When you’re dead tired and only have about 30 seconds to make yourself look bright-eyed and less zombie-ish, a good eye cream (or eyelash plumper) is your best friend. Say hello to a few of our favorites.
SK-II's travel-friendly eye mask is my FAVORITE pick-me-up product to use the night before (or morning of) a big event or when you're slightly hungover. The little cotton pads are packed with Pitera to banish puffy, dark circles and leave you with hydrated, refreshed peepers instead. —Kelli, Deputy Beauty& Fashion Editor SK-II Signs Eye Mask, $110 for box of 14, Sephora
I was obsessed with this eye cream after one use. I put it on at night, and in the morning there was zero puffiness under there. I was a little nervous it wouldn't work because when I put it on it wasn't tingly or anything, but when I woke up I looked like I had been photoshopped and loved it! —Lea, Video Editor Dr. Lewinn by Kinerase Under Eye Recovery, $20, Walmart
The best thing about La Prairie's Anti-Aging Eye and Lip Contour Cream is it's a time-saving twofer beauty product. You can use it on your eyes and lips to fill wrinkles and its anti-discoloration complex prevents future dark circles. Plus, it comes with a cooling wand for easy (and enjoyable) application. —Lauren, Site Director La Prairie Anti-Aging Eye and Lip Contour Cream, $190, Shoplaprairie.com
With a complex name like Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Cream, I was skeptical about dabbing this stuff near my eyes every night, but it's honestly one of the most refreshing products I've ever used. I feel like the skin under my eyes is instantly plumped, moisturized, and brightened. Plus, the calming scent of ginseng makes me feel like I'm getting a special spa treatment each time I use it. —Victoria, Assistant Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Eye Cream, $180, Neimanmarcus.com
I LOVE Salma Hayek's Nuance eye cream. I keep it in my fridge and apply it in the morning before my eyes are really open. It's cold, soothing, and makes my skin feel super-soft. —Nicole, Photo Editor Nuance Salma Hayek Smoothing Anti-Aging Eye Cream, $17, CVS
I'm always looking for products to make my eyelashes more prominent, so I love Vichy Laboratories LiftActiv Serum 10 Eyes & Lashes. It's perfect for people like me who have sensitive skin because it plumped my lashes without irritating the area around my eyes. —Emily, Social Manager Vichy LiftActiv Serum 10 Eyes & Lashes, $47, Ulta.com
I apply this fancy french bad boy every night (after taking off my eye makeup) and my eyes look more awake in the AM thanks to moisturizing grape water and calming white tea extract. —Haley, Entertainment Editor Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S. Morning Eye Rescue, $34, Sephora