecting around the eyes and causing bags.
Wake Up Your Skin
To bring a glow to dull skin quickly, Ava Shamban, MD, a dermatologist in Santa Monica and the author of Heal Your Skin, tells patients to soak a facecloth in cold water and rub it all over the face for a few seconds; you can also do this with an ice cube. "This stimulates blood circulation adding instant, though temporary, radiance," she says. The exfoliating benefit of the cloth will also help clear pores, so they look smaller. If that's too chilling a prospect, Dr. Shamban advises rubbing an orange slice over the face for a similarly invigorating effect.