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7 Eye Masks That Hide Just How Exhausted We Feel

These ones actually work, we promise. 

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People are always going on about eye being the windows to the soul. If they’re right, we fear our psyches are in some serious trouble. All we want is to look bright and happy, alert and well rested. Why do our dark circles, lines and puffiness have to keep telling on us? Eye masks to the rescue! Thankfully, this troupe of eye masks, however, has us covered for pretty much any situation we’re going through.

After a Few Too Many

We consider these sake-infused eye masks the skincare equivalent of hair of the dog. Toss them in the direction of your bedside table as you stumble to bed, and they’re ready to de-puff and re-hydrate parched skin and brighten up dark circles before you even have to face the mirror the morning after.

Boscia Sake Brightening Hydrogel Eye Masks

BUY FROM: Sephora, $15 for 3 pairs

To Endure Flying Coach

After pretty much every flight over two hours, we exit the plane convinced that we’ve somehow time-traveled 5 years into the future. Applied en route, however, these little patches soften flight-induced dry lines and increase circulation with collagen and caffeine. Plus, their shimmering colloidal gold-infusion lets us pretend we’re lounging in the first class cabin, even when our non-reclining seat and lack of free Champagne say otherwise.

Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Pure Luxury Lift & Firm Hydra Gel Eye Patches

BUY FROM: Ulta, $75 for 30 pairs

When We’re Feeling Overly Sensitive

We’ve finally accepted that our skin is as fragile as some people’s egos. (Not our egos, obviously. Why would you even think that?) And this little balm encourages it to be its best self overnight, hydrating dry patches and never causing breakouts.

Yes to Coconut Ultra Hydrating Overnight Eye Balm

BUY FROM: Ulta, $14 for .5 oz

To Watch The Notebook Again

How is it that Noah still gets us so weepy every single time? At least we’ve wised up, and now before we hit play on The Notebook (yes, again), we preempt any puffiness with these little transdermal gel patches. They stay put through a good cry better than most other masks and diminish eye puff as quickly as we can create it with all our sniffling.

Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels

BUY FROM: Ulta, $30 for 8 pairs

To Avoid Night-Out Age Shaming

Applied before a night out, these ensure you won’t be that unlucky person in the queue waved in by the doorman without so much as a polite glance at your driver’s license. Our suggestion: Make these masks a Friday-night ritual. The de-puffing, line-erasing results last a couple days, enough to get you through the weekend.

SK-II Signs Eye Mask

BUY FROM: Sephora, $75 for 14 pairs

When We Really Need the Spa But Are Too Lazy to Leave the House

It seems like there’s always at least one cucumber rolling around at the bottom of our crisper drawer. Typically, it’s been there for a couple weeks, and its semi-liquified state suggests it’s no longer DIY-spa-treatment-grade produce. These little replica cucumber slices, however, are always at the ready to cool and depuff our eyes (without the threat of salmonella).

Earth Therapeutics Recover-E Cucumber Eye Pads

BUY FROM: Ulta, $7 for 5 pairs

To Help Us Wait It Out For Game of Throne’s Season Premiere

We’re slightly disappointed that the dragon’s blood in these eye masks isn’t derived from real-life mythological creatures, but instead from an Amazonian tree that bleeds red sap when tapped. The results, however, are anything but a let-down, leaving our eyes looking as bright as Daenerys Targaryen’s, and if that’s not a fantasy come true, we don’t know what is.

Rodial Dragon’s Blood Eye Mask

BUY FROM: Nordstrom, $39 for 8 pairs


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