As an optometrist, I get asked for clinical and non-clinical advice about eyes and all things ocular. One of the most common non-clinical requests is for makeup tips for spectacle wearers. I am by no means an expert on makeup techniques, but these five simple tips are a good start.

The trend for statement eyewear is set to stay and the days of hiding behind spectacles are long gone. Bold glasses draw attention to the wearer’s face, so makeup must be flawless. Good lighting and a magnifying mirror are essential for those who find it difficult to see their eyes without their specs.

Banish Shadows

Frames and lenses can cast shadows underneath the eyes, so apply concealer to the inner corners of the eyes and any place else the glasses cast a shadow. A lightweight liquid concealer is less likely to crease or look cakey. As with all make-up, apply with a light hand because it’s easier to add more than to remove it and start again. Choose a shade a little lighter than the foundation and if necessary, use a peachy pink corrector to counter the greenish/purplish tone of under eye shadows.


Lengthen Lashes

Curl the top lashes with an eyelash curler to widen the eyes and to keep the eyelashes from touching the lenses. Avoid thickening mascaras because they contain fibres that can deposit on the back surface of the spectacle lenses. Consider a waterproof or long-lasting formula with a smaller
brush to reduce clumping.


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Draw A Line

Adjust your eyeliner thickness to suit the frames. A thicker frame needs a thicker line to the upper lashline to make the eyes stand out and a finer frame needs a finer line. Light-coloured eye shadow with a luminescent finish will make the eyes look larger, while a darker matte finish will have the opposite effect. This should be considered alongside the magnifying or minifying effect of a significant prescription. (The lenses in glasses to correct long-sightedness will magnify the eyes. The lenses in glasses to correct short-sightedness will minify the eyes and consequently makes them look smaller).


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Define The Eyebrows

Thanks to model of the decade, Cara Delevingne, dark, thick eyebrows have been de rigeur for some years. This look works well with a dark, thick frame but can overpower a delicate style. Neat, well-defined and in proportion with the frame is the aim of the eyebrow game. I think this is perhaps the most useful of all of the makeup tips.


Make A Face

Once you have applied your eye makeup, put your spectacles on and look at the face as a whole. Ensure the rest of the maquillage balances the eyes. Define the cheekbones with blusher or bronzer and choose lip colour carefully. The notion of having only a strong eye or a strong lip is outdated. Go as bold as you dare.


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I will write a post containing makeup tips for contact lens wearers, in due course. In the meantime, take a look at my blog post featuring the latest trnd in spectacle lenses, the Style Colours coloured photochromic lenses by Transitions.  I will link to Brilliant Blog Posts and The Saturday Share.

As a style blogger, friends and family ask for my thoughts and advice on clothes and accessories. As an optometrist, I get asked about eyes. Sometimes, these two worlds meet when people seek advice on what type of spectacles are best functionally and sartorially. A column I wrote recently for the professional journal Optometry Today, was about trends in men’s spectacle frames. This was timely because my partner Ian was long overdue some new glasses as an alternative to his habitual contact lenses. He knew he wanted Transitions and was keen to get varifocals for the first time.

Essilor Varilux with Transitions, men's spectacle frame trends

We went to Eyeworks in Kensington to have a sight test and to choose glasses. That’s where I got my fabulous Transitions Style Colours from, (do read all about them here- they’re brilliant). Ian wasn’t sure what style of frame he wanted, so like I do with everyone, I recommended trying lots of styles, including those out of his normal comfort zone. He did just that and consequently, decided upon this super stylish frame by Mykita.

Mykita Mylon spectacle frames for men

Essilor Varilux with Transitions, men's spectacle frame trends, Eyeworks Opticians, Kensington

Clear Vision At All Distances: The Varilux X Design Varifocal With Transitions

The Varilux X by Essilor is the very latest in varifocal design and this is what Ian opted for. It affords excellent vision with minimal distortion at all distances (long-distance, intermediate and near). Practically, this fulfills all visual requirements from driving to watching tv, using a PC or laptop, cooking, reading and looking at a phone. Ian adapted to the Varilux lens immediately which is quite remarkable, because I know that it’s common for a first-time varifocal wearer to need a period of adaptation. This is testament to the outstanding optics of the lens and Ian’s receptiveness to their benefits.

