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By on July 19, 2011, with 88 Comments

Another Scary Optical IllusionCheck this out. What I’m about to show you is an illusion you don’t see every day! Observe the woman shown on your right. Would you say her eyes are shut or wide open? Something is painted alright, the only problem is whether she’s having fake eyes painted on top of her eyelids, or perhaps only her eyebrows aren’t genuine. What do you think?

If you’re into scary illusions, there was this one particular picture that resembled today’s photo. I think the article went live almost 5 years ago under “Scary Illusion no.5” headline. Be sure to check it out and decide which one you like better. What I do know is that the real answer (for both of these pictures) is trickier than you think!


88 Responses
  1. Easy Peasy: she plucked all her top eyelashes.

    • Emma says:

      her eyes are closed! you can see a little crease on her eyelids at the top where her actual eyballs curve into her head. normally people have a thicker set of eylashes on the top than on the bottom. She has nothing on the top and the amount of eyelashes that would be on the top on the bottom. and yes it is possible to do makeup that precise and realistic. Its a hoax.

    • Diane Wooden says:

      I think it looks like she has transluscent eyelids sealed with heavy mascara with the haunting genuine look in her unmistably real eyes!

    • Mari says:

      Her eyes are upside down

  2. shehzad says:

    this woman is so creepy!!!! BTW AWESOME illusion!!!!

  3. kianna says:

    i have to say that it definitely looks like her eyes are closed! although u do have look very close to see

  4. Vans says:

    i think the eyes are painted on.

  5. Uro24865 says:


  6. Kim Thorley says:

    That’s horrible!!! The last thing I need to see are images/photos like this! I have enough extreme stressors and sadness in my life! I’m trying to distract and help myself. I don’t want to feel worse!! Please do not display these types of photos on my google page! :(( :|

    • steve says:

      Stressors, what kind of lonely, screwed up make beleive self defeating life do you live anyway, cut out the drama and stay off this site

    • Anonymous says:

      Steve- mate seriously?!! Did you have to be so rude? If she does have issues do you really think that’s going to help! Insults like that are juvenile. I do however get your point. But it could have been said in a nicer non-arsehole way!
      Kim- babe if this makes you feel low then don’t go on this site. Maybe you need to talk to someone? The fact that this sets you off is a bit strange and you need some serious help.

  7. tash says:

    nahh… its not painted..
    my friend does this with her dSLR camera all the time. you just have a long shutter speed and open your eyes half way through..

  8. iFlipKnow says:

    Well her left eye looks odd if she has fake eyelashes instead of painted eyes…
    I vote for her eyes are closed.

  9. Kimon says:

    The eyes look super real (in B&W) but I’m gonna go with them being painted. First they seem just a little bit off-centre in the eye-sockets, second the face seems illuminated from our right while the eyes are shining from our left, but most importantly there is no skin fold where the upper lid gets tucked away when the eyes are open.

  10. Bianca Lys says:

    i think that her eyes are closed, because if her eyes were open, she wouldn’t have any eyelashes…

  11. jody says:

    there closed see someone just drew a fake eye on her eyelid

  12. Chenoa Zephyra says:

    Cool pic. Eyes are shut

  13. Andrewpoky says:

    ok thats just creepy…. its painted eyebrows cause u can see the wrinkle of the eye lid on top of da eye

  14. Hypersapien says:

    My first thought was that her eyes were photoshopped upside-down.

  15. Gerhard Grove says:


  16. Entharion says:

    Easy, the eyelids are painted :P

  17. looks like something I’d made a few months ago [jan2011]
    check it out! ;]

    Keep up the good work, everyone! Cheers!

  18. Melissa says:


  19. Massimo says:

    Looks like a photoshop trick. Her eyes (including eye lids) are turned upside-down.

