How To: Get Rid Of Undereye Bags


Here are a couple of ways to reduce your excess baggage without going under the knife:

*Put something cold over your eyes. Ice, cold compresses, tea bags or even a cold spoon all work great.

* Put two slices of potatoes, one over each eye for 10-15 minutes.

* Use the right kind of makeup. To make bags look less visible, first use concealer to camouflage your undereye circles. Then apply a lighter concealer or a highlighting powder right below your bags. This will create the illusion that the area right under your bags is jutting out and in turn makes your bags appear less prominent.

* Use an eye cream with caffeine. Try MAC’s Fast Response Eye Cream – it really works!

* Cut down on salt and alcohol.

* Although this sounds gross but Preparation H have been used by makeup artists on models forever. The yeast extract and shark oil that it contains are thought to be the active ingredients for reducing puffiness.

* Treat allergies if you have them.

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE,, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


  1. hi! I’m considering using Preparation H for my eyebags. I’ve had them all my life (even looking back at baby pictures) and I’m guess they’re genetics, since I get plenty of sleep and have a really healthy diet. Which type/brand of Prep.H should I use? Thanks!

  2. Hi! I’m considering using Preparation H. I’ve had eyebags and dark undereye circles my whole life (looking back at baby/kid pictures) so I’m guessing they’re genetics. I even get plenty of sleep and have a really healthy diet. Even concealer doesn’t work, and I’ve tried tons! I was wondering which brand/type of Prep.H should I use? Thanks!

  3. I believe Preparation H is the brand itself but they do make several hemorrhoids in different formulae. There’s gel, cream, ointment and wipes. The ointment is the only one that contains shark liver oil which is good for bags. However, the new version we have in the US also contains phenylephrine, a vasoconstrictor. It still works but may be damaging to your skin. You might want to try looking for the old version in Canada.

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