Beautiful Eyes That Take Our Breath Away

Whether you have the most beautiful eyes in
the world or an average pair of peepers, eyes are insanely expressive and super diverse
in how they look. With different colors and shapes, our eyes
are as unique to us as our genetic footprint. Here are some of the most beautiful eyes on
the planet. These days, having violet eyes is only a purchase
away, as purple contacts are not hard to come by. But back in the day, long before contact lenses
had even been invented, having eyes so blue they look violet was far less common. That’s part of what made Elizabeth Taylor
such a sought after beauty icon. Arguably the most famous, violet-eyed person
in history, Taylor was a movie star known for her dazzling good looks, especially her
purple peepers. When the light hit just right, her eyes really
did look like they had been dyed with indigo. So what was the mechanism at work that made
her eyes stand out from everyone else’s? It came down to the specific amount of melanin
she had in her irises, which is genetic. It also had a lot to do with how much light
entered her eye and how she accented the color with clothing and makeup. There’s no shortage of songs out there about
blue eyes, all of them commemorating the transcendent power of the azure gaze. “What color are they?” “They’re really blue.” They’re really blue. Good, good.” Given that so many celebs have them, from
Gilmore Girls’ Alexis Bledel to singer Taylor Swift to movie star Brad Pitt, it’s no wonder
that we find blue eyes so devastatingly beautiful. Who wouldn’t want a stare as powerful as Daniel
Radcliffe’s? So how is it that blue eyes came to be? Some argue that cerulean eyes came to be because
of the body’s need for vitamin D. Others posit the theory that blue eyes were perceived to
be more sexually attractive by hunter-gatherer ladies. There’s also the theory that they helped battle
seasonal depression. “Stay back, he’s got blue eyes. I’ve always had blue eyes!” Whatever the case may be, blue eyes are here
to stay, and we couldn’t be happier about it. When most of us look in the mirror, we see
two eyes that are the same color staring back at us. But that’s not the case for people who have
heterochromia iridium, which is the fancy term for eyes that are two different colors
belonging to the same person. That explains the mysterious and sexy visage
of the late David Bowie, as well as the arresting look that Kate Bosworth projects. And yes, that’s also what Jane Seymour had
going on in Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. Finally, some answers! Of course, this condition is usually genetic. But it can also be caused by trauma, either
at birth or later in life. Some medications can also impact eye color. Whatever the cause may be, it’s always an
experience to peer into the multi-colored eyes of the people lucky enough to have them. Have you ever looked at Zooey Deschanel and
longed to have those giant peepers yourself? Or have you ever lost yourself in the sardonic-yet-sensual
stare of Hugh Laurie “Oh god stop, I’m in a pool of tears here.” If you did, you wouldn’t be alone, as those
big-eyed gazes are both hypnotic and enviable — they convey so much emotion and seem to
radiate a light of their own. There’s a scientific reason that some of us
have larger eyes than others. Oxford University researcher Eiluned Pearce
says, “As you move away from the equator, there’s
less and less light available, so humans have had to evolve bigger and bigger eyes. Their brains also need to be bigger to deal
with the extra visual input.” And while that doesn’t make them any smarter
than anyone else, it does mean they could function better in the place where they lived. It’s pretty incredible to think that light
levels had such an impact on the size of our brains and eyes! Ah, the mysteries of science. “Yeah science!” According to the National Organization for
Albinism and Hypopigmentation, individuals who have albinism are often subjected to social
stigmatization. That’s a shame, as people with this genetic
condition have some of the most unique and stunning eyes out there, as well as the eyelashes
that compliment them. Take, for example, Russian model Nastya Zhidkova,
who has amassed an Instagram following of over 110,000 people. Her eyes are so fair that they appear almost
lavender, and they are framed by ice-white lashes. There’s also model Diandra Forrest, whose
eyes are a mix of green and brown, framed by golden eyelashes. Have you ever seen such distinctive gazes? Unfortunately, the genetics of albinism often
render people with the condition visually impaired to a significant degree, sometimes
legally blind. They also have to be extremely careful in
the sun, as their fair complexions are susceptible to sun damage more so than people without
the condition. Van Morrison made a whole lot of brown-eyed
