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How to apply eye cream

How to apply eye cream
Holly James
Beauty Writer3 years ago
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Eyes, more now than ever, are the main focal point of the face. However this area tends to be the one most prone to problems, with the thinner skin causing well known concerns including fine lines (or otherwise known as crows feet), dark circles and puffiness. Due to the sensitive nature of the skin around this area, it's important to treat it delicately to avoid doing more trouble than good when applying your eye cream. We have answered all of your questions on eye creams including the right way to apply them, where to apply them and when, along with some of our top picks for each eye concern.

When should you apply Eye Cream?

One of the most commonly asked questions for any new step in your skincare routine is often where does it fit within your current regime? When it comes to eye cream the answer is straightforward; eye cream should be applied as the final step in your skincare routine after all other serums and moisturisers both in the morning and at night. This keeps eyes looking bright and awake in the day, and sets you up for an anti-ageing night treatment in the evening. Make sure to give your eye cream time to absorb before applying makeup on top of it to allow the ingredients to fully penetrate the skin and get to work!

Where should you apply Eye Cream?

When it comes to applying your eye cream, there are some rules for where to put it depending on the cream you're using. All eye creams are usually advised to be applied under the eye from the inner corner right to the outer corner of your eye where 'crows feet' tend to form. However, some eye creams can be applied to the lid of the eye and above the eye to help with moisturisation in this area. To check whether your eye cream is safe to use above the eye or on the lid, always read the directions.

How should you apply Eye Cream?

As mentioned, the skin under the eye is extremely delicate as it is much thinner than that on the rest of the face. To make sure that you don't cause puffiness and lines from pulling the skin, eye cream should be applied gently by dotting it around the under area and then continuing to pat the product in until it has absorbed. The number one rule for applying eye cream: do not rub!

The best Eye Creams for your skin type


A number of things can contribute to puffy eyes or 'bags' under the eyes from tiredness to environmental aggressors or irritation from rubbing. The Medik8 Advanced Night Eye works whilst you sleep to soothe and smooth the under eye area so that you wake up with firmer and more even looking skin. The blend of Caffeine and Hesperidin boosts circulation and helps to repair damage caused by UV rays, pollution and stressors to perfect your eye contour and get rid of the bags! For more information, check out our guide to what causes puffy eyes.

Dark circles

There is no bigger give away of a bad night's sleep than dark circles. As important as your morning coffee on days like this, the Omorovicza Illumineye C will disguise dark circles, working to brighten up your under eye area, giving the whole face a more awake and youthful appearance. Formulated with a rich, velvety texture, the cream uses a cocktail of vitamins, retinol and Hyaluronic acid to plump, hydrate and illuminate the under eye area, smoothing out both the texture and skin tone for a healthier, more even look.

Fine lines and wrinkles

The eye area is one of the most vulnerable areas to premature signs of ageing. Whether you know them as 'crows feet', 'laughter lines' or just 'wrinkles', we all strive to keep them at bay for as long as possible. The Zelens Triple Action Advanced Eye Cream is a state of the art formula containing their targeted triple action technology to immediately tighten the skin around the eyes. Blended with highly moisturising ingredients, the cream promotes healthy collagen production to prevent future lines from forming and also smooths out existing wrinkles for an all over more youthful visage.

Shop all eye creams on LOOKFANTASTIC here.

Holly James
Beauty Writer
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Working with brands at LOOKFANTASTIC for over two years I have developed my knowledge of all things beauty from key skincare concerns to niche makeup tricks and haircare hacks. I have a major passion for finding effective solutions that are easily accessible to everyone so that we can all achieve our best, glowing complexion.