Why You Should Be Applying Eye Cream to Your Lips Too

This hack, though 💯.

If I've learned anything from makeup artists backstage at Fashion Week, it's that every product has a secret dual purpose. Lipstick can be swiped on the cheeks as blush. Eyeliner can fill in sparse brows. Eyeshadow can be patted on the lips. The possibilities are endless.

And now there's a new, even more eye-opening (sorry!) one to consider: putting eye cream on your lips.

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Here's why it makes so much sense: The skin around the eye area is extremely delicate—as is the skin on your lips. Those two spots are where wrinkles tend to form first. Another pitfall of our pout is that it doesn't have the sebaceous glands that keep the rest of our face moisturized. So this is where an eye cream, packed with a slew of active ingredients to deeply hydrate, increase volume, improve definition, smooth, and prevent/minimize lines, really comes into play.

Yes, you could invest in an anti-aging lip treatment on its own (we happen to love Peter Thomas Roth's Unwrinkle Lip Treatment (opens in new tab)), but c'mon, the lazy girl inside us all lives for a 2-for-1. Plus, it's a dermatologist-approved hack.

"Eye creams are usually very safe because they have been tested for if they get in and or near the eye," says Marianne Pistilli, PA of Schweiger Dermatology in NYC."One of my favorite eye creams is Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair (opens in new tab)–I slather it on my undereyes and eyelids, and whatever is leftover on my finger, I put on my lips."

If smearing your entire pout in eye cream sounds like a little much, at the very least tap it into the contours of your upper lip and on your smile lines. This habit will do wonders in the long run.

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Lauren Valenti
Beauty Editor

Lauren is the former beauty editor at Marie Claire. She love to while away the hours at coffee shops, hunt for vintage clothes, and bask in the rough-and-tumble beauty of NYC. She firmly believes that solitude can be a luxury if you’ve got the right soundtrack—that being the Rolling Stones, of course.