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How to Apply Eye Cream Correctly for Dark Circles

How to Apply Eye Cream

Learning how to apply eye cream does wonders for treating fine lines, crow’s feet, and under-eye puffiness. It’s the most important anti-aging product you should add to your skincare routine.

Not only does eye cream reduce puffiness, but it also brightens dark circles. It’ll leave you with a more youthful glow once the results kick in!

We’ve summed up everything you need to know about applying eye cream in just 6 simple steps. Keep reading this article to learn about the steps on how to apply eye creams the RIGHT way!

Table of Contents

How to Apply Eye Cream the Correct Way for Dark Circles & Puffiness

The Right Way

Step 1: Wash Your Hands

First, Step 1 is to wash your hands. Dirty hands and fingers will cause bacteria to spread all over your skin, and we never want that to happen.

Step 2: Prep Your Face

Once your hands are clean, you can move on to Step 2. What you need to do first before you apply your eye cream is to cleanse your entire face using one of the best Korean face washes.

A clean canvas will allow for better absorption of the eye cream and all your other skin care products.

Make sure that you apply toner after cleansing as well.

Step 3: Use Just the Right Amount

For Step 3, you can then take a pea-sized amount of eye cream. You won’t need too much product since the eye area isn’t too big anyway.

Applying too much product will only make your eye area look and feel overly greasy, so be sure to take just the right amount of eye cream.

Step 4: Dab It Gently on the Undereye

Once you have an adequate amount of eye cream, gently tap it on the delicate skin around your eyes. Be sure to cover each part, from the orbital bone all the way up to the brow bone.

We recommend using the 4th digit (beside your pinky finger) as this has the least pressure and applies with good coverage

A nice tip is to dab the product to form a semi-circle of dots all over the eye area. This will make sure that you’ve got everything covered.

Here’s a quick video by Glow Recipe to help you visualize this step better:

Step 5: Spread It Up to Your Brow Area

As mentioned, you should always apply eye cream from your orbital bone up to your brow bone. Signs of aging don’t end at your under eyes. They can eventually appear all around the eye area.

And much like when you apply eye cream to your under eyes, gently tap your brow bone area with the product.

The light dabbing motion that you do when you apply eye cream will also improve blood flow around your eye area and then eventually reduce the appearance of puffiness.

Step 6: Let It Set

Finally, since you’re done applying eye cream around your eyes, let it settle into your skin for about a minute and a half (90 seconds). This is to ensure that the eye cream is fully absorbed by your skin.

More Eye Cream Application Tips

More Tips

#1 Choose Good Ingredients

This is probably a no-brainer, but you should always check the ingredients of the eye creams (and other skincare products) that you buy.

Look for ingredients that have: peptides, ceramides, niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, vitamin C and E, K, retinoids.

For Puffiness

If you suffer from eye puffiness, then you should get an eye cream formula that contains caffeine. Caffeine can constrict the blood vessels around your eyes and skin to reduce puffiness.

For Fine Lines and Dryness

On the other hand, if one of your more pressing skin concerns includes fine lines and dryness, then you should choose something with nourishing ingredients.

Eye creams that contain moisturizing ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid and Shea Butter are your best bet for combatting fine lines and wrinkles on your delicate skin. These components, especially Hyaluronic Acid, are effective for hydrating dry, dehydrated skin types.

For Dark Circles and Hyperpigmentation

Other ingredients that we love are Vitamin C and Snail Mucin. Vitamin C is known for its brightening properties on dark eye circles and the occasional dark spot.

Meanwhile, Snail Mucin is known for its hydrating properties, so it can also add more moisture to your under eyes.

For more options, go on and check out our article on the best Korean eye creams.

#2 Store Your Eye Cream in the Fridge

One of our favorite recommendations is to keep the product in the refrigerator.

When you apply cool eye cream to the skin, it will constrict blood vessels the same way that caffeine does. That way, you can reduce eye puffiness instantly.

Plus, it just really feels soothing to have something cold under the eyes and on your skin. It can even reduce redness and inflammation if you have any.

We also recommend that you store all your other skincare products like, Korean serum products, in the fridge for better efficacy.

Many beauty enthusiasts like to stash their moisturizers, sheet masks, and serums in the refrigerator to make them last much longer.

#3 Use Your Ring Finger

Tapping your eye creams gently is very important. And that’s why one of the most highlighted tips from beauty experts is to use your ring finger when doing so.

It is a fact that the ringer is one of the weakest parts of the hand. When you use it to apply the product to your skin, it applies the least amount of pressure.

Gentle pressure when applying eye creams is important because hard application will only stretch your skin even more. That’ll only worsen sagging and wrinkles on your eyes.

#4 Apply Sunscreen

Once you’ve followed the steps and are done applying the product to every part of your eye area, you should proceed to apply sunscreen.

The sunscreen will protect not just your under eyes, but every part of your facial skin from age spots and hyperpigmentation caused by UV rays.

Dermatologists and beauty experts recommend an SPF of at least 30 when going outdoors. If you’re staying indoors, you’ll still need an SPF of at least 15 for optimal protection.

Also, don’t forget to reapply your sunscreen every 2 to 3 hours as it tends to melt off quickly, especially in warmer climates.

For some options, you can take a look at our Top Recommendations for Korean Sunscreens.



Now that you’ve reached the end of our article on applying eye cream properly, we hope that you learned something new!

It’s important to know how to apply eye cream right because the eye area is where aging signs tend to show up first.

The right application method can easily slow down the appearance of crow’s feet and wrinkles around the eyes.

Just always be careful about the pressure of your fingers during application since too much tugging at the undereye area will cause looser, less elastic skin.


August 24, 2021 – Improved article formatting, reviewed and updated overall content, added 1 YouTube video to help visualize the steps, updated article title, added a new link to a relevant source

July 16, 2021 – Reviewed and updated article links

Paola Diaz
Paola Diaz

Hi, I'm Paola! A skin care enthusiast and nature lover. Creating content that promotes proper skin treatment and keeping a healthy glow is my way of sharing with the world how healthy skin can go a long way. I’m a firm believer of natural beauty that radiates inside all of us. All we need is the right kind of nourishment that inspires our wellness from inside out. So it’s really not about physical beauty alone – it’s the beautiful life we can create for ourselves when we connect with our own nature and see there is beauty that shines from every one of us.