How to Apply Eye Cream

by Gio

how to apply eye cream the right way

I can’t bring myself to buy an eye cream.

There, I said it. They cost a pretty penny for something that’s so small, and no that different from your facial moisturizer. It’s not like there are special ingredients just for the eye area. If you take both your moisturizer and eye cream, and look at their ingredients, you’ll find out they contain the same stuff.

So, why pay twice for the same thing? Just use your face moisturizer (as long as it’s fragrance-free, cos fragrance is too irritating for the eye area). That’s what I do. It’s always worked well for me, and it saves me quite a bit of money, too.

But, doesn’t matter what product you use, did you know there is a right and a wrong way to apply it?

Wash Your Face

This should be a given, but let’s be honest here. We don’t always wash our faces or remove makeup before applying eye cream, especially if we’re late and can’t wait to get into bed. But, if you don’t, there’s just no point in applying eye cream (or any other skincare product, for that matter). It’ll just sit on top of all the dirt and impurities, unable to reach skin and work as it should.

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Use A Grain Of Rice

The more the merrier doesn’t apply to skincare. There’s only so much skin can absorb, so, if you use too much, the extra amount of product is just gonna sit on the surface, doing nothing. Besides, if you use too much eye cream, you risk getting milia seeds, and those little things can be a royal pain to remove. So, use only a small amount, no bigger than a grain of rice.

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Three dots

Now that we’ve got that grain of rice… oops, I meant grain of eye cream, apply three dots to your undereye area: one in the inner corner, one in the middle, and one in the outer corner. This makes spreading the cream so much easier and ensures that every part of your undereye area gets its fair share.

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Use Your Ring Finger

Did you know your ring finger is your weakest finger? That’s why it’s so great at applying eye cream. It spreads the cream evenly without putting too much pressure on and tagging at this delicate eye area. Awesome, right?

Pat From The Inner Corner Outwards

I used to apply eye cream in any random direction. Surely, that doesn’t matter, right? Wrong. It’s best to pat the cream from the inner corners of your eyes inwards using circular motions. Why? It helps smooth out wrinkles.

Pat, Don’t Rub

In case you missed, the step above, I said pat, NOT RUB, the cream. This is so important because rubbing can pull at the skin, and, in the long run, cause wrinkles and other kinds of damage. Don’t do it!

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Nikki November 6, 2009 - 3:16 pm

I do the same, I apply as less as possible as I find my eyes bulging the next day if i accidentally applied too much 🙂 I do use my ring finger too!!!
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beautifulwithbrains November 6, 2009 - 4:09 pm

Nikki, that happens to me too, it’s annoying. Not to mention you can get milia. I think this is the best way to apply an eye cream to get the most benefits and no side effects 🙂

Dee November 6, 2009 - 5:40 pm

When I first started, I applied a pea sized amount then I started to apply less because I wake up with flakes at the outer corner of my eyes. I don’t know know if anyone else gets them though. And I totally agree with you Gio. Sometimes I really can’t justify the price tag for most eye creams – too much for too little.
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Dao November 6, 2009 - 6:21 pm

A jar of eye cream is really small but you do not use a lot so it lasts a long time. Surprisingly enough, the plain vanilla eye cream works great for me without giving me milia. I guess my skin just prefers to have things like that.
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beautifulwithbrains November 6, 2009 - 6:38 pm

Dee, personally I never got flakes but like you, overtime I reduced the amount I was applying. With eye cream, less is always best imo.

I think some prices are crazy esp when most eye creams are pretty much face moisturizers packaged in a smaller tube. I’d just rather use my moisturizer in the first place.

beautifulwithbrains November 6, 2009 - 6:46 pm

Dao, I agree that eye creams can last for months and sometimes that can justify the price. My gripe is that most eye and face creams are pretty much the same. Just have a look at their ingredients list and you won’t see much difference. I wouldn’t use any face moisturizer on the eye area though. If it is too rich it’ll cause problems.

The packaging is important too. If eye creams contain antioxidants and are packaged in a jar, the antioxidants will degrade pretty soon and their effects, unlike the amount of product in the tube, won’t last for months.

