We’ve noticed that glasses are having a bit of a thing recently. You know, as in proper old spectacles, which seem to be just about everywhere these days. We saw plenty of specs on the FROW at NY Fashion Week as well as on off-duty models roaming the streets. To be honest, they’ve been looming for a while on the fashion and A-list circuits (Karlie and Rita being our current faves) but in recent weeks it’s seems to have got a little outta control. Four-eyes friends are cropping up here, there and everywhere and we're really loving it. From geek-chic glasses to cat-eye numbers, we can’t get enough of them at the mo.
What's more, we've spotted lots of lovely catwalk looks from teh SS13 shows which include some pretty spectacular specs - from the girls at Prada in funky floral numbers to the more preppy models at J.Crew. Either way, they're mighty fine examples of just how to pull off a frame and add another dimension to your look - oh you know how we do love to accessorise!
Now, the only problem with pulling off a pair of specs is how on earth to do your makeup. With a large pair of frames on your face, you need to ensure that your beauty look makes for the perfect base, especially if you are rocking a statement pair of glasses. With a few simple tweaks you can ensure that you look on-trend and fresh and that you wear the glasses, rather than the glasses wearing you.
We consulted our very own four-eyed beauty writer Angelica Hermon, to tell us about her Top 5 Beauty Tips When Wearing Glasses:
1. As glasses make such a statement on your face, you don’t want them to drown you out at all. You don’t want to pile on the makeup but in a very subtle and skilled manner. You definitely want to ensure that you enhance your features a little more than you usually would.
2. The eyes are the most important area to focus on. You want to go for at least 2 coats of mascara as well as a touch of liner to make your eyes stand out once they are covered with lenses. Try By Terry Terrybly Mascara, £31
3. It’s a good trick to accentuate your cheekbones when wearing glasses, just to add contours and depth to the face. Plus if you prefer larger, chunky glasses, this definition will help balance out the look. Try a dark shade of MAC Cream Colour Base, £14.50
4. A top tip for the evening is to add a bright lip to your beauty look to enhance your face. There’s no point spending time doing a detailed eye with lots of shading and colour because a large pair of frames won’t do this justice, so instead reach for a hot red or pink lippy and give your lips a once over.
5. Brows, brows, brows! Yes, don’t think that just because you are wearing a pair of specs your brows can be left untreated. It’s even more important to give your eyebrows some attention as they essentially sit right above your glasses and can make or break your look. The best advice to ensure they are in good shape (head to Shavata or Blink if you’re in need of some help) and then use a great brow gel such as Bobbi Brown Natural Brow Shaper, £14.50 to set them in place. If you have very pale brows but are going for a dark black or tortoiseshell frame, you might want to dye or colour them in with Avon Perfect Eyebrow Pencil, £2.50. Your face needs all the help it can get so giving your brows a boost will ensure that it’s YOU wearing the glasses, not the other way round.
Now aside from getting your beauty look right is the all important question of where on earth to buy nice spectacles from. There's so much choice out there but it's hard to know where to even begin. From high street options to more high end designer frames, you want to make sure you get the right style to suit your face shape, hair colour and even your skin tone. Luckily things are so advanced now that most online stores offer a virtual trying-on program as well as free at-home trials, so you can try before you buy and know exactly what will suit you.
Our Top 3 Spectacle Stores
1. David Clulow - for those of you that feel you would prefer to go in store to actually try on your glasses, look no further than high street favourite David Clulow. The excellent customer service and unbeatable selection of frames - from classic Chanel's to quirky Oliver People's styles - make it our top spectacle store of choice. Plus their Wigmore Street flagship store is super swanky and has state of the art high-tech machines, making your eye test much more of a pleasure than a chore.
We love: these round Chanel Eye Glasses, £278, are very on-trend and impossibly chic in that two-tone monochrome colouring.
2. Swag&Stare.com – this brand new online eyewear label is our top new discovery for those on a budget. Its prescription frames are typically two thirds less than those bought on the high street and come with a social conscience as 10% of profits are donated to UK eye-related charities. If you're someone who likes to chop and change your glasses styles throughout the week then this is where you want to head to get more bang for your buck.
We love: these rather gorgeous Finch Eye Glasses, £95, are fun and different and what we love most about them - apart from the pink - is the purse-friendly price tag. Aside from that, they're a flattering shape and make for a fashionable and fun spring itme eye update.
3. MyOptique.com - this cool glasses website offers a really brilliant edit of all the best designer specs out there, from Tom Ford to Gucci to slightly cheaper lines like Vogue Eyewear. The clever step-by-step process takes in everything from your skin tone to your hair colour and even your face shape, matching the most suited styles of frames to you. Top marks for this bespoke and personalised approach.
We love: these Tom Ford Eye Glasses, £190, are flattering on every face shape and their tortoiseshell finish makes a bold statement without being as harsh as black.
For some good old A-list inspo on how to nail your beauty (and fashion) look when donning a pair of snazzy specs, click through our gallery...