Switching up your appearance with color contacts is a fun and unique way of trying something new. But many people who try color contacts with dark eyes find that they don’t have a natural looking effect, because their real eye color can be seen underneath.
This could be down to using low quality lenses, which aren’t FDA approved and therefore are not suitable for you to wear. But there are also considerations, such as the opacity of the lens, the size of the pupil opening and color matches to your skin tone and hair color to think of too.
Celebrities such as Selena Gomez, Kanye West and Kylie Jenner are proof that you can have dark eyes and wear color contacts, you just need to know the tips and tricks in choosing your perfect shades.
How to choose the best color contacts for your eyes
Always buy FDA approved lenses
We cannot stress this enough, as there are many unreliable retailers out there selling cheap contact lenses which aren’t fit for purpose. Buying FDA approved lenses is the only way to guarantee safety when choosing color contacts.Read more on our color contacts safety guide here.
If you look at your eyes, you’ll notice they aren’t one solid block of color. There’s actually many different colors, freckles and specks that make up the unique color of your eyes and these are what lens tones aim to mimic, in order to appear more natural.
You’ll notice we have both one-tone and three-tone style lenses. The one-tone kind are usually very opaque and limited to one color, whereas the three-tone styles are more dainty and delicate.
For darker eyes therefore, it’s better to choose one-tone lenses if you’re going for a much light shade (e.g. light blue) as they’ll be more opaque and your natural eye color is less likely to be apparent underneath.
Having said that, if you’re look for a sutble lighter lens, using three-tone lenses can actually help to blend the contacts with your own eye color.
What are the best colors for dark eyes?
Blue Color Contacts
Jumping from dark brown eyes to wearing blue lenses is one of the biggest you can take. For a natural look, it’s better to choose sapphire tones than powdery light blues.
Green Color Contacts
If you want a dramatic change in your look that is still natural, then green color contacts are your friend - as long as you go for the right shade!
If you want a subtle, natural yet striking green eyed look - choose olive and medium opacity green lens tones such as the mystic green contact lenses
If you have a slight hazel or amber tone to your natural eyes, the green three tone contact lenses are a beautiful compliment.
Brown Color Contacts
If you have dark eyes but want subtle, radiant change then a slightly lighter color of amber or hazel lenses will make the appearance of your eye color to pop and glow.
Violet Color Contacts
Ok, so no one has purple eyes but they do make a striking difference to your appearance - especially if matched with golden eye shadows, but did you know there is actual science to prove why violet contacts look awesome in dark brown eyes?
Most people with dark eyes have a some red and warm tones in their natural coloring. If you look at a color wheel therefore, you’ll notice that browns fall towards the red end of the spectrum.
The color purple is basically a mix of blue and red colors, so if you have dark brown eyes going for purples with a reddish tone to them will help to blend them with your natural eye color but also suit you perfectly!
Remember, wearing color contacts is safe and fun to do if you make sure to:
- Buy FDA approved lenses such as ours.
- Wash your hands before handling your lenses.
- Use the approved contact lens solution provided with the lens kits.
- Never wear your lenses for longer than their life span.
- See your optician to get them fitted.
- Never share your contacts with anyone else.