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Makeup Tips For Women With Hazel Eyes

Updated on February 20, 2014

Makeup Tips for Women With Hazel Eyes

Hazel eyes are beautiful, aren't they? The colors of hazel eyes are so varied, some days your eyes may lean more toward the green side of hazel, next day blue, next day gray with some brown striations in the center of the iris. Personal opinion, mood and overall health determine the color of your hazel eyes each day.

So, you want to know how to bring out the best in your hazel eyes? Here are a couple makeup tips for women with hazel eyes.

First of all, it should be noted that the eye shadow and liner colors that bring out the most in your hazel eyes and really make the color pop are green (of course!) and purple or plum color varieties; nothing too light or too bright or it will wash the color right out of your eyes. It has been my experience that green brings out more of the green and blue, and purple brings out any gray or brown striations your eyes may contain. The more plum purples will also accent the green in your hazel quite nicely. Both the greens and the purples are beautiful colors to work with, and you will decide over time which you like best.

To really make the color in your hazel eyes pop, here are a few detailed tips and techniques to make your eyes look their best.

Let's start with the products you will need. For this demonstration, you will want to use a black/brown or just black eyeliner pencil. I prefer Almay Eyeliner. It is made to last 16 hours without smearing or fading, and it is self-sharpening, so you never have to hunt for your pencil sharpener! For the shadow, I would recommend Loreal Wear Infinite Forest (#312) or Loreal Wear Infinite Holographic Princess Jade. These greens are the colors I normally use on my own hazel eyes and boy do they bring out the green! I cannot count the number of compliments I have received on my eyes from using the technique detailed below.

You want to start with a fresh, clean skin surface. Not too much moisturizer directly on the eyes as it will make the application difficult. It is up to your own preferences whether to line the inner rims of your eyes, the outer rims, or both. You must also decide whether to do just upper, or upper and lower. My recommendation for regular daily wear--do your upper and lower lids on the outer rims.

You want to take the eyeliner pencil in the hand you will apply it with; then with the index finger of your free hand, very gently tug on the outer corner of your upper lid, just to smooth out the surface for applying the liner. You need this step because you do not want your applied liner to appear "feathery". Keep the pencil as close to the lash line as you can. I work from the outside corner to the inside corner, then back again. Keep the line even and do not make it too thick. Also, do not start the line too far out from the outer corner or you will get that “Cleopatra” effect, and on anyone but her, it does not look good. Repeat that step for the other upper lid. For the lower rims, the procedure is the same. Some people prefer to only do the lower rims to 1/2 or 2/3 of the way across. I prefer to line upper and lower rims from outer corner to inner corner.

After you have applied the eyeliner, you want to grab your eyeshadow--which will be applied over the surfaces you just put the liner on. For younger women, I would recommend frost shadows. Frost shadows can generally be used by all women, until you are reach your late 50s or older, then I would recommend switching to mattes. Take the shadow applicator and rub it gently across the surface of the shadow until the applicator surface has sufficient product on it. Then gently apply it to the rims of the eyelids on top of the eyeliner you just applied. Once this is done, it is time to blend or "smudge" the shadow into the liner. For this you need either a pencil smudge sponge, or a makeup applicator sponge (wedge works best). Now you will very gently flutter, or stipple the sponge over the shadow surfaces. This keeps the makeup from looking like you just slapped it on, and it makes it look like you only used one product. The smudge step makes your eyes look smoky and somewhat larger. For the final step, you will need either brown, black, purple or green mascara. I use black, but really, any of those color choices can be used. It is simply a matter of how much drama you want to see in your look. I do not recommend using waterproof mascara, unless you are planning to get all made up and go swimming in the ocean or someone's pool. I have always found waterproof mascara very hard to take off, even with makeup remover pads (and I have lost many lashes that way!). Just food for thought. I recommend Mally Volumizing Mascara. You can find it at and also at You will apply the mascara as you normally would, with 2 coats on the top lashes, 1 coat on the bottom. If you use too much mascara on the bottom, it ages the eyes.

These techniques will take some time to master, but once you do, the makeup application is as simple as breathing. It really is not so much work, and the care you take in your application will be all worth it the first time someone comes up to you and says, "You have BEAUTIFUL eyes!"


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    • laidbacklady profile image

      Linda 5 years ago from Plumsted Township, NJ

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Hannahr. I greatly appreciate it! Sorry it took a year or so to respond!

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      Hannahr 5 years ago from Crowley, TX

      These are great tips! I have hazel eyes and can't wait to try this out!

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      Linda 6 years ago from Plumsted Township, NJ

      Thanks so much! I had though about it, but I did not see any really good photos that I could use, that's why I made it a sort of step-by-step of words. Perhaps if I do another how-to, I will find some photos for illustration. Thanks again!

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      Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from the Ether

      Wonderful how-to for hazel eye makeup! I have brown eyes but these tips seem simply beautiful. What would make this hub really pop would be some pictures for each step in the process..maybe you could try that for your next hub tutorial? I voted your hub up and useful because it truly is just that! Great job and keep hubbing!