The most beautiful eye colour can be subjective
What colour eyes are the most attractive? There is plenty of evidence around that suggests Blue is the most attractive eye colour, and when accompanied with blond hair it appears that magical combination. We’ve all heard of the attractiveness of the blue-eyed blond, what you may not know is that Green eyes are almost equally attractive.
Why Are Blue Eyes Considered The Most Attractive?
Blue eyes are undoubtedly seen as the most attractive eyes in the Western world and rank quite highly in the East too, this may be in part due to stereotypes we were bombarded with as children, from the Disney princesses to leading actresses and actors in our favourite TV shows and movies.
From Grace Kelly to Margot Robbie and Frank Sinatra to Chris Hemsworth there’s no doubt blue eyes dominate the big screen.
Yougov states that 34% of British people find blue the most attractive eye colour; whereas brown gets 19% of the vote and Green eyes get 14% although green eyes only account for around 2% of the population.
Are Green Eyes Considered Attractive?
Depending on what surveys you look at, green eyes can be up there with blue eyes on the attractiveness front.
This is a little harder to explain, it could be due to their rarity, although most of us can’t come up with a naturally green-eyed actor or actress, Ben Whishaw and Scarlett Johansson both have beautiful natural green eyes.
The Most Beautiful Eyes Are Not Necessarily The Most Popular
Although blue eyes often come out on top in surveys asking what is the most beautiful eye colour, they are by no means the most dominant eye colour, according to worldatlas.com Brown eyes are by far the most common eye colour.
What Is The Most Common Eye Colour?
It may surprise you to learn that brown is the most common eye colour around the world with Grey eyes coming in last.
Eye colour ranked from most common to least common
1. Brown - between 55% and 79% of the population have brown eyes.
Dark brown eyes are the most common eye colour in Africa, East Asia, and Southeast Asia.
2. Blue - 8% and 10%
Blue eyes are most commonly found in Europe, especially Scandinavia.
3. Hazel - 5%
Hazel eyes are fairly uncommon, but can be found throughout the world especially so in Europe and the United States.
3. Amber - 5%
Amber eyes are fairly uncommon, but can be found throughout the world.
5. Green - around 2%
Green eyes are rare but can be found mostly in Northern, Central, and Western Europe.
6. Grey - less than 1%
Grey eyes are very rare and are most common in Northern and Eastern Europe.
7. Let’s not forget heterochromia, this condition is seen in much less than 1 per cent of people, but interestingly is quite common in dogs (such as Siberian Husky and Australian sheep dogs), cats, and horses.
Do Different Countries Think Different Coloured Eyes Are Beautiful?
Different countries can perceive different eye colours to be beautiful, for instance, South Americans appear to prefer brown eyes, whereas people from Kazakhstan prefer green eyes. To find out what coloured eyes are seen as beautiful if various countries around the world check out our interactive map Beautiful Eyes Around The World.
How Is Eye Colour Determined?
Your eye colour is determined by variations in 16 different genes. These genes are mainly involved with the production, transport, or storage of a pigment called melanin.
Your eye colour is determined by the amount and quality of melanin in the front layers of your iris. People with blue eyes have a little amount of melanin whereas people with brown eyes have significantly more.
It has been estimated that 74% of the variance in human eye colour can be explained by one interval on chromosome 15 that contains the OCA2 gene.
Do All Babies Have Blue Eyes?
It’s a common myth that all babies are born with blue eyes.
While it may be true that in the Western world, most babies are born with blue eyes, this is not so for many parts of the world.
A study carried out by Stanford University in 2016 involving 192 newborn babies found that nearly two-thirds of them had brown eyes at birth, whereas only 1 in 5 babies were born with blue eyes.
The researchers observed that the majority of blue-eyed babies were Caucasian, whereas the brown-eyed babies were from other ethnic groups including Asian and Hispanic. The study did not follow through to see how many of those blue-eyed babies continued to have blue eyes.
Can I Change My Eye Colour?
Your eye colour may be determined by your genes, but that doesn’t mean you can't experiment with other colours, many stars permanently wear coloured contact lenses to change their eye colour.
The best, safest and cheapest way to change your eye colour is with coloured contact lenses
It doesn’t matter whether or not you need glasses, most coloured contact lenses come in Plano (no power).
It is so easy to experiment, why not try changing your brown eyes blue or your blue eyes brown? You can even have different coloured eyes for work and play!
If you like something a little different why not try Amethyst or Caribbean Aqua.
Cosmetic iris implant surgery is reputed to change eye colour permanently but there is little or no evidence to prove the procedure is effective or safe, it is yet to undergo trials and has not been approved by the UK, EU or US.
Author: John Dreyer Optometrist Bsc(Hons), MCOPTOM, DipCLP
Created: 31 Jul 2020, Last modified: 3 Jan 2023