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How to Make Green or Hazel Eyes Look More Green

Updated on September 27, 2017
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Tessa has worked as an interior designer, designed clothing, make up artist,and decorator. She has various qualifications in the field.

Emphasize Your Hazel or Green Eyes

 
 
Wear green eye makeup! Shadow, liner, and mascara in green tones.
Green jewelry, especially earrings and necklaces.
Green accessories including hats, scarves, and hair clips.
Consider dying your hair red with henna. Red contrasts with green and makes it stand out.

If you have hazel or greenish eyes and you want to make them really stand out, you will hear different advice. Some say that purple eye makeup will emphasize the green. This isn't true. Makeup artists are taught this (incorrectly). Others suggest green eyeliner or green mascara or maybe green earrings. Some work; others don’t. Here’s the how-to.

If you want your green eyes to really "pop" wear green mascara and eyeliner. But if your eyes are very green, or you are wearing green contacts, even black mascara will define your eyes and make the color more noticeable.
If you want your green eyes to really "pop" wear green mascara and eyeliner. But if your eyes are very green, or you are wearing green contacts, even black mascara will define your eyes and make the color more noticeable.

The Purple Myth

So how did so many come to believe that purple made green eyes stand out? On a color wheel, purple is opposite to green. For those who study color, this means that green and purple intensify each other when they are used alongside each other. However, this only works when there is sufficient of the one colour to emphasize the other

In other words, when there is only a small amount of green in a purple 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. Just look at the diagrams below and see which eyes look more green..

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

Look carefully at the above illustrations...

Which pair of eyes stand out more as green - the left or the right/

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The best way to make your green eyes stand out is to wear a degree of green makeup. This means green eyeliner, eyeshadow, and/or mascara. Do not use eyeliner, plus shadow and 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 work for you.

For expert advice about how to apply your makeup for the look you want, watch the video below.

Eyeshadow and Liner for Green Eyes

Use Jewelry to Emphasize Your Eyes.

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 head scarf. This little accent will do wonders to make your eyes appear even more green.

Match Your Clothes to Your Eye Color

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 become 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.

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 more dull.

Green Contact Lens

If you have brown or blue eyes, then green contact lens 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.

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What Color Green to Wear?

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 an 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 understone, then olive colors look best.

That said, I don't think this rule is absolute. I shouldn't wear olive greens, but it's one of my favorite colors. So even though the rules say no, wear what you like and feel best in.

If you dye your hair red (red henna works best), it will make hazel eyes look a stunning green.
If you dye your hair red (red henna works best), it will make hazel eyes look a stunning green.

Dark Red Hair Brings Out Green Eyes

I shall tell you a story. About 18 months ago, 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! I've worn red hair ever since!

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 tricks 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 beautiiful green eyes, you know exactly what to do!

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    mrandmrs 11 months ago

    I was using purple everyday.

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    Tessa Schlesinger 23 months ago from South Africa

    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 23 months 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!

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    Tessa Schlesinger 23 months ago from South Africa

    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 23 months 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 :)