My journey to discover the ideal colored contacts for dark eyes has been a long and colorful one. Since the 1990s, I’ve been on a quest to find lenses that could transform my medium brown eyes into a lighter and brighter shade. It wasn’t until 2012 that I stumbled upon Solotica lenses from Brazil and, later in 2018, Nada Fadel colored contacts from Korea. These lenses not only fulfilled my desire for natural-looking lighter eyes but also introduced me to an easy way to change my look. However, there’s an intriguing twist to this story – this journey inspired me to create one of Instagram’s first and most popular eye color filters in 2019, known as “Colored Eyes ★ by Sophie.” This viral filter has garnered over 8.7 billion impressions to date on the platform and was a favorite of celebrities like Kylie Jenner, Kim Kardashian, and Lewis Hamilton. I often get questions about which color lenses I recommend to recreate the same eye color as my filter, and I hope to answer that question here.
Now, let’s delve into my top 5 favorite colored contacts for dark eyes, the shades I adore that served as inspiration for the “Colored Eyes ★ by Sophie” filter:
- Nada Fadel Nada Pearl:
- Nada Pearl is a subtle, grayish pale blue with a very light limbal ring.
- Why I Love It: It gives my eyes a dreamy appearance and I’ve found them to be the most comfortable colored contacts for all day wear. These lenses are quarterly so they can be worn for up to 3 months.
- Where to Find: Luxe Lenses Nada Fade Nada Pearl
- Solotica Hidrocor Grafite:
- Hidrocor Grafite is a dark bluish gray that’s just so pretty.
- Why I Love It: Solotica has masterfully captured the natural look of dark gray eyes with this shade, its so subtle and beautiful and the lenses are yearly so I can wear them as many times as I want for a full year.
- Where to Find: Luxe Lenses Solotica Hidrocor Grafite
- Cloeique Aqua Luxe:
- Cloeique Aqua Luxe is a medium gray with a darker border, perfect for a look that is both sophisticated and natural at the same time.
- Why I Love It: Cloeique’s Aqua Luxe isn’t just another pretty shade but is also very comfortable for all-day wear. I love that it makes my eyes appear bigger because of its subtle limbal ring. This lens has a duration of 6 months.
- Where to Find: Luxe Lenses Cloeique Aqua Luxe
- Amara Olive Gray:
- Amara Olive Gray is a striking bright gray with a pattern that makes my eyes sparkle.
- Why I Love It: The design of this shade is very unique and the comfort level is superb. These lenses are monthly.
- Where to Find: Luxe Lenses Amara Olive Gray
- Cloeique Jade Luxe:
- Jade Luxe is my favorite green shade with a darker border which adds contrast and a youthful appearance to the eyes. The lenses are not too opaque so the pigment blends with my natural eye color and looks natural. I’ve tried both Jade and Jade Luxe from Cloeique and even though Jade looks more natural I always go back to Jade Luxe because I like the effect of the dark limbal ring around it.
- Why I Love It: This green shade is absolutely stunning, incredibly comfortable and lasts 6 months.
- Where to Find: Luxe Lenses Cloeique Jade Luxe
If you’re interested in learning more about my colored contact lens recommendations or have any questions about my beauty filters on Instagram, TikTok or Snapchat, please don’t hesitate to ask in the comments below. I hope you enjoy experimenting with colored contacts!