girls happy when he released the song “Brown Eyed Girl”. Given that most people in the world have brown
eyes, having a song to make the coffee-eyed among us feel special filled a much-needed
void. How many songs about blue eyes do you need,
anyway? But if you’ve ever lost yourself in the deep
brown eyes of Idris Elba, or found yourself rapt in the stare of Johnny Depp, you know
the power of the mocha latte gaze. But did you know that people of the brown-eyed
persuasion are less susceptible to a host of medical conditions, such as macular degeneration,
eye cancer, and diabetic retinopathy? We haven’t forgotten our hazel-eyed brethren,
who are lucky enough to have irises that are multi-colored. With this distinctive eye color and pattern,
usually there is a “burst” of gold or brown around the pupil, which fades into green as
it moves outward into the eye. “Okay, what color are my eyes?” “Well at first glance your eyes are brown.” While the colors in hazel eyes can vary, some
more brown than they are green, the pattern is characteristically recognizable. This phenomenon is due to the amount of light
in the room or the color of the clothing and makeup a hazel-eyed beauty is wearing. So yes, that’s why Rihanna’s eyes always seem
to be different colors! “But when the light hits them, they change
to amber. And if you look really closely around the
iris, the color is pure honey.” Rihanna isn’t the only celeb that’s a member
of the hazel society – there’s also Tyra Banks, Shailene Woodley, Carrie Underwood, and Jada
Pinkett Smith, to name just a few. All hail the hazel! Just as there are plenty of songs celebrating
blue eyes, so too are there famous hits about emerald-colored peepers, such as “Green Eyes”
by Coldplay and “Big Green Eyes” by Alan Jackson. There’s a good reason for that, given how
beautiful those moss-colored sparklers can be. So what makes green eyes green? They’re actually borne out of a combination
of low melanin levels in the iris, combined with light scattering. This creates blue color that mixes with lipochrome,
a yellow pigment in the eye. And what happens when you mix yellow and blue,
class? That’s right – you get green. “But now that you’re standing here, I just
realized there’s a bit of green in the blue of your eyes.” Although only 2% of the world’s population
has this enviable eye color, plenty of famous people have green eyes. There’s Emma Stone’s big beautiful eyes, as
well as Adele’s penetrating, green-eyed gaze. Amanda Seyfried and the Olsen twins also boast
jade eyes, showing the endless beauty our green-eyed friends possess. Although gray eyes are often confused with
blue eyes, they’re a real thing. Gray eyes can be truly stunning, especially
when you see them in bright light. With origins in western, northern, and central
Europe, gray eyes develop in a manner similar to blue and green eyes. It starts with low melanin in the iris, which
is complimented by the scattering of light off of the darker epithelium. Combine that together and voilà, you get
gray eyes, which up close can also have flecks of brown or yellow. So next time you find yourself fawning over
pictures of Pink, or trying to figure out if Angelina Jolie has blue eyes or gray eyes,
you’ll know the mechanisms at work. It’s not just the color of the iris or the
shape of the eye that makes some eyes especially dazzling. People find long, full eyelashes especially
attractive and aesthetically pleasing, especially on women. There are perfectly good reasons that we find
thick eyelashes appealing. For one, they’re a good indicator of overall
health, as some diseases and conditions can cause lash loss. Additionally, long eyelashes can make the
eye look wider and can also make the gaze appear more dramatic. It’s no small wonder, then, that there are
plenty of products out there to emphasize our eyelashes, from mascaras to fake lashes
and eyelash extensions. If you need a tutorial, just look to Cardi
B – she’s a bonafide lash master. Finally, the most beautiful eyes in the world
always have a healthy sclera, also known as the white of the eye, which causes the iris’s
color to pop. Comprising over 80% of the eye, the sclera
frames the shape of the eye and protects it from damage. It also connects to the muscles that move
the eye around. There are a number of conditions that can
cause the sclera to become some color other than white, such as liver disease, brittle
bone disease, some connective tissue disorders, and rosacea, to name just a few. And if you’ve ever had conjunctivitis, you
know how awful it is to have your eyes turn pink. But when the sclera is healthy and normal,
it’s shiny and white, helping to show off whatever beautiful color lies at the center. Check out one of our newest videos right here! Plus, even more The List videos about your
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