How to Get Oprah’s Eye Color: Air Optix Pure Hazel

The October issue of O Magazine, known as the Beauty Issue, has Oprah looking exotic, surrounded by orchids, wearing a glittering yellow dress, and (what…hold on…) light colored hazel eyes?

Oprah cover with Colored Contacts

It’s only one of four covers Oprah did for the magazine this month but for contact lens wearers, it’s the most interesting.

At first I couldn’t tell exactly what was different about her face but you can’t help but be drawn to eyes. (That’s the whole point of the cover actually, showcasing beauty products from Maybelline New York.)

But for girls with dark eyes, trying on a lighter eye color can be a fun change, and Oprah’s eye color looks amazing in this photo. If you don’t want crazy electric blue, Hazel or Honey colored contacts provide the most natural looking results on dark brown eyes.

On the cover, Oprah’s eyes almost have a violet hue, which I can vouch for when changing dark eyes. For some reason, hazel on dark brown has that effect.

What Oprah is Wearing

Oprah is wearing Alcon AIR OPTIX® Colors prescription contact lenses (affiliate link) in Pure Hazel. These new lenses, based on the popular AIR OPTIX brand were introduced in the US earlier this year. More here.

Air Optix ColorsAir Optix Pure Hazel

Our disclosure: We are long time affiliates for AC Lens and have used and recommended their products and service since 2005.

AIR OPTIX come in nine colors ranging from subtle to vibrant and are monthly replacement, daily wear silicone hydrogel color lenses.

air-optix colors

According to the manufacturer Alcon, the natural-looking color is contained inside the lens material, so that the only thing touching the wearer’s eyes is the ultra-smooth permanent plasma surface of AIR OPTIX®lens itself.

Like all color contacts in the US, AIR OPTIX® Colors contact lenses are available by prescription only from your eye care professional. If you don’t need these lenses to correct vision, your eye doctor can also prescribe the lenses in ”plano” (non-corrective). AND, if you already wear AIR OPTIX® AQUA contact lens there is no refit required for the color versions.

If you’re thinking of trying OPTIX® COLORS before you buy, check out the AIR OPTIX® COLORS Color Studio at www.airoptixcolors.com/colorstudio to upload a photo and virtually “try on” any of the nine beautiful shades.

Let me know in the comments if you’ve tried any of the colors and what you think of them.

Get Ready for Halloween with These Zombie Costume Ideas

Picture of a woman zombie
Picture of a woman zombie

Once again zombies are popular for Halloween costumes. But what makes a really good zombie costume? Below you will find good information to get you ready for Halloween or a Zombie walk or run.

Off the top, here’s a few things that I think make a really good zombie costume: authentic looking, some blood, a little freaky and good zombie eye makeup.

Different Kinds of Zombies you can be:

You can dress up as a basic character, but if you want to have a little fun with your costume, here are a few different ideas:

  • Couple zombie costumes, you will need someone else for this one
  • Take a classic costume and make it into a zombie, you use your old costume and repurpose it
  • Make a famous person into a zombie
  • Person of authority – policeman, fireman, army many, how about a green army man zombie?

A few Zombie Costume Ideas:

To provide some ideas on making a great costume, I was looking for pictures of zombies and I found this great YouTube video from a Zombie Walk in Chile. Check it out, I think you will be inspired and walk away with some great ideas.

Warning – the video is a bit gruesome and gory at times…

 

The Skinny on Zombie Makeup

You can do your own makeup or you can spend some money and purchase a latex mask from a store. The latex mask will be a lot easier to put on and take off, but it will cost more and it could get really hot if you are inside or doing lots of dancing. Probably okay for zombie walks unless it is really hot out.

Another option is to get someone to do your makeup. If you know someone in the special effects business you can get a killer look. Or is that killed look for and undead character. If you don’t know someone in the special effects or makeup business you might be able to find a shop in your area.

There’s a shop close to me that’s called Transformations and they do adult costumes, makeup and sell special effects contact lenses. You can check out their site to see what these kinds of shops do and sell.

Get Your Zombie Eyes On

If you don’t have zombie looking eyes, I wouldn’t worry about it. But if you have some time to visit and eye doctor and get a prescription then a pair of special effects lenses can really finish off your costume.

So what are the top zombie contact lenses:

  • White Out contacts
  • Black Scelera contacts
  • Blood Red contacts

Right near the end of the video I posted there is a girl wearing the blood red contacts and they look great.

Create Your Own Zombie Costume

I was going to go into detail on how to make your Zombie costume, but I found a great post that has all of the steps with photos. They did a lot better job than I can do. If you are interested, check them out create a zombie costume.

If you are not interested or don’t have the time to make your own costume you can always purchase one. There’s a few good places online you can check out and at this time of year there are always Halloween shops opening up where you can get great costumes and accessories.

