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Light Brown Contact Lenses for Dark Eyes

Updated on December 2, 2011
Natalie Portman's gorgeous light brown eyes are possible, even if you have dark-brown or black eyes.
Natalie Portman's gorgeous light brown eyes are possible, even if you have dark-brown or black eyes.
This photo of Julia Roberts for a Lancome ad shows how light brown eyes can complement lighter-colored hair.
This photo of Julia Roberts for a Lancome ad shows how light brown eyes can complement lighter-colored hair.

Light brown eyes - understated appeal

If you've seen Natalie Portman's or Julia Roberts's eyes, you can understand the appeal of light brown eyes. Light enough to contrast beautifully against a dark eyeliner and dark eyelashes, light brown eyes are unusual enough to give your eyes some "pop" but while still retaining the warm, sexy glow of brown eyes. They also look natural if brown eyes are better suited to your natural complexion and hair color, but lighter-brown eyes can give you a hard-to-pinpoint radiance that many will subtly notice and appreciate.

If you have dark-brown or even almost-black eyes, then using standard colored contacts will generally not work for you. Putting a lighter-colored lens on top of a darkly-colored iris will just make it look like you have a strange sheen to your eyes! However, if you have dark eyes and want to have light-brown, honey-colored eyes, it is possible. It does require the use of contacts with an opaque tint, not an enhancement tint, which are more appropriate for people with blue- or other light-colored eyes.

Naturally dark (almost black) eyes, with progressively lighter brown contacts. **CLICK TO SEE FULL-SIZE**
Naturally dark (almost black) eyes, with progressively lighter brown contacts. **CLICK TO SEE FULL-SIZE** | Source

Acuvue 2 Colours - 3 different options

Johnson & Johnson (yep, the folks that make baby shampoo and band-aids) make contact lenses under the Acuvue brand name. Their Acuvue 2 Colours line has a dozen opaque lenses that are well-suited to people with dark-brown and black eyes, and they actually carry 3 different brownish lens options, depending on how light you'd like to go:

  • Chestnut Brown: The darkest option, but still lighter than naturally dark-brown eyes. If you want something very subtle, these would be the best to choose.
  • Warm Honey: With a lighter, slightly orangish tint to them, this option is a bit lighter than Chestnut Brown, but still gives off a decidedly warm glow to your eyes.
  • Hazel Green: Despite being called "green," on dark eyes these lenses simply make your eyes look light brown. They are the lightest option that still makes your light brown eyes look natural.

Take a look at the picture to the right (click to see larger) to see how they look on a person with coffee-colored eyes.

An added bonus is that the lenses block UV (ultraviolet) light, so they're actually quite good for your eye health, too!

Elaine showing her natural eye color (pointing at it), and another eye with Ciba Vision FreshLook True Hazel. **CLICK TO SEE FULL-SIZE**
Elaine showing her natural eye color (pointing at it), and another eye with Ciba Vision FreshLook True Hazel. **CLICK TO SEE FULL-SIZE** | Source

Ciba Vision FreshLook Colors - True Hazel

Ciba Vision has a line of FreshLook lenses that give even the darkest eyes a bright new color. In my opinion, the look is not exactly natural-looking—you're not going to fool anyone into thinking these are the peepers you were born with—but they do make for a dramatic, interesting new look.

Ciba Vision has several different colored contact lens lines. The only line that is appropriate for people with dark eyes is FreshLook Colors. Hazel is just one of the options, for those looking for light-brown eyes. They also carry blue, green, and violet lenses.

One of the benefits of this product is that it's relatively inexpensive (you can get a pack of 6 pairs of lenses—yes, they're disposable—for about $40). What's more, if you live in the US, Canada, or Puerto Rico, you can go online and get a certificate for a free pair (link).

Solotica's two "ocre" lenses. Hidrocor has no limbal ring, so the effect is softer, while Hidrocharme has a thicker, dark limbal ring, so the effect is stronger.
Solotica's two "ocre" lenses. Hidrocor has no limbal ring, so the effect is softer, while Hidrocharme has a thicker, dark limbal ring, so the effect is stronger.

More exotic looks: Solotica's 2 versions, Tutti, and Waicon Tri-color

The Brazilian firm Solotica carries two colored contact lens lines that can give you two very different-looking light brown eyes.

  • Hidrocor: These lenses do not have a limbal ring (the often darker ring at the perimeter of your iris), so the effect is far more subtle and softer.
  • Hidrocharme: These lenses are similar but they have a distinct dark limbal ring, so the visual impact is much more pronounced.

