Apply your eye gel and cream with the piano tap

Even if you don’t play the piano at all, you must have fingered the piano keys one time or another. No? Not even a toy piano? Then try it the next time you hit the toy section or a piano store. Just lightly tap your middle finger on one of the keys to make a music note – it’s very easy! And you know what? That’s how you can apply your eye gel or cream around your eye area too. Yes, as if you’re a testing out on the piano keys for the very first time!

Helps reduce puffiness
This is not a new tip but it maybe a tip that have slipped your mind because you are always rushing for time. Tapping your eye gel or cream into your eye area will enhance absorption and believe me, helps a lot with issues like reducing under-eye puffiness. While tapping the eye cream around your eye area isn’t anything complicated, but it’s slightly time consuming because you’ll need at least a minute per eye since we’re all likely to just rely on activating one of our hands to the task.

Using your ring or middle finger
Because our eye tissue contains very few oil glands and not that much elasticity, it’s a fragile area that needs careful moisturization. And that means no massaging and no rubbing because those actions will inevitably contribute to stretching the delicate skin. Most skin care experts will recommend you to use your ring finger to tap on your eye product because it exerts the weakest pressure but I’m actually more comfortable using my middle finger instead. In fact, I’ve tried both fingers and do not sense a noticeable difference in the pressure.

Method of application
I apply my eye product around my entire eye area and to give you a better idea, here’s a visual to show you the direction of application. I begin by dotting a small amount of eye gel at the starting point from where the arrow starts and with my middle finger, tap the gel in the direction of the arrow. So for the upper lid, it’s from the inner corner toward outer, and for the under-eye area, it’s from outer toward inner corner. Basically, you can work your way around the eye area until all of the eye gel or cream are fully absorbed.

Direction of application
Some women avoid applying eye product on their upper lids but I believe that area actually needs moisturization too. In addition, the reason for adhering to the direction is because qualified beauticians tell me that this is according to the direction of how our lymph nodes circulate.

Same technique for applying under-eye concealer
You can also follow this method of application when using your under-eye concealer as you won’t want to pull the delicate skin there to cause unnecessary creases and wrinkles. Remember, it’s like playing the piano for the very first time – be really delicate and gentle!


  1. Carrie says:

    Ha! I sure am glad after reading this entry coz that’s exactly what I do with my eye serum/cream/gel!!! (Certainly relieved that I am doing the right way!!) I do find the tapping method a better approach and I also find that it is easier with my middle finger ? Though the direction for the under eye area is something that I need to get used to~~ I can be very forgetful at times >”<

  2. sesame says:

    I know what you mean…I sometimes forget the directions too, especially for the left eye! Haha…

  3. Sookin says:

    Aha, I’ve never tried this method before. It’s now on my “Todo” list.

    Also, let me ask you a question. What is your opinion on adding a preservative to a product like facial cleanser, to extend its lifespan? I’m trying out organic products but I’m afraid the lifespan is too short.

  4. sesame says:

    You should add a preservative because a facial cleanser would contain water, which is a potential breeding ground for bacteria. Most of the products in the market do contain preservative…they may not use parabens but something like potassium sorbate or phenoxyethanol. Those should be able to last at least 6 months to a year.

  5. xin says:

    I like to use my ring finger to apply any eye product coz the nail is usually shorter in ring finger ? however, i can’t seem to work it really gently when i am removing my eye makeup, sometimes i think i am a little rough in handling especially when i am frustrated =/

  6. sesame says:

    Okay, rough in handling other things fine but take care of your skin k? ?

  7. Sookin says:

    Thanks! So if a facial cleanser contains a preservative, would adding yet another one be silly? My aunt sent me a bottle of Bod cleansing gel when she visited Australia. But I’ve never had good experiences with most natural or organic products even if they touted some preservatives. So I’ve been storing everything in the open air, far away from sunlight.

    And any suggestions on what is a good preservative that won’t trigger off sensitive skin? I’ll scour around!

  8. Jenni says:

    Firstly, Id like to thank you for all your research and information you have provided over the past years, I have been a subscriber for atleast 2 years now and really enjoy your reads!

    Am I meant to put eye gel on top lids as well as under the eye, and if so, what goes first, gel or cream?

    One last thing, years ago I was at a nutrimetics conference, they speaker told us that it is wise to use eye cream on your top lip, as it helps prevent lines forming and lipstick riding up them, especially for smokers who tend to get more lines in that area, maybe due to the constant pukkering lol.. Just wondering what you think of this? I have been doing it ever since I heard that about ten years ago, and I am 35 without any real lines except the frown on my forehead LOL

    Thanks for your time, and keep up the fantastic work you do, Thank you!!

    Jenni New Zealand :o)

  9. RedScorpio says:

    So it has a name!! ? I am also doing a short piano recital when I am applying cream around my eyes. I actually use two fingers (index and middle) from each hand on each eye, and go all around the eye area trying to insist more on the inside corners/ridge of the nose – but certainly under one minute. Maybe I should insist more…
    Again thanks for all the useful tips!

  10. sesame says:

    If it already has a preservative, then I’ll say it’s best not to add because it may disrupt the pH level. If you’ve sensitive skin, I’ll say you’re better off avoiding cleansers with essential oils as it may not be the problem with preservatives.

  11. sesame says:

    Thanks very much for subscribing and reading my blog; I really appreciate your inputs. ?

    For the eyes, it depends on what you’re using. I suppose you’re using just the eye gel or cream and so you can apply whichever to the top lid. What I do is to apply my eye gel first, and then dab a bit of sunscreen moisturizer over. The sequence of application is always the product with the thinner consistency first.

    As for the top lip, that’s quite a good advice although I’m not keen about using my eye cream there for the reason that some of the ingredients may get into my mouth. I guess if you dab around the top area, it should be fine. It might also help smokers but smokers need to change their habits or even such tips won’t work well for them long term.

  12. sesame says:

    You’re welcome. I’m just trying the index and middle finger and they work well too. This technique is like activating the lymph nodes too and so it aids in the absorption.

  13. Anne Smith says:

    It’s like a mini massage for your eye sockets, and if you do it twice a day I think you can really see the difference.

  14. sesame says:

    Yes, it helps in reducing eye bags for me.

  15. Audris says:

    Erm I’m not sure but it could be because I used to play the piano, my fingers are pretty strong. I can type pretty loudly too….

    So I have to use my little fingers to tap my eye products. I figure that’s the least abrasive way to apply the eye creams and gels, by tapping, without pulling the skin!

  16. sesame says:

    I see…if you play the piano, then yes, your fingers are stronger and may exert more pressure.

  17. Nika says:

    I’ve always applied eye creams the other way around without even thinking about right technique. From now on I am starting to do it like you said.
    Great advice, thanks!

  18. sesame says:

    You’re welcome. I don’t think you caused much damage anyway but if you go by this direction, it’s in line with the lymph nodes and I suppose it’ll help make your eye cream more effective.

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