For many of us, it can take more than eight hours of shut-eye and a healthy lifestyle to look bright-eyed and bushy tailed! While we can turn to mascara and contact lenses for big, beautiful eyes, sadly the results are nothing but short-lived. We’ve rounded up the top solutions for dark circles and eyebags, and ways to make your eyes bigger and brighter with popular eye treatments like botox, ultherapy, blepharoplasty, browlift, and eye serums. For those who’ve been eyeing long, fluttery lashes but don’t want the hassle of putting on falsies, we’ve also sussed out and tested the two lash extension spots. Now you can truly say: #iwokeuplikethis.
Cutis Medical Laser Clinics
A common sign of aging is loose skin or darkness around the eyes, caused by the loss of subcutaneous fat and elasticity. Eye fillers, when injected into the skin, can plump and smooth out the contours around the area to create a more youthful effect. Made of soft tissue fillers, these injectable dermal fillers tackle fine lines, wrinkles, eye bags and dark circles. Depending on the type of filler used, results can last from six months to two years. There are several filler options to choose from, including Restylane and Juvederm Volbella, which are both hyaluronic acid-based, US FDA-cleared fillers manufactured in Europe.
The treatment is done with topical numbing cream and the side effects are minimal, too – you may experience mild swelling or tenderness, which will eventually subside after one to two days. Post-treatment, you’re advised to avoid excessive heat and direct sunlight until the swelling has resolved, and to wear sunscreen when outdoors.
Aesthetic & Reconstructive Centre
While dark circles can be countered with adequate rest, or camouflaged using eye gels that contain astringents or silica, these remedies typically work for those who are younger. Dr Andrew Khoo, Plastic and Aesthetic Surgeon at Aesthetic & Reconstructive Centre, recommends radiofrequency (RF) and Broadband Light (BBL) treatments for dark under-eye circles. What about under-eye bags? With age, the skin under the lower lid naturally becomes lax, resulting in prominent sagging. In such cases, this centre offers lower lid blepharoplasty to redistribute fat, tighten the lower lid and remove excess skin. If you’re a victim of droopy eyes, apart from Botox and RF treatments, you can also try brow lifts to reposition and lift the brow area.
Dr Yvonne Goh Aesthetics
If you want a non-invasive eye treatment but don’t have time for multiple sessions, check out Ultherapy. This non-surgical treatment can be selectively applied around the upper and lower lids, lifting the area for brighter eyes and less droopy eyelids, with visible results achieved in just one session. According to Dr Goh, this is the most effective lifting treatment among other non-invasive options in the market. Using ultrasound imaging, which allows the doctor to see the layers of tissue targeted, Ultherapy ensures that ultrasound energy is deposited precisely and accurately. Since this clinic uses the latest improved version of this technology, you can look forward to less pain and enhanced effectiveness. What’s more with no downtime required, you can immediately resume whatever you were doing before the treatment. Now who wouldn’t like that! For an added at-home boost, Dr Goh recommends using the Eye Rescue serum, a lightweight hydrating formula that contains peptides to firm and reduce eye bags and circles.
The Sloane Clinic
Popular eyelift options like Botox and Thermage are offered here, but The Sloane Clinic also provides a variety of surgical and non-surgical services to smooth out fine lines and lift the eye area. Keep those brows perky and raised with the Voluma High Definition Lift, a sculptural hyaluronic acid filler that gives the skin an instant boost and supports the brows to prevent drooping. Another recommended treatment is the clinic’s new Ultimate Eyelift Program, which uses the latest SmartX laser technology to promote deep collagen replenishment and open droopy eyes. An all-in-one multi-tasker, this procedure tones up heavy or puffy lids, while thin and crinkly skin is strengthened and smoothened.
Four branches in Singapore
Lovene Nail & Lashes
Treatment: SINGLE EYELASH EXTENSION ($128)
The experience: First up was a consultation with my beautician Jasmine, who inspected my lashes before recommending the type of lash curl and length. As I wanted a more natural look, we decided to use B-curl lashes ranging from eight to 11 millimetres. Tell your beautician if you wear glasses, like I do, so that your extensions will not brush against them.