See the pictures to the side of Hidrocor and Hidrocharme hazel (honey) light brown contact lenses on dark-brown eyes. The name for Solotica's light-brown/hazel is ocre.

Because Solotica is in Brazil, these lenses can be a bit difficult to find stateside, but they are available online from retailers.

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    • livelonger profile imageAUTHOR

      Jason Menayan 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      AkaiMiko: I agree. Most colored lenses look totally fake, and most are not really made for very dark eyes. One friend with brown eyes who used enhancement blue contacts made it look like he had cataracts or something...

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      AkaiMiko 

      6 years ago

      This was really insightful. I've been looking into that because many of my friends and my sister who wear color contacts over their eyes look weird. You can definitely tell that they're wearing contacts, and you can see through them, so they're not effective if a new eye color is the goal here. So now that I read your hub, I'm wondering if it's because they're enhancement and not opaque! Thanks so much!

    • livelonger profile imageAUTHOR

      Jason Menayan 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you, K9keystrokes. As always, it's a treat to have a comment from you. The nice thing about the contacts is...they're not permanent! It gives you the chance to revert back to your natural eye color within seconds if you realize that you were actually happy with what Mother Nature gave you. (Hey, if you dye your hair, you have to wait *months* until it grows back out!)

      Thanks again, and hoping your Chanukah is full of light and delicious fried food! ;)

      Shalom and HubHugs!

    • K9keystrokes profile image

      India Arnold 

      6 years ago from Northern, California

      As a brown-eyed girl, I found this hub a real treat. Hazel eyes have always been my personal favorite (that's probably why I am primarily attracted to Red Heads first). I would totally wear the Acuvue 2 Colours line--the hazel-green lenses-- to get the lighter coloration. I have such bad astigmatism that contacts have always been quite uncomfortable. However, I am told that the new soft styles on the market today offer greater eye comfort. I think for the sake of hazel eyes, I would chance it! Awesome hub on a really interesting topic!

      Hoping your Chanukah is brilliant my friend!

      Shalom and Big HubHugs~

      K9

    • livelonger profile imageAUTHOR

      Jason Menayan 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      I also have very dark eyes, but I think the nice thing about these contacts is that the effect is so subtle. Yes, I do believe they offer these kinds of contacts without any correction, so even those with 20/20 vision can use them.

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      Robin Edmondson 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      I would love to try this just to see if people even noticed. My eyes are so dark, it would be fun to lighten them up! I don't have contacts, but they make them without a prescription, right?

    • livelonger profile imageAUTHOR

      Jason Menayan 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you, Simone and mathira. Agreed that we often don't want what we have in terms of looks. I like the Hidrocharme contacts, too. They're just strange enough to catch your attention, but not weird enough looking to make it obvious what it is.

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      mathira 

      6 years ago from chennai

      I had worked in an eye hospital and this hub about contact lens made interesting reading.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Hehee, I love the idea of people going for brown colored contacts, since I have brown-ish eyes! It's funny how we all want characteristics we don't have... and don't really appreciate the characteristics we DO have!

      The Hidrocharme contacts are pretty cool looking though...

      Also.. I can't WAIT to see what this mysterious white elephant gift is!

    • livelonger profile imageAUTHOR

      Jason Menayan 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Camille: Haha...well, all I am going to give you is 2 hints:

      1) my white elephant gift will *not* be contact lenses (I don't even know your prescription!)

      2) it will be *better*!

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      Camille Harris 

      6 years ago from SF Bay Area

      Can you get some of these for the gift exchange? I'm sure all the brown eyed guys and gals at HP won't mind if you exceed the $20 limit ;)

    • livelonger profile imageAUTHOR

      Jason Menayan 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Thanks for your comments, alocsin and Cardisa. Cardisa - that is a hilarious saying, and apparently it applies to "brown eye guys" too! ;)

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      Carolee Samuda 

      6 years ago from Jamaica

      I have semi dark brown eyes or chestnut eyes but my brother has honey brown eyes and he seems to get a lot of women. They just swoon when they look into his eyes. In Jamaica we have a saying, "Brown eye gal is a trouble to a man." Meaning, women with brown eyes are so irresistible they they can get away with anything, those eyes will melt your heart.

      I don't know how true that is!

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      alocsin 

      6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Thanks for the info. As a contact lens wearer myself, I find it useful to know that these color options are available. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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