Over the years, we've collected numerous tips for brighter eyes — beige eyeliner in the waterline, highlighter at the inner corners, a quick eyelash curl — but there's only so much makeup can do. None of those hacks can erase a bloodshot gaze after a night partying or a long layover (why do you think they call it a red-eye flight?). We recently discovered the makeup artists' solution to erase tired eyes in seconds . . . eyedrops. Yes, every pro carries a bottle in their kit because it can instantly brighten irises for those extreme close-up shots on the red carpet and the runway.
Celebrity makeup artist and brand owner Sonia Kashuk recommends using drops as the very last step in your makeup routine. "People are supersensitive when you're working with the eyes, so it's definitely the final hoorah," she said. "Hold your head back and have a tissue in your hand." Kashuk recommends gently squirting the soothing formula into the eye's outer corner so that it rolls inward instead of making a mess on your face. If you really want to whiten your eyes like a pro, turn to blue-tinted drops. The colored versions are an insider secret that neutralizes yellow and red discoloration immediately, but they are a little bit harder to find stateside. Plus, the extra strength blue drops are best reserved for special occasions, while more natural drops like Refresh Tears can be your everyday go-to. Also make sure to remove your contact before applying these colored drops. Shop more makeup-artist-approved eyedrops when you keep reading.