I love the look of a heavily lined eye smoked out to perfection. What I don't love? When the smoke goes south, causing an unintentional "I haven't slept for days" shadowy appearance under the eyes. Hello, instant extra decade.

I've got you covered on tips for keeping your complexion youthful, so now let's move onto those windows to the soul. Here are five things to think about when applying makeup around your delicate eye area. Discover them when you


  • Bare bottoms: If you have a tendency to get dark circles, skip the eyeliner and mascara on the bottom lash line and lashes altogether. Darkening this area can create the illusion of droopy, tired eyes.
  • Face-lift: Give yourself an inexpensive "face-lift" by using a pale-toned or iridescent shadow under the brows for a little pick-me-up.
  • Good-bye glitter: Glitter can be lots of fun when worn in the right circumstances, but its reflective properties and ability to settle into fine lines and wrinkles only accentuate what you might want to hide. If you need the sparkle, go with a shimmer, or even a more subtle glimmer finish.
  • Creeping creams: Creams are great for the face to create a soft, dewy look, but when used on the eyelids, they can creep into the creases. A silky powder-based shadow is best to reduce inadvertent wrinkling.
  • You're out of touch: While you don't have to follow every trend out there, dated makeup techniques and colors can be aging. Stuck in a different era? Check out my trend-finding tips to get up to speed.