Going all out for the perfect fancy dress outfit? Then you’re probably after some contact lenses to round off your costume and make-up. However, take care: coloured or bizarre-effect lenses may be cheap and easy to find, but they could have some unwanted and nasty side effects.
Cat contact lenses
Cat contact lenses are a classic Halloween outfit choice. However, cheap “cat eye” contact lenses can risk causing serious damage to your eyes. Instead, try FreshLook 1 Day contact lenses in green. Pair with grey makeup, costume ears and a matching outfit to make the piercing green contacts pop.
Zombie contact lenses
To create a zombie Halloween outfit, choose grey contact lenses. This will help to add a spooky element to your costume. Combine your “zombie” contact lenses with pale face makeup, dark eyes and lips and splashes of red blood to complete the look. This outfit is great on a budget, simply distress and add fake blood to old or unused clothes.
Unsettling Halloween contacts
Looking for something quick and easy? Choose an eye colour different to your own and wear only one lens. The odd, unnerving contact look won’t go unnoticed especially when accompanied by scary details such as fake blood and dirt. Or, add more asymmetrical accessories such as different coloured socks and gloves to emphasise your choice of Halloween contacts.
Cosplay contact lenses
A fun way to approach Halloween is to take away the spooky element and dress up as your favourite character from literature, film or even gaming. Once you have made a final call on the best character for you, simply select the contact colour that works best from the four available colour options.
Halloween prescription contact lenses
It can be tempting to order some cheap, creepy contact lenses online the day before your party, avoiding the hassle of having to go into a store and have lenses properly fitted.
However, any type of contact lenses – no matter where they’re from – must be properly fitted by an eyecare professional to avoid serious damage to your eyes. You can experience the following eye conditions after wearing these types of lenses:
Are coloured contact lenses safe for Halloween?
Prescription coloured contact lenses are a great way to accessorise any spooky outfit and can be safely paired with face paint or make-up. For hygiene reasons, it’s better to insert your lenses before putting on make-up and take them out before you remove your make-up.
When wearing Halloween-themed prescription contacts you might also want to avoid make-up that includes powdery or metallic eyeshadows and mascara with fibres, as the particles can get into your lenses.
- Take them out immediately if they feel uncomfortable at any point.
- Make sure you understand how to clean and handle the lenses, as well as other recommended instructions.
- Look out for ‘CE’ marking on packaging. This indicates the lenses conform to health, safety and environmental protection standards.
- Come in and see us if you’re worried at any time.
- Share your lenses with other people, as this can cause infections.
- Wear them for extended periods of time
- Wear them over your normal contact lenses.
- Wear a torn or damaged lens.
Follow the routines that you would with normal contacts to reduce any chance of infection or damage. Have a look at our handy ‘how to’ videos for how best to handle and take care of lenses.
If you have any further questions, or you’re worried at any point, just come into store to see us. We’ll be happy to give you advice.
Do I need a prescription?
At Specsavers, our range of coloured contact lenses are for cosmetic or prescription use. All coloured contact lenses supplied within the UK, including non-prescription lenses, are now classed as medical devices, and should only be supplied or supervised by a registered optician. This helps to protect your eyes and avoid unnecessary damage. So, you will need a contact lens appointment with our contact lens specialists.
Where to buy Halloween contact lenses?
Specsavers is the safest place to buy your Halloween contact lenses. We have a great range of coloured contacts in hazel, blue, green and grey to suit any outfit or costume. Buying your coloured contacts from a non-eyewear professional can cause long term damage to your eyes and should be avoided.
Are Halloween contacts more uncomfortable?
Coloured contact lenses should feel exactly the same as normal contact lenses. If they begin to feel uncomfortable, take them out immediately.
Why do Halloween coloured contact lenses hurt my eyes?
There are a number of reasons your Halloween contacts may hurt your eyes. These include:
- Improper care
- Dirt on the lenses
- They are the wrong fit for your eyes
- An allergic reaction
If you are experiencing any pain, it’s important to get in touch as soon as possible to talk through your symptoms. Our experts can offer you the best course of action and prevent a more serious eye condition or infection.