How to: Bright Eyes with Vision Direct

I’ve been in denial about my need for help with my eyesight for far too long. As I’m sure Ollie would attest to – my squinting or questionable distance reading skills would give away any of my ‘my eyes are fine’ claims. I’ve had glasses for a while, but I only tend to reach for them when my eyes are already tired (and red and likely watering too…) but which point it’s sort of a bit too late. So because I’m not a fan of glasses, I just don’t feel quite like ‘me’ in them – although I’m perfectly happy to wear them at home… last year I dipped my toe into the world of contact lenses and I was SO impressed by how they felt to wear. Not only did my eyes feel less tired, but there was something really fresh and moisturising about them. My eyes felt all around better with them in. So it’s safe to say I’m a contact lens convert, however I don’t wear them every day – generally just when I’m out and about all day to keep my eyes looking and feeling fresh.


Whilst last year I tried the tinted/colour enhancing sort I’ve now moved on to the Acuvue Oasys contact lenses from as they have all the perks of the tinted ones I tried before – comfortable to wear, flexible, easy to put in (after a bit of practice) but they just don’t have the same colour effect – which whilst it’s fun and does create a bit of an intense difference to the eyes – for day to day I just want to look like me but without the tired eyes and squinting.


To go along with these I thought I’d share a few of my favourite ‘bright eyes’ tricks – as I am very prone to red, blood shot eyes when they do get tired. So combine these few beauty tricks and even the most sleep-lacking eyes will look perky and fresh. AND they will feel good too.

  • Start with an eye cream that promises to hydrate and awaken. The Clinique Pep Start is ideal for this as it does the triple whammy of hydrate, brighten and feels fresh to help you feel as awake as you look.
  • Brighten the under eye and lid area. My favourites for this are the Laura Mercier Eye Bright Eye Basics as it takes away any redness and as a prep for my under eye concealer I’ve been using the Benefit classic product ‘Ooh La Lift’ for a perky pink base before I use a touch of concealer to vanish any remaining dark circles.
  • Conceal redness in the lower water line. This is the ultimate eye brightening trick in my opinion – skip the 60’s style white liner on the lower water line and use a nude/skin tone colour instead. It acts like concealer to take away any redness in that area and make it look bright and wide awake. My go-to for ages has been this Three Custom Colour ‘Light Clarifyer’ pencil.
  • Finish off with a slightly shimmering neutral shadow and waterproof mascara. I like waterproof mascara as my eyes are quite sensitive to the light (apparently pretty common for blonde hair/blue eyed people) and it prevents major smudging. This Revlon one is my current favourite. My go to every day shadow is the gorgeous Pale Barley by Burberry (which I mentioned in my new cult classics post a while ago and reach for all the time)

I never thought I’d be a contact lens wearer – but the difference they make feels so good and really helps reduce how red and blood shot my eyes can be after far too long in front of screens or the joys of London pollution. To me, they’re like wearing a hydrating face mask all day… but for your eyes. Plus they’re a bargain too – these ones are £17.48 rather than the RRP £28.50.

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  1. March 16, 2016 / 4:51 pm

    Beautiful pictures.

  2. March 16, 2016 / 8:35 pm

    I use the BECCA Under Eye Brightening Corrector, it is insanely good at brightening eyes. I just apply concealer over the top and it creates such a flawless look.
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  3. March 16, 2016 / 10:04 pm

    I love Benefit’s Ooh La La Lift as well, it works so well underneath concealer. I am excited for the colour correcting concealers Urban Decay are coming out with, the peachy one looks like it would be really brightening.

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