Changing eyes: do they really exist? | Stuff for women


The eyes are the mirror of the soul. Just as each personality is unique, the combinations of brown, green, blue and gray that can color the iris are unique.

The color of the eyes fascinates so much that, several times, one is pushed to imagine a person’s personality simply by observing the tones.

Among the infinite variety of colors, you may have heard someone talking about the so-called “changing eyes“: The name would inspire something magical and not belonging to the terrestrial world. But in this article we will clarify the concept, and you will discover that in the end it is not magic, but it is all a … matter of light.

Changing eyes: what does it mean?

By iridescent eyes we mean those eyes capable of change color. Before continuing, let’s make a brief summary of the function and composition of the iris.

The iris is the colored part of the eye made up of melanin: the latter, depending on its concentration, is responsible for the formation of color. The more melanin there is, the darker the eyes will be.
Another essential factor that determines the color of the eye is, of course, the genetics.
The iris also has a function of adjust the amount of light inside the eye and of protect it from UV rays. For the latter reason it is recommended to wear Sun glasses, in order to limit damage to the retina.

Why do we hear about changing eyes?

Apparently, some people would have the “gift” to change eye color based on light.
Light changes also affect the pupil size, which expands when the light is weak and shrinks when it is intense: thus the pigmentation of the iris also shrinks or widens, causing a slight change in eye color.

Are there really iridescent eyes?

To be brief and concise, the answer is: no. At least, not strictly speaking.

Simply eyes that have shades of different colors in the iris (such as hazel, which mix brown and green) give the sensation, at certain times of the day, of an actual color change. Nothing drastic, of course.

But this, as explained in the previous paragraph, is one pure visual sensation, mostly due to amount of light (natural or artificial) present in a given environment, which can also dilate the pupil giving the sensation of a change of tone.

Just to give an example: all newborn babies have irises from light color tending towards blue.
This is because before, in the mother’s womb, they could not develop no sensitivity to light, and therefore the melanin, almost absent, could not develop.
For this reason they are told to wait at least the first year of age to find out the actual (and final) color of the child’s eye.

Tips to enhance “changing eyes”

changing eyesSource: Pixabay from Pexels

Now that we have disenchanted you with the actual existence of changing eyes, let’s proceed with a series of make-up tips suitable for enhancing these “mixed” irises.
Clio Make-up he dedicated an article to the eyes hazelnut color, that is, those that include brown, green and yellow. I am, actually. the most difficult ones to frame, since their color is very faint depending on the type of light and its exposure. Here are his recommendations:

  • the eyeshadow colors that Clio recommends when there is a preponderant presence of yellow are the Violet and the blue;
  • do you want to bring out the green tones? Then you can focus on colored eyeshadows purple, pink, red is Orange;
  • even just a colored mascara or a eyeliner they can prove to be valid allies to enhance hazel eyes: just follow the previous directions on eye shadows;
  • Clio’s last tip: if you want to emphasize brown (and if you are daring enough) you can dare with an eyeshadow silver color.

Original article published on March 4, 2020

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