How to Naturally Lighten Eyes: Is It Possible?

If you’re not happy with your natural eye color, you might be curious about how to lighten eyes so brown becomes honey-colored, or so hazel gets closer to green. This article provides all the information you need about lightening your eyes, making them look brighter, and changing their color. We’ve also included important details about side effects and some crazy things you should definitely not try.

Is it possible to lighten your eyes?

You might think that you’re stuck with your current eye color. The good news is that you can change your eye color if you want to. Before we get into changing the eye color you were born with though, let’s talk about what goes into eye color. After all, knowledge is the key to understanding!

Our eyes are usually blue at birth, simply because they lack melanin. The melanin that gives your eyes their natural color is determined by genetics. If your mom and dad have brown eyes, then you’ll probably have them as well. If one parent has brown eyes and the other has blue eyes, then it’s possible that you could have either color, but overall, the darker color tends to dominate, and you’re more likely to end up with brown eyes than you are blue. You might even end up with something in-between, like hazel or green.

Honey for Lightening Eyes

If you hop onto your favorite browser and query “can I use honey to lighten my eyes?” you’re going to come up with lots of results that tell you to go ahead and dilute some honey and drop that sweet stuff right into your eyes. We really hope that you take a closer look at those articles and recognize that most of them are almost identical, with crazy sentences in broken English.

Why You Shouldn’t Try to Lighten Eyes with Honey

Some people think they can lighten their eyes using honey because honey is a natural bleaching agent. Unfortunately, honey – even when it has been diluted with water – is more acidic than your eyes, with a pH of about 3.9, compared with the human eye’s pH, which is closer to 7.5. Your eyes are likely to sting if you put honey in them, and your tears of pain will quickly wash the honey away. If you’re lucky, you’ll find yourself dealing with discomfort and temporarily blurred vision. If you’re among the unlucky people who try to lighten their eyes with honey, you’ll wind up with a nasty eye infection.

If it was possible to lighten your eyes with honey, the practice would be common. Our verdict is the same as that of eye care professionals: Do not put honey in your eyes! It’s dangerous and it does not work.

Using Hydrogen Peroxide for Lightening Eyes

Can you use hydrogen peroxide to lighten your eyes? After all, it’s a decent home remedy for lightening dark spots on skin, and it has a great reputation for making hair a few shades lighter, either to make it look like you’ve had some sun, or to prep your hair for dying a different color.

Again, let’s turn to our favorite browser and ask a question. Hey, Google, can I use hydrogen peroxide to make my eyes a lighter color? According to Google, Siri, and the rest, it looks like people might have tried it, or at least thought about it! There are crazy conversations that discuss whether it’s safe to dilute hydrogen peroxide and drop it into your eyes. One “expert” suggests dropping it in just one eye and then waiting to see what happens before moving on to the second eye.  But we’d like you to wait a whole lot longer to attempt this outlandish method for lightening eyes – preferably forever. Before you head to the bathroom, open up the medicine cabinet, grab the nearest turkey baster, and start flooding those gorgeous brown eyes of yours with good old hydrogen peroxide, we urge you to stop. Let common sense – and research – prevail.

Why You Shouldn’t Try to Lighten Eyes with Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is an acid. It’s used in products that are meant to remove warts and corns, and it’s even found in some forms of rocket fuel. Do you really want to put it in your eyes, even when it has been heavily diluted? After all, you have just the one pair. Your ability to see the world depends on them. Let’s dig a little deeper and see just how bad the damage can be.

Hydrogen peroxide can burn your corneas. If you’re a contact lens wearer and you’ve accidentally gotten a lens cleaning product with hydrogen peroxide in it in your eye, you know full well the level of discomfort that even a tiny bit can cause. The pain alone makes this tactic one that shouldn’t be attempted.

Other Weird Methods for Lightening Eyes

Just for fun, let’s dig a little bit deeper into the web and see what we find. Here are a few methods that won’t hurt you, but that probably won’t lighten your eyes:

Herbal cleanses and juice detoxes

These might be nice for clearing up digestive issues or dropping a few pounds quickly so you can look amazing for a big event, but they probably won’t make your eyes any lighter. Keep in mind, eye color comes from melanin. Cleanses and juices have zero effect on melanin production, so this method isn’t likely to give you the results you’re hoping for.


“Have faith,” they say, and voila, your eye color will change! Hypnosis has been proven to help with things like weight loss and smoking cessation, but we’re pretty sure it can’t change the amount of melanin in your eyes. This sounds like a waste of time and money, but it’s not likely to damage your vision. You can try it if you want to!

Using Makeup and Accessories to Create the Illusion of Brighter, Lighter Eye Color

Where honey, peroxide, herbal cleanses, and hypnosis fail, makeup and accessories can make your eyes look lighter or darker. Try a ready-made color-enhancing palette designed for your eye color or pick and choose your favorites from our guide. Wear scarves, colorful glasses, hats, or tops in the shades mentioned as well as in similar brighter or darker colors from the same family, and you’ll notice that your eyes really do look a bit brighter.