The single lashes used at this salon are made of soft silk and imported from Korea, and the glue is hypo-allergenic. The procedure – which took a total of one and a half hours – involved attaching a false lash on top of each natural lash. Before and after attaching each lash, she coated it with a primer to make it last longer. Jasmine was very gentle – I could barely feel the lashes being attached. She also continually checked that I was feeling comfortable.
During the treatment, I had to keep my eyes shut to prevent any glue from seeping in. I find it hard to keep my eyes closed for long, so this was a bit of a challenge!
Post-treatment: You can continue to wear eye makeup, just not mascara. Remember not to use oil-based cleansers as these will dissolve the glue. Comb your lashes daily with the brush you’re given, and avoid rubbing your eyes or brushing against them too roughly as this can loosen the lashes. The lashes normally last three weeks to a month, depending on how well you care for them.
Would you do it again? Yes, I love how the extensions make my eyes look larger and less tired! They’ll work even better for someone who doesn’t wear glasses. – LINDSAY YAP
Treatment: AIRY LASHES WITH VOLUME ($150, OR $130 FOR FIRST-TIMERS)
The experience: The salon is located on the second floor of a light and bright shophouse on Tras Street – it’s all monochromatic cool. I sit down with top eyelash stylist Yumiko, who goes through the options with me. As this is my first time, I opt for “sexy” rather than “natural”. After all, if I’m going to get them done I might as well get them noticed!
Then you have to decide on the curl. From the choice of J, C or CC, I choose J. Yumoki picks the right colour for me, and recommends that I have two or three lashes attached at a time – the result being a total of 400 new, fluttering lashes.
It’s no lie when they say it’s a relaxing treatment; I fall asleep for at least 20 minutes. My lashes are finished in under an hour and a half, and give my eyes immediate impact. They are long without being overwhelming, and are completely comfortable.
Post-treatment: The advice is to avoid water for the first 24 hours; to ensure longevity, don’t rub them or sleep on them. The lashes drop off during your natural lash growth cycle (up to four or five weeks), but things like swimming and sweating can accelerate fallout.
Would you do it again? I absolutely love my new lashes – they make such a subtle difference to my looks, and I would definitely do it again. – AMY BROOK-PARTRIDGE
The Lash Company
Located along Kampong Bahru Road, this new salon offers three types of eyelash extensions: Natural Classic ($88), Full Classic ($108) and Soufflé 2D Volume ($148). Whether you prefer an everyday look, or you want to try something more dramatic, each set of eyelash extensions is specially tailored to complement your natural lashes. Your visit starts with an in-depth consultation, followed by a deep-cleansing lash spa to remove dead skin, oil, dirt and bacteria for a clean lash line. This helps prevents infections and irritation and will make your extensions last longer. During the treatment, you’ll also be treated to a collagen eye mask and a hydrating lip mask. After your session, you’re given an aftercare kit to take home with you.
Looking for an alternative to lash extensions? ANTHIA CHNG test drives this eyelash-growing treatment from Germany.
After reading many positive reviews on Lash Regrowth, I was curious to see if this treatment would do anything for my thin, sparse lashes. My session started with a quick review and measurement of my natural lashes, followed by the actual treatment.
Beautician Ting Ting applied a generous coating of Lash Origin serum to my lash line, then used a microneedle to stimulate the hair follicles and cells – a technology from Germany that helps to promote the natural growth of the eyelashes. In total, the entire process only took 10 minutes for each eye, including both upper and lower lash lines. It wasn’t painful, but it’s also not entirely comfortable – especially if your eye area is more sensitive. That said, there’s zero downtime involved. Before you leave, you’re given a bottle of lash serum to apply morning and night. After three weeks of diligently applying the serum, I returned for my review appointment. The results? My lashes had grown by a millimetre – not a huge difference, but a significant milestone considering I’ve only had one session – and they’re visibly thicker and darker, too. Would I do it again? Definitely!
3 Lash serums to try
No time for the salon? Try these fuss-free, at-home solutions instead.
- Instant Effects Instant Lash Volumiser, $79.90. Available at glowella.com
- Make Up Store Mascara Treatment, $37
- Browhaus Extend Lash and Brow Serum, $89
Thinking of treating yourself to a spa day?