How to Make Green or Hazel Eyes Look More Green

Updated on December 24, 2019
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Tessa worked as an interior designer, designed clothing, makeup artist, and decorator. She also qualified and worked as a color consultant.

One way to emphasize green  or hazel eyes,wear green eyeliner.
One way to emphasize green or hazel eyes,wear green eyeliner.

How to Make Hazel Eyes Look Green Naturally

Do you have hazel - a greenish color combined with brown - eyes, and you want them to make them appear more green?

  1. You can make hazel eyes appear more green without makeup, simply by wearing olive green colors.
  2. You can also wear a coral orange if you don't want to wear makeup. Be careful, though, that it is the right shade of coral for your skin tone.
  3. If you prefer to wear make up, then you can use a green eye pencil to outline your eyes.
  4. Wearing a coral lipstick will also make hazel eyes look more green.
  5. The best green to wear for hazel eyes is an olive green. This is because the hazel eyes are a green mixed with a brown, and they appear to be an olive green.
  6. Olive green earrings also pick up the green in the eyes.
  7. If you are willing to use a natural henna on your hair, this will also make the green in your eyes appear more green.

Why Coral or Orange Lipstick Draws Out the Green in Hazel Eyes

Wearing a coral (orange) lipstick will bring out the green in your eyes. I wear Revlon 362 - Cinnamon Bronze
Wearing a coral (orange) lipstick will bring out the green in your eyes. I wear Revlon 362 - Cinnamon Bronze

The Coral Lipstick Secret and the Purple Eye Shadow Myth

So how did so many come to believe that purple made green eyes stand out? I have no idea. On a color wheel, purple is one third away from green. Coral (or orange), on the other hand, is the opposite green. Therefore coral will make your green eyes flare while purple will do exactly nothing.

A good point to remember about contrast is that for it to work there must be sufficient of one color to draw out the other color.

In other words, when there is only a small amount of green in a coral landscape, the green is lost. The degree of color in your eyes is very small compared to the rest of your face. The last thing you want to do is drown your eye color with another color.

So the way to use coral is to wear a coral lipstick. When I started using a coral lipstick, I lost count of the number of people who told me that I was looking prettier!

Coral Lipstick

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick with Vitamin E and Avocado Oil, Cream Lipstick in Coral, 225 Rosewine, 0.15 oz
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick with Vitamin E and Avocado Oil, Cream Lipstick in Coral, 225 Rosewine, 0.15 oz

I wear Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick Number 362 which is labelled Cinnamon Bronze. It looks absolutely phenomenal on me, and from the day I started wearing it, people noticed! They didn't quite know what it was, but they kept saying things like "You look so pretty!" Always be aware that you must use the coral shade that best goes with your skin tone.

 

Green Eye Makeup: Eye Pencil

The best way to make your green or hazel eyes stand out is to use a combination of clothing, earrings, eye pencil, and lipstick.

Eye shadow, mascara, and eye pencil can all be used to draw out the green in your eyes. However, for a more natural look, I would stick with a thin green line outlining the eye. Unless you're going to a costume party, don't use green eyeliner, plus green shadow and green mascara. That's too much. Use a black mascara with a green eyeliner or a green shadow with black mascara, or green mascara with green eyeliner. Too much of a good thing isn't good!

Also, there are different shades of green. Experiment to see which one works for you. Generally, you have to find the correct shade that works with both your skintone and your eye color.

Which makes the green eyes stand out to you more, purple makeup and accessories or green?
Which makes the green eyes stand out to you more, purple makeup and accessories or green? | Source

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I have hazel eyes. I'm wearing green eyeliner, an olive green dress, and a coral lipstick.
I have hazel eyes. I'm wearing green eyeliner, an olive green dress, and a coral lipstick.

Green Contact Lenses If You Have Blue or Brown Eyes

In addition to makeup, if you have brown or blue eyes, then green contact lenses are your best bet to achieve green eyes. Kontaktlinsen color contact lenses make a nice green. If you want to change our eye colour to green in a photo you are sending to someone, there is an app that allows you to do this made by Vysion Apps.

How to Make Hazel Eyes Look Blue

Conversely, if you have hazel eyes, and you wish to make them blue, by wearing grey or blue, you will limit the amount of green that shows up. If you want to make them really blue, the only way is to wear blue contact lenses.


Different Color Hues

Even if your goal is to make your eyes look green, you have to consider your skin tone when choosing colors to wear. Different people have different undertones in their skin. My undertone is yellow, as I have olive skin. A person with a very rosy color skin will probably have a blue undertone. For yellow undertones, clear greens look best. When one has a blue undertone, then olive colors look best.

