Beauty

How to hide under-eye circles and puffiness

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Sarah Biddlecombe
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We're the first to raise our hands and admit we rarely get the recommended eight hours of beauty sleep, and it's a hard fact of life that this can often have an impact on our looks.

From dark circles under our eyes to puffy skin and bags that EasyJet would definitely charge extra for, it's easy to spot when we've spent the evening hanging out with our good friend gin rather than tucked up under a duvet.

Luckily, hiding sins is what makeup was invented for, and there are some excellent products out there to help mask a bad night of sleep. From a tightening eye serum that won a prestigious Best Beauty by Stylist award to the under eye concealers that promise to keep your secrets hidden, these are the nine best products everyone needs in their beauty arsenal. Simply scroll through to shop.

  • Elemis Pro-Radiance Illuminating Eye Balm

    This soothing balm is like a magic elixir for tired eyes. Use your little finger to lightly blend a small amount of the formula, infused with chamomile and arnica, into skin for an instant illuminating effect.

    £34, elemis.com

  • Laura Mercier Secret Concealer

    If you're looking for flawless coverage that doesn't budge, this is the concealer for you. Just a dab of the formula is enough to conceal dark circles and discoloration. 

    £19.50, spacenk.com

  • StriVectin 360 Tightening Eye Serum

    Pack up your eyebags for good with this Best Beauty by Stylist winner, described by one of our reader judges as "one of my favourite products". Its lightweight formula contains botanical tensors and patented ingredients to tighten and lift sagging skin for a more wide-awake look. 

    £52, stylist.co.uk/best-beauty

  • Benefit Puff Off Eye Gel

    This undereye gel cools on contact with the skin to help instantly depuff and smooth fine lines. The innovative metal tip will literally "iron out" creases to make you look more awake in a flash.

    £22.50, stylist.co.uk/best-beauty

  • Dr. Hauschka Daily Hydrating Eye Cream

    Moisturising the area around your eyes is one of the first steps to take in banishing dark circles and puffiness. This silky cream contains highly nurturing avocado alongside hydrating rose distillate, pineapple, marsh mallow and calendula.

    £29.50, dr.hauschka.com

  • Balance Me Extra Care Wonder Eye Cream

    The delicious-smelling Wonder Eye Cream harnesses the power of cucumber oil, witch hazel and hyaluronic acid to smooth, plump and revitalise the skin around your eyes.

    £12.50, stylist.co.uk/best-beauty

  • Nivea Daily Essentials Double Effect Eye Make-Up Remover

    One of the most important steps in caring for the skin under your eyes is making sure you use a gentle, but effective, makeup remover that won't require vigorously scrubbing at the delicate skin. This double effect moisturiser, which was one of the winners of Best Beauty by Stylist, works in two stages to budge even waterproof mascara and care for your eyelashes.

    £3.89, stylist.co.uk/best-beauty

  • bareSkin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer

    A concealer and serum in one, this ultra-light formula provides coverage that will hide dark circles without leaving a half moon of orange under each eye. Plus, high-definition mineral optics will deflect from dark patches while hydrating humectants will moisturise the skin.

    £22, bareminerals.co.uk

  • Elemis Pro-Collagen Hydra-Gel Eye Masks

    Individual sheet masks for eyes might sound a little high maintenance, but 20 minutes of wearing these was enough to convince us. The masks contain a blend of moisturising marine algae to increase firmness and elasticity and plankton extract work to stretch the collagen network, giving an instant skin-tightening and lifting effect.

    £47.50, stylist.co.uk/best-beauty