Choosing the Right Contact Lenses According to Skin Tone

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Contact lenses are thin, medical devices worn directly on the surface of the eyes. These lenses are used to correct vision, to quickly change eye color or for therapeutic reasons. Contact lenses come in two types: hard and soft lenses.

Hard lenses are more durable than soft contact lenses. However, they are less comfortable to wear. Hard contact lenses can last up to a year or more. On the other hand, soft lenses are more comfortable to wear but should be changed frequently. Soft lenses are disposable too. A pair can last up to two weeks or up to a month, depending on the brand.

Contact lenses are split into two categories: prescription lenses and Plano lenses. Prescription lenses are used to correct a variety of eye problem: nearsightedness, far-sightedness, and astigmatism. On the other hand, Plano contact lenses are made specifically for cosmetic purposes. These lenses do not correct the vision at all.

Choosing Contact Lenses by Skin Tone

Contact lenses come in every conceivable color and designs. And to choose the right one, you’ll have to pick according to your skin color and hair color. The wrong contact lenses could look fake and stark.

To choose the right color lenses, start by knowing your undertones. There are two types of undertones: cool and warm.

To check your undertone, look under your wrist and look at the veins. If they are blue, your skin tone is cool. If the veins are greenish, you have a warm undertone.

A cool-toned skin has rosy or pink undertones. A warm-toned skin has apricot or coral undertones. People with cool tones will look good in blue, gray, green, turquoise, gray-blue, black and cool brown contact lenses.  Those with warm undertones look best with amber, hazel, dark brown or dark green contact lenses.

Choosing Contact Lenses by Hair Color

You can also choose the most flattering colored lenses, according to your hair color.

Brunette and Jet Black Hair

Brunettes or people with dark to black hair can get away with lighter colored contact lenses. If you’re Asian (dark brown to black hair, dark brown to black colored eyes), choose light brown, neutral brown, dark brown, or hazel colored contact lenses as well as translucent lenses. If you want to stand out, you can also choose light colored lenses. The lightness of your eye color will be a stark contrast to your dark tresses.

Light Brown Hair

If your hair is light brown, you can get away with a variety of eye color! Hazel, amber, medium brown, light brown and green colored lenses will flatter your hair color.

Blond Hair

For individuals with dark to light blond hair, choose baby blue, light green, light brown colored lenses. Blondes can get away with any light colored contact lenses.

Auburn Hair

For those with light and dark red hair, the safest contact lenses colors are green and blue. However, you can also experiment with brown and hazel colored lenses!

Ultimately, the kind of lenses that work for your own skin and hair color will depend on the look you hope to achieve. If you want to enhance the eyes subtly, then go for colors that will flatter your skin or hair color. But if you want lots of drama, then go for colors that contrast nicely with your own natural coloring.

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