It's silly, really, how much time we all spend focusing on our undereye issues — puffiness,
dark circles, crow's feet — given that they're often caused by genetics, blood circulation, and the natural aging process. But we can't help it: We love nothing more than the promise of a quick fix or instant result, and masks deliver on that front.
If you've woken up with a hangover or need to glow before a party, go straight for the eyes. A brightening serum and a patch treatment are all you need to diminish purple shadows and fix dullness and dehydration in under 20 minutes. Ahead, six of our favorite eye masks for every concern, plus a tried-and-true application technique.
Gold-infused masks are pretty damn fancy on their own, but these ones weren't content with being like all the others. That's why the patches also contain hyaluronic acid to moisturize, caffeine to take down puffiness, and a lavender scent to soothe what likely caused those undereye circles in the first place.
Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Lift & Firm Hydra-Gel Eye Patches, $75, available at Nordstrom. More
Bats don't traditionally fall under the "adorable animal" category, but let's change that. They're basically tiny, furry Chihuahuas with wings who eat fruit — what's not to love? Plus, this one doesn't like the dark: It has vitamin C, honey, licorice, and mistletoe to brighten up your purplish undereyes in 20 minutes.
Wish Formula Bat Eye Essence Mask, $4, available at Glow Recipe. More
In India, applying turmeric paste to the bride and groom for radiant skin is a pre-wedding tradition — one that inspired this seriously glow-inducing overnight mask. But you don't have to worry about it staining your pillow orange; it looks and feels just like a regular eye cream.
Aveda Tulasāra Wedding Masque Eye Overnight, $55, available at Aveda. More
These cooling, seaweed-infused gel masks are the perfect thing to keep in your desk (or office fridge — just make sure to leave a warning note to anyone considering swiping them) for a 3 p.m. pick-up that'll do for your face exactly what an iced coffee will do for your brain.
e.l.f. Hydrogel Under Eye Masks Set of 3, $8, available at e.l.f. More Read More
If the skin around your eyes is feeling worn down, pulled taut, or just generally blah, this is your best bet to jumpstart the road to recovery. Place the patches on after you cleanse at night, get in bed with a book, then peel them off after a chapter and pat in the creamy serum.
Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery Eye Mask, $11, available at Ulta Beauty. More
Pick them up for the packaging and ocean-blue color; keep them because the algae, coconut oil, and marine flower extract make your undereyes feel like they've been lounging on an island for the last month.
Tarte Pack Your Bags 911 Undereye Rescue Patches, $22, available at Tarte. More Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here? The Reason Why This Couple Almost Broke Up Over A Face Mist 6 Million People Are Freaking Out About This Ridiculously Common Thing This Is Why Lord Voldemort Needs To See A Dermatologist ASAP