THIS Is How To Make Your Hazel Eyes Pop, According To The Pros

If you're one of the few lucky enough to have hazel eyes, you know that your eye color can change in an instant. One second, a forest green sweater can make your eyes twinkle with hints of vibrant lime. The next, a sweep of moody purple shadow can make your eyes appear dark brown.

Unlike brown or green eyes, hazel gets the best of both worlds. Which is exactly why makeup artist Georgina Graham calls this trait "the chameleon of the human eye color spectrum." How some eye colors can change color so easily has a bit to do with how much light is absorbed, how much melanin your eye naturally has, and other factors — including your mood and the colors framing your eyes, like clothing and makeup.

Moral of the story? We can't boost your mood or follow you around with a beauty ring light, but we can recommend makeup that will make your irises come alive with a rainbow of shades. We chatted with Graham and fellow makeup artist Shara Strand to discover the products they swear by for clients who have hazy greens and browns.

Ahead, they break down their favorite shadows, mascaras, and eyeliners, and explain how each color can change a hazel eye look in the blink of an eye.

Metallics
Metallic shadows are a staple for any eye color, but they're even more extraordinary for hazel eyes that have hints of gold. Specifically, "Hazel eyes are stunning in gold and bronze, especially when lined with a black eyeliner," Strand suggests.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Eye Shadow Singles in Metal, $12, available at Sephora.
Why spend a lot when you can spend $3? This subtle taupe shade rivals high end shadows at quadruple the cost. Graham suggests sweeping it across the lid for an easy all-over color or concentrating it in the crease for slight definition.

Covergirl Eye Enhancers 1-Kit Eyeshadows in Tapestry Taupe, $2.52, available at Target.
When it comes to eye shadow palettes, Graham recommends looking for something that offers a collection of warm neutrals like this recent addition to Urban Decay's Naked lineup. (Hello, sunset eyes!)

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette, $54, available at Urban Decay.
At a lower price point, Graham swears by this option. "This is such a fantastic rage of color, and it contains both matte and frosted finishes," she says. "It's a great affordable buy."

NYX Warm Neutrals Ultimate Shadow Palette, $17.99, available at Ulta Beauty.
Plum
Another tried and true neutral for hazel eyes is the classic plum. "That slight purple hue on hazel eyes is amazing," Strand says. "It gives color while remaining [subtle]."

RMS Beauty Eye Polish in Magnetic, $28, available at Sephora.
"This aubergine color by YSL makes eyes appear brighter and more green," Graham says.

Yves Saint Laurent MascaraVolume Effet Faux Cils in Burgundy, $32, available at Sephora.
Strand swears by this waterproof plum liner from her very own line. "It's super easy to apply and stays all day," she says. "Plus, that shade of neutral plum looks amazing on hazel eyes."

Shara Cosmetics Majesty Gel Eyeliner, $18, available at Shara Cosmetics.
Charcoal Brown
"Chocolate brown mascaras are my favorite on hazel eyes," Strand says. Her pick for drama is this option from Benefit.

Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara in Brown, $24, available at Sephora.
This warm-toned brown is another favorite. "I adore it with lots of black mascara or a clean lash with no product for a bit of a 90's minimal throwback," Graham notes.

MAC Cosmetics Kohl Eyeliner in Teddy, $17.50, available at Nordstrom.
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