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How to Choose Safe Coloured Contact Lenses That Enhance Your Look

Improving your self-confidence is easier said than done. We’ve previously noted that medical issues can affect how you perceive yourself. Severe acne and hair loss, for example, may cause you to feel unattractive since clear skin and thick, long hair are often associated with beauty.

The same goes for vision issues. If you need to wear glasses, you may believe they give you a ‘nerdy’ or ‘geeky’ vibe that makes you unlikeable. Though most likely not the case, making aesthetic decisions that help you feel comfortable is still important. 

That’s probably why you may be thinking of using contacts. In fact, a recent survey finds that over 63% of Brits who are prescribed contact lenses are women—most likely for the reason mentioned above. After all, contacts provide clear, unobstructed vision. And if you really want to enhance your look, you can even use them to experiment with different eye colours! However, not all contacts are created equal. That’s why you need to be especially discerning when picking out a pair.

If that’s what you plan to do, you may be wondering how to choose safe coloured contact lenses that can truly elevate your appearance. Here are a few tips that can help. 

Determine your lens type 

Contacts aren’t one-size-fits-all fashion accessories. They’re recognised medical products with different types to address various vision requirements, so pick the kind you need. If you only want them for aesthetic purposes, get non-prescription Plano contacts. Meanwhile, moisturising contacts like those from ACUVUE can be your go-to for dry eyes. Nearsighted? Brands like Air Optix offer coloured contacts that also correct your vision. Whatever you choose, get fitted by an optician or optometrist before buying them. Aside from providing a prescription detailing the exact strength of vision correction needed per lens, these professionals will measure your eyes so you can get contacts that fit them perfectly—and wear a pair that looks stylish while still being comfortable. 

Limit your selection to reputable catalogues

Coloured contacts are designed to look good. However, not all come from authorised sources, especially if you’re buying them online. If you don’t check the authenticity of a seller, you may receive counterfeit contacts stored in defective solutions. These can cause infections and, in the worst-case scenario, lead to vision loss. If you want to buy coloured contacts safely, getting them from legitimate catalogues backed by eyecare experts is important. Vision Direct is one site that displays the standard you should look for. Founded by opticians, its range of offerings only includes coloured contacts from top brands like Alcon’s FreshLook and Johnson&Johnson’s Bausch + Lomb. Making your selection in such a way will still give you various choices while ensuring you can safely enhance your look with coloured contacts. 

Consider your skin tone and hair colour

Now that you’ve gotten the safety precautions out of the way, it’s time to get to the fun part—choosing your colour! Choosing a hue that matches your skin tone is ideal to elevate your appearance. Don’t just check if you’re a light, medium, or deep shade, as you also need to look at your undertone. If you don’t know what that is, Glamour UK recommends checking the veins on the insides of your wrists. Blue and purple veins mean you have a cool undertone, which goes best with green, grey, and blue-coloured contacts. If you’ve got green and blue veins and thus a neutral undertone, you can go for more vibrant greens, blues, and even purples. Finally, those with olive-green veins and a warmer undertone will look great wearing hazel, honey, or dark brown contacts. You can also select lenses that match your hair colour! Blondes have it best, as they’ll suit contacts of pretty much any shade. Meanwhile, brunettes with brown or black hair can go with darker green, brown, and purple hues. 

Choose your tint 

Locked in a decision for the colour you want? Move on to choosing how opaque you want your contacts to be. You’ll want to hit the sweet spot between colourless contacts and lenses with tints so bright they won’t look natural when you wear them. That said, you can start by steering clear of visibility contacts. These only come with enough colour for you to see them when they’re immersed in solution. Instead, choose between enhancement and opaque tints. As their name suggests, enhancement lenses don’t completely transform how you look. They only have enough pigment to accentuate the original colour of your eyes, making them great if you want to achieve a subtle and natural look. Otherwise, you can experiment using lenses with opaque tints that completely alter your eye colour. The right ones should match your skin and hair tone—and if they do, they’ll take your appearance to a whole other level!

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