That said, I don't think this rule is absolute. I shouldn't wear olive greens, but the color looks great on me. The trick is that while olive green generally has a yellow undertone, I have learnt to recognize when a blue undertone is present!

When whether selecting green or coral (orange) items, make sure that they compliment your skin tone.

Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Eyeliner Trio, Green Eyes, 0.03 oz.
Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Eyeliner Trio, Green Eyes, 0.03 oz.

About the best eyeliner buy I could find. Eyeliner is the single most important contributor to highlighting hazel eyes. This trio will give you all options. If this doesn't suit, there are many other options on Amazon.

 

Accessorize With Green Jewelry

Wearing green jewelry near your eyes will highlight your eye color. Try earrings and a necklace. Some hair accessories have jewels or decoration. Try wearing a headband or clip with green on it, even a green headscarf. This little accent will do wonders to make your eyes appear even more green.

Again, try to find the shade of green that is closest to the color of your eyes. If you have hazel eyes, olive green works best.

What Color Clothes Make Hazel Eyes Pop?

In days gone by, it used to be the norm to wear clothes to match your eye color. Our grandparents did that because it worked. Green eyes are emphasized when you are wearing a green jacket or shirt. Essentially, the closer the green is to your face, the more your green or hazel eyes will reflect the green in your clothing.

Because Hazel eyes are a mixture of green and brown, the color that we see is more of an olive green than an emerald green. Therefore it is best to wear an olive green.

When wearing olive green clothing to emphasize your color, make sure that the particular shade of olive green flatters your skin tone. If you have a yellow-based skin tone, wear a blue-based olive green item of clothing. If you have a blue-based skin tone, then wear a yellow-based olive green item of clothing.

If you dye your hair red (red henna works best), it will make hazel eyes look like a stunning green. Henna, of course, looks more orange.
If you dye your hair red (red henna works best), it will make hazel eyes look like a stunning green. Henna, of course, looks more orange.

Dye Your Hair With Henna

I shall tell you a story. I bought some hair color from a shop in San Diego (California). I needed that nice tinge of red to cover some sneak-through grey hair so that I would look good. I was supposed to leave the colour on for half an hour.

As it turned out, I was busy writing and forgot about it. The dye stayed on for two hours. When I remembered, I rushed to the bathroom to wash it out. I became more and more frantic as I tried to remove it from my hair. My hair was virtually deep scarlet with a touch of maroon. I frantically called my daughter to tell her that my hair was the colour of a red crayon, then I rushed to the hairdresser to ask them to wash it and cut it. The first thing they said as they saw me was that they loved the colour of my hair.

When I got my home, my daughter was looking around the bathroom with amazement. In my rush to get it out, I had splashed red dye on the shower curtains, bath, basin, floor, and towels. It looked like a red modern art painting gone wrong.

And the upshot? I've never had such amazing green eyes in my life!

Why Hazel Eyes Can Appear More Green

Hazel eyes are quite unique in that they are a combination of two colors: brown and green. The inner ring is usually brown and the outer ring green. There are often flecks of gold as well. By using the techniques above, your hazel eyes will appear more green. In the same way, if you wear other colors your hazel eyes will change color slightly to match. They will appear grey if you wear blue, for example. If you wear brown, then the green in your eyes will become duller.

Yes, There's Such a Thing as Too Much Green!

You don't want to look like it's St. Patrick's day! The trick is to use two or three of these methods to emphasize the green in your eyes. Combine green eyeliner with green earrings and a green necklace. Or use green eyeshadow with black mascara, a light green scarf, and a green jacket. What colors can green be combined with? You can wear green with black, pink, blue, white, and beige.

So next time you want people to comment on your beautiful green eyes, you know exactly what to do!

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2014 Tessa Schlesinger

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    Kavita Mevada 

    9 months ago

    Good article. I think that the purple and pink tones complement green eyes perfectly and with you’ll be turning heads wherever you go.

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    mrandmrs 

    3 years ago

    I was using purple everyday.

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    Tessa Schlesinger 

    4 years ago

    Ooops. That is difficult. My eyes are a very light colour, but they change quite a bit depending on what I wear. I think that's an indication that one's eyes are hazel. When your eyes are green all the time, they are probably green.

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    Tony Lawrence 

    4 years ago from SE MA

    Yes, I have read that but then they show examples and I can see brown in what they say is green. And I can't tell if I see brown in mine or not!

  • TessSchlesinger profile imageAUTHOR

    Tessa Schlesinger 

    4 years ago

    Tony, they're green if your entire eye is green and hazel if there are flecks of green surrounded by bits of yellow or brown, or other light colour. :)

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    Tony Lawrence 

    4 years ago from SE MA

    I don't know if my eyes are green or hazel. While trying to find out, I came across your post :)

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