Colored Contacts and Decorative Contacts
Colored and cosmetic contact lenses are a rapid growing segment of the contact lens market. With advancements in technology, many have found that colored and decorative contacts are an easy way to give added beauty or fashion, while simultaneously correcting one’s vision.
Part of the growing popularity of decorative and cosmetic contacts can be attributed to celebrity adoption. While celebrities have worn colored contacts for years in movie roles, it’s only become popular in recent times to wear contacts outside movie roles to alter eye color. Celebrity popularity of eye color enhancement comes as no surprise. While your eyes aren’t large, they’re typically the first facial feature people notice, and stunning eye color is a quick way to make an impression. In comparison to applying makeup and other beauty routines, colored contact lenses offer a high impact effect on overall beauty and appearance with a significantly lower amount of effort.
Types of Colored and Decorative Contacts
- Enhancers: Enhancers are colored contact lenses that feature light, translucent shading that “enhance” your natural eye color instead of entirely replacing it. Enhancers give a highly natural look since most of your eye is still visible, and they typically add a deeper or brighter shade of coloration to your current eye color. While enhancers do give a highly natural look for most people, they’re not beneficial for those with dark eye color, since the darker colors will overpower and contrast with the shaded regions of the contact.
- Opaques: Opaque contact lenses alter one’s eyesight entirely, by completely covering the wearer’s pupil, allowing for entirely different eye coloration, tint, or even size. Opaque contacts are beneficial for people who have dark eyes, and thus can’t use enhancers. Opaques also benefit individuals who desire a radically different eye coloration in comparison to enhancers.
- Decorative:Decorative contacts are also known as costume contacts, Halloween contacts, crazy contacts, or theater contacts. Decorative contacts are typically a variation of opaque contact lenses that utilize unique designs that typically don’t resemble a normal human eye. Decorative contacts are used frequently in theater or costumes, since they can give the wearer altered eye colors like bright red, pure black, or even add effects like artificial lines and graphics on top of the pupil.
What Color Should You Pick?
Finding the proper color, lens, and style is a difficult decision. One benefit most consumers have is that contact lens manufacturers typically offer free trial samples to try on risk free, prior to deciding on which lens they want to wear long term. When considering lens coloration, most advise to pick a lens that compliment’s one’s fashion, makeup, and skin tone in addition to personal preferences for brightness or darkness. If you have naturally dark eye color, it’s important to purchase opaques instead of enhancers.