Like it or not, it appears those lifesaving yet sometimes inconvenient and annoying masks are here to stay for an indefinite time. Mask wearing has changed our lives in so many ways with one of them being how people see us and read our facial expressions. Our eyes have become the main focal point, figuratively and literally.
Gone are the days of interacting with others and the ability to interpret facial expressions. And, if you’re outside, masked, wearing sunglasses and a hat, you may get away with complete anonymity.
So, we look to the eyes for expression and signals to how one is feeling. There is much more to take note of than simple eye color. “The eyes are the windows to the soul.”
Did you know there is a whole science dedicated to eye body language? “Oculesics is a form of nonverbal communication that derives meaning from eye behavior. It is a subcategory of kinesics — the study of body language — which decodes eye movement, gaze, eye behavior and everything your eyes may be conveying in a secret code.” (1)
- Eye Contact and Eye direction. “The way you look at someone can communicate many things, including interest, affection, hostility, or attraction. Eye contact is also important in maintaining the flow of conversation and for gauging the other person’s interest and response.” (2)
- Blinking, Crying, Winking. Generally, these nonverbal cues are considered universal, understood and interpreted easily by most. Rapid blinking is a stress indicator, perhaps lying. Crying with tears is most associated with responding to an emotional state and winking is usually fun and flirty.
- Smiling with your eyes. “Think of someone you love...someone that fills your heart with joy. Now imagine they are standing in front of you. Begin to smile, and not a blank smile that only involves the mouth. Smile with your entire soul. Even though your mouth is covered by a mask, that person on the receiving end will truly feel your kindness through your eyes...and they just might smile right back at you. The synchrosmize.” (3) Interesting tidbit, the term smize was invented by supermodel Tyra Banks back in 2009. Today, we use Tyra’s modeling tips in our real lives, behind masks.
More importantly, mask or no mask, we need and want to feel our best. That includes keeping skin care as a daily priority. Cleanse, moisturize and nourish. With all that we have covered, let’s focus on the eyes.
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Unfortunately, under eye bags and wrinkles are all associated with aging and while aging is inevitable and never shameful, the ugly reality is people judge a book by its cover. Sometimes we all can use a little extra help looking and feeling our best. Why not put your best eyes forward?