Purple Eyes – Causes, Purple Eye Color Disease, Makeup Tips, Were Elizabeth Taylor Purple Eyes Real

Purple eyes are a charm if you are not wearing purple contact lenses. Get the causes of purple eyes, purple eye diseases (Alexandria Genesis) whether Elizabeth Taylor had purple eyes and if people have natural purple eyes. You will also get makeup tips for purple eye color. 

The Purple Eyes – Causes, Purple Eye Disease and Makeup Tips

The Purple Eyes – Causes, Purple Eye Disease and Makeup Tips

Having purple eyes sounds strange, just as it does to have violet eyes or other rare eye colors. This eye color is closely related to violet  since violet color is between blue and purple. In fact, you have to admit that having purple eyes is a special one, and everyone will be looking at, or admire your cute eye color.I guess it is rarer than even violet or amber eyes. In this discussion, some of the questions we will attempt to answer include the following:

  • What causes purple eyes? Are there real Purple Eyes? 
  • Did Elizabeth Taylor have purple eyes? 
  • What is purple eye disease?
  • Do purple eyes naturally occur, can people have or are there people with purple eyes?
  • Which makeup should you use if you have eyes that are purple or closely related to purple color?

Get answers to all the above questions and much more on purple eyes that will make everything clearer in this article.

Do People have Purple Eyes, What Causes them? – Albino, Diseases and Genetics

People with purple eyes must be be very gorgeous looking and quite attractive. Of course, one of the questions, commonly asked by everyone, is if, people actually have eyes that are purples.

This question, is a tough one, and it alludes mixed reactions, with one school of thought acknowledging the existence of purple eyes while the other school thinks contrary – there are no natural purple eyes. Although very rare, there are people who have purple eyes, just as in the case of violet eyes.

Violet Eyes - Elizabeth Taylor’s Violet Eyes

Purples Eyes – Elizabeth Taylor’s Purple Eyes

If that is the case, what then causes them? The answer is simple. Purple eyes could be caused by a number of things, which include amount of melanin someone has in his or her iris, diseases such as albinism, (albino purple eyes) heterochromatin (disease or disorder where eye changes color), purple eye disease, genetic or hereditary factors.

Basic biology appreciates that the looks people have are passed from their parents. It is possible to get different amounts of eye pigments, which will in turn influence the eye color you have. This is the same fact that influences all the eye colors people have, even for the common eye colors such as hazel, blue, brown, green and so on.

Furthermore, sustaining eye injuries could result to purple eyes because purple color can results from a mixture of red and blue. It is common to get someone, who for instance, has blue eyes but because of the appearance of blood vessels caused by a number of reasons including injuries or less amounts of melanin, one might end up having purple looking eyes.

Characteristics of Purple Eye Disease – Alexandria Genesis

Purple Eyes – Causes, Purple Eye Disease and Makeup Tips

Purple Eyes – Causes, Purple Eye Disease and Makeup Tips

As already mentioned, purple eyes can be caused by purple eye disease. This is a difficult one to understand or appreciate but worthwhile knowing.  Purple eye disease, otherwise known as Alexandria Genesis is a condition where someone’s eyes turned to purple due to gene mutation.

This is an ancient myth, in which, many modern scientists  hardly find any evidence in. Alternatively, it could have existed when science was not much advanced, making it difficult to day with certainty it existed.

As the mythical Alexandria Genesis disease goes, normally, you were be born with either gray or blue eyes, which could start changing to purple after some time. The process went on for about six months.

Furthermore, when you had purple eyes because you were suffering from Alexandria Genesis, it was believed you would show a number of characteristics when you reached puberty, which included the following:

  • The gray or blue eyes that became deeper in color gradually, and as you reach puberty, they will then turn to purple.
  • Fair skin that would not tan or burn
  • Black or dark brown hair
  • No facial or body hairs, except for the one you are born having i.e. nostril, scalp, eyelashes and eyebrow hairs.
  • You had longer life span and a very strong immunity that could resist any disease that affect human beings.
  • Yo had no or little bowel movement, excellent vision, never overweight(with a proportional and well developed body).
  • Women or girls who had purple eyes often miss their menstrual flow but they could still conceive.

Other than the above symptoms of the mythical purple eye disease, the condition was said to be more prevalent in Caucasian but also afflicted other races.

Elizabeth Taylor’s Purple Eyes – Did She Have  Real Purple Eyes?

