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Color Contacts for Dark Eyes, An Overview

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Color Contacts for Dark Eyes, An Overview

Whether you just need a little inspiration for your next pair of color contacts, or don’t even know where to begin buying your first pair, we have the answers for you! The Dimple team is loaded with experts in all things color contact related, and here’s their top tips for finding the right color contact lenses for dark eyes just like yours.

The Basics of Color Contacts

How do contact lenses work? In the prescription arena, there’s ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ lenses, but almost all lenses are soft these days. Hard lenses are still used for a few, specific, medical conditions. Soft lenses are more comfortable and keep the eye more oxygenated and hydrated. 
The lens itself is carefully shaped to sit over the iris, specifically. This means it doesn’t wander around the eye, and instead moves naturally with your eye. For prescription users, this makes sure you can see perfectly all the time. For color contacts, it also means your color looks natural and stays put. This is why properly fitted contacts are important!

Understanding How Color Contacts Work

So, what are the best color lenses for dark eyes? First, we must look at how color contacts work.

Enhancement Tint Color Contacts

This type of color contact lens only uses translucent color. They can either enhance an existing eye color, or let you tweak it a little bit. While a natural hazel eye contacts could probably use enhancement tint lenses to go more green or more brown, and a honey eye could darken convincingly with one, most dark eyes can’t use them for color changes. But you can use them to enhance your natural color!

Opaque color contacts

Opaque lenses have a totally opaque color that blocks yours. So this is how you change your color completely, especially for lightening it, if you have dark eyes. If you don’t like an iris irregularity you have, they’re also great to cover that. 

Prescription color contacts

If you need a prescription, you can still use color lenses, you will just need to buy them in your prescription. Fashionable fun is yours to have, too! Color contact lens technology has advanced leaps and bounds. Even people using toric lenses (for astigmatism) can get prescription color contacts.

Choosing the right type of color contact for dark eyes

So, what color contacts can you wear for dark eyes? You can wear any opaque lens you want, even though enhancement lenses are more limited for you. So, let’s take a look

Enhancement tint lenses for dark eyes

As we mentioned above, enhancement lenses are mostly used to add extra sparkle to your real eye color when you have dark eyes. You can’t make a dark eye lighter with enhancement lenses. The palest brown, called honey, can darken itself with an enhancement lens. Hazel eyes can create a subtle shift that brings their brown or their green more to the fore. But that’s about all.

Opaque color lenses for dark eyes

Here’s where the fun starts with color contacts for dark eyes! With an opaque lens, you can lighten your eyes to any color you want, or have fun with a range of darker colors too. The sky is your limit, enjoy it. 

Wearing color contacts convincingly on dark eyes

So, how do you take your new color contacts and look convincing in them? If you like to stand out from the crowd or don’t care about looking natural, do whatever you want. If you’re trying to be subtle, or look convincingly natural, however, a little thought is needed. Your hair and skin tone are going to influence this the most. We associate certain eye and hair color combinations because they’re what’s found most often. Here they are:
  • Black: The majority of black-haired people have brown eyes of darker shades, but some have green and hazel is somewhat common.
  • Blonde: Almost all blue eyed individuals are blonde. But natural blondes also have paler browns naturally. Green is rare, surprisingly, but still found.
  • Brown: Brown hair goes with almost any color. Blue is rare, but not unheard of. Everything else goes as well.
  • Red: Redheads typically have green or blue eyes. Some have honey, but it’s rare.
What about gray and violet? They’re incredibly rare naturally, and mostly found on black-haired individuals. Although they’re so rare they can technically be found with any hair color. 
What else should you consider? There’s 2 factors:
  • Skin tone: Do you have a cold or a warm undertone? Warm browns, reddish dark browns, warmer blues, bright greens, and honey look best with warm undertones. Blue, paler greens, most hazels, grey, and cooler dark browns look good with cool undertones.
  • Makeup: Your new eye color needs complimentary makeup

Introduction to Dimple

It’s time to put your knowledge about picking the right color contacts for dark eyes to good use! Why not explore the Dimple range? We have two exquisite collections- Hello for bright and bold color, and Mellow for a softer, more subtle look. Each lens we make is a high-quality design with extra moisture, ensuring your eye stays happy and hydrated. It’s a premium color contact lens for modern life- why not try one today?

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