People make their first contact with another person with their eyes. The eyes let the other person see how interested we are in them and play a vital part in communication.

When giving your eyes a makeover, pay particular attention to these areas:

✓ Brows: Your brows frame your eyes; regardless of gender, they need to be well maintained and shaped. (Men are no strangers to having their brows seen to these days, especially where monobrows - a single eyebrow that stretches from one eye to the other across the bridge of the nose - are concerned.) Right and left brows don't need to be identical; think of them more as siblings. Get them shaped by a beautician and then you can pluck the stragglers yourself.

Never shave excess hairs from the brow: the regrowth looks terrible. Always wax or pluck.

✓ Black bags: Black bags under the eyes are terribly ageing. A concealer covers very dark circles and a light-reflecting concealer bounces back the light off you and makes your eyes look much younger. Use an eye cream or gel for dark circles; the gentle massaging effect when applying it also helps drain excess fluid from the area.

✓ Wrinkles: Treat wrinkles with an anti-wrinkle cream to plump out the skin and reduce their appearance. Eye creams and gels are available at prices ranging from £6 to over £100. Because the correct application can have as much effect as the product itself, don't worry that you have to spend a fortune. Go to a beauty counter and ask for a demonstration on applying eye cream and a recommendation for a product for your eyes.

Don't use moisturiser in the delicate eye area; the cream's too heavy and can make your skin puffy. Also try to avoid rubbing the delicate eye area; use a gentle patting motion instead.

If the white of your eyes isn't bright white, lay off the booze and watch it brighten up. If your eyes are dry from travelling or from too much VDU use, try using over-the-counter eye drops.

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