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These readers were in denial about needing glasses, but after a little help from our advisors, they look seriously specs-tacular!
ur three readers really needed our help to find their perfect frames – Sian, 48, has had bad eyesight since childhood but has worn contacts since she was 14 (because of bad memories of NHS specs); Maddy, 46, has recently found out she needs glasses but is afraid they’ll make her look and feel frumpy; and Rachel, 46, needs