Colored contact lenses provide a fun and easy way to shake up your look. They’re available in a variety of colors and can be worn if you need them to see better or without vision correction if you simply want to change your eye color.
What Are the Best Colored Contacts for Dark Eyes?
If you have dark eyes, such as brown or very dark brown, you may believe your choice of colored contact lenses is limited and that a light-colored lens won’t work for you. That’s not the case. The right type of lens can make even the darkest eyes look like a different color.
Opaque lenses are the best choice if you want a completely different color. This type of contact lens has a high color pigmentation so light doesn’t pass through the colored part (the section of the lens that covers the pupil is clear so you can see). When you’re wearing opaque contacts, your real eye color doesn’t show through.
As for colors: Hazel, green and blue-colored lenses work well with dark eyes. Choose darker shades of blue or green for a more subtle change. Light blue or light gray, or more vivid shades of blue, green or violet create a more dramatic change.
If you want a more natural change, a lighter honey brown or hazel-colored lens is a good place to start. This color can enhance your eyes by making them look lighter brown with hints of yellow or gold.
Green contacts make a more noticeable change. You can select a vibrant green color like emerald or jade. If your eyes are very dark brown, lime green or olive green can really make them pop.
If you’ve always longed for blue eyes, they’re possible with colored lenses. If you have dark brown eyes and pick light blue contacts, you can have dark blue-brown eyes. If your eyes are a lighter brown, bright blue contacts can give you sea-blue eyes.
Types of Colored Contact Lenses
In addition to opaque contacts, there are other types of colored lenses that can change your dark eye color in subtle or dramatic ways.
Enhancement Tint Contacts
Enhancement tint contact lenses are specially designed to enhance your eye color and look natural. For example, this type of colored contact lens can make blue eyes look aqua or green eyes appear emerald.
Most enhancement and opaque contacts come in a variety of colors including:
- Sterling gray
- Brilliant blue
- Gemstone green
- True sapphire
- Pure hazel
These contacts also provide a more natural color change. They’re transparent at the outside edges and become gradually more opaque toward the middle.
Custom-Tinted Contact Lenses
If you want a one-of-a-kind, natural-looking eye color, you can have contacts custom made. Some lens manufacturers create custom colors for contacts with and without vision correction.
This type of opaque lens uses theatrical or special effects to dramatically change how your eyes look without changing your eye color. You can get lenses that glow under black lights, look like cat eyes or are completely black, among other choices.
Do You Need a Prescription for Colored Contacts?
No matter what color or type of colored contacts you choose, you need a prescription. This is because all contacts — even those worn for cosmetic purposes only — are considered medical devices.
If you buy color contact lenses online, get them from a site that requires a prescription. In the U.S., it’s illegal to sell colored contacts without a prescription.
If you’re interested in colored contact lenses, the first step is to see your eye doctor. They will give you a comprehensive exam and can professionally fit your lenses. Your eye doctor can also suggest what colors would look best, and you can try different colors during your appointment.