How to Make Hazel Eyes Pop

Two Methods:Using Makeup to Accentuate Your EyesAccentuating Color Through Clothing and Accessories

Hazel eyes are a shade between golden, brown, and green. Because of this, hazel eye color is very sensitive to the environment, and can appear to change color depending on the quality of light, the colors you're wearing, or the eye makeup you have on.

Method 1
Using Makeup to Accentuate Your Eyes

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    Use a colored eyeliner. Although most people tend to stick with a simple black eyeliner, if you have hazel eyes, you can try experimenting with different colors to see what makes your eyes stand out.
    • For example, if you want to bring out the blue in your eyes, try using a deep purple, which will bring out any blue tones you have in your eyes.[1]
    • If you want to bring out the green in your eyes, try using colors such as taupe, brown, green, or gold.[2]
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    Try a different shade of mascara. As with eyeliner, if you have hazel eyes, you aren’t stuck with black. Try other shades, too! Some mascara comes with flecks of gold, which is a good option for hazel eyes, you can also try lighter browns, or even mascara that has a purple tint.[3]
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    Experiment with different color eyeshadow. This can be tricky for people with hazel eyes. Most of the colors that will accentuate you hazel eyes tend to be bolder colors that can end up looking clownish, if you’re not careful. Try sticking to colors in the purple, blue, green, and gold family.[4]
    • Apply moderately! If you’re using a green shade, don’t apply it to the entire lid. Especially if you’re applying your makeup for work or some other professional endeavour. For example, start with a neutral color, such as taupe, and then apply your eyeshadow to the crease only so it will be more subtle. You can always experiment with using more when you are going out in the evening.
    • Avoid using too much blue. A bit of blue can accentuate your eyes if they have more blue tones than brown. However, especially if your hazel eyes tend to be more of a greenish-brown, too much blue can clash.[5]
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    Choose a lip color that will accentuate your eyes. Eye makeup isn’t the only method of bringing out the color in your eyes. Choosing a lip color, whether it be lipstick, lip stain, or a gloss, can also help your eyes pop.[6] While you don’t want to overpower your eyes with a very bold lipstick, you can still accentuate them.[7]
    • For example, try choosing colors that are complementary to your eyeshadow. Generally, berry colors (such as coral, pink, or red) offer good, but subtle choices.[8]
    • One example of a bad color pairing would be to choose a very dark berry color for your lips, and then pairing it with a green eyeshadow.
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    Try adding bronzer to your makeup routine. Most bronzers are made to give you a golden glow, and gold is great for making hazel eyes pop. However, apply in moderation as you don’t want to give yourself a fake looking orange tint. Simply sweep the bronzer gently over your t-zone. This area includes the skin just above your eyebrows, your nose, and the skin just under your nose, and below your lips.[9]
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    Consider your hair color. Hair color plays a big role in accentuating or down-playing our eyes. If you already dye your hair, or are up for trying it, you can try warmer tones, such as red or auburn, or even a more golden shade.[10]
    • If you have a more blue tone to your hazel eyes, you might also be able to work with cooler shades such as a lighter gold tone.[11]
    • If you are nervous about dying your hair, try using a semi-permanent color that doesn't last as long as permanent color, or you could even try on a wig in the color you are thinking of to get an idea of how it will react with your skin and eye color.

Method 2
Accentuating Color Through Clothing and Accessories

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    Avoid clothing that is the same color as your eyes. For a person with hazel eyes, this can mean different things. Some people tend to have more greenish-blue eyes, while others have more greenish-brown eyes. However, you should choose the tone in your eye color that seems to be most predominant, and then avoid that color.
    • For example, a bright blue sweater will downplay the blue in your eyes, if you tend more towards bluish-green.
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    Use glasses to accentuate your eye color. If you wear glasses, you can choose frames that will accentuate your eye color. To bring out the green in your eyes, try choosing frames that are in the purple family, or even dark green frames. To bring out the gold tones, try dark shades of purple or even plum.[12]
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    Choose outfits in the purple or green family. The darker the color the better. For example, an emerald green or royal purple will accentuate your eyes. Typically, it will be best if the article of clothing used to accentuate your eyes is your shirt (or a dress).
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    Accessorize with colors that will bring out the color of your eyes. There are a wide variety of accessories you can use to accentuate your eyes.
    • For example, try a scarf or hat in which is in the purple, green, or gold family. You can also try this with a hat. If you wear earrings, you can try the same with that, too.
    • Accessories that are worn closer to your face will play a bigger role than items that aren't. So if you're trying to emphasize your eyes, you should choose earrings, a scarf, or a hat instead of something like a bracelet or your shoes.


  • Regardless of your eye color, eyes look best when they are clear and healthy. If your eyes are dry, apply some eye drops to help refresh them, and make sure you get enough sleep so that your eyes will not be red and puffy! Also make sure that you eat a well-balanced diet as this can affect the health of your eyes as well.[13]


  • When trying to accentuate your eyes, don’t go overboard! For example, don’t wear a dark purple eyeshadow, with a dark purple shirt, and a dark purple hat. While it may accentuate your eyes, it will also be a lot of the same color. Instead, try mixing and matching, maybe a golden colored eye shadow with a purple shirt, and a dark brown hat, for example.

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