One of my best friends always tells me that my eyes are a dead giveaway for what I'm feeling. Sassy? Check. Sentimental? Double-Check. Exhausted or stressed-out? Always.
Our eyes are also one of the first places to show the visible signs of aging. The extra-delicate skin in the area can become crepe-y, lined, and sunken over time; noticeably so as early as our 20's. The International Association for Physicians in Aesthetic Medicine (IAPAM) even names the crinkly outer-eye region that creates crow's feet as one of the top three injection sites for fillers like Botox and Dysport.
Oh — and if you suffer from allergies or insomnia? Game Over! The dark circles and under-eye bags that result are the wet blanket of my morning beauty routine.
Enter: Autocorrect ($65) by Sunday Riley.
The newest addition to Sunday Riley's eponymous skincare line is a dark circle-fighting eye cream that's like a shot of espresso for your lids. Herself a biochemist — conducting her own research & development — Sunday's beauty editor-beloved products are known for their unparalleled efficacy and fast-acting results. (Note: I fell for her glow-boosting C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum ($85) upon my very first use!)
Her latest formulation is the ultimate eye savior, targeting dark circles, puffiness, lines, and sunkenness, with active ingredients to brighten, contour, and hydrate the sensitive skin around your eyes.
- Caffeine + Brazilian ginseng root extract obliterate dark circles and puffiness.
- Horse chestnut + acmella oleacea extract smoothe away wrinkes and add lift.
- Antioxidant-rich lutein gently brighten.
- Cocoa + shea butter nourish away dryness.
- Watermelon rind + sodium PCA boost hydration.
Seriously, though: When it comes to dark circles, what are our options? In the words of the ever-fashionable Alexa Chung, as told to Into the Gloss, you have to cover that sh-t.
Before getting my hands on Autocorrect, I still hadn't found a treatment for both the AM + PM — and my beauty research pointed me in increasingly complicated directions. Selena Gomez swears by the tinted First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy AM Gel Cream ($36) in the morning, while Nicole Richie exclusively uses Clé de Peau Beauté concealer ($70) for coverage throughout the day.
I've personally had luck using a combination of Laura Mercier High Coverage Concealer ($30) with Dior Fix It 2-in-1 Prime & Color Correct ($36), but even fab daytime cover-ups call for a dark circle-solving eye cream at night.
Autocorrect's versatility as a daytime/nighttime beauty treatment — keeping your undereyes brighter and lighter 24/7 — scores it major points in my book. All you need is a pea-sized amount — applied with your ring finger — morning and night, which I've now been doing since Thanksgiving. You can order yours online from Sephora or pick it up in stores beginning on December 26th — and let me know what you think!
What are your dark circle solutions? Please tell me! (I'm serious.)