This is among the cheapest methods for making your eye color appear lighter, and we’re happy to give it our stamp of approval. It’s a lot of fun to play with different clothing, accessory, and makeup colors, and it’s completely harmless. Go for it!

Here’s a quick guide to the best colors for eye shadow and accessories. Try different ones and you’ll notice that the appearance of your eyes changes!

Brown Eyes

If you have dark brown eyes and you’d like them to appear lighter, try a deep dark shade of charcoal, or choose a dark, mossy green color. Silver eyeshadow will make your eyes dazzle, and colors such as plum, bronze, purple, and gold can bring out lighter honey tones. Using black eyeliner along your waterline adds contrast for brighter, lighter looking eyes, as does black mascara.

Gray Eyes

If your eyes are any shade of grey, you’re going to love the way they look when you use colors that are just a touch darker than your irises. Anything in the black or grey family will do, and you can feel free to accent with paler shades of silver, light purple, pale blue, or white. Black and grey eyeliners look best on you, along with black-based mascaras. Pick a softer shade of black such as charcoal if you have light skin.

Green or Hazel Eyes

Red is the opposite color of green, and any color that includes shades of red will make green or hazel eyes look lighter and brighter! Lucky for you, the “red” family includes shades of purple, pink, rose, and even orange, making your peepers among the most versatile when it comes to cosmetics that enhance eye color. Deep, rusty brick tones, rich mahogany hues, and elegant bronze, gold, and champagne colors will make your eyes look incredible, as will deep wine, eggplant, and amethyst tones. Browns and tans are ideal, too! For eyeliner, feel free to play with purples, silvers, bronzes, and browns. Brown to soft charcoal mascara is ideal for your eye color, depending on how much you like to glam things up.

Blue Eyes

You might think that bright colors would be best for blue eyes, but the opposite is true. Since orange is the opposite of blue, the best way to bring out the brighter, lighter hues in your eyes is to go for colors in the “orange” family. Since actual tangerine to orange hues are probably a bit too garish for your everyday look, cosmetics in shades of terra cotta, peach, apricot, and bronze are ideal. Pick shimmering bronze, gold, and champagne tones to add more brightness, and use brown and beige colors for contrast. If you have light skin, you may want to go for brown-based shades of eyeliner and mascara rather than black. If your skin is darker, either black or brown will work!

What if you’re not sure about how to apply makeup correctly for your eye shape? The good news is that you’ll find plenty of great tutorials available on YouTube. Whether you’re looking for a simple look to enjoy every day or a smoky, sultry look for a special evening out, the options are endless!

Health Tips for Bright Eyes

To make your eyes more attractive naturally, look after your health! You might be surprised to discover that your entire body will benefit when you follow some of these tips for making your eyes look brighter.

Stay hydrated.

Dry skin looks wrinkled and tired. Simply drinking water – at least 8 8-ounce glasses per day, and preferably more – will make a huge difference in the way you look and feel.

Focus on the best foods for eye health.

Fruits and vegetables that are rich in vitamins A, C, and E are vital to eye health, as are foods that contain plenty of zinc. Mangoes, oranges, carrots, strawberries, papayas, peaches, and apricots are a few, as are spinach, mushrooms, nuts, and seeds. One of the easiest ways to ensure that your entire body is getting what it needs is to eat an entire “rainbow” of foods each day.


Adequate sleep isn’t just essential for body and brain functioning, it’s vital for beautiful eyes, too. Try to get at least eight hours of sleep per night.

Treat eyelids and undereye skin gently.

Always use patting motions rather than dragging motions when cleansing and moisturizing, and be sure to choose products that are designed to help the skin around your eyes look its best. Be sure to apply eye-safe sunscreen as part of your daily routine.

Wear sunglasses when you’re outdoors.

This is one of the best ways to prevent wrinkles in the eye area, not just because sunglasses keep UV rays away from your skin and help protect eyesight, but because they can help prevent squinting.

Wear corrective lenses if you need them.

This maintains vision, and it prevents squinting too. Over time, expression lines caused by squinting deepen. Keep your eyes looking bright and lovely by taking great care of them!

The Only Safe, Proven Method for Lightening Eyes

Given the uncomfortable side effects of lightening eyes along with the very real potential for serious damage that could harm your vision permanently, you might think that all hope of enjoying baby blue, aqua, or emerald green eyes has faded. We have great news for you: There’s a very simple way to change your eye color, and if you like, you can change colors as often as you like.

Colored contacts come in a variety of shades including highly nuanced, believable colors that look completely natural. If you like, you can go for a fantasy-inspired shade such as deep, sapphire blue or violet, rich aquamarine, or velvety, lush, emerald green.

How to Get Colored Contacts

You might think that only those in need of vision correction can wear colored contacts, but they’re available as a cosmetic option for people with 20/20 vision and better. You do need a visit to the eye doctor if you’d like to try colored contacts. The reason for this is that contacts come in different sizes and shapes to fit individual eyes perfectly. Non-prescription “costume” contacts aren’t recommended, as they can cause corneal abrasions and infections.

While color contacts do cost a little more than honey or peroxide, the advantages are clear. Give them a try!