Comparing Disposable Colored Contacts

contact lens kit and solution

Wondering which type of disposable colored contacts is right for you? Here’s an overview.

Types

Dailies:

  • Thrown away after one day’s use. Each day you wear a brand new sterile pair.
  • Top brands: Freshlook One-Day

Weeklies:

  • Replaced usually after two weeks of day wear only. Some brands, such as Acuvue, allow one week of day AND night wear.
  • Top brands: Acuvue 2 Colors Opaques and Enhancers, Freshlook Colorblends, Clearly Colors, and Focus 1-2 Week Softcolors

Monthlies:

  • Replaced every 30 days.
  • Top brands: Focus Monthly Softcolors

Daily Colored Contacts

freshlook one day contact-lenses

PROS:

  • Most convenient of all contact lens types.
  • No contact lens solution or lens cases required.
  • No lens cleaning required.
  • Perhaps the most healthy and clean alternative for your eyes because each pair is new and sterile.

These lenses are perfect for you if:

  • You want to change your eye color from time to time, but not on a regular basis.
  • You don’t want to be bothered with cleaning and disinfecting your lenses .
  • You are traveling and need the convenience of daily disposable or you know you’ll be in an area that makes it difficult to store or keep your lenses clean.

CONS:

  • Not many brand or color options .
  • Expensive if worn every day: around $3 per day.

Weekly Colored Contacts

freshlook colorblends

PROS:

  • Most color and brand options of all color contact lens types
  • Most flexibility in wear and replacement schedule
  • Lenses are replaced after about two weeks of day wear. Some brands can be worn both day and night for one week and then discarded (follow your eye care professional and manufacturer instructions).
  • Lenses come in opaque styles for completely changing the eye color, or translucent styles for enhancing natural eye color.
  • Cost less than dailies: $0.79 to $1.50 per day.

These lenses are perfect for you if:

  • You want to change your eye color from time to time, or more regularly, such as during the workweek.
  • You want more color choices than what’s offered with dailies.

CONS:

  • Must clean lenses nightly if you are on the two-week replacement schedule.

Monthly Colored Contacts

Focus Softcolors contact lenses

PROS:

  • Most cost effective of all contact lens types: around $0.52 per day.
  • Infrequent ordering of lenses means less hassle. Every thirty days, you replace your lenses with a new pair and each box of six lenses lasts you six months.

These lenses are perfect for you if:

  • You don’t mind the cleaning your lenses daily.
  • You don’t want the hassle of constantly re-ordering your contact lenses

CONS:

  • Limited color and brand selection.
  • Must clean lenses nightly and keep stored in clean or disinfected lens case.

Please note: contact lenses, even if worn for cosmetic reasons, are medical devices that should be worn under the prescription, direction, and supervision of an eye care professional.

Allergies and Contact Lenses — Get the Facts

Allergies and Contact Lenses

Once spring hits, it seems every week something new is in bloom, and consequently there’s a new allergy of some kind to combat. For allergy sufferers, this yearly problem is no picnic. But, if you’re a contact lens wearer to boot, you may be in for extra discomfort. Even if you wear contact lens regularly without problems, the allergy season can make your contacts a misery. Here’s why.

Pollen and other airborne material that produce allergic reactions are sometimes amplified by contact lenses. Pollen can get on your lenses, which in itself is irritating, but causing discomfort. Allergens also can stimulate the excessive production of natural substances in your eyes, which bind to your contacts and also become uncomfortable. Pollen maps can help you determine when allergens are present.

The eyes become red and irritated and excessive tearing can occur, leading to blurred vision and discomfort.

Sometimes the reaction is the result of preservatives in the lens cleaning solution. It happens more often with soft contact lenses. Treatments include removing the lens for a time, changing solutions and using different storage methods.

Ask your eye doctor about eye drops that can help relieve your symptoms and keep your contact lenses clean. Certain drops can discolor or damage certain lenses, so it makes sense to ask first before trying out a new brand.

Another alternative is daily disposable contact lenses, which are discarded nightly. Because you replace them so frequently, these types of lenses are unlikely to develop irritating deposits that can build up over time and cause or heighten allergy-related discomfort.

Small pieces of eyelash, cotton threads, airborne plant material and much more can all wind up in the eye. In the absence of contacts these things are normally washed away by the tears and eyelid working together. Contacts can interfere with that process. In many instances, antibiotics are called for since infection is common under these circumstances.

Modern contacts are manufactured to extremely high standards. Millions wear them daily and for years without health problems or even discomfort. Still, about 4% of all contact lens users experience some type of health issue at some point. Risks of wearing contact lenses, while very low, are not zero. Your odds can be improved by proper use, though.

