Your own eye color is a jewel that you always carry with you. Did you know that you can make your natural eye color look brighter with a handy trick? How?? You do this by repeating the color(s) of your eyes. Have you ever studied your eye color properly? Many people do not have one but multiple colors in their eyes. In this blog, I show you four simple but effective ways to let your eyes speak more.

How do you clarify your natural eye color?

The iris (the rainbow fleece) gives our eyes color. The amount of pigment (melanin) in the pigment-rich cells at the back of the iris determines the eye color. Brown eyes have a lot of pigment, blue eyes little and green eyes are in between. Brown is the most common eye color, followed by blue and then green. Albinos have little pigment so that the iris is transparent. Their eyes have a red color because of the many blood vessels.

Green eyes are rare. You see green eyes most in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Turkey, Pakistan, Afghanistan and India.

Approximately 2.2% of the world’s population has blue eyes. Blue eyes are mainly found in Northern Europe and countries whose population is part of Northern European origin. For example, Canada, the United States, Australia and South Africa, and in some South American countries. Blue eyes are rare in the rest of the world.

Brown eyes are the most common. That is not surprising, because brown is genetically the dominant eye color. Brown eyes usually go together with brown or black hair. In many populations, brown is the only eye color present, with a few exceptions.

The eyes of the people are full of color. In the Netherlands we mainly find the blue eye color. In addition to blue irises, there are also other types of colors. Brown and green eye colors also occur. The color in your eye is determined by the amount and distribution of the pigment in the eye. There are two types of pigment: eumelanin and feomelanin. Eumelanin is brown / black while feomelanin produces a yellow / red color. The pigment that you find in most people is eumelanin. Those who have little pigment (eumelanin) in the eye get blue eyes. Those who have a lot of melanin in their eyes will get brown eyes. People with green eyes have another type of pigment in the eye called feomelanin (also called lipochrome). The pigment in your eye seems to have a certain color through rayleigh disruption.

The color of the eye can change over time. Many white babies have blue eyes at birth, which can later change into any color. After the third year of life, the eye color is basically fixed. But eye color change is very frequent, namely through contact with sunlight, just like the skin. Practically all eyes that are not permanently brown become browner by sunlight. For example, someone with green eyes can discover many brown spots in the summer . With blue eyes it often becomes a light brown ring from the pupil (and is often seen as a yellow ring). In the winter , the normal color returns. (Source: Wikipedia).

You also see many mixing colors. Mixed colors are for example gray-blue, brown-green, golden-brown etc. Sometimes you even see 3 or 4 colors in one eye! For example , the edge of the iris is often darker in color than the rest of the eye color. Sometimes you see light streaks (like a kind of spokes in a wheel) those lines can even look almost white. You also often see colored specks in the eyes or a kind of sun around the pupil.

These colors are optically mixed at a distance. They appear, for example, eyes with yellow and blue green at a distance.In order to determine which colors your eyes have, it is best to use a magnifying glass . It will surprise you which colors and patterns you see!

Usually children have the same eye color as their parents. But eye color is not only determined by the parents. The genes of your distant grandparents also count. That is why you can have an unexpected eye color. For example, you can have blue eyes, while blue eyes have not been in your family for generations. Either you and your partner both have blue eyes and your child has brown eyes. Eye color is hereditary. Your genes determine your eye color. You always inherit two copies of each gene: one from your father and one from your mother. There are more than 120 genes known that influence that color. The iris color, the speckles in the eye: there are all different genes behind.

By repeating the color of your eyes you can make your eye color look brighter.
How can you do this? There are 4 ways:

1. Use just under your face a garment in (approximately) the color of your eyes. A top, t-shirt, blouse, dress, sweater, cardigan or jacket is just under your face, these garments are therefore the most suitable. You can also combine two or more of your own eye colors. For example, a gray top with a blue jacket with blue-gray eyes. It does not have to be exactly the same color, if the color is in line with your natural eye color.

2. Use an eye pencil or eyeshadow (on a part of the eyelid, the moving part or in the arcade arch) in the color of your eyes. If you combine this color with a complementing color, the effect becomes even stronger. A complementary color is a color that is (approximately) opposite your eye color on the color circle. For example, you can combine a green eye pencil with copper-colored eyeshadow or a blue eye pencil with rust-brown eyeshadow. In a later blog I will tell you more about this principle.

3. Take a top or scarf in a pattern that contains one (or more) of the colors from your eyes.

4. Use an accessory near your face in the color of your eyes. Earrings or a necklace are most obvious for this. And brooch, hair band or corsage are also very suitable.

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