If I had a dollar for every time we've talked about under-eyes at Byrdie HQ, I might be able to pay a month's rent. Because the skin is so thin in this area, signs of fatigue and aging are more obvious, so we're constantly sharing our favorite moisturizing products, tips for tightening the area, and shamelessly sharing our experiences with filler. It's a finicky part of our body that needs extra love and hydration, and with all the amazing undereye-focused products on the market, we want to take advantage of them and proactively get behind puffiness, discoloration, and overall skin degradation so we can be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed for the long run.
We've waxed poetic about our personally beloved formulas and have tapped dermatologists for their favorite picks, so we turned to another group who optically seem to know a whole lot about smooth under-eyes—celebrities. Admittedly, it took a lot of digging to find their favorite jars and tubes (perhaps they'd rather remain tight-lipped about their holy grails), but what we did uncover are the secrets to the fresh, well-rested skin surrounding their eyes.
Kim Kardashian West
Simon Ourian, MD—an internal medicine physician with no training in dermatology or plastic surgery—formulates Kim Kardashian West's favorite under-eye remedy from his line, Epione Skincare. The cream, which has since been reformulated into a powerful serum, is loaded with peptides and a collagen booster to help fill out sullen under-eyes and plump the skin.
Selena Gomez credits this tinted eye cream as being, pointedly, "the shit." She tells Into the Gloss, "I'll put it on, it feels all good and cold, go have a coffee, and that's the bomb." The metal-tipped tube is cooling on contact, while caffeine de-puffs and licorice root lightens dark circles. It's also got green tea, a natural antioxidant to fight off free radicals and keep the skin looking young.
We know La Mer's signature Miracle Broth to be a potent, fermented blend of earth-derived goodness that's responsible for smoother, less inflamed skin, which is probably why Olivia Culpo loves using the brand's Illuminating Eye Gel, especially during flights.
Another La Mer favorite, Chrissy Teigen's pristine under-eyes can be attributed to The Lifting Serum, which longtime makeup artist Mary Phillips says she applies using her ring finger to gently tap into the skin.
Margot Robbie, queen of the "shower beer," says right after she's done washing up (and drinking down), she swears by another indulgence—La Prairie's Skin Caviar Luxe Eye Lift Cream.
Chloë Grace Moretz
While this may not be your typical eye cream, actress Chloë Grace Moretz says she's a big fan of Aussie staple Lucas Papaw Ointment. "I cover my lips in it, and then I put it underneath my eyes. Hydration is key," she explains.
At just $18, Zendaya loves this lightweight cooling gel for puff-free under-eyes. It's loaded with ceramides, which create a barrier on top of the skin to keep moisture in. An added bonus: We recommend keeping this jar in the fridge for a chilly skin-tightening effect.
Actress Allison Williams told Us Weekly this dark circle–erasing eye cream made of 94% natural ingredients "wakes [her] up and smells amazing." It uses rosemary extract to restore firmness to the eyes (and it can even be used on the lips!).