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How to have beautiful eyes

Updated on September 26, 2011

When meeting people for the first time, one of the first things that we notice are the eyes, they are said to be the "window to the soul." Our eyes show our emotional feelings, i.e. if we are happy, sad or surprised. They can also tell us a lot about the state of our health. Eyes are often neglected when it comes to taking care of ourselves. This hub is designed to give some tips on how we can make the most of our eyes and how to take care of them.

Eye tests

Health care practitioners and opticians recommend that we have our eyes tested every 12 months. This is especially important if you do a lot of reading and/or computer work.


Eyes can become very tired or irritated through lack of sleep. The amount of sleep that an individual requires varies dependent on age. These are some guidelines on the amount of sleep that we should aim for:

  • Babies need on average around 16 hours per day.
  • Toddlers require around 12 hours per day.
  • Children up to age 10 or 11 need around 10-11 hours per day.
  • Teenagers require on average 9 hours per day.
  • Most adults need around 7 or 8 hours per day, but this varies from person to person.

Treats for eyes

Everyone wants their eyes to look fresh, so these are a few treats for your eyes:

Place a cool slice of cucumber over your eyes and relax for 15-20 minutes. Alternatively, you can put a cool, damp tea-bag over each eye and keep your eyes closed for around 15 minutes. Vitamin K enriched cream containing retinol is especially good for the skin around the eyes and can help reduce fine lines and improve the appearance of baggy looking eyes.

Sliced cucumber is proved to soothe and refresh tired eyes.
Sliced cucumber is proved to soothe and refresh tired eyes.

Protect your eyes

  • Avoid eye strain by working in a well lit room.
  • Don't sit too near to the television as this can cause eye strain as well as headaches.
  • Ensure when sitting at your computer, that it is at least 20-25 inches away from you.
  • Always wear safety glasses when working with materials which could damage your eyes. If your occupation requires you to wear protective glasses/goggles, ensure that you wear them.
  • Protect your eyes from the harmful UVA rays of the sun by wearing suitable sunglasses. Before purchasing sunglasses, always check the label to ensure that they offer 100% UVA protection.

Eye care maintainence

  • Before going to sleep, apply a little vaseline to your eyelashes. This will not only hydrate them while you are sleeping, but will condition them too.
  • As the skin around our eyes is 40% thinner than on the rest of our face, try applying a night repair creme to the skin round your eye. This will help to reduce lines and puffiness, while hydrating and helping to fade any dark circles that you may have.
  • Wearing an eye mask to bed, can aid sleep as it blocks out any natural light in the room and helps to establish a sleep routine.
  • Gel masks can be applied to the eye area with a number of benefits. A cool gel mask can relieve tired eyes, reduce swelling or puffiness and help with relaxation. They can be put in the fridge prior to applying and can be purchased at large stores and pharmacies.

Making Eyes

There are many eye shadow colors on the market, but it is important to choose a shade which suits your eye color.

Blue eyes - Most suited to brown, plum, grey, dark blue, silver

Brown eyes - Shades like gold, green, bronze, beige, brown, peach, coral and pink all suit brown eyes.

Green eyes - Browns, champagne and light greens are well suited to green eyes.

Hazel eyes - All shades of brown, coral, gold, champagne, beige and taupe.

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Making the most of your eyes

  • As your eyebrows frame your eyes, it is important to keep them neat. At least once a week, tidy up any straggly hairs to maintain the shape of your brows. I find that it is easier and less painful if you do this when you are just out of a bath or shower as the pores are open then.
  • When going out, curl your eyelashes before applying a defining lash mascara as this gives the appearance of longer lashes.
  • Using an eye liner can make your eyes look larger.
  • Always remove eye makeup every night using a gentle cleanser or make up remover wipes.
  • Give your eyes a day or two off each week and go naked!


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      jacqui2011 6 years ago from Norfolk, UK

      @ gryphin423 - You're welcome. Glad you found it useful.

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      gryphin423 6 years ago from Florida

      Great info, thanks so much!

