This perplexing optical illusion proves we shouldn't believe our eyes

blue eyes optical illusion
(Image credit: @beatonthebeeb on TikTok)

Optical illusions can sometimes trick us into seeing things that aren't there, including colour, and this example has taken TikTok by storm. If you look at the image above and think the woman's eyes are blue, you would be right – apparently, the woman does actually have blue eyes. But they're not blue in the picture.

It turns out that the image is a black-and-white photograph with a red filter placed over it, so there should definitely not be any blue there. And yet that's what most people see (see our pick of the best optical illusions for more head spinners).


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Joe Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news, features and buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment and software for creatives, from video editing programs to monitors and accessories. A veteran news writer and photographer, he now works as a project manager at the London and Buenos Aires-based design, production and branding agency Hermana Creatives. There he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing visual content and design assets for the hospitality sector. He also dances Argentine tango.