By: Samantha Priestly 

With our (sometimes) ultra-pale complexion and redhead sensitive skin, our eyes can suffer most.

We have a little more trouble with the light than our blonde and brunette sisters; squinting, dry air, and all the summer sun can wreck havoc on the very delicate area. Redheads, also, usually have blonde or ginger eyelashes, and redheads actually have thinner skin than most. So, in an area of the face where the skin is especially thin, it is even thinner for redheads.

These are some easy, DIY inexpensive ways you can maintain fresh and young-looking (redhead) eyes:

1. Feed Them

Potatoes contain an enzyme called catecholase, which helps to reduce bagginess under the eyes and brightens up the skin. Slice a raw potato, as thinly as possible, and lay with a slice over each eye for ten minutes every day. The coolness of the raw potato is calming for tired eyes and gives you some much needed relaxation as well as visibly livening up your peepers.

READ: Best Hypoallergenic Mascaras for Redheads 

2. Care & a Light Dusting

It’s important to use a good eye cream to keep wrinkles at bay. Although eye creams (for day and night use) are essential to keeping the skin around the eye safe, they can also cause issues when applying makeup. Eye creams are the main culprit when it comes to suffering smudged eyeliner and mascara. But, the battle between keeping makeup in place and keeping skin moisturized is an easy one to win.

After applying moisturizer & eye cream, use a primer. This will keep makeup on for the long haul and prevent smudging. Once you apply foundation, run a little mineral powder with a delicate brush under the eyes. This will set the area and help to avoid further unwanted smudging of liners and mascara.

‘Redhead Friendly’ Eye Creams: Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Circle Perfector SPF 30, Evolue Age Perfect Eye Cream & Origins A Perfect World Age-Defense Eye Cream With Spf 20

‘Redhead Friendly’ Primers: 100% Pure Primer , Beauty is Life Primer 

‘Redhead Friendly’ Setting Powder: COVER FX Perfect Setting PowderLaura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder 

3. Brows & Lashes Matter

You can moisturize, prime and apply foundation all you want, but if your lashes and brows aren’t pimped out… what good is it?

If you think lash and brow gels are too expensive, there is an inexpensive and easy alternative. Clean an old mascara wand thoroughly and thoroughly dry it. When ready, coat the wand in petroleum jelly (Vaseline Petroleum Jelly is my favorite). Use this to brush your redhead brows upwards to keep in place, and to separate out lashes. It works brilliantly and is a cheap alternative.

Want to invest in great mascara and brow products? Check out some of our favorites here:

READ: The Best Hypoallergenic Mascara for Redheads

READ: 10 Eyebrow Products for Redheads 

4. Take Time For Tea

Green tea has many health benefits. It’s great to drink, but it’s also good to put on your body! Drinking green tea is thought to be good for your heart and to help protect against cancer. Indulge in a cup each day and boost your immune system. Then, instead of throwing away your used green tea bags, use them on the outside of your body too (make sure they’re cold). Lay with a damp, cooled tea bag over each eye for ten minutes every day, and it will reduce puffiness and dark circles.

Rock it like a Redhead!