The Best Contacts for Olive Tones

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The Best Contacts for Olive Tones
Daily coloured lenses let you change your eye colour as often as you'd like. (green eye image by Christophe Fouquin from Fotolia.com)

Your eyes say a lot about you. According to a 2002 study conducted by CyberPulse, brown eyes are most associated with intelligence, blue eyes with sweetness and green eyes with sexiness. Coloured contacts let you decide how to be perceived. Like anything else you wear, though, your contacts also complement your natural features, including the colour of your skin.

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Olive Skin

People of mid-European, Mediterranean or Scandinavian descent often have olive skin. Hold a pure white piece of paper next to your face under fluorescent or natural lighting to see what kind of undertones your skin reveals against the white. Olive undertones look nearly how they sound: a predominantly greenish shade. If this doesn't fit, you might have pink, yellow or brown undertones instead.

Olive Complements

Generally considered "medium" skin, olive complexions have many colour complements, especially earth tones like brown, forest green and navy blue, and colours with yellow undertones. Other colours considered complementary to olive skin include jewel tones such as emerald, turquoise and ruby. Avoid colours too close to olive, though, as they blend in with your skin.

Other Factors

Olive skin tones range from rather fair to quite dark. Many colours flatter both dark and light complexions, but if you have fair skin, a darker shade of contacts will prevent them from looking washed out. For skin on the darker side, opt for a bright shade. If your eye make-up matches your contacts, however, the lenses won't stand out.

Enhancer Tint

With enhancer tint lenses, your original eye colour remains visible underneath. As the name implies, these contacts enhance and deepen the original eye colour without actually changing it. If you have fair olive skin and light eyes, enhancement lenses make your natural eye colour stand out. To make a statement, try them in a different shade than your natural eye colour.

Colour Tint

Opaque colour tint lenses represent the only option for changing the colour of dark eyes. They provide the most colour choices, including many of olive's most complementary colours: natural browns and greens as well as jewel tones for bolder options. Colour tint contacts also include costume lenses used to simulate cat or alien eyes.

Warning

For vision correction or not, you need a prescription to purchase contacts in the United States. Your eye doctor can recommend the best type, size and brand of lenses, to avoid eye damage. Ask about trying samples before making your decision.

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