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A guide to wearing coloured contact lenses

Spring 2014 Fashion Week has finished. From Miu Miu’s girly and quirky outfits, to Louis Vuitton’s Gothic black, catwalks precipitated some wacky trends for the upcoming months. 

Eye makeup’s no exception, as the catwalks were awash with bright eye shadows and  fantastical eyebrows. Chanel brought us futuristic vibes with acidic orange, primary yellow and bright lime eye shadow, whilst the Gucci runway was dominated by light reflecting golden eye shadow. 

The popularity of bright eye shadow has evolved to eye colours: increasingly coveted as the definitive fashion accessory, coloured contact lenses are fast taking over the fashion world, and more and more people step out of their comfort zone to try out new shades every day.

Whilst coloured contact lenses are a piece of cake to insert, there are a few things you need to keep in mind to make sure you choose the ones that best suit you, and take good care of them. Here at Lenstore, we have compiled a list of essential tips to help you.

Choosing the right prescription

Paradoxically, when wearing cosmetic or vision correction lenses, you should feel as if you’re not wearing them at all. To ensure this is the case, you need to be aware of your contact lens prescription, which indicates the correct base curve (BC), diameter, and type of lens you should be wearing.
Before you buy your contact lenses, you should always make sure that you have a current, valid prescription. 

If you have not had an eye test or consulted your Optician in the last two years, it is highly advised that you pay them a visit. This ensures that your contact lenses are the best fit for your vision correction needs, and that you are aware of any underlying eye issues you may not have noticed before. 

If you’re new to contact lenses, your Optician will be happy to issue your contact lens specification once they have completed your fitting and initial aftercare visits. Please note that you may have to return to your Contact Lens Optician for more than one follow up visit, in order for them to fully complete the fitting.

Alternatively, if you are lucky enough to enjoy 20/20 vision, you can still buy cosmetic coloured contact lenses called Plano lenses. When filling out your details before purchasing your lenses, choose power 0.00, which ensures that your lenses will be non-corrective. 

You still need to visit your Optician for a prescription, as they will advise you on the brand and specifications of your lenses, enabling a much more comfortable wearing experience.

Choosing the right coloured contacts for you

Coloured contact lenses are designed to enhance or transform the natural look of the iris. Here at Lenstore, we stock opaque and tinted coloured contact lenses.If you want a radical change, we advise opting for opaque contact lenses. 

Opaque lenses have an intense, non-transparent tint, that can effectively cover and change your natural eye colour. They are the best option if you wish to dramatically transform your look; they can even turn dark brown eyes to blue!

If you want a more subtle change, tinted contact lenses (also known as colour enhancers) may be the best option for you, as they intensify your natural eye colour rather than transforming it. Colour enhancers are typically made for people with naturally light eyes, as their subtle tint will not stand out on dark eyes.

Looking after your lenses

When looking after your eyes, hygiene is imperative. You should always wash your hands before  handling your lenses, store them in their correct containers, with the appropriate solution and also  make sure you never share your contacts with others.

If you start to experience any pain or discomfort when wearing your lenses, take them out immediately,  and consult your Optician before you try reinserting them.

When wearing contact lenses, you should:

  • wash your hands before handling your lenses;
  • clean your contact lenses with solution after taking them out;
  • store them in a contact lens case with fresh solution when you are not wearing them;
  • insert your lenses before applying makeup and remove them before taking makeup off; and
  • only use your lenses for the length time recommended by your Optician

If you prefer to wear daily contact lenses, you should always throw them away after one use. Disposable contact lenses are designed specifically for disposability; therefore wearing them longer than the recommended time could potentially cause discomfort and irritation.

Whether you’re looking for coloured contact lenses to complete a fancy dress outfit or you’re just looking for something that will spice up a look, we hope these simple steps are helpful for you, and you have fun choosing your new and distinctive eye colour.