I thought it might be useful to share the tips from my latest column in the current issue of Optometry Today in which I give make-up tips for spectacle wearers.
(Optometry Today is the professional journal for members of the optics profession and takes me back to my professional roots as an optometrist. I write a monthly feature that is fashion led but with a focus on eyewear and optics).
The trend for statement eyewear is set to stay and the days of hiding behind spectacles are long gone. Bold styles draw attention to the wearer’s face, so makeup must be flawless.
Good lighting and a magnifying mirror are key for those who find it difficult to see their eyes without their glasses.
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. It is 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 tone of under eye shadows.
Curl the top lashes with an eyelash curler to widen
the eyes and to keep the eyelashes from touching the lenses. Thickening
mascaras contain fibres that can deposit on the back surface of the lenses, so
are best avoided. Consider a waterproof or long-lasting formula with a smaller
brush to reduce clumping.
Draw a Line
Adjust eyeliner thickness to suit the frames. A
thicker frame needs a thicker line to the upper lashline to make the eyes stand
out. A finer frame needs a finer line. Light-coloured eye shadow with a
luminescent finish will make the eyes look larger, while a darker matt finish
will have the opposite effect. This should be considered alongside the
magnifying or minifying effect of a significant prescription.
Define the Brows
Thanks to uber-model Cara Delevingne, dark, thick eyebrows
are de rigeur. 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 this eyebrow game.
Make a Face
Once the eye makeup is complete, put the 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 The notion of having only a strong eye or a strong lip is outdated.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 and enjoy the attention.
Love Liz x
(All model images were taken from Google images.)
If you enjoyed this post, you might enjoy the previous post I wrote for Optometry Today which is about skiwear trends, goggles and celebrity style on the slopes.