Essilor Varilux X with Transitions, men's spectacle frame trends

Essilor Varilux with grey green Transitions, men's spectacle frame trends

UV Protection And The Seamless Transition

I cannot place enough importance on protecting the eyes from harmful UV exposure. Among other things, it can lead to cataracts, macular degeneration and premature ageing of the skin around the eye. Transitions lenses adapt and darken in response to UV light. When in bright sunlight, it takes less than a minute for them to reach their darkened state. The time it takes to fade back to clear is just slightly longer. It’s a seamless transition which means they can be worn both indoors and out, so negating the need for prescription sunglasses. The lenses offer 100% protection against harmful UV rays when they’re dark and against harmful blue light when they are in the clear state.

Transitions For Business and Pleasure

The combination of the Varilux and the Transitions means Ian glasses work for business and pleasure, for tasks at any distance and in all lighting conditions. In summary, this pair of glasses does everything.

Essilor Varilux with Transitions in dark state, men's spectacle frame trends

Essilor Varilux with Transitions in darkened state, men's spectacle frame trends

Essilor Varilux with Transitions, men's spectacle frame trends. Transitions Style Colours

The Current Top Three Trends in Men’s Glasses

Spectacle frames are one of the first things a person sees; they speak volumes about the wearer’s style and personality and it’s amazing the difference they make. In fact, I believe they have the power to create a whole new persona (I’m thinking of Clark Kent here). From a style perspective, anything goes, however, there are currently three standout trends in men’s spectacle frames. Gentlemen, who do you want to be?

The Hipster: With thick, dark, frames, hipster glasses are a cultural fashion phenomenon. A hipster has an interest in style and culture and he accessorises with scarves, bracelets and earrings. He enjoys a laissez-faire approach to life and Johnny Depp epitomises this hipster aesthetic and attitude.

The Geek: Geek frames are over-sized, often angular, and frequently coloured.  A geek is confident, edgy and not afraid to be on display. He might sport tweed and elbow patches and may or may not hold a PhD. Indiana Jones and Clark Kent top the class of aspirational geeks. (Can you tell tell that I’ve always preferred the quiet confidence of Clark Kent to his more outgoing alter-ego?)

The Classy Gent: Classic frames are timeless in shape and have no association with a particular decade or style genre. Minimal in design, they come in easy to wear neutrals and soft metallic shades. A man who wears such frames might inhabit the world of business and wear tailoring. Anwar Hadid, (brother of supermodels Bella and Gigi), proved that classic is cool, when he tweeted a picture of himself wearing classic aviators.

Transitions: The Multi-tasking Lens

Whatever your choices, make sure you get a sight test at least every two years. Consider getting Transitions lenses too, to ensure that your eyes are protected from harmful UV rays all of the time.

And, although I don’t for one minute believe that you gents can’t multi-task, we can conclude that your spectacles most definitely can…

Ian’s frame is the Mykita Mylon with Varilux X Design Ormix progressive (varifocal) lenses with Transitions light adaptive lenses in grey/green.  My frame is by Caroline Abram and it has the Transitions Style Colours in sapphire (do go to this post for more details). This is a sponsored post written in collaboration with Transitions Optical. As always, my opinions are 100% honest and the content is my own. Thank you for supporting those brands that support What Lizzy Loves. Thank you to optometrist and owner of Eyeworks, Miss Brenda McKernan and to student dispensing optician Aimee Wheeler, for the outstanding service and finally to Emily Marsh from Chase PR for arranging this collaboration.

This post will be linking up with Brilliant Blog Posts and The Saturday Share 


Coloured Lenses: The Latest Trend In Prescription Glasses
Sunglasses have always been a must-have accessory and one of the standout trends this season is for those with coloured lenses. Prada and Gucci showed yellow lenses on their catwalks and Selena Gomez and models of the moment Bella and Gigi Hadid have been viewing the world through a whole array of rainbow colours. Coloured lenses aren’t a new concept per se, but current fashion trends are driving the product, bringing about whole new spectrum and a wider than ever choice, but perhaps more importantly, the trend has been embraced by the optical industry and incorporated into an exciting new range of spectacle lenses.
Here, my two worlds of optometry and style blogging meet.

