How to Massage the Puffiness Out of Your Eyes

Who needs sleep?
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Dark under eye circles are no fun, but I'd argue that under eye bags are even worse, and more difficult to conceal. After a few sleep-deprived nights left my under eye bags even more prominent than usual, I went on a desperate search through the Internet for effective solutions, and came across a couple of particularly helpful and informative YouTube tutorials.

One is by the brilliant Lisa Eldridge, who puts so much thought and time into her tutorials I almost feel bad that I get to watch them for free. Not only does she spend the first six minutes explaining some of the causes of under eye bags, but she also recommends products and various tricks of the trade that she's used on sets. One method she mentions, that I'd never heard of, is draining the lymph out of your eye area with massage. It's not guaranteed to work because that may not be the cause of your bags. But since it can't hurt to try, I did another YouTube search and, lo, found a tutorial that demonstrates how to do just that, and all you need is a basic eye cream and a few minutes of free time. 

Watch both videos below.