Colored lenses 101
New to Circle Lenses?
Confused by circle lens lingo? What effect 1, 2, 3 or 4 tone designs have? What about all the different diameters? Get in the know with by reading our little introduction to circle lenses.
- The first circle lenses that were released around 2005 were 14.0mm in diameter. If you have never tried circle lenses, we think that it is good to start out with 14.0mm. 14.0mm is sufficient enlargement for most people. Others won't realize that you are wearing cosmetic enhancement lenses unless they get within 0.5 m of you and stare into your eyes.
- 14.2mm and 14.3mm have a moderate exaggeration. Makeup may bring out the best effects of these specific diameter lenses.
- 14.5mm provides an obvious dolly effect. Others will know that you are wearing cosmetic lenses. It's perfect for photo shooting as it exaggerates the eyes so they stand out very well.
1, 2, 3, 4 TONES
- Single-tone lenses have only one color. The black and brown circle ones are the "classic" enlarging lenses. The darker the color goes, the more dolly your eyes will look.
- Two-tone lenses have a black or dark outer (limbal) ring which provides the enlarging effect, plus a base colour to provide colour change.
- Three-tone lenses have everything that the two-tone lenses have, plus some yellowish colour surrounding the pupil hole for blending.
- Four-tone lenses have everything the three-tone lenses have, with some orange-brown color mixed with the yellowish color surrounding the pupil hole for more optimal blending.
Research confirms that the thicker the lens, the more stable the water content and the less dehydration your eye will suffer.Water content makes a difference.
The water content of a soft contact lens can vary greatly, from 38% water to over 70% water, so consult with your eye doctor to be sure you’re using the contacts that are best for you. Counterintuitively, soft contacts with a higher “wetness” level, though comfortable, may worsen your dry eye symptoms. Contacts designed to hold 65% water, for example, will wick away moisture from whatever environment they are in—in this case, your already-dry eyes—to maintain that 65% level of moisture. While the lenses will be nice and moist, this will leave your eyes drier than they were before. A soft contact with a low water content level of about 38% will feel comfortable and allow your eyes to breathe without drying them out.
- GEO is the world's most popular manufacturer of circle lenses. They are the largest and most reputable manufacturer and export worldwide. We would rate their products' quality as very good.
- NEO Vision lenses have been voted by our customers and staff to be the most comfortable. Their lenses are the thinnest and have a superb water content of 42%. NEO Vision specialists in original, natural designs that are well-loved by people. They are also a very reputable manufacturer. We would rate their products' quality as excellent.
- Square Face is house brand of circle lenses which are produced by Dreamcon factories. We source only the trendiest designs and safest materials for this brand.
- Darrens is another major player in the circle lenses scene. They export heavily to Japan, Thailand, Malaysia and China. They have the widest range of designs and export a lot of products to Japan. We would rate their products' quality as excellent.
- Bescon is one of the longest-established manufacturers of circle lenses. Their lenses are as comfortable as Darrens lenses. We would rate their products' quality as excellent.
- Glitter emerged onto the circle lens scene around 2 years ago. Some reports show that the comfort level is superb or even better than NEO. Their designs are fresh and unique. We would rate their products' quality as excellent.
How to Choose Colored Contacts for Your Skin Tone & Hair Color
Contact lenses are popular for many reasons. People find them more comfortable compared to eyeglasses. They are more fashionable, too. Contact lenses, especially the colored ones, can make you look different. Colored contacts have varying effects on people, and a great deal of this depends on the pattern features - like opacity, tonality, size and presence or black of a limbal ring. Additionally, the wearer's own skin color and hair color can greatly affect how much the contacts stand out (or blend in).
- COLORED CONTACTS FOR FAIR SKIN
Lucky you! If you have fair skin, chances are that any colored contact lens will look great on you. Colored contacts in shades of blue and grey will look particularly dazzling, giving you a classy look. Fair skin is also a wonderful backdrop for bright eye colors. Ones that shine bright, like turquoise, purple and aqua are especially recommended when you want to stand out from the crowd! Check out NEO 3 tone green, NEO 3 tone blue, NEO 4 tone grey.
- COLORED CONTACT FOR TANNED/MEDIUM SKIN
If you are brown-skinned or tanned, you need bright colored lenses, colors that will make your eyes glow. Tanned people usually choose brown, chocolate, honey, grey or dark blue (sapphire/navy) contacts. We wouldn't suggest bright blues like turquoise/aqua though, as they usually don't pair well with caramel skin tones. If you opt for neutrals like brown or grey contacts, be sure that they're of a slightly different shade than your eyeshadow to make your irises pop. Check out NEO Firework Grey, NEO Dali, NEO Monet Black.
- FOR DARK SKIN
If you have dusky complexion or dark skin, you can go for a variety of colors, all depending on what kind of effect you want to achieve. Warm colors usually work best. If you want a naturally sexy look, use a warm brown, hazel or 2-tone violet contacts for a bit of edge. Smoky colors, too, are seductive and sexy. If you want an out-of-the-box look guaranteed to turn heads, go for honey or autumn-colored lenses, or even grey lenses. Stay away from loud colors like pink or aqua as they won’t complement your look. Check out NEO Gift Brown, Glitter Lace Choco, NEO Ice honey.
Aside from skin tone, also consider your hair color
- COLORED CONTACTS FOR MEDIUM BROWN HAIR
Lucky you! There are very few lens colors that medium brown hair won't match with. Almost every color is guaranteed to look realistic
- COLORED CONTACTS FOR BLONDE & LIGHT HAIR
Blonde and golden-brown hair work well with darker colored contacts, like black, chocolate and deep browns.
Lighter lenses like those that come in shades of grey and beige can work as well, but will give you a distinctly Caucasian (or mixed Eurasian - if you are Asian) look. Make sure your brows are colored the same as your hair to avoid a disjunct look.
Platinum blondes look great with bright blue or emerald as well.
- COLORED CONTACTS FOR BLACK HAIR
Black hair, especially the cool-toned shade like blue-black or salt-and-pepper, provides a beautiful contrast against blue or purple contacts. If you're going for a more natural look, try brown contact lenses.
- COLORED CONTACTS FOR PINK, PURPLE, BLUE & OTHER BRIGHTLY COLORED HAIR
You might think that such unique hair colors require an equally unique pair of contact lenses, but we'd recommend the contrary. You don't want to have both your eyes and hair competing for attention. It might be too overwhelming to have 2 vividly colored features at once. All you need is a simple pair of one-tone black or brown circle lenses to complete your look.
Consider different lighting conditions
Remember that colored contacts will vary in appearance according to lighting, which is something you should consider if you're picking out a pair for a special event. Some tend to "disappear" in dim lighting, which means you'll need to go a shade or two lighter than what you would ideally wear during the day.
Is there a universally flattering lens color?
Yes, there are some enhancement contact lenses - known as circle lenses - that flatter any skin or hair color. These contacts feature a dark brown or black enlargement ring (called a "limbal ring") pattern that outline your iris, thereby making your eyes look bigger, sharper and more awake. They deliver minimal color change, which is why they're enhancement contacts. A good pair of circle lenses is like a little black dress in your makeup drawer - you can dress it up or down and it'll go with practically any accessory! Check out NEO Monet Black, NEO Monet Brown, NEO Monet Grey.