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The 11 best eye masks to de-puff and brighten

An eye mask a day keeps puffiness, dark circles and fine lines at bay, says the PORTER beauty team

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Tired, dehydrated, jet-lagged, or just consumed too much salt at dinner the night before? The fragile skin surrounding the eye area gives everything away, which is why you can never have too many of the best eye masks on your bathroom shelf.

BEST EYE MASK FOR MORNINGS Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery Eye Mask

Strictly speaking, this is a ‘night’ mask, but it works as soon as you wake up in the morning, too. The serum quickly soaks into skin, making it a smoother, tighter canvas for concealer. The under-eye patches won’t slip off like so many other masks, allowing you to get on with your morning routine in the meantime.

BEST EYE MASK FOR THE MORNING AFTER 111Skin Celestial Black Diamond Eye Mask

Consuming alcohol can leave your skin feeling rough to the touch, dehydrated and sensitive, all of which makes fine lines and under-eye dark circles appear worse. We love these eye masks by 111Skin. The cooling hydrogel is a welcome, cooling tonic for stressed skin, while the niacinamide, retinol, hyaluronic acid and peptides will help improve hydration and strengthen and smooth skin.

BEST EYE MASK FOR RE-PLUMPING CREPEY SKIN Sarah Chapman Platinum Stem Cell Eye Mask

Lines and wrinkles are likely to appear around the eye area sooner than anywhere else on the face, due to the area’s constant movement. The peptide and tetrapeptides in this relaxing mask help to tighten skin, while other ingredients flood the skin with moisture – plumping out lines from the inside – and stimulate collagen production. Make this part of your evening skincare routine.

BEST EYE MASK FOR A GIRLS’ NIGHT IN Mimi Luzon 24K Pure Gold Eye Treatment

If you have the time, this gold mask is as Instagram-worthy as it gets, though perhaps not one you want to use on the run. First, gently massage the anti-aging cream mask under the eyes, then press the 24k-gold foil patches over the top and leave on for 10 minutes. Finish by massaging it all in (cream and the foil) with wet fingers until it dissolves, leaving you with improved skin elasticity, texture and tone.

BEST EYE MASK FOR LONG-HAUL FLIGHTS Sisley Paris Eye Contour Mask

Containing arnica, ginkgo biloba and horse chestnut to stimulate microcirculation, this gel will hydrate the eye area and protect it against moisture-sucking cabin air during long-haul flights. Apply a thick layer before take-off to eliminate dark circles and puffy eyes.

BEST EYE MASK FOR PARTY PREP RéVive Revitalizing Eye Mask

This eye treatment is a pre-special-event favorite among the A-list because it floods the skin with line-plumping hyaluronic acid, reducing puffiness and making skin smoother. It’s designed to be worn at night, once or twice a week, but we also like to use it in the morning to create an even canvas for makeup.

BEST EYE MASK TO WEAR OVER MAKEUP Nannette de Gaspé Restorative Techstile Eye Masque

If you are not a fan of product-drenched sheet masks, you may be better suited to a dry mask. While it sounds counterintuitive, a dry textile mask can be just as hydrating as a regular sheet mask and, thanks to its clever ingredient-delivery technology, this one is able to encourage its plumping and hydrating actives to penetrate further into the skin. We love to use this on freshly cleansed skin as often as possible but, as it’s dry, we also like to apply it over makeup whenever we need a refresh.

BEST EYE MASK TO USE WHILE YOU SLEEP ByNacht Luminary Genius Eye Cream

We now know that our skin’s renewal rate almost doubles between the hours of 11pm and 4am, making this the perfect time to use a potent anti-ager that repairs and hydrates while you sleep. Which is why we love ByNatch Luminary Genius Eye Cream – it repairs and nourishes the delicate eye area with an infusion of cosseting Persian silk-tree extract and nourishing oils, making it the perfect antidote to tiredness and signs of aging.

BEST EYE MASK FOR ILLUMINATING Tata Harper Illuminating Eye Crème

At first glance, you’d be forgiven for confusing this pearlescent formula for an illuminator. But after applying this easy-to-blend cream, mineral pigments go to work, diffusing light to detract from stubborn under-eye circles. In addition to its eye-brightening benefits, it’s also loaded with anti-aging actives to soften the appearance of wrinkles and reduce puffiness.

BEST EYE MASK FOR PROTECTING AGAINST POLLUTION Natura Bissé Diamond Cocoon Sheer Eye Color Enhancing Fortifying Eye Cream

Is it a concealer? Is it an eye cream? After trying this lightly tinted formula, we’ve determined it’s both — although those with darker tones may need to layer a separate concealer to be safe. The sheer, lightweight consistency helps disguise dark circles and leaves the thin skin in this area significantly smoother. And the added bonus? It also protects against aggressors like pollution, stress and blue light.

BEST EYE MASK FOR DARK CIRCLES Dr Sebagh Instant Fix Eye Lift Gel

Regardless of how well rested you might be, dark circles can be caused by genetics, pigmentation, allergies and thinning skin. And while an eye cream won’t eradicate them entirely, a select few will improve their appearance. Dr Sebagh Instant Fix Eye Lift Gel does just that. The collagen-boosting formula also has light-reflective particles to lighten up under-eye darkness while filling in and firming up fine lines.

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