Eye Colours | Hair and Makeup Tips to Enhance your Eyes

What are the Different Eye Colours

While there is a limitless number of hues, shades, richness, and combinations of eye colours in the world most people agree there are six core shades. Brown, hazel, blue, green, gray, and amber. Eye colour is an inherited trait with multiple genes affecting the shade.

Brown eyes are the most common eye colour with over half the worlds population having brown eyes, individuals with brown eyes have more melanin present. Amber eyes (often confused with hazel) tend to be a solid golden or copper colour without flecks of blue or green typical of Hazel eyes which appear to change colour throughout the iris. Blue eyes have a low level of pigment present in the iris and are becoming rarer and rarer, often confused for blue eyes are Gray eyes which tend to have flecks of gold and brown throughout, also appearing to change colour. Finally we have Green eyes, the least common eye colour, but it is found most frequently in northern and central Europe.

How to work with your Eye Colour

  1. Determine your skin tone: Your skin tone can be warm, cool, or neutral. Knowing your skin tone can help you choose the right hair and makeup colours that complement your eyes. A simple way to determine your skin tone is to look at the veins on the underside of your wrist. If they appear blue, you have cool undertones. If they appear green, you have warm undertones. If they are a mix of both, you have a neutral undertone. From here you should consider and work with your eye colour. Certain hair and makeup shades can enhance the natural beauty of your eyes.
    Below are some suggestions:

      • Blue eyes | Earthy shades like copper, bronze, and brown can make blue eyes pop. Eyeshadows with pink and purple tones can also be flattering. For hair, warm buttery blonde shades and light brown hues complement blue eyes.

      • Gray eyes |  An interesting tone to work with, again earthy tones like taupe, brown, and bronze can be flattering for gray eyes. These colours can help bring out the natural gray-blue tones in your eyes however shades of blue and purple can also be complementary for gray eyes, these colours can help bring out the blue tones in your eyes with gray and silver eyeshadows bringing out the unique gray colour.

      • Green eyes | Shades of pinks, purple, and reds/copeprs can bring out the green in your eyes. Earthy tones like taupe and bronze can also be flattering. For hair, warm shades of brown and blonde with gold undertones can complement green eyes.

      • Brown eyes | Warm tones like gold, bronze, and copper can make brown eyes pop. Shades of blue and lavender can also be flattering. For hair, warm browns, deep reds, and black shades complement brown eyes. 

      • Amber & Hazel eyes | Similar to brown eyes warm tones like gold, copper, and bronze can be flattering for amber and hazel eyes. These colours can help bring out the warm, golden tones in your eyes. Shades of green and brown can also be complementary for amber and hazel eyes. These colors can help bring out the green and brown tones in your eyes. For hair, caramels, coppers and honey blondes work well.                            

It is important to consider your eye colour when designing your hair and makeup however as mentioned understanding our skin tone and whether it is cool, warm or neutral also plays an big role. Have fun experimenting with different looks. You may find that you like unexpected color combinations that bring out the best in your eyes. Remember, there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to beauty, so don't be afraid to try something new and work with your hair and makeup artist to find beautiful combinations that work with and enhance your natural beauty.