I liked what you did, the "feel," so much, I challenged myself to get the eyes to work. This worked for me:
Desaturate the blues in the left eye.
Color pick a light skin tone from around her right eye
Darken it (experimentation in next step)
Paint it, using "Overlay" in the desaturated parts of the left eye
Darken the irises of both eyes to taste.
Powerful shot for me.
Thanks so much, artBob. You're asking me to raise my game considerably, so I'm going to need to stretch. But that's precisely why I wanted to ask you all for advice.