Today marks the Monday before Fashion week. While some might assume that FW is like one big party filled with models and bottles, it’s more than sashaying around town from one show to the next. For me, it’s a week filled with early morning wakeup calls, late nights and incredibly sore feet.
My typical day is spent at a few select shows. I normally hang backstage, taking pictures of models and trying to capture something unique. I’m also working hard to find that amazing quote, or that special something that I can learn from and add to my own beauty routine and the routines of others. When I’m not backstage, I’m home, glued to my computer, trying to quickly compile everything that I’ve documented in my new Smythson Notebook or one of my two trusty cameras.
All of this work comes with a tough price: extra fatigued eyes. Want to know how I treat my extra sleepy eyes? A high-tech eye mask, of course. I just covered ‘How to Not Look Tired,’ and part of this involved the importance of Eye Masks. An eye mask should be used as much as needed, and you should really amp up the usage during super hectic times. When I travel for example, I might use a mask every night. No joke. The latest masks provide fast results when you’re in dire need of brightening, de-puffing and soothing. Fine lines? Bye-bye. Dry skin? Goodbye. I’m totally addicted to these five masks and here’s why you should be too…this is eye mask magic.
Klorane Smoothing and Relaxing Patches with Cornmeal, $18: These babies do it all and the price is right. They soothe and soften skin around the eye, refresh, moisturize, and brighten eye area, reduce puffiness and smooth away lines. Apply directly to eye area and leave on for 20 minutes. They can be used once a day as a 7-day treatment for a long-term smoothing effect. TIP: Cool patches in refrigerator before use to increase effectiveness. BTW, Klorane Soothing Eye Makeup Remover is damn good too. I use it, love it.
Shiseido Benefiance Pure Retinol Instant Treatment Eye Mask, $62 for 12: These eye masks work to dramatically reduce the appearance of wrinkles in the eye area in as little as 15 minutes. While brightening and minimizing dark circles, they plump the skin and refine texture for softer, smoother, healthier-looking skin. Pure Retinol Micro-Infusion technology penetrates skin, instantly smoothing away the look of wrinkles. It also helps to prevent new wrinkle formation. Amazing, right?
GlamGlo BrightMud Eye Treatment, $69 for 12: My next Glow Girl sold me on this baby. GlamGo features Non-Dry Tapwipe™ Bioactive Mud (what is that? No clue) which consists of powerful actives that help minimize puffiness, dark circles, and fine lines while brightening and hydrating the eyes. Natural minerals absorb toxins, delivering high nutrients essential for ultra-bright, amazing eyes. Simply tap on to deliver the range of advanced active ingredients to the skin and wipe-off, leaving a micro layer of actives for extended results.
Sensai Silk Intensive Eye Mask and Essence, $94: This is my newest find. It can be used one of two ways, as an essence or a traditional mask. When using as eye essence, it can be used at any time when there’s cause for concern, such as dryness. Simply apply a drop around eyes with fingertips, and voila! Dry eyes no more. When using as an eye mask, pump 3 drops on each of the provided eye pad and apply to the eye area for only five minutes. Lines should disappear.
SK-II Signs Eye Mask, $110 for 14: This is the ultimate Eye Mask. Notable beauty gurus, like Eva Chen, love it for a reason. These single-use, ultra-soft cotton masks are saturated in serum and contain some damn hardcore ingredients, specifically designed to help reduce the look of fine lines around the eye. The mask erases fine lines and deeply hydrates and revives the delicate eye area. It’s perfect for travel as well, in fact, its my go-to.
Always always always follow with eye cream. At night I am using Rodial Eye Venom and during the Day I love Natura Bisse The Cure Sheer Eye Cream. I am also really into Olay Regenerist Eye Lifting Serum. It is unreal.