How To Choose Cosmetic Contact Lenses That Won't Attract Awkward Stares

Keen on an eye-conic makeover but don't know where to begin? Here are some tips!

So you've just made the leap from glasses to contacts, and you're having the time of your life!

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No more fogged lenses every time you sip your morning coffee!

You're relishing the freedom, you're on top of the world!

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You're wondering why you didn't switch over sooner!

Until you start to notice the soft snickers in the office…

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... and your best friend finally sits you down for an honest chat.

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Turns out your extra-large baby doll contacts are giving people nightmares.

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Don't worry! Finding cosmetic lenses that beautifully enhance your look isn't as overwhelming as you think. Here are some guidelines:

Tip #1: Choose cosmetic lenses that match your skin tone and hair

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If you know your skin undertones, wearing items that work with your undertones will make your skin appear more radiant, your eyes pop, and your hair look more luscious.

How to determine your skin undertones? The best way to know your skin undertones is to observe yourself. Try out clothes that have warm tones versus those that have cooler ones. Which ones look better on you? Which ones make your skin appear healthier?

Alternatively, you can also test it out using jewellery. If silver jewellery looks better on you than gold ones, you probably have a cool undertone to your skin. Otherwise, you have a warm one. If both silver and yellow gold jewellery look great on you, your skin is most probably neutral.

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You can also opt for different styles of cosmetic lenses to go with different hair styles. Try a more dramatic contact lens style if you're looking to dress up a sleek, basic hairdo.

If you're going all out with a voluminous hairdo, keep it far from over-the-top territory with minimalistic contact lens designs.

Tip #2: Go for contact lenses that will naturally accentuate your eyes

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Keep your eyes looking naturally beautiful with contact lenses that incorporate patterns inspired by the natural iris. Some lenses also have varying translucency to give the eyes a natural shine.

Tip #3: Keep your peepers protected

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Beauty does not have to come at the expense of your eye health. Stepping out to beautiful sunny days all year round can be damaging to your eyes. Prolonged exposure to the sun with no protection can cause eye conditions like cataracts and macular degeneration. Pick lenses that provide internationally recognised standards of UV protection so your eyes are always protected no matter what the weather.

Tip #4: Can't decide on a particular style? Try daily lenses.

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Daily disposable contact lenses are designed to be worn for a single day, and then thrown away. They are generally considered the safest and healthiest type of contact lenses because the use of a fresh pair of lenses every day minimizes the chance for build-up of harmful pathogens on the lens surface.

A new pair everyday also means you don't have to settle for one particular style!

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Tip #5: Avoid nasty infections by practicing a healthy care routine

Make sure you wash your hands thoroughly before applying your contact lenses. Avoid oily soaps and moisturising lotions that might adhere to the lens surface.

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Don't let your contacts get wet. Take the lenses out while swimming and showering to avoid potential infections brought on by water-borne organisms.

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Have regular check-ups with your practitioner and seek professional advice if you're having problems with your contact lenses.

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Tip #6: Even if you're getting lenses solely to accentuate your look, treat them with the same care you would a prescription

Contact lenses should not be thought of solely as fashion accessories or make-up – they are medical devices that require a prescription from an eye care professional. The eyes are one of the most delicate and important parts of the body, so what you put in and on them must be medically safe and FDA-approved.

Non-prescription cosmetic contacts can cause injuries such as cuts and open sores in the protective layer of the iris and pupil (corneal abrasions and corneal ulcers) and potentially blinding painful bacterial infections (keratitis).

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Tip #7: Last but not least, don't compromise on quality. You'd want to go for a reputable brand.

There are so many types of cosmetic contact lenses available in the market, some of which are significantly more economical but are not certified and may lead to irreparable damage to your sight.

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Get a beautifully natural look from a trusted brand like ACUVUE®. The 1·DAY ACUVUE® DEFINE™ with LACREON® daily contact lens comes with 20 hours cushion of moisture to ensure your eyes are moisturised throughout the day. Find out more here.

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Don't sacrifice quality for the sake of fashion. Here's what could go wrong with cheap contact lenses:

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