There is a reason why love poems, literature, videographers, makeup artists, and so many other artistic mediums place such an emphasis on the eyes. Looking into a person’s eyes is one of the main ways we connect with them, participate in their world, and better understand their emotions. Makes it seem like people who have claimed that ‘the eyes are the window to the soul’ were onto something, doesn’t it?  

When viewing portrait photography, one of the first things we naturally do is trace our eyes to the subject’s eyes. We do this in order to relate and see the emotion they may be evoking. This is why as a portrait photographer, it’s always essential to make sure that you focus on the eyes of your subject, whether they’re looking at you or not.

how to photograph eyes

Sometimes the eyes in a portrait photo have a natural allure, and sometimes they need a bit of enhancing to bring out the intrigue. For all the times you need to make enhancements, the Touch Up tools in BeFunky’s Photo Editor will help you brighten eyes, edit eye color, get rid of redeye, and so much more! These tools will ensure your portrait photos and selfies will always be on point:

Our Favorite Touch Up Tools for Enhancing Eyes

Whether you’re born with ethereal, out of this world eyes, or you think you have a boring set of eyes, BeFunky’s Touch Up tools can turn any eyes into a sight to behold. To find them in our Photo Editor, just click on the Touch Up tab (the eyeball icon) and you’ll find an entire collection of tools dedicated to enhancing eyes:

Here are some of our favorite tools for enhancing eyes (and how to use them to your benefit!):

Fix Redeye

Although flash photography is not as common as it used to be, red-eye photography is not yet a thing of the past. Luckily, the Fix Redeye tool does just what it says! This is a great tool to have on hand when removing red-eye in new photos you’ve taken or in old photos that you’ve scanned in from the past.

fix red eye tool by BeFunky

To use it, head to the Touch Up tools section of our Photo Editor and click on Fix Redeye in the menu on the left. Use the bottom toolbar to zoom in to your photo so you get a nice close up view to work with. Adjust the Brush Size and simply paint over the section of your eye that is red. You will see those red spots fade like magic.

Eye Brighten

Sometimes after taking a photo, the whites of the eyes can look reddish, yellow, or dull, depending on the lighting. Bright eyes are a sign of good health, so it’s important to make use of the Eye Brighten tool! After clicking Eye Brighten, adjust the Brush Size and make sure the Brush Hardness is turned down to about 50% or less (that’ll make the edges where you paint blend better with the rest of the image), then paint over the whites of the eyes to brighten them.

Too much of anything can be bad (in this case, you don’t want the whites of the eyes to look unnaturally white), so be sure to work in quick, short movements. The longer you hold the mouse or trackpad down and paint over the whites of the eyes, the brighter they will become.

Eye Color

We always wants what we can’t have, right? In my case, I’m someone with blue eyes who adores those of you with brown eyes! Thankfully, with the Eye Color tool, you can change the color of your eyes completely or enhance the color you already have in a couple easy strokes. Simply select a color from the preset color palette or use the first tile to choose from an even wider range of color, then paint over the colored part of your eye, being careful not to paint on the whites or lid.

If you’re wanting your eye color to look really natural, adjust the Strength slider to the lower end and choose a color from the color palette that’s slightly lighter or darker than your own. A slightly lighter color can bring out the highlights in your natural eye color, and a slightly darker color can help bring out the lowlights.

Digital Eye Makeup

Whether you’re going for a natural look or full-on glam, the Mascara tool will help accentuate your lashes and the Eyebrow Pencil will help fill in those brows, all without having to apply the real deal. To achieve lengthier lashes, select the Mascara tool, adjust the Brush Size, and swipe your brush as close to the lash line as you can. You will see the lashes begin to develop into a darker and more contrasted look. From here, you can use the Strength slider to control how subtle or bold you want your lashes to be.

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For enhancing eyebrows, select the Eyebrow Pencil tool. You’ll be able to select from the color presets under Color Palette, or click the first tile to choose from an even wider range of colors. We recommend using the Eyedropper tool to select the same color as your natural eyebrows.

eyebrow pencil tool by BeFunky

When you’ve got the perfect color selected, adjust your Brush Size and Brush Hardness, then swipe your brush over the eyebrows. If you happen to paint outside the lines, the Erase icon can help you clean up any areas you need.

how to fill in eyebrows by BeFunky

Pro Tip
Use our other Touch Up tools to add lipstick, erase blemishes, smooth skin, and more!

When your portrait is looking picture perfect, you can keep the editing process going by applying Photo Effects and more! Once you’re ready to save the photo, use the Save button at the top of the Photo Editor to save your work.

Before And After

Just look at how much more these eyes pop with just a few applications from our Touch Up tools menu:

before eye enhancer

If you feel that the eyes in your photos are looking dull or are in need of a lift, look no further than our Touch Up tools as a quick way to enhance your subject’s eyes. A few simple tweaks can really emphasize the beauty of your subject and allow people to connect to the image in a deeper way.

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