But if I came across an eye cream with beneficial ingredients packaged in a tube and fairly priced, I’d definitely buy it. And I’m glad that cream works so well for you 🙂

jojoba (My Makeup Reviews) November 7, 2009 - 12:07 pm

i can’t agree with using RING FINGER more!!! it’s the only finger i use to apply anything on my eye area! it’s the finger with least force and thus easiest on our sensitive eyes as i have read. And since then on, I’ve only used it strickly. No joke at all.

and i also can’t bring myself to buy expensive eye cream or any serum since i haven’t seen any miracle those products bring to those who use them.

thanks for another excellent read. your blog is a fresh touch among all the beauty sites. And that’s why i have to come here over and again. 🙂

Tavia November 8, 2009 - 7:56 pm

Hi Gio! I’ve used this cream a few years ago before discovering La Prairie anti aging ( for all ages) eye cream SPF 15. I could not say that is a great cream. It was more like moisturizing for me, but concerning the fine lines or signs of a slepless night it was 0. I didn’t see any reduction of fine lines.
Usually the eye creams should be used in a small amount and some of them are very concentrated and moisturizing also. For example mine La Prairie lasts me about 6 months.

beautifulwithbrains November 9, 2009 - 2:20 pm

Jojoba, thanks. You’re making me blush 😳 And I agree, those expensive eye creams are usually just average moisturizers packaged in very small containers. And those “miracle ingredients” are just emollients or antioxidants present in too small concentrations to do much. Not really worth the money imo.

beautifulwithbrains November 9, 2009 - 2:30 pm

Hi Tavia! I agree that this cream was just average. It moisturizes well and I noticed that my fine lines were slightly reduced for a few hours but that’s it. It didn’t do anything for my dark circles or undereye bags and overall I think it’s overpriced for being an average moisturizer. I’m glad the La Praire cream works so well for you 🙂 I like it that it contains SPF, it’s not easy to find an eye cream with sunscreen.

HaNNa November 10, 2009 - 5:06 am

I follow most of the tips u recommended here, but instead of patting my ring finger gently (which, I’ve read ’bout it a million times)I wipe the cream instead. It’s not a correct way, I know. But it just seems easier, to me. Hehee
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beautifulwithbrains November 11, 2009 - 5:55 pm

Hanna, yeah, that’s not the proper way but if you’re gentle, don’t pull and don’t apply too much pressure you should be ok. It’s when you treat your skin in a harsh way that the problems start.

Denise November 16, 2010 - 12:42 am

Great tips!! I’ve read that we shouldn’t apply eye cream on the lid, just above it and then after a while, the cream will slide on that area (the lid) on its own and it will moisturise anyway.. so we don’t have to apply on the lids.. I also find that when I apply on the lids, my lid area ALWAYS feels very greasy to me, so I’m following the tip of applying the eye cream on the orbital bone, on the crow’s feet and just below the eyebrows..and then pat all around. ^_^ I also don’t use eye cream right below the eye, because it can get puffy, only on the orbital bone (I think that’s what it’s called) is sufficient.. 🙂

only my two cents.. 🙂

beautifulwithbrains November 16, 2010 - 9:08 am

Denise, thanks for sharing, I didn’t know that. I am one of those girls that applies moisturizer all over the eye area, but then I just use my usual facial moisturizer on my face and then what’s left of it on my eyes. That way, I only apply a tiny layer of moisturizer on my eyes and don’t feel greasy. But I’m glad applying it only on the orbital bone works best for you and I’m sure many girls will find that useful too.

Denise November 20, 2010 - 12:01 am

oh I see!! ^_^ Yes, I’m feeling a nice softness at that area and I think it suits me best, since when I used to put eye cream on my lids I would feel greasy and like it wouldn’t sink in haha.. or if I put it right below the eyes, again I would feel the same way.. so whatever floats your boat really..

beautifulwithbrains November 21, 2010 - 8:30 pm

Denise, I agree. We all have different skin types and use different products, so in the end it just comes down to whatever works best for each person. 🙂


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