Coloured contact lenses are a fun and interesting way to play with your look. A lot of celebrities choose to wear them to enhance their look, such as Paris Hilton, Kylie Jenner and Nina Dobrev, just to name a few. Coloured lenses can be enjoyed on a single occasion or become part of your daily look. It can, however, be tricky to find the right coloured lens to suit you. You may be wondering which colour would most suit you, especially if you have dyed your hair a different shade. Read on to discover the different types of coloured lenses available and how to choose the right one for you.
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Do I need a prescription to wear coloured contact lenses?
Even if you have perfect vision, you can still enjoy wearing coloured contact lenses. 0 power (non-prescription) coloured lenses are available to buy from many brands. Even if you don’t require vision correction, you should still get a contact lens fitting to ensure you are wearing lenses that fit your specific eye shape and size. Wearing lenses that fit will ensure comfort throughout wear.
What colours are available?
You’re probably already aware that you can buy coloured lenses in blue, brown and green, but did you know that purple and grey lenses are also available? From bright and vivid hues to more muted tones, you’ll find a variety of colour intensities, depending on which brand you go for. Specialist coloured lenses are also available to buy both on the high street and online, these lenses will have more intense colours and/or different shaped irises (cat-eye, for example). Specialist or special effects lenses can of course be worn in the day, but these are usually reserved for costumes because they tend to give a more striking look.
Which coloured lenses would suit me?
If you have blue veins, then you probably have cool-toned skin. If your veins are greener in colour, then you likely have warm-toned skin. Those with a combination of blue and green veins have neutral-toned skin.
Warm-toned skin will look great in brown, hazel and green coloured lenses. Generally lighter hair colours like blonde suit blue and green colours the most, but that’s not to say that you can’t look good in those colours if you have darker hair/eyes. Cooler skin tones look brilliant in blue or purple lenses. Those with darker hair will suit hazel and violet-coloured lenses, but again, other colours can still work.
Choosing a brand that features several coloured lenses in one pack can give you a chance to experiment with different hues. Looking at pictures online of other people wearing lenses who have a similar complexion/hair tone to you can also help you to decide if those lenses would suit you or not. However, bear in mind that although someone may look like they have the same colour eyes as you, they may be darker or lighter than yours, therefore the same lenses may present differently on their eyes than they would on yours.
What types of coloured lenses are there?
Opaque coloured lenses are contacts that will completely cover your natural eye colour, giving a more stand-out look. Other coloured lenses give a more subtle colour change, brands such as Freshlook Colorblends blend three colours together in the lens for a more natural look. If you have dark brown eyes, opaque lenses are the best choice as they will give more of a noticeable difference. Light coloured eyes can still have a dramatic colour change with less opaque lenses.
Should I choose daily, two weekly or monthly coloured lenses?
If you plan on wearing your lenses for a single occasion, it makes sense to choose daily disposable lenses, as these lenses can be worn for a whole day and thrown away before you go to sleep. Daily disposables are brilliant for parties, occasions, or evening events.
If you want to commit to this new eye colour change, you could choose two weekly or monthly lenses, although it’s worth noting that these lenses require a regular lens-cleaning routine. Monthly and two weekly lenses are more affordable than daily disposables, as they can be worn all day, cleaned/stored in solution at night and worn the next day. It’s important to note that monthly lenses should be thrown away 30 days after opening, no matter how many times you’ve worn them.
Where can I buy coloured contact lenses from?
Coloured contact lenses are definitely cheaper to purchase online. Not only are you getting a better deal, but you can also choose your preferred brand and lens colour from the comfort of your own home. When you order online you also have the convenience of having them delivered, you can even have them delivered the very next day if you need your lenses as soon as possible. There are also many excellent articles online where you can learn more about coloured contact lenses.