There is a brand new trend, hitting the clubs and high streets, and it is not for the faint hearted. Films such as Twilight and Batman have seen the rise of the manufacture of some pretty weird designer contact lenses, and young people are wearing them in order to look like their favourite movie stars. Contact lenses that make you appear as if you are a vampire, with red rims around a black iris, a la Bella Swann from Twilight, are just one of these crazy new trends, whilst logos of the Batman insignia are another best seller, and if you have no particular affinity with a film, you can always opt for the neon brights of UV light, or light up your eyes with lenses powered by LED lights.
The glowing Batman symbol lenses available on Foureyez.com and they have many other symbols available, from Hell Raiser, Bionic, Terminator, to the Hulk and T1000 lenses. Foureyez.com also offer a huge range of coloured contacts, but we are not talking your average blue, green or brown here, literally any colour goes. From candy pink, orange, aqua blue, red, white, grey, yellow, you name the colour, they have a lens for it. And it does not stop at colours, you can get cats eyes lens, with the typical slanted black iris of a cat, or you can have a demon, wolf or vampire shaped iris, and this is just for starters.
They also sell a range of glow in the dark lens, that come alive in UV light. These lens are really state of the art and have to be seen to be believed and are very effective. Imagine popping a pair of these in and wearing them in a night club and see what reaction you get.
Eyesbright.com sells coloured ‘contacts that they call ‘glamour contacts, with the most beautiful mix of colours you have ever seen. They mix up two different colours, such as honey and grey, and swirl them in the lens, creating a completely unique and special lens, never seen before. You will definitely get a reaction when you wear these. We particularly love the glamour violet lens, mixed with lilac and black, gorgeous!
This new trend for changing your eye colour has not stopped at contact lenses, as London-based artist and designer from South Korea Soomi Park has launched the LED Eyelash Project. Soomi is in the middle of designing a product that allows you to wear eyelashes that flicker with tiny lights.
Soomi Park calls her project ‘the fetish of Big Eyes’ and says that all women over the world want larger eyes. She says: “Sometimes, the desires for bigger eyes can become almost obsessive, and many women opt for plastic surgery in order to make their dream come true,” she added: “Asian women tend to have stronger needs for bigger eyes as a standard of beauty, but relatively few of them are born with naturally big eyes. Those without big eyes can only look for alternative ways to make their eyes look prettier, i.e., larger, by using a repertoire of skills such as putting on makeup and wearing jewelry. Sometimes, the desires for bigger eyes can become almost obsessive, and many women opt for plastic surgery in order to make their dream come true.”
Soomi’s product is called LED Eyelash and is currently being developed, but she hopes it will make a feature of womens eyes, feature no matter how small they are. The way it works is that a sensor, made of mercury, detects the movement of the pupil and eyelids.
Soomi said: “If you wear it and move your head, LED Eyelash will flicker following your movements. It is as simple to use as wearing false eyelashes and as easy to remove as taking off a piece of jewelry.”