At one point or another, we’ve all longingly wondered what we would look like with different colored irises. After all, sporting a different hue is a fun way to play with our style, make our peepers seductively pop and, with Halloween right around the corner, take our costume to a whole other level. Countless celebrities have pulled off cosmetic contacts, and there is no reason why you can’t as well. We’ve gathered a few pointers to help you determine which tints may work best for your specific looks.
If you have fair or peach skin with cooler undertones, blues and grays will look stellar. While you can wear almost any hue, darker tones might appear abnormally harsh. Love her or hate her, Paris Hilton is a prime example of how piercing blue eyes can look natural if worn properly; this naturally brown-eyed lass first started sporting blue as a teenager and, thanks to the pink undertones in her skin and light hair color, the pigment fit her so well that most people would never even suspect that her irises were cosmetically enhanced.
If you have a tan or darker complexion, you most likely have a warmer tint to your skin that is best served by playing it up with similarly warm irises. Honey, brownish-greens will look natural but add some oomph. Subtly olive-skinned Angelina Jolie has naturally blue eyes but we love it when she pops in green colored contacts for a look that is friendly, if not a little playfully devilish.
For an exotic look that will flatter, opt for seductive purples or grays. Blue isn’t off the table but ladies should opt for darker versions and it tends to look severe when contrasted against darker skin tones. For instance, take brown-eyed beauty Naomi Campbell; the blue tinting she sometimes don, as the shading is too stark a comparison. We strongly prefer her in inviting, hotter tones that play up the warmness of her coloring.
Keep in mind that there are varying intensities available; Freshlook Lite Tint will enhance your natural coloring, while Freshlook Colors Opaques is somewhat more vibrant. As a bonus, there are even options for those of us that require toric shaped lenses. Additionally, avoid the temptation to either use your same go-to eyeshadow colors as before or make your cosmetics overly “matchy matchy.” Instead, contrast your shadow against your newly minted irises to make them truly pop; if you have blue eyes, pair them with creams, reds and golds; if you have green eyes, lilacs and browns will make them really shimmer; and, if you are wearing brown contacts, anything goes so have fun! Click here to read our advice on keeping your eyes safe when dealing with cosmetics and contact lenses.
As you consider which color lenses to take the leap with, remember two things:
* Firstly, no matter what decision you make, you can always change your mind! Feeling like blue one week and then purple the next? You’re not locked into one particular tint, so experiment to find what you believe to be your ideal choice.
* Secondly, what matters the most is YOUR personal preference. The insights provided above are meant to serve as general suggestions and may not coincide with what you had in mind. Express yourself and find the coloring that makes you feel beautiful and confident.