Catching the Eye

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A year ago, I thought it was time for something new. I was, and am done with experimenting with my hair. I’ve had braids, long hair, short hair, high- and lowlights, a perm, had it bleached, colored different shades of brown…and one time I even dyed a part of it red. Really red! Combined with a simple eye makeup but lustrous red lips. Thinking of it now, that really made a signature look!

Nowadays, I’m a bit more subtle. As you look closely at my profile picture, you’ll see I’m wearing colored contact lenses.

It’s truly Catching the Eye! 🙂

Eye Contact

My choice of wearing colored contact lenses might seem a subtle way to stand out. I did it mostly because I like to enhance the color of my eyes, which are originally dark brown. Trying a different color seemed fun. And it is! The green color gives them an extra ‘pop’. My eyes also seem a bit larger and have become more expressive. This actually isn’t such a bad thing…

FUN FACT: It is estimated that only 2% of all humans have green eyes, making it the rarest eye color
(source: funfacts)

Because, eyes are the center of the human body.

eye facts

When you communicate with other people, you look them in the eyes. (Or not, but then you are probably hiding something 😉 ) You can read emotions and see how people feel. You can even get a feel of whether they are telling the truth or not. Looking at another person is a way of getting feedback. Eyes are the messengers to the soul.

Have you thought about eye contact as a skill?

The length of maintaining eye contact can be tricky. The right amount of contact to hold a mutual feeling of likability and trustworthiness will vary based on situations, settings, personality types, gender, and cultural differences. Direct eye contact should range from 30% to 60% of the time during a conversation – more when you are listening, less when you are speaking. This should help to establish a comfortable and productive atmosphere.
(Source: Pupil dilation as an index of preferred mutual gaze duration by Royal Society Publishing)

Maintaining eye contact will surely benefit you.
Studies have shown that people who make more eye contact are perceived to be:

  • More dominant and powerful
  • More attractive and likable
  • More warm
  • More trustworthy, honest, and sincere
  • More confident
  • More qualified and valuable

(Source: The Neurological Effects of Eye Contact – MedicalXpress, and Science shows eye contact is so powerful, it can make you lose connection with reality – Business Insider)

It might take some time to teach yourself how to use eye contact naturally. Try to quickly glance at your conversation partner’s eyes and notice their level of commitment to the conversation. Maintaining eye contact will become natural and eventually you will notice a difference in your conversations.

Woo the crowd and brand yourself!

Making eye contact with others increases the quality of all your face-to-face interactions. Being able to look people in the eye and hold their gaze helps you to better network, pitch ideas, make an impressive speech, land a job, intimidate your opponents, and woo your audience.

If you need extra information, advice or help, contact me.

In the mean time, test your eyes with this “reading test” 😉

eye test

See you soon!

Yustine.

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