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Staying Stylish with Spectacles
Most of us want to know how to do some good smokey eye makeup. You want to line and smudge and do everything to get that rich, sexy, smoldering look that’ll drive your man nuts :-). And there’s nothing wrong with that. Except when all that smoldering is behind a glass wall, then the sexiness kind of dies down.
But does that mean that those of us who are straddled with an extra pair of eyes need to back down and just give up? NEVER!!!! We can be just as stylish as the rest, if not better. You have to admit, our specs do give us a certain smart, sophisticated edge :-). And while you’re struggling to find frames to create the ‘Geek’ look, we’re already there!
However, the sexy specsy people do have a few challenges to overcome. Some of us are really short sighted, which makes our lenses thicker and requires further adjustments. But not to fear, here are some tips and pictures of some lovely ladies, doing their thing, while wearing spectacles.
First things first, get frames that suit your face. Square or rectangular frames for round faces and round frames for square-ish faces. As for oval faces, you can try everything!!
1. There are two must haves for specs wearers – Mascara and Concealer.
• Curl your lashes first to prevent them from touching your lenses
• Go for a volumizing rather than lengthening mascara
• Feel free to do multiple coats
• Ensure you use the best matching foundation and concealer under your eyes
2. If you’re short sighted, your specs make your eyes appear smaller. So:
• You can enlarge your eyes by using a white eye pencil on the lower lash line
• Use a good liner on the upper lash line, you may try to match the color to the rim of your specs
• General rule of thumb – the thicker the frames, thicker the eye liner
3. If you’re far sighted, your specs make your eyes look larger. While this can be an advantage, it also means that every glob or wrong smudge will be magnified. So:
• Ensure very careful lining of the eye
• You can layer on the liner on the lower lash line as well
4. If you are using colored frames it is best to use neutral shades of eye shadow. Or you could try with colored shadows but beware –it can look dramatic or just plain clowny.
5. If you are wearing rimless specs, you have the advantage of your eyes getting more focus, but on the downside those nose fittings would appear more prominent. So use a darker eye shadow towards the outer edges to take attention away from the bridge of the nose.
6. Grooming is essential for everyone, but more so for specs wearers – ensure that eyebrows and facial hair are taken care of. Also keep your hair frizz free.
7. Set your foundation with a little powder to prevent your glasses from sliding off your nose.
1. Alice bands– The hard plastic or metal ones can fight for space with the ends of your specs and hurt your head. Go for soft elastic ones or the really slim cloth covered plastic bands that aren’t too tight.
2. Jewelry– Earrings, specs and necklaces are all in the face area, so they shouldn’t end up clashing with each other. If you think it’s a bit too much, it probably is. Also take into consideration the neckline of your dress.
3. Sunglasses– They are a must. Just because you wear specs, doesn’t mean that you’ve got some kind of super power that protects your eyes. They need to be shielded from the harsh sun. Worried you can’t see anything? No problem, just get sunglasses with powered lenses and UV protection. Carry them around with you and exchange them with your powered specs the minute you step inside. A bit of a hassle, I know, but then aren’t your peepers worth it?
Of course, if you’ve been a regular specs wearer, you haven’t let that limit your choice of clothing. But just so you know, you can rock any kind of look wearing specs!! Corporate, casual, club, festive – anything!! Just look at these divas :-).
There are some who feel uncomfortable wearing specs at weddings or festivals. But there really is no need to worry – Indian wear looks great with specs!! You can create your own geek-meets-Indian princess look too :-).
I personally feel that maang tikkas look good with simple metallic frames, rather than large chunky geeky ones. Also, bindis needn’t be avoided, just look at the poster girl for spectacles, Kiran Rao, rocking the bindi and saree with her trademark black frames.
Specs themed stuff
While we’re on the topic of spectacles, how about a look at some cool, funky specs themed stuff?