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Monday, August 1, 2011

Girls, Glasses & Eye Shadow

Lens Appeal
Rimmed Frames: to make eyes pop from the shadows that frames cast, line upper and lower lash lines, then apply a shadow in the same color family as your frames [for tortoiseshell, wear gold or brown]
Rimless Frames: eyes can look washed-out behind frameless glasses. Counteract the lack of definition by lining your upper lash lines and applying volumizing mascara [waterproof is less likely to smudge lenses]
Makeup artist Taylor Chang-Babaian, author of Style Eyes
Prevention Magazine June 2011

The Best Makeup to Wear with Glasses
By Bobbi Brown, A well-known makeup artist and  the founder of her own multimillion-dollar cosmetics business
QuestionNow that I'm wearing glasses, should I change my eye makeup?
QuestionLess is definitely more if you wear glasses--overdone eye makeup will clash with your frames and look garish. Specific eye makeup how-to's depend on your prescription: If you're nearsighted, your eyes may seem smaller behind glasses; lining your top and lower lids is a surefire way to make them look bigger. For fair to medium skin tones, stick with a mahogany or light charcoal liner; for darker complexions, a deep coal or black. Curl upper lashes and apply a coat of mascara for an even more eye-opening effect. Farsighted prescriptions often make eyes look bigger, so use a light hand--dust a neutral shadow on lids and brush on a coat of mascara. Because glasses also draw attention to your brows, keep them neat: Pluck strays and fill in sparse spots with a brow powder that's one shade lighter than your hair color.
An informative & fun video by Michelle Phan

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Pull your hair back from your face and look in the mirror - what shape of face do you have? - well study the chart below and find your face shape, and choose the frame shape suggested to best suited your face.

Face Shape
Description & Glass Type

Oval Face
A rounded chin and forehead; your face appears longer than wide and your forehead is wider than your jaw.

The oval face is considered to be the ideal shape because of its balanced proportions. To keep the oval's natural balance, look for eyeglass frames that are as wide as (or wider than) the broadest part of the face, or walnut-shaped frames that are not too deep or too narrow .

Consider most shapes of frames

Rectangle Face
A long face with a square chin

The oblong face is longer than it is wide and has a long straight cheek line and sometimes a longish nose. To make the face appear shorter and more balanced, try frames that have a top-to-bottom depth, decorative or contrasting temples that add width to the face or a low bridge to shorten the nose

Consider large square frames

Triangle Face
A broad forehead with tapering width down to a very narrow rounded chin.
To minimize the width of the top of the face, try frames that are wider at the bottom, very light colours and materials, and rimless frame styles (which have a light, airy effect because the lenses are simply held in place to the temples by a few screws).

Consider small square or rounded frames

Square Face
A broad forehead with a long jaw-line and a square chin.

A square face has a strong jaw line and a broad forehead, plus the width and length are in the same proportions. To make the square face look longer and soften the angles, try narrow frame styles, frames that have more width than depth and narrow ovals.

Consider oval and round style frames

Diamond Face
A narrow forehead with wide cheekbones and a narrow chin. Diamond-shaped faces are narrow at the eye line and jaw line, and cheekbones are often high and dramatic. This is the rarest face shape. To highlight the eyes and bring out the cheekbones, try frames that have detailing or distinctive brow lines, or try rimless frames or oval and cat-eye shapes

Consider wider, bigger styles

Round Face
A circular face, usually with fuller cheeks and a rounded chin.

A round face has curvilinear lines with the width and length in the same proportions and no angles. To make the face appear thinner and longer, try angular narrow eyeglass frames to lengthen the face, a clear bridge that widens the eyes and frames that are wider than they are deep, such as a rectangular shape.

Consider more rectangular and wider styles

Pyramid Face
A narrow forehead that widens at the cheek and chin areas. To add width and emphasize the narrow upper third of the face,

Consider frames that are heavily accented with colour and detailing on the top half or cat-eye shapes

How to Buy Sunglasses
Excerpted from Allure/June 2011 an interview with Kristen McCabe, Sunglass Hut

WORK THE ANGLES To create balance, choose sunglasses that don't mimic the shape of your face. If your face is round, look for rectangular frames; square jaw & high forehead? rounded frames are best. People with heart shaped faces can pull off almost any style.  Classic Ray-Ban aviators are a universally flattering shape.

SHIELD YOURSELF Lenses should protect your eyes from 99% UV rays, check packaging.  For glare protection, think about getting polarized lenses-they block bouncing reflection.

FIND THE RIGHT FIT After slipping on a pair of glasses in the store, smile. The glasses shouldn't move from the bridge of your nose or graze your cheeks. Most metal frame glasses have adjustable nose pads, but mose plastic glasses don't.  If you can fit 2 fingers between the arm and your face, you need a smaller frame.

MAKE THEM LAST Wearing your sunglasses up on your head will stretch out tarms.  The are easy to adjust, any eye or sunglass store will usually do it for free.


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