How to Choose Natural Looking Colored Contacts

There are many articles about how to select colored contacts. They provide some tips and broad information. But when it comes to making a good decision across a variety of lenses, they are not very helpful.

Some articles give guidance on matching your lens color with your complexion and hair color. Mostly, brown or green lenses go with warm tones, and blue or gray lenses go with cold tones. However, we have seen stunning beauty from a brown girl wearing blue lenses.

While there are no restrict rules for deciding the best colored contacts, we explain some key design features that are beneficial to know for selecting satisfying colored contacts with real shooting photos from our users.



1. Diameter

The diameter of colored contacts typically ranges from 14.0 mm to 14.5 mm, except for sclera contacts and some cosplay contacts.

Cosmetic lenses with larger diameters can create an enlarging effect, making the eyes look more sparkling and captivating. But small lenses bring subtle glamour to the eyes. They are also easier to apply and more comfortable to wear, especially for people with relatively small eyes.

All of Tintiris lenses fall into three diameters: 14.0 mm, 14.2 mm, and 14.5 mm, from delicate to dazzling. We recommend selecting the lens diameter based on your iris size, also consider what effect you want to achieve with the cosmetic lenses.


2. Color

The color design of lenses is an artistic work. Every lens color is a combination of different colorants. Hundreds of blue lenses have hundreds of blues; thousands of green lenses have thousands of greens. These differences may not be noticed without contrasts. But similar-looking lenses may present very differently on your eyes. It is important to be aware of the variation and to know what color you would like to wear: Is the hue vibrant or subtle? Is the tone light or more darkened? Is the colorants texture more uniform or sparkling?

An Example of Lens Color Chart

Example Lens Color Chart of Ink Pastes and Pigments

The Palette Classic is our most vibrant and shimmering collection. We also have some collections with subtle tones for your choice. While the Intuition Basic is our top seller with natural and light shades, the Accent Fusion is another favored natural looking collection with slightly darkened tints.



3. Opacity

The lens color and opacity are often confused. Because the finish color of a lens on someone's eyes depends on both the lens color and its opacity. However, they are different concepts.

The lens opacity decides how much of your iris (the colored part of the eye) will show its original color. The full opacity lenses are typically cosplay lenses. They mask your iris and make a complete change for theatrical effects. Conversely, the low opacity lenses allow the iris color to show through and fuse with your original eye color for a new appearance. The opacity of colored contacts varies a lot. High opacity lenses change eye color more efficiently, but they are usually less natural-looking than low opacity lenses.


Our most opaque collection is the Palette Dazzle, designed to lighten even the most darkly colored eyes. Some low opacity collections include the Accent Elite, and Intuition Minimal. Some of our popular medium opacity collections are the Intuition Basic and Accent Desire.



4. Pattern Design

Except for the dispersed colorants, there are some other dots and lines added to the colored contacts to improve the wearing effect. Some key pattern features are the limbal ring and the pupil ring.

Limbal Ring

The limbal ring is the line that separates the iris (the colored eye part) from the sclera (the white eye part). It usually fades with age. A clear limbal ring is psychologically associated with youth and attraction. Circle lenses can make your eye more defined and captivating. But many people would prefer lenses without the limbal ring for a more natural and mesmeric appearance.


All of the Tintiris Intuition collections are no ring lenses and all of our Accent collections are circle lenses. Among our eleven Accent collections, the limbal rings have different patterns. Some lens edges are prominent, while some others are cloudy, ethereal, or spread inwards.

Pupil Section

The center of colored contacts is made transparent to let through the light so that we can see things. Many people prefer lenses with a tight pupil hole design. Because the iris may show through a large pupil section resulting in a fake look.

However, it is important to know that the pupil size of your eyes is constantly changing to accommodate varying light conditions. The pupil opening is relatively small in a bright environment, but it expands to obtain light in dim surroundings. If the lens pupil section is too small, it might decrease the visual field, especially at night. So most colored contacts have a pupil section designed from 3 mm to 5 mm, and the accurate diameter is usually not specified.

To enhance the realistic appearance while maintaining the pupil size, an annular gradient color, starburst pattern, or decorative dots may surround the pupil hole. These details can make the pupil edge less distinctive, avoid the "lizard eye" effect and add brio to the eyes.



Ending Words

Picking up colored contacts is like choosing clothes. The best way to find the stunning lens is to try them on. Because even our naked eyes will show changing tints in different lighting and angle. The photos can only provide a rough idea for reference.

Matching your eye color with makeup, hairstyle, and dresses is like topping a cake with the cherry. The right lens will not only brighten your eyes but also lighten the whole look.


Visit Tintiris homepage for more than 100 colored contacts.

Introductory price starts from $9.

Discover your stunning lenses to match your eye color with your style.


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Eli Alves Ferreira July 12, 2021

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