Our eyes tell many a story: laugh lines are a result of good times giggling with friends, while a wrinkle or two may be a telltale sign of too much time spent in the sun. No matter the reason, as we get older the skin around our eyes loses elasticity and so needs a little bit of TLC. Taking care of your general health by keeping up your fruit and veg intake, getting enough sleep and drinking lots of water will help. But so will some simple make-up tips that will ensure your eyes look brighter and you feel fresher as you step out the door.
Prep lids to smooth, colour-correct, prevent creasing — and look instantly younger. Try: Laura Mercier Eye Basics ($44, David Jones) has a long-lasting semi-matte finish that adds a natural tint to eyelids.
Define your brows
But skip the harsh pencil. Use a small brush to apply a brow-matching shadow. Try: Maybelline Master Brow Pro Palette ($18.95, priceline.com.au) contains shaping wax, filling powder and a highlighter.
Make it matte
Shimmer atop wrinkles draws attention, but matte shadow smooths and conceals fine lines. Try: Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy 5-Color Eyeshadow Palette ($90, esteelauder.com.au) which offers a variety of tones and textures in one neutral-based palette.
Go back to black
Black mascara is always flattering. Focus on top lashes; mascara on bottom lashes will flake and add under-eye darkness. Try: Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Mascara ($42, Myer) which was one of Allure’s favourite eye products for 2016.
Concealers with yellow undertones hide dark circles. Try: Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat ($68, mecca.com.au) will refresh and brighten tired eyes.
Use gel liner as close to your lash line as possible for the illusion of thicker, darker lashes. Try: Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner ($38, mecca.com.au) offers an easy to apply option that is water-resistant.