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The golden rules of great eye care; from banishing bags to the must-have beauty products

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While we've all tried the classic cucumbers in the fridge tactic to cure our bags, not to mention endless amounts of potions to ensure we don't get wrinkles, when it comes to the under-eye area, what's really the best way to get and see results?

We spoke to Stylist's associate editor (beauty) Joanna McGarry who's given us the six golden rules of how to look after your eyes and finally rid ourselves of puffiness and dark circles too.

We've already printed this out and laminated it. 

When applying eye cream...

“It’s vital to avoid swamping the skin around the eye area as that can cause puffing in itself. As a rule I always apply with my baby finger and stick to a grain of rice amount for each under-eye. Tap it in or gently smooth outwards (never inwards as this can cause stress on the skin)…

“Think about what your primary concerns are. A lot of people consider eye cream as a one-size fits all product, but puffiness, lines and shadows are three very different issues which require different solutions.”

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair

“Consider when you’re most likely to have time to apply it too – I know I’ll be more consistent with applying eye cream at night, so I opt for a richer formula that works with the biology of our skin’s nighttime repair mode – such as Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair (above, £49 for 30ml).”

When battling with puffy eyes

“I particularly love the Crème de la Mer eye gel (£100 for £15ml), it’s a light, cooling formula that absorbs quickly and leave my skin looking and feeling smooth. I also love Benefit’s new Puff Off Eye Gel (below, £22.50 for 10ml), not simply for its novelty iron applicator which is incredibly cooling on skin, but because it also contains light-diffusing particles which help to brighten the eye area. I go through tonnes of it on the weekend!”

Benefit puff off eye gel

If you’re getting puffiness under your eyes regularly, it’s generally a sign that something else is out of balance, you might be allergic to something in your diet, or you may just need to be stricter with yourself in how much sleep you’re getting.

Still for the odd moments of puffiness, I tend to go for a cooling under-eye mask left on for 20 mins as I rest… try SK-II eye masks or bliss triple oxygen eye mask. You can also make your own by soaking cotton pads in 3 parts water, 1 part skin serum and firmly placing over the eyes.”

When dark circles are plaguing you... 

“Touche Eclat was never really intended to be used as an under-eye corrector, and more as a facial highlighter, so if you’re looking to cover lines or shadows, I’d opt for a more traditional concealer such as Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer (£22), using the tiniest dot imaginable.”

Beauty assistant, Shannon Peter also recommends Bobbi Brown's Tinted Eye Brightener (£20) as a concealer and Radical Eye Revive Cream (£80) as it's cooling, smells like cucumber and is great for lightening dark circles.

Nars radiant concealer

When you want one must-follow rule for eye care...

“Compliance is everything. A lot of women tend to apply a skin serum religiously but often scrimp on eye cream. If anything it should be vice versa as the eye area is the place where flaws can be detected the strongest. Get in to the habit of applying eye cream daily and you’ll see results in a couple of weeks.”

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