WHICH GLASSES? When figuring out which shape to choose for your frames, go by your jawline. If you have a rounder face, opt for more square or rectangular glasses. If you have more of an angular jawline (i.e. square or heart), try going for oval or round shaped glasses. Colour wise? Grey, black, shades of brown or tortoise-shell, or light shades of pink and blue are your best bet for business casual or just a trip to the mall. Thin-rimmed or metal frames are the best style for a professional setting or whipping out reading glasses when you want to look intellectual and classy. They brighten your face more than any pair of thick-rimmed frames would, leaving a sharp impression.
WHAT DO I DO WITH MY MAKEUP? Take it easy. You don’t want to counteract the clean look of your glasses by applying crazy amounts of colourful makeup.
*Go light on the eyes with a champagne or cream-coloured eye shadow. Depending on your style, you can choose a shade with hints of shimmer.
*Skip the heavy eyeliner during the day and go straight to the mascara. Apply a lengthening mascara to emphasize your lashes behind yours lenses. Make sure to curl the hairs upward so they don’t hit your lenses.
*Take care of your eyebrows because a lot of attention will be on them when you’re wearing glasses. Make sure they are well-defined, yet natural. Never forget the little things about beauty care, like a quality eyebrow shaping appointment at the local salon.
*Give your cheeks a nice flush with light shades of pink or peach colored blush- depending on your skin tone. Be careful not to use too much! Since your eyes are going to be the main focus, you don’t want to overdo it underneath.
*Wear a nude or light pink lipstick. Skip the gloss or flashy neon lip stain for the daytime, in order to keep a neat, mature look.
HOW SHOULD I WEAR MY HAIR? Since your makeup centralizes around your eyes, the last thing you want to do is hide them behind your hair.
*Pin your hair up and out of your face. A chic high or low ponytail or a low bun will accentuate the look. If you aren’t a fan of having your hair up, you can pin your bangs back into a mini pompadour and leave the remainder of your hair free flowing. You can also try the classic half up, half down style, known for drawing total focus to your face, yet remaining romantic and loose in the back.
*Avoid coloured pins or clips, considering they will do nothing but distract. During the daytime, your eyeglasses should be the main accessory on your face. An overload of clips would be bad news.
WHICH GLASSES? Contrary to daytime, we want to go for thicker frames to give us more of an edgy appearance in the evening. The same rules apply in terms of eye shape (go by the jawline) but the rules for colour are completely different: there are none! Black or a rich mahogany are a safe bet because they match every outfit. Now that it’s night-time, your look can be obviously fun & flirty, so don’t be afraid to rock a frame with a pop of colour or with a printed interior.
WHAT DO I DO WITH MY MAKEUP? Night time makeup leaves a little bit more leeway than the daytime options. The choice is completely yours to decide which part of your face to feature!
*If it’s eyes you want to play up, wear an offbeat eye shadow. As dark tints will appear too heavy on your already covered eyes, avoid a smoky eye. Instead, play around with purple, blue, or green hues. Line the inner eye rim with dark eyeliner and use the same lengthening mascara as before.
*If you want the main focus of the night to be on your cheeks, start by contouring your face with lighter and darker foundations. Then, apply a highlighter to your cheekbones and pair it with your favorite shade of blush. Don’t be afraid to really add some colour at this point! Add a little bronzer around your hairline, jawline, and neck. Keep your eyes light with a neutral eye shadow and a minimal amount of mascara. Avoid any shine when it comes to your lips; instead, apply a solid nude shade.
*If you want to draw attention to your lips, then pick any colour of lipstick you want! You have all the options in the world, from light coral, pink, and red, to dark plums and purples. After applying your lipstick, use the highlighter along your cupid’s bow on the centre of your lips. Additionally, you have the option to add a dab of clear gloss to your lips to make them shine. If you are feeling creative, mix shades of lipstick and gloss to create your own colours. After all - the nighttime is the perfect time to experiment with new looks! Pair this look with light, shimmery eyes, staying natural on your cheeks.
HOW SHOULD I WEAR MY HAIR? Just as night time is the best time to experiment with makeup, you can also take the time to try that hairstyle you’ve been dying to perfect.
*The wavier, the better! When your hair is wet, braid it and then let it dry. The thickness of the braids depends on how wavy you want your hair. Another method for getting waves is to use a crimping iron or a special flat, hot waver. Create a middle part to enhance the framing of your face, so that you don’t get too weighed down by your frames.
*Style a half ponytail or a half bun, but leave a few extra pieces out in front to frame your face. If you want your hair totally up and out of your way, try a thick side braid, or a low or side messy bun.
*Accessorize! Correlate your headpieces to your outfit that night, but be careful not to contradict with the colour of your frames.
Glasses can add an extra hint of style to an everyday outfit in the afternoon or at night. It’s all about how you dress them up (or down) with other accessories, make-up, and hair styles. Don’t be afraid to try any combination; you might create the next big trend!