A DAY WITH scott barnes

Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision

Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision

A little while ago I had the opportunity to work with Alcon to promote the AIR OPTIX COLORS contact lenses, but this wasn’t any ordinary project: I got to work with Scott Barnes, Illaria Urbinati, and Lacy Redway, all of whom are celeb go-to’s when it comes to makeup, style, and hair!

The AIR OPTIX COLORS contacts are all about making a statement, whether that statement is a subtle or bold one. My personal favorite color is the Honey, which gives my light brown eyes a sparkling amber look. The colors are split up into two categories: Subtle and Vibrant. The subtle group includes Gray, Blue, Green, Pure Hazel, and Brown, all of which add a very natural hint of a change to any eye color. If you’re feeling a little more daring, you can try the Vibrant shades, which include Sterling Gray, Brilliant Blue, Gemstone Green, and Honey.


Throughout the shoots with Scott, Illaria, and Lacy, the two models on set and I (Neka and Chanel, if you’re reading this, hi and I miss you! They were two of the coolest chicks I’ve met on a job) got to try on a range of different shades from the AIR OPTIX COLORS line. While we changed up our colors, Scott gave us tips for what eyeshadow colors to pair with our contacts, Lacy gave us tips for how to style our hair, and Illaria dressed us in her hand-picked wardrobe pieces.

I have to say it was pretty fun spending a few days just trying on different eye colors! And considering I have sensitive eyes, I was pleased to find that the AIR OPTIX COLORS really let my eyes breath and never irritated them. I used to wear contacts for 13 years before I got corrective surgery, and I remember trying color lenses when I was a teen and how uncomfortable they were. The AIR OPTIX COLORS were totally comfortable even as we changed up makeup looks!

If you want to see how you look in the AIR OPTIX COLORS contacts, check out their Color Studio where you can upload a photo of yourself and virtually try on any color, just click here to try it!


Teni Panosian

I'm Teni Panosian, a lifestyle and beauty blogger based in Los Angeles.

There are 16 comments

  • veebz says:

    Wow this was such an amazing opportunity, working with those huge names! I would love to try the Brilliant Blue and Honey colours though, it would be such strange thing to see. But I’ve always wanted lighter eyes with my dark hair, so this is definitely something that I want to try.


  • Denise says:

    You look perfect! I love how you use contouring and highlighting your face <3

    Kisses from Berlin,

  • Laura Jones says:

    I love your faux bob! Short hair would look amazing on you!

  • I wish I could wear contacts! I’d love to go green for a change 🙂

  • Lily says:

    Awesome! I wouldn’t mind having green eyes every now and then hahah
    I just started a beauty blog called ‘Life with Lily’! Check it out xx

  • Alina says:

    Interesting post!

  • Thats so neat! The vibrant colors look like fun and so cool!

  • maira says:

    You look great! But I don’t like contacts.

  • Ionica says:

    You are awesome. Kiss .

  • LeggyTulip says:

    You are so lovely! Love this post! Kisses


  • Name it and you own it
    from subtle to vibrant
    Adore you

  • Christine O says:

    I also use the app YouCam Makeup to try on new eye colors, its free and super easy to use 🙂

  • Congrats! I am a bit late for this post but you look great in your photos.

  • Jordan says:

    Beautiful! Seems like a great way to do a dramatic, different look.

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