Whether you're seeking a new way to spice up your look, or are shopping for those finishing touches to take your fancy dress costume or cosplay to the next level, you've probably considered trying out coloured contacts. But, with such a wide range of colours and brands, choosing the right lenses can be tough.
This article will break down everything you need to know to make an informed choice, from matching skin tones and hair colours, to prescription lenses and their maximum usage time. We've even ranked the top 10 coloured contact lenses currently available in the UK!
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Coloured contact lenses can have a huge impact on your looks, so it's important to choose a colour that will complement your face. Your skin tone is the most consistent factor of your appearance, so working out whether you have cool, warm or neutral-toned skin will be the first step.
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Whether you want to change up your look for the day or keep your new eye colour for weeks, it's important to check how long you can use your contacts for. Some lenses are specifically designed for just 12 hours of wear. These short-term contacts are usually cheaper, so they're great for fancy dress or experimenting with a new look.
If you're keen to make your new eye colour a more permanent feature, there are options on the market that can be used for up to 30 days. However, these lenses tend to be more expensive and the plastic can often be tougher and more uncomfortable to wear. They will also need to be stored correctly in lens solution.
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The last factor to consider is whether you require a prescription for your contacts. Most daily-use contacts will require you to input your prescription details before ordering. It's important that you consult an optician and provide your most up-to-date prescription, as providing one that's out-of-date will reduce the effectiveness of the lenses and could lead to eye strain and further deterioration of eyesight.
If you're lucky enough to have 20/20 vision, you'll need to look for prescription-free lenses. These are purely for cosmetic purposes, so they tend to have a much shorter usage time than prescription lenses. It's recommended that you only use these types of contacts sparingly, as excessive use can dry out your eyes and cause irritation. If you like to change up your look from time to time, though, this is a great way to do it.
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Budget-Friendly Coloured Contacts for Daily Use
Enhance Your Natural Beauty With Star-Speckled Lenses
Bausch & Lomb
SofLens Natural Colors
A Customer Favourite That Can Be Worn Comfortably for up to 30 Days
Air Optix Colors
A Hydrogel Lens That’s 6 Times More Breathable for Dry or Itchy Eyes
12 Shades With the Choice of Light or Dark Colours
Horizon Toric Coloured Lenses
Toric Lenses Designed to Correct Astigmatism
Intense Hazel and Sapphire Lenses That Look Great on Darker Eyes
One Day Color
A Comfortable Daily Lens in a Choice of 4 Natural Colours
Enhance Blue and Green Eyes With Three Uniquely Coloured Sparkling Lenses
Dimensions Zero Prescription
Get Premium Quality Colours at a Fraction of the Price
If you's rather change up your look one day at a time, comfi Colors' 1 Day lenses are a perfect choice. The thin membrane is made up of 55% water, meaning they'll be comfortable and moisturising enough for up to 12 hours of consecutive wear.
The UV-protective lens comes in 5 different colours and can be disposed of at the end of the day. That way you can try out a fresh pair each morning. Not to mention that this is the cheapest option on our list, making it a great choice for shoppers on a budget.
The Illuminate daily lenses are a unique choice, for a more subtle colour change. These lenses are designed to enhance the natural colour of your eyes, adding a shimmer and sparkle that's sure to turn heads.
The unique starburst pattern on each lens will perfectly complement your natural colour, without altering it entirely. They will even make your eyes appear larger, thanks to the dark ring encircling the iris - perfect if you want to elevate your natural beauty and achieve that doe-eyed look!
The SofLens Natural Colors collection is one of the most celebrated on the market, with thousands of customers praising the value for money. Better yet, the polymacon construction allows for hydration and oxygenation of the eye for up to 30 consecutive days of wear.
With a choice of 10 colours, and the option to add your prescription, they really do cover all bases. If you're looking for the best value monthly lens on the market, look no further than SofLens!
If you're prone to dry or itchy eyes, you may be apprehensive about trying contacts. These lenses could be the answer to your prayers, with up to 6 times more breathability, thanks to the hydrogel design.
You can choose from 9 different colours, with each lens made up of 3 shades. The concentric rings of colour add more depth to your eyes, and make the change appear more natural and dynamic.
Colourblends' range are bestsellers, with 12 different shades available for use over 30 consecutive days. You can have a go enhancing your eyes with subtle colour, or opt for a more striking shade for a bold new look.
These lenses are significantly thinner than most others on the market, so they can be difficult to put in, especially for first-time wearers. However, this does make them much more comfortable to wear once you've got them in place.
These 30-day lenses are perfect if you're planning on long-term wear. The cylinder and axis variations are designed to correct astigmatism, making the pupils appear more rounded.
They are FDA approved and the intense colour is suitable for even the darkest eyes. Unfortunately, we do not recommend them for wearers who do not suffer from astigmatism, as the correction technology can distort vision.
It's rare to find a coloured contact that can work with dark brown eyes. So if you're worried certain shades won't show up against your eyes, this range will be your best bet. Best of all, the 55% water content will keep your eyes comfortable for up to 30 days, while you enjoy your new look.
Unfortunately, some of the colours aren't particularly intense. So, you may find them too subtle for your liking. Based on customer reports, the hazel and sapphire lenses will have the most striking effect on dark eyes, while the other colours may only add a tint.
If you like to keep things simple, the choice of 4 natural colours should make things much easier for you. They are available as prescription or cosmetic lenses, and you can get up to 10 days' use from a single pack.
With the choice to order up to 100 identical pairs, you could replace your lenses each morning. However, the disposable nature of these contacts may be offputting to some. If you're looking to cut down on unnecessary waste, and you intend to wear your contacts for more than 12 hours, you may prefer to buy a monthly pair.
These lenses are specifically designed for lighter eyes, with a choice of Caribbean aqua, pacific blue and sea green shades. We like that each lens features a starburst pattern, to enhance sparkle and add a new dimension to your eyes.
That said, this is the most expensive option on our list and the lenses are only available in 3 colours. Therefore, it may not be the right choice if you're trying out a range of different looks. Of course, if you love blue contacts and want to take them the next level, this is a great way to go!
If you like the sound of enhancing your blue or green eyes, but were hoping to make a smaller investment, Freshlook's Zero Prescription range offers a similar effect at a fraction of the price. They're just as comfortable, and can last for up to 30 days of consecutive wear.
Unfortunately, there is no option for adding a prescription to these lenses, so you'll only be able to save on Freshlook's Dimensions range if you're shopping for cosmetic lenses. For budget-friendly prescription designs, you may need to choose another.
Written and researched by Alicia Byrne
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