Purple Eyes - Girls with purple eyes

Purple Eyes – Girls with purple eyes

Elizabeth Taylor, a popular actress who acted several movies including Cleopatra in 1963 was considered to have purple eyes. Although some people consider her eyes to be violet or blue, it is not easy to say with certainty that Elizabeth Taylor purple eyes were truly purple or not. However, she certainly did not wear purple contact lenses since these lenses came much later.

If you looked on her eyes keenly in her photos and movies, you will see they appeared violet or purplish in color. Blue is very close to purple and a slight variation in lighting could make light blue eyes to appear purple or violet. I have not found any 100% convincing evidence that Liz Taylor had purple eyes.

Makeup Tips for Purple Eyes

If you have purple eyes which are not as a result of wearing purple eye contacts lenses, you are among the few lucky people and girls with natural purple eyes. However,  you need to know some of the ways you can accentuate the looks of your purple eyes.

The first thing to do is to know which undertones your purple eyes have, and get eye makeup that will help bring out  those undertones.

For instance, if you want to bring the grayish tone in purple eyes, go for charcoal or gray eyeshadows and deeper shades of gray and black eyeliners. For innocent and subtle looks, consider soft pink hues.

On the other hand, if you want to complement your purple eyes, it is a good idea to go for golds, soft greens and purple eye makeup. Colors such as metallic copper that is bright, bronze, and pewter will also complement your eyes well.


It is a fact that there are people who have purple eyes, most of which are caused by various disease, conditions or disorders. However, you should not be duped by people who wear purple eye contact lenses and pretend to be purple-eyed.

Smokey Purple Eye Looks

To clarify something, smokey purple eyes is not part of the purple eye makeup but the use of purple eyeshadow to create smokey eye looks. Therefore, anyone whose eye color can be complimented with purple color could create smokey purple look.

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9 Comments for “Purple Eyes – Causes, Purple Eye Color Disease, Makeup Tips, Were Elizabeth Taylor Purple Eyes Real”

  1. Susan

    Is purple eye disease something bad or good cause it sounds like a good thing to have, but it has the word disease in it. I’m confused. Lol

  2. @Susan. Purple eyes are very rare and they could be caused by a number of conditions such as albinism, gene mutation or hereditary factors. However, the Alexandria Genesis disease is an ancient popular Egyptian myth. There is hardly any solid evidence such people existed. However, true purple eyes closely mimic violet eyes and the two can be confused.

  3. Julia

    Purple eyes and violet eyes seem so similar. Is there a clear way to distinguish people who have purple eyes and those with violet eyes? How do you tell someone has purple eyes and not wearing purple contact lenses?

    • @Julia. Purple color is closer to blue than violet. Furthermore, violet appears to be having a more pinkish tone in it. On contact lenses and purple eyes, if you keenly observed, you should be able to distinguish someone who is wearing purple contact lenses and someone who has purple eyes.

  4. Eku

    I have violet eyes and it’s no an disease about 1 person per million has violet eyes.

  5. Tracy

    What does it mean if you have a grey ring, a green ring, and a purple ring color eyes? this is my eye color, three rings of different shades. my purple ring is the inner most ring right next to the black center. The largest portion of my eye color is light green, and then the outer most ring is a dark grey? I also have white blonde hair, and all of my body hair, including eyebrows and eyelashes, and pubs are white blonde, almost albino. but my skin color is a medium yellowish hue and I don’t burn, but tan up very easily. Am I a super rare genetic disorder or disease, or is this lucky? Wiki said that the race of Valyrian had blonde hair and purple eyes. might I be a descendant of this ancient race? what are your thoughts, anybody please?

  6. Tiarra Cambio

    If you cannot menstruate, dropping a new fresh egg… how can you conceive? And how come I’ve never heard of this in my years in medical school?

  7. Ymir

    I must warn you, this whole Alexandria’s Genesis story is fake. It was create by Cameron Miquelon (I’m not sure if it’s a pseudonym) as a fanfiction to the animated series “Daria” (I think it was from MTV). Here, go to this link :
    In this article she tells the story of how and why she started this. Please, read it, it’s actually a really interesting article.
    P.S.: I thought it was true at first, before thinking much about it, then I just searched a little and found it. Have fun reading it!

  8. raven

    In the Philippines, there appears to be one case and the very interesting part of it is that she came from an indigenous tribe far chance of having caucasian ancestors. She has dark skin and eyes as blue as the ocean. A wonderful mutation of nature. Check out the video, she was featured in one of the documentaries that discussed Filipinos who looked different from the norm.

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