How to Choose the Right Color of Contact Lenses
Eyes are the window to the soul, they say. I bet the person who invented the phrase didn’t know just how true the statement would be in the year 2021.
Now that face masks and face shields are the new normal, what better time is there to beautify our eyes with different colored lenses? They’re affordable fashion accessories and a quick way to add some flair to any OOTD. You can even hit two birds with one stone by getting prescription coloured contacts from an eye care professional.
If you’ve been on the hunt for some contact lenses but don’t exactly know what shade goes best with your skin tone, hair color, or eye color, then stick around because we’ll be laying down everything you need to know about how to pick the right colored contacts.
What's the best colored contact lens for dark brown eyes?
If you’ve ever tried colored lenses before, you’ll know that the color always turns out differently on darker brown irises. This is because colored contact lenses always have some degree of transparency no matter the hue, and a darker eye color can muddle out the final look.
Compared to light eyes, which can get away with visibility tint or enhancement tint lenses, dark eyes should look for a colored lens with an opaque tint. An opaque tint will help cover up the darker natural eye color so the contact lens color becomes more visible.
But that’s not all. If you really want to lean into the specifics of colored contact lenses, then you might want to consider the contact lens size and shape, too. For this guide, we recommend sticking to circle lenses as they’re the standard and appear flattering on all eyes. But here are a few quick things you could watch out for in choosing colored contact lenses that go well with your face.
The outer rim of your contact lenses. For a bold look, choose contacts with a defined edge line. For a more natural look, choose one with a fading edge line. This advice goes for anyone, whether they have light eyes or dark eyes.
The iris, or the main color of the contact lenses. You can choose between a defined, graphic design for fancy looks, or a faint design with a natural color for understated eyes — perfect for elevating your simple makeup look.
The innermost part of the lens. A faded or gradient optical makes your eyes appear as if they’re more natural, albeit a little hazy. People who prefer to sport a bold appearance should go for contacts with a defined optical design.
Now that you know what type of contact lenses to look for, it’s time to figure out what color best suits you!
How to Choose Colored Contact Lenses for Your Skin Tone
To avoid a color mismatch, we’ve outlined the best colors to choose depending on your skin tone. Read on to find out!
Fair skin tone
If you have a fair skin tone, all it takes is getting the right undertones: do you prefer warmer colors or something with a cool hue?
As a general rule, girls with lighter skin look great with light colors, such as light blue or light green, which give a radiant yet natural final look. If you wish to go bolder, you can also opt for darker colors to contrast your complexion and bring out the color of your skin. These colors are bound to stand out even more with the perfect winged eyeliner.
Tanned/morena skin tone
Many of us think that having fair skin is an advantage, but there are plenty of colors that look even more vibrant on a deeper skin tone! In fact, bright colors look best on tanned skin. Go for contact lenses with colors like hazel, green, grey, and ice gold to bring a pop of color into your look. Those hues are sure to keep all eyes on you.
On the flip side, natural colors will look fine, but make sure to pair them with a different colored eye shadow to keep them from getting drowned out.
Darker skin tones
Likewise, those with dark skin can wear pretty much any color, depending on the desired effect. But there is something about warm, smoky colors like honey brown or dark grey that help achieve a more seductive finish.
Meanwhile, bright colors like a brown ochre or hazel are perfect for looking completely different from your usual self. For a dressed-down look, make your eyes appear more defined with cool-toned color contacts that also bring out your complexion.
How to Choose Colored Contact Lenses for Your Hair Color
Then, there’s the problem of matching your lens with your hair color to think about. A quick search result may not tell you much, but don’t worry, people, we’ve got you covered in that area, too. Here’s a cheat sheet on how to pick the right colored contact lens for your hair color:
Most of us are born with either jet black hair or brown hair. A dark brown mane is best paired with light colored contacts, so if you’ve been apprehensive about trying one out, now’s your chance!
Bright blue colored contacts on jet black hair give a stunning appearance that bring out one’s eyes even more. However, if you have light brown hair, don’t be afraid to shop for warmer tones like a good old honey colored contact lens to complement your brown locks.
If you’re a certified blondie, don’t be afraid to experiment with crazy eye colors! go ahead and try out some dark blue or ice grey contacts to keep your look light and Barbie-esque. Feeling a little creative? You can also try out blue green colored contacts for a unique touch.
Everyone who got crazy hair color dyes during quarantine, say I! A bright hue can be tricky to match, but going for more muted colors like a flat grey colored contact lens can keep the attention on your colorful mane. Want to take it up a notch? Try matching your hair with your colored contact lenses for a monochrome feel.
How do you make colored contacts look natural?
While a coloured contact lens is a great way to draw attention to our peepers, the wrong kind can make them stand out for the wrong reasons. To avoid this mistake, check the edge line of your contacts. Are they super thick, or just faded enough to pass as natural? Likewise, a faint inner circle design will appear more like your natural eyes, regardless of color.
Do colored contacts change your vision?
Unless you’re specifically wearing graded color contact lenses, yours should not change your vision. However, you can consult with an eye doctor if you’re a candidate for a prescription colored contact lens. After all, they are medical devices apart from being an accessory, and many eye care professionals even recommend them in lieu of glasses. A good pair can help with common eye care problems like vision correction, depth perception, and more.
Different colors look best on different people. All it takes is finding the right ones for us, and this goes with pretty much any aspect of beauty and fashion! Next time you shop for accessories, go ahead and add that green colored lens to your list!
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Joey is an AB Psychology graduate of the University of St. La Salle – Bacolod. Her life’s passions include writing, film, and spending hours on end binge-watching fashion vloggers on Youtube.