There's something about putting on a face mask that makes you want to take a selfie. Perhaps it's because in our ridiculously busy lives, we want to show off to our followers that we have a spare thirty minutes to devote to pampering ourselves. But really, it's probably just that face masks make for great #content. They're real-life Snapchat filters that cover our imperfections while improving them, and, quite honestly, they're just fun.
When it comes to celebrities, however, they've introduced us to a new wave of masks over the past few years: under-eye masks. Equally Instagrammable and just as fun as their full-face counterparts, these small contoured masks sit right under your eyes to banish dark circles and puffiness by delivering potent ingredients like collagen. They've quickly become a must-have for many celebrities as a preparatory step in their routines during award season, as evidenced by the multitude of photos they've posted to social media donning the comma-shaped products. Since no one should have to deal with those telltale signs of sleep deprivation and aging, we've put together a list of the best eye masks money can buy, according to celebrities. Keep scrolling to find out which under-eye masks made the cut!
Chances are, you've probably heard about the legendary face masks of Japanese skincare brand SK-II. What you might not have known is that the brand also offers a mask just for your eyes; they have its signature ingredient, Pitera, which includes a combination of vitamins B3 and E, and pro-vitamin B5, that work together to reduce fine lines and hydrate the eye area. It's not surprising that Chrissy Teigen cited these as one of her favorite skincare products in an interview with Refinery29.
Vitamin B3 is most commonly used in skincare in it's nicotinamide form, which helps restore cellular energy, repair damaged DNA, and reduce the immunosuppressive effects of sun-induced UV rays.
Not only are these eye masks a favorite here at Byrdie HQ, but they're also a must-have for celebs like Alicia Vikander and supermodels Cara Delevingne and Jourdan Dunn. The brand tells us that at the 2016 Oscars, Vikander's makeup artist, Kelly Cornwell, used the masks to hydrate the actress's skin and take away puffiness before creating a fresh-faced, no-makeup makeup look.
If you're looking for the ultimate selfie-worthy eye mask, look no further than Chantecaille's gold eye masks that look as sumptuous as they make your delicate eyes feel. A seaweed-based formula promises to boost collagen production in order to blur fine lines and subdue puffiness. Kate Hudson likes to use these to prep for award season, and given the fact that she looks like she doesn't age at all, we're tempted to say that they work.
For a more affordable (but just as effective) visually alluring option, try KollagenX's masks. Formulated with 24-carat gold, these gilded patches are gel-like to the touch, and look and feel completely indulgent and luxurious. Even Jessica Alba knows that they make for great content and often posts images of herself wearing them. And at $20, these prove that looking like a million dollars doesn't necessarily have to cost a million dollars.
Another affordable option are these gels from Skyn Iceland. A favorite of Rachel Zoe, who told us that she not only uses these in addition to the entire Skyn Iceland gel mask line. These masks are cooling due to their unique texture, which is great for tired or puffy eyes.
Rodial's Dragon's Blood masks might sound weird, but Ellie Goulding swears by them. The complex features arnica extract to reduce puffiness and provide an instantly brighter look to the delicate under-eye area. And, in all honesty, we don't care what it's called if it will make us look like we aren't completely sleep-deprived.
If Kim Kardashian West says that a product is good, we're tempted to believe her since she seems to have tried everything and looks fantastic in the process. On her blog, she cited these masks by Shiseido as one of her favorites for erasing dark circles.