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How To Do Eye Makeup for Heterochromia

How-To: Wearing Makeup For Differently Hued Eyes

The other day I was chatting with a friend, and I noticed that one of her eyes was a bright bluish-green and the other was a bright greenish-blue — a subtle but noticeable difference. So cool. Having two completely different eye colors is called complete heterochromia, and there are other variations, such as sectoral heterochromia, where the iris may be one color with distinctive hues within. Check out some of my tips below for accentuating different colored eyes, along with some pictures of stars who have multihued eyes after the jump.

  • Control the intensity: You can create a cohesive look with eye shadow palettes in the same color families, but with varying degrees of lightness and darkness to create a balanced effect. The key is to blend and control the intensity, focusing on a cohesive color palette, as opposed to trying to apply makeup to each eye in completely different colors. Try Pop Beauty Lid Silver Eye Shadow Palette ($22) or Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Shadow and Liner ($10).
  • Go bright: Don't be afraid to experiment. Check out Kate Bosworth's choice of bold green in the gallery below, where the eye shadow is the star of her daring look.
  • Get heavy handed: Doing a smoky eye like Mila Kunis (see below) puts the emphasis on her stunning eyes, not away from them.
  • Colored contacts: A slightly obvious choice, but a perfect solution for times when you might want to experiment with matching peepers.
  • Don't hide it: Keep in mind that there is no right or wrong makeup when it comes to heterochromia. In actuality, you probably don't have to adjust much, if anything at all. It's such a rare and stunning feature to have; who'd ever want to really hide it?

Look at some pictures when you


Demi Moore: Brown and Hazel

Elizabeth Berkley: Sectoral Heterochromia

Kate Bostworth: Brown Shadows

Kate Bosworth: Soft and Natural

Kate Bosworth: Bright and Bold

Mila Kunis: Smoky Eyes

Mila Kunis: Natural Glow

Jane Seymour: Lined for Emphasis


Pepper Pepper 8 years
My mum has two different colour eyes - Blue & Brown.
Talldiva45 Talldiva45 8 years
This is so cool and unique! I would never cover it up - variety is truly the beauty of life!
lizlee89 lizlee89 8 years
I think this is such a cool and beautiful feature to have, and I never noticed all those people had it! I knew Kate Bosworth, but I had no idea Demi Moore or Mila Kunis! I don't think anyone should hide this; it's unique and special and awesome...
emalove emalove 8 years
I never noticed Mila's eyes before! Hers is a really subtle difference, but it's so pretty! I definitely don't think anyone should change it or cover it up if they're born like this.
Allytta Allytta 8 years
my sister has the crazy brown/blue eye combination ;) it's beautiful and i don't see the need to do anything different from anybody else. just wear the colours you love and be done with it.
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
i knew about kates eyes but I never noticed the others! I love Mila's eyes, so beautiful! Play it up!
cloroxcowgirl cloroxcowgirl 8 years
Wow, I never noticed her eyes are two different colors - how beautiful and unique! I would totally play that up.
sham28 sham28 8 years
I think this is such a unique and cool characteristic, it's definitely an edgy beauty thing. A little distracting, but I don't think I'd change it.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I agree, I'd play it up. I love K. Bosworth.
wmoonw wmoonw 8 years
If my eyes didn't match, I would not go the colored contact route -- I think it would be fun!
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