How to Hide Tired Eyes

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We all get tired eyes. Mamas. Students. Teachers. Nurses. Self-Employed Babes. Life happens and commitments can cause us to not get a full 8-hours of rest. So how do we hide tired eyes? Because NOTHING, I mean nothing is as pleasant as hearing, “Oh, you look tired today!” 😉 I always cringe when I hear that because I think, “Great, you didn’t hear a word I said because you were looking at my eye bags!” haha.

Today I’m sharing my top 5 hacks for hiding tired eyes. Let’s empty the makeup bag and secrets.

How to Hide Tired Eyes

  1. TULA Eye Balm: This is my absolute favorite hack for hiding tired eyes. You can see my in-depth review here with my before and after. They can’t keep this product in stock and for good reason! When you are talking about dark circles, you’re fighting blood flow and genetics here- so some people are more susceptible than others when it comes to looking tired after a late night. You want to focus on caffeine, cooling, and highlight. Those are the 3 secrets to combatting tired eyes. This product contains caffeine to tighten bags and wrinkles. Aloe and watermelon to hydrate the eye. A cooling sensation to help de-puff. And finally, a highlight effect to give an “awake” look. My discount code “KATEY” gives you 20% off if you don’t do auto-ship. But be warned, I buy two at a time because this stuff sells out each time it comes back in stock.
  2. Under Eye Powder: You’ve probably seen the red lipstick hack on Youtube to hide dark circles, but if you’re wanting a daily office look that can be done in 2 minutes- let’s focus on your products. You may already have an under eye concealer you adore. I love Nars Creamy Radiant Concealer in Vanilla for every day or It Cosmetics if you want DOUBLE DUTY under eye concealer. But the important part is how you set it. If you set it with a powder that creases, you’re going to draw attention to texture under the eye and feel like you are doing more harm with makeup than good. I recommend Laura Mercier Under Eye Setting Powder. This brightens the area, but the powder is so finely milled it is intended for undereye use. It won’t cause creasing in any fine lines below.
  3. White Eyeliner: Instead of using black or brown liner on your under eye, I use white eyeliner. My makeup tutorial here shows how. I put this one by Lancôme on my waterline because it doesn’t fade or come off.
  4. Brow Bone Highlight: Another makeup trick to brighten your eye is to give the illusion of a lifted eye. I love this brow crayon by Sigma. I apply it under my brow bone and blend in with my ring finger. Just lightly dab it under the arch of your brow to highlight the highest part of your brow.
  5. Sio Eye Patches: I’ve shared my love of Sio patches before and these eye lift patches are no exception. These are medical grade patches that you put on while you sleep {think eye mask patches} and they temporarily smooth wrinkles, plump skin, and give an automatic lifted look. You can reuse these patches for 15 uses!

Next time you miss out on your beauty sleep, try one of these hacks and let me know how it works!

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  1. It’s been so long since I’ve used white eyeliner! I used to love the look when I was a teenager! Great idea! 🙂

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    Published 04 Jun 19Reply
  2. Mackenzie wrote:

    Love this post, and so so excited that Tula eye balm is back in stock – I’ve been dying to try. Thanks for letting us know and for the discount code! xo

    Published 04 Jun 19Reply
  3. MK Ellis wrote:

    Those shoes are lovely! Where did you get them? Thank you!

    Published 04 Jun 19Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Loeffler Randall! Thank you! 🙂 xx, Katey

      Published 04 Jun 19Reply
  4. Pam wrote:

    You’ve mentioned a travel blog you read regarding frugal travels – can you remind me of its name again.


    Published 04 Jun 19Reply
  5. Jamie Thorson wrote:

    Hi Kathy,
    I just received the Laura Mercier eye brightening powder. What kind of brush do you recommend for application?

    Published 07 Jun 19Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Hi Jamie! I apply with a damp beauty blender and “press” it into my under eye. 🙂 xx, Katey

      Published 07 Jun 19Reply
  6. Allison wrote:

    I know this is an old post – but I search your blog for any beauty question I have!

    My 65 year old mother (who does not use beauty products/wears makeup very rarely), asked me about an eye cream for under eye bags today. I want to find her a quality product to try. I plan to buy the patches you mention in this post, but do you have any cream recommendations (OR I’ve read posts including your mother before – and she has it going on 🙂 – are there any products she has been pleased with)?

    Thank you for any guidance you can give!

    Published 16 May 22Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Hi Allison!

      Of course! I have two products in mind, but wanted to ask a follow-up to make sure I recommend correctly. Do you feel her skin struggles more with bags or dark spots?

      Published 23 May 22Reply
      • Allison wrote:

        Almost entirely bags! I’ve never noticed dark spots on her and she has never mentioned them as a concern.

        Published 30 May 22Reply
        • Katey wrote:

          I would grab the Dr. Brandt Needles No More No More Baggage Product. It truly freezes the bags under the eyes- just have her be careful with concealer application over as it can pill and she will need to let it fully dry. xx, Katey

          Published 20 Jun 22Reply