One overall issue is the fact that any contact lens will restrict the amount of air that gets to the eye. That increases the odds of infection, even when lenses are well sterilized. With the popularity of 7 day or even 30-day continuous wear lenses, that problem (while small) is larger than it was in the past.

Apart from infection, discomfort and blurred vision can occur when a lens is worn for more than a few days. That irritation can occur to the eyeball itself, and also to the lens and surrounding tissues. One possible result is GPC (Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis).

GPC produces itching and redness on the surrounding tissue, the result of protein buildup on the surfaces of the lens. Swelling occurs on the interior surface of the eyelids and can produce a sticky discharge as well. When this occurs, you should discontinue use until your eye care professional declares the lenses are safe to wear again. Regular, careful lens care and proper use can reduce the odds of any re-occurrence.

Corneal abrasions, while uncommon, are also far from unknown among contact lens users. A small scratch on the clear tissue over the pupil can happen when small particles of grit get between the lens and the eye, usually as a result of poor cleaning or handling. But it can occur even to the most careful, as airborne or finger-borne material lands on the surface of the eyeball.

The lenses themselves can cause problems if they change shape. While rare, previously well-fitting contact lenses can be affected by temperature and age, causing tears and oxygen to less efficiently make it to the eye. This so-called Tight Lens Condition can cause pain, redness and even swelling of the cornea. Correction consists of remeasuring the eye and fitting new contacts after the eyes have recovered.

The cornea itself can change shape, as can the whole eyeball. The change is subtle, but with contact lenses the tolerances are small. If corneal warpage (as it’s called) does happen the result can be discomfort and an increase in the odds of infection. The condition is more common with gas permeable and hard lenses, which are less flexible than soft contact lenses.

If this happens, healing can take weeks or months, during which time contact lenses can’t be worn. As the eye resumes its normal shape, vision can change. More than one glasses prescription may be required for optimal sight. In rare cases the astigmatism is permanent.

In all cases, following the manufacturer’s and your eye care professional’s guidance about cleaning, insertion and removal, contact lens care and wear are your best bet to avoiding problems.

Please note: contact lenses, even if worn for cosmetic reasons, are medical devices that should be worn under the prescription, direction, and supervision of an eye care professional.

How to Make Your Winter Formal Outfit Pop with Colored Contacts

 

Winter Formal Dresses and Colored Contacts

So you’ve finally found the perfect dress for your winter formal. It’s long, it’s shimmering and it fits you like a royal blue glove. There’s only one hitch– the color of the fabric makes your eyes look like mud. Since your date is going to be staring into those baby browns all night long, this presents a bit of a problem. So what do you do? Do you try to find the dress in a different color? Do you look for a miracle eye shadow that will make those peepers pop? Well, here’s a thought –why not just change the color of your eyes themselves?

By using colored contacts to turn your eyes into a striking shade of amber or ocean, you can create a striking new look that brings out the best in both your dress and your beautiful face. Here’s a guide on what color combinations you should use to really make that outfit pop.

Warm Colors

Warmer-colored fabrics like reds and oranges can either heated up or cooled down by your eyes. To give your look a fiery energy, pick up a pair of gold or hazel colored contact lenses. Highlight these with purple or earthy red eye shadow. If you’d prefer to create a cooler contrast instead, the don a pair of blue or aqua lenses and make them pop with gold or pink eye shadow.

Bright Pastels

Bright colors like pastel yellow and pink demand equally vibrant eyes.  Deep blue or emerald colored contact lenses are excellent choices here, because they create a contrast that compliments – rather than washes out – your dress. Compliment the deep hues with a pale or earthy eye-shadow and your date won’t be able to keep their eyes off yours.

Cool Colors

When wearing cooler colors like purple or ocean blue, brighter eyes are always better. Make your dress pop with golden or hazel colored contact lenses and a pastel eye shadow. If you’re wearing a lighter shade of blue or green, you might also want to consider wearing blue lenses. Avoid combining deep blue eyes with deep blue fabrics, though, as this will make you look muddled and washed-out.

Neutral Shades

If your dress is black, grey or white, then the world is your oyster. Pick any color of contacts you like – from golden to orange to lilac to deep sea blue. Since your eyes will be the most colorful component of your ensemble, don’t be afraid to go bold. Any range of eye shadows will work with these lenses, so pick any color that tickles your fancy.

Colored contacts can drastically change your winter formal look. They can heat your outfit up, they can cool it down or they can simply make it seem more vibrant than it already is. So if you’re looking for an easy way to stand out from the crowd on your big night, pick up a new pair of lenses today. If you use this guide to match your colors correctly, nobody will be able to take their eyes off of yours.

Kris Williams is a mother, a fashion junkie and a featured contributor at StyleCynics. When she’s not blogging about new homecoming looks, she enjoys assistant-coaching her daughter’s dance class and playing with her French bulldog, Tank.