  20. Rick says:

    yeah well I could go both ways with that one, on one hand it looks like she has her eye lids closed with eyes painted on. And on the other hand it looks like she cut her top eye lashes & double up on the bottom ones. By the way; that “scary optical illusion” looks like a “remake”/”updated” “scary illusions no. 5″.

  21. jbarr95 says:

    her eyes are closed.her eyelashes give it away,they’re all down at the bottom.the top lashes are paint.

  22. lulu says:


  23. Dizzy says:

    She watched to much “Pirates of the caribbean”!

  24. Slammer says:

    She looks somehow familiar… And I’d have to guess it’s a really good eyelid painting.

  25. Janey says:

    her eyes are closed and she has eyes painted on her eyelids( really well), or at least thats what i think

  26. Care Bear says:

    Didn’t Johnny Depp do this on one of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies? Anyway, here’s lookin’ at you, kid.

  27. Jones says:

    I reckon the eyes are upside down

  28. g says:

    great illusion…yet can’t it be full screen when one clicks the link…at this point it’s just another pic…g

  29. . says:

    ive seen this thousands of times………. im bored of it……………….

  30. Savvas says:

    I did this before! It is not an illusion, is just a trick you can do with the shutter of a camera.

    For example, if you live your camera shutter open for one minute (60 seconds), you start the photo with open eyes for about 30 seconds and then you close your eyes for the other 30 seconds. And the result is the same as this picture.

  31. Tim says:

    This is really easy to do with your camera, just get low lighting and have a long exposure. While taking the picture have the subject open and close their eyes during it and voila!

    • Tim says:

      though in this case it looks like she had her eyes closed for the picture and opened them just before the lens closed up.

  32. desi6boom says:

    Her eyes are shut and eyelids are painted. No one has bottom lashes THAT long. (;

  33. Huh? says:

    Her eyebrows look completely real…it’s the eye lashes that are fake.

  34. KTG says:

    I’d rather say her eyes were turned upside down.

  35. lyric says:

    Ok I’m not great at these things. But i figure either her closed eyes are painted,
    or her bottom eyelashes have mascara/false lashes on them..then again i think im wrong.

  36. Alice says:


  37. jo says:

    Oh comon…theres nothing there to fool about..the woman got her eyes closed…some people in real life look odd…but no that odd.

  38. Jacky Yang says:

    Lol simple its just painted eyelids.

  39. milo says:

    wow–i’d say her eyes are open??

    is there a link to the pic source for a higher resolution?

  40. tha_sandman says:

    I’m going with.. her eyes are open and are shaded over somehow.
    The entire thing is a piece of body art.

  41. michiimikki says:

    the scariest thing is that i see her whole head move to the right :S

  42. ZL123 says:

    You mean her EYELASHES aren’t genuine.

    I’m not so sure…

  43. Phil says:

    Is good, until you notice both sets of eyelashes underneath her eye. Works well though.

  44. Aurora says:

    Awesome! Not sure which….

  45. Jared says:

    I couldn’t tell. I think they’re closed, and fake eyes are painted since there is a little grey spot next to the eyes. then again it is black & white.

  46. txedomoon says:


  47. Buckyball says:

    This definitely is the best version, the eyes are just good enough to make you think they are real but also vague enough to hesitate.

  48. Isabelle says:

    It’s definitely her eyes that are painted on. Her eyelashes are real. I don’t think the illusion has anything to do with her eyebrows though, is that a typo?

  49. captian obvious says:

    her eyes are upside down. duhh

  50. donaldtrump says:

    this is gonna show up in my dreamss…AHHHHHH!!!

  51. cletus says:

    it looks like she put fake lashes on the bottoms

  52. kelly says:

    I want to know more, it freaks me out, but I am intrigued by the wording. eyebrows not genuine? hmmmm

  53. Mike says:

    It’s hard to say really, because the resolution of the photo is relatively poor. The whites aren’t very white, which leads me to believe the eyes are painted on. But the detail I can see in the iris is pretty good for a paint job.