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      jacqui2011 6 years ago from Norfolk, UK

      Hi Textured Ideas - I totally agree with you, vaseline is relatively inexpensive and does so much. It softens, removes make up and my daughter and I both use it in the winter to keep our lips being damaged from the cold. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Textured Ideas 6 years ago

      Another great hub - so positive and helpful to others! =)

      I've noticed lines under my eyes recently and I've become paranoid about it but I'm cautious of buying those expensive 'miracle' eye creams. Would be gutted to spend so much money on something that might not work, but Gel masks sound great!

      Vaseline really is amazing stuff. I use it remove make up as well as making skin softer. It just wipes eyeshadow and mascara straight off and it's FAR cheaper and healthier than make-up remover!

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      jacqui2011 6 years ago from Norfolk, UK

      @ JeniferRW - I had no idea vaseline would help to grow lashes. I will give it a go by coating all sides of my lashes. Glad you found the gold and beige suited your eyes. Btw novels are fine. Lol. Best wishes.

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      Jen 6 years ago from Couch

      Thank you Jacqui, that's so kind. Everyone I have met has been super sweet on here. OH and I also wanted to throw out there vaseline also helps grow lashes. I don't know how it does it, but it worked on mine after about 14 days I noticed a difference. I apply it with a q-tip on all side of my lashes both top and bottom. Wherever it is I read that, which right now I have NO idea where LOL, but it just said to be really gentle, they suggested the Q-tip and it really works! I've been impressed! Also, I tried the Gold and Beige today (I have brown eyes) and it changed the entire look of my eyes! I'm grateful to you, I would've never thought of using gold before but it really made my eyes pop. Sorry about the 'novels' when I've left you comments by the way, I truly don't intend them to be THIS long. Thank you again.

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      jacqui2011 6 years ago from Norfolk, UK

      @ JeniferRW - I've learned something new too, I hadn't tried vaseline to remove eye makeup, but I will now. Thanks for your lovely comments and the vote up. Best wishes.

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      Jen 6 years ago from Couch

      This Hub is awesome! I didn't know most of the info listed here. The one I do use on a daily basis is the vaseline tip. It's perfect also, for removing eye makeup. I use a small amount of vaseline to remove eye makeup right before I use my fashwash for the rest of my face. You can remove the eye makeup with a kleenex or even a washcloth just nothing too abrasive. I'm so glad you posted this though because anytime I have mentioned I put vaseline on my eyes I get crazy looks lol. Loved it, voted up, awesome, interesting, useful

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      jacqui2011 6 years ago from Norfolk, UK

      @ Movie Master - I'm glad you enjoyed the article. Thanks for your comments and the vote up. I've noticed that the night creams make a difference, and I need all the help I can get! Lol. Best wishes.

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      jacqui2011 6 years ago from Norfolk, UK

      @ randomcreative - Vaseline conditions the eyelashes, there are creams you can buy, but I find that vaseline is cheaper and just as effective. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Movie Master 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Jacqui, I think it's time for me to start using a night time recovery treatment, it's good to hear they make a difference.

      Really well written and informative hub, I enjoyed it very much, thank you for sharing and voting up/useful

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      Rose Clearfield 6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I'd never heard the Vaseline on eyelashes tip. Thanks for sharing that! I have brown eyes and frequently use purple eye shadows as well as other neutrals.

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      jacqui2011 6 years ago from Norfolk, UK

      @Inspired to write - Maybe the eyeshadow wouldn't suit you, but the cucumber slices could come in useful! Lol. If you don't use them on your eyes, you could eat them in bed before you go to sleep!

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      Dale J Ovenstone 6 years ago from Wales UK

      Great information jacqui2011 & a nicely written hub, obviously I wont be following a lot of your advice though lol

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      jacqui2011 6 years ago from Norfolk, UK

      Yes, apparently the skin around the eyes is very thin. I started to notice a few lines around my eyes a year ago and have been using a night repair treatment ever since. There is a difference and they feel better for it too.

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      Kristin Trapp 6 years ago from Illinois

      I had no idea the skin was 40% thinner around the eyes. I am definitely going to have to start using a night time recovery treatment. Thanks for the helpful tips.