*If you’ve been thinking about updating your look, consider colored contacts. Unlike a new wardrobe, this makeover won’t cost you a fortune.

Worried light-colored eyes won’t look natural on you? Look at the beautiful celebrity women like Tyra Banks and Rihanna. They both wear light-green contacts that look natural and enhance their beauty.

The trick is getting the right contacts for your complexion and desired effect.

Who’s Wearing Them?

Colored contacts are a popular trend in Hollywood. You might not even know when some of the stars are wearing them. Tyra Banks is known for her “smize,” which is the term she coined for smiling with her eyes. Although Tyra’s looks don’t need any help, she likes to emphasize her natural hazel-like eyes with amplified green lenses. They are not far from her natural color, so they simply bring out the bright color of her eyes.

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Supermodel Naomi Campbell likes to switch up her look by going from brunette to blonde and brown eyed to blue eyed. She has been seen wearing different colored contacts so often, many people don’t even know that her natural eye color is brown. Campbell is forever a fashion and beauty icon, and she always pairs the right eye color with the right hair color and outfit. She has an interesting heritage and background and expresses herself through her many looks.

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There are beautiful black women who have naturally light eyes, even though fans are constantly asking if they wear color contacts. Vanessa Williams has natural blue eyes and Rihanna’s eyes are naturally green. A dark complexion can look striking with light-colored eyes and it doesn’t have to look unnatural. Follow some basic tips to get the look of these celebs.

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Choosing the Right Colored Contact Lenses

The first thing you have to know is that you need a prescription for any contacts, color or regular, whether you need corrective lenses or not. If you’re lucky enough to have 20/20 vision, you’ll want to ask for “Plano” colored contacts. These contacts are used solely for cosmetic purposes and although they have no attached prescription, they must still be authorized by an optometrist. Once you’ve been fitted and figured out the proper prescription, the optometrist will teach you the proper way to use and maintain your new contacts.

Now comes the fun part: choosing the right color! According to Vision Direct, which sells all kinds of standard and color contacts, there are three basic types: enhancement, color tint and theatrical. Enhancement color contacts are a subtle color that is meant to enhance your natural eye color, not change it completely. If you’re looking for a natural end result, you should take into consideration your skin color. For women with darker skin, a hazel, amber, green or honey brown shade is the best choice. Attire Club comments on the three types of tones: one-tone, two-tone and three-tone, and mentions that the most natural are three-tone colored lenses because they offer the most depth and dimension.

Color tint lenses completely change the color of your eyes. You can go from brown to blue or vice versa. Choose these if you are going for a more dramatic look like Nicki Minaj or Amber Rose. You can change your eye color to match your hair, outfit or even your mood that day.

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The third type of color contacts, theatrical lenses, aren’t for everyday use, but are great for Halloween or a special occasion. They can give you creepy red vampire eyes, yellow cat eyes or a futuristic white-out look.

Safety First

You only have two eyes, so take precautions. If you’re seriously considering contact lenses, be aware that they are classified as medical devices and can affect the health of your eyes if not used properly, says CVS. Never buy contact lenses without a proper prescription. When buying discounted contact lenses online make sure you read the merchant reviews on BizRate or as aggregated by sites like Google Shopping. It is important to have fresh product that is sold by authorized retailers.