  54. Qtip says:

    wow her eyes are closed and there is paint on her eye lids. but wow none the less. scary

  55. xyn says:

    Her eyes are closed

  56. rojas says:

    If you adjust the photo in a photo editing program, you can see that the eyes are shut and that the eyeballs are painted on. But I don’l know why the eyebrows are painted on too.

  57. Jane says:

    SO WHERE are the answers to all of these illusions?

    I think in this one, she has false eyelashes fixed under her eyes, but Rojas might be on to something.
    You think they painted her eyelids? They didn’t superimpose a photo of eyes on the eyelids?
    Thanks for any replies,

  58. Pascale says:

    Eyelashes, not eyebrows.

  59. jahsjfdd says:


  60. Divya Kuriakose says:

    I think they mean to say the “Eye Lashes” instead of ‘Eye Brows’

  61. ASA says:

    Here’s a thought – what if they are both open and closed? What if this is a photo of the girl with her eyes open laid over a photo of her with her eyes closed??

  62. tony says:

    maybe she is missing one or both of her eye(s)and so one or both eye(s) are glass eye(s)
    which could explain the creep stare. or could simply be painted on her eye lids idk. if you kno the answer to the illusion let me kno.Reply

  63. Steven says:

    if you look really closely you can see that her left eye is open and her right eye is closed with an eye painted on it. You can tell this by the small crease created by the open left eye in the upper right corner of the left eye and its absense from the right eye. (directions are from the observers side)

  64. Javier stk says:

    Its a very simple picture to take as long as u have a camera that u can extend the exposure. I actually had this happen on just a basic ditial camera. But with the right camera its really easy just have the person shut there eyes while taking the picture and there u go.

  65. Andrea says:

    I think her eyes were edited to be upside down.

  66. Danni says:

    i think that they are shut. i have seen so many pics where people have painted on fake eyes on there eyelids, it is just flashing in my face, and it doesnt help that it is in black and white either :P

  67. Juanito says:

    they already gave you the answer. upside down and squint, you will see that nose and lips are painted on. mouth is covered. eyes are open

  68. Leisa says:

    Painted eyelids. Look at the shine on the lip gloss of where the light is reflecting.Doesnt match the painted ‘shine’ on the eyeballs – the painted shine also does not match each other precisely enough to be real.

    VERY COOL though!

  69. Zatsuki says:

    her eyes are closed, she’s having fake eyes in top of her eyelids

  70. Jasmine says:

    No self respecting woman would pluck ALL of her eyelashes just for an illusion. The eyes are painted on top of her own.

  71. A Andrews says:

    Eyelids were closed, and the eyes were painted.
    Please tell us the real answer to this eye illusion

  72. LD says:

    Eyes are definitely closed, because the “eyes” painted on look a little off.

  73. inmyshoes says:

    Painted eyelids.Turn the pic over.They’re too weird looking.

  74. Prakhar says:

    no paint guys. its just a decrease in brightness and increase in contrast. i checked it.

  75. Detective Kitty says:

    grammar nazi time: you mean eyelashes? lol eyebrows…

    annnnnyyyywaaayys i think it’s painted, just the way that the shadows fall makes me think it’s painted rather than fake lashes.

  76. Zeb says:

    Eyes wide open and upside down

  77. Rachel says:

    It’s her eyes. They’ve been painted or tattooed to look like her eyes are open, when they’re actually close. If you look at where her top lashes are supposed to be, they aren/t there.

  78. followilko says:

    The left eye is open and the right one is closed!

  79. varj says:

    this lady looks crepy

    • heyilovepie says:

      I think it’s been painted. I’ve done the same…..though it’s a lot harder to paint it on your own face than someone else’s

  80. Turrican says:

    Check the musicvideo “Barrel of a Gun” from Depeche Mode. There is the singer tumbling around, looking around, but the eyes are always closed with painted eyes on it. ^^

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