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How to Get Rid of Light Colored Bags Under the Eyes

by Amy Davidson, studioD

Light bags under your eyes can make you look tired and worn. These frustrating undereye blemishes have many causes, from a late night on the town to an allergic reaction. Even getting too much sleep can leave your eyes looking puffy. But solutions are quick and easy.

Wash your face and remove any eye makeup. Failing to sufficiently remove eye makeup, especially before bed, can lead to undereye bags. Start with clean eyes before treating your bags. Use an oil-based eye makeup remover and cotton ball.

Place ice cubes in two cups of water and steep tea bags in cool water for two minutes. Wring out excess water and place the tea bags under the eyes for 10 minutes. The caffeine mixed with the cold will help increase blood flow and lessen puffiness.

Rinse your eyes under lukewarm water and cut two quarter-inch slices of cucumber. Place them on your closed eyes for five minutes. This will refresh your eyes, waken them and add much-needed moisture, while reducing swelling.

Rinse your eyes and pat dry gently with a clean towel. Apply an eye cream containing caffeine and retinol under and around the eye area, using the pads of your middle and index fingers to lightly pat in.

Apply a dab of yellow-hued concealer under the eye with your fingertip, patting it in and blending. Sweep a light layer of loose powder over it to set the concealer. The yellow-based concealer helps to deflect dark colors and brighten the eye area.

Items you will need
  •  Face wash
  •  Eye makeup remover
  •  Cotton balls
  •  Ice cubes
  •  2 water
  •  2 tea bags (caffeinated)
  •  Cucumber
  •  Eye cream with caffeine and retinol
  •  Yellow-based cream concealer
  •  Loose powder


  • Genetics can also cause you to have undereye bags, and in these instances there are a few options. Concealer for the sensitive skin under the eye can mask the bags temporarily, or for a more permanent solution, there are plastic surgery options. Visit your dermatologist to find out more about those that may be available to you.
  • Avoid wearing dark makeup colors when dealing with undereye bags. Darker colors can enhance the bags' purplish tint. Instead, stick with neutral colors that have light-reflecting shimmer to brighten the eye area.
  • If in addition to bags under your eyes, your eyes are red and watery or you have a runny nose and sore throat, take an antihistamine as well as treating the undereye bags. Talk to your doctor about any allergy symptoms.
  • If you know you’re pulling a late night out on the town, ward off undereye baggage with prevention. Drink plenty of water throughout the night between any alcoholic beverages and prior to bed to prevent dehydration. Place tea bags soaked in water in the fridge to be ready in the morning, and have a cool eye mask ready at bedtime to ward off swelling while you sleep. Also remove your eye makeup and contacts before going to sleep.

About the Author

Amy Davidson is a graduate from the University of Florida in Gainesville, with a bachelor's degree in journalism. She also writes for local papers around Gainesville doing articles on local events and news.

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