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Light Brown Contact Lenses for Dark Eyes
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.
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!
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).
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.