Introducing Transitions Style Colours
Style Colours is a brand new range of photochromic coloured lenses by Transitions® Optical which launched last month. It’s a collection of four lens colours – amethyst, sapphire, emerald and amber, which adapt from clear to dark when exposed to UV light and which add a contemporary element to prescription eyewear. Transitions Style Colours provide the opportunity to make a strong style statement with glasses as a whole and offer 100% protection against UV rays, (and against blue light when in the clear state) so can be worn both indoors and out making them as functional as they are stylish.

Style Colours Protect Against Harmful UV Rays
As an optometrist, I cannot place enough importance on the quality of  sunglasses and the protection they afford. UV exposure can lead to, among other things, cataracts and
macular degeneration, and of course to premature ageing of the skin around the eye.
As soon as I heard about these lenses I was excited and I included them in the monthly column I write for the professional journal, Optometry Today. They have been very well received by the optical industry and the profession and there is a definite buzz around them; this is a fashion-led product which can change the entire look of an outfit, yet they are presented by a brand, highly regarded and trusted within the world of optics.

The Seamless Transition
In their clear state, they look just like a pair of prescription glasses.They adapt and darken in response to UV light. When in bright sunlight, it takes less than one minute for them to reach their darkened state and the time taken to fade back to clear is about the same. It really is a seamless transition. When wearing them, I’m not aware of them darkening or fading. They’re excellent! The transition from clear to dark can be seen in this series of photographs (taken very quickly to capture the different stages!)
















Fully Darkened Lenses
Here are the lenses in their fully darkened state in full sunshine. I think they look so different than when clear and when semi-dark and it’s this ability to change the look of an outfit, or indeed that of the wearer, that I love.


Transitions Style Colours, sapphire lenses, darkened state

Anti-Glare Properties
As well as filtering out all harmful rays whether clear or dark, Transitions Style colours have anti-glare properties; something incredibly useful when looking at a screen because it minimises reflections. This has he added benefit of making the wearer’s eyes look very clear through the lenses.


Transitions Style Colours, clear state indoors


Choosing The Frames and Lenses

I went to Eyeworks Opticians in South Kensington, a bright, modern, independent practice which stocks a fabulous range of frames suitable for prescription spectacles and sunglasses. I wanted something to make an impact and had the best time trying on frames before deciding upon my bold purple and blue acetate cat-eye frame by Caroline Abram.

Transitions Style Colours can be chosen to match, compliment or contrast with the chosen frame in line with the wearer’s style. From a demonstration with a UV light to show the lenses in their darkened state, I could could see that the amethyst would match my frame while the sapphire complimented it and I chose the latter.

I have a very low distance prescription, too low to need glasses on a day to day basis, but I decided to have it incorporated anyway to give me the clearest possible vision. The dispensing optician took all of the required measurements so the optical centres of the lenses are aligned with my pupils and the centre of the frame.

What Lizzy Loves choosing spectacle frames at Eyeworks, London

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I’m absolutely thrilled with my glasses and the Transitions Style Colours lenses. They’re comfortable, stylish and in my professional opinion, they are an excellent way of protecting the eyes from harmful UV rays, blue light and glare in all light conditions. What better way of incorporating a new trend while knowing it has a significant benefit to the wearer. I highly, highly recommend them.

Love Lizzy x

This is a sponsored post written in collaboration with Transitions Optical. My opinions are always 100% honest and the content is always my own. Thank you for supporting those brands that support What Lizzy Loves.

Thank you to optometrist and owner of Eyeworks, Miss Brenda McKernan and to student dispensing optician Aimee Wheeler, for the outstanding service and to Emily Marsh from Chase PR for arranging this collaboration.

Eyeworks London
44 Gloucester Road
London SW7 4QT

I’m wearing:
Caroline Abram frame with Style Colours in Sapphire
Cream pompom dress, & Other Stories, past season
*Blue Broidery Top (also available in pink) £29, Tulchan

I’m linking up with:
I Will Wear What I LikeBrilliant Blog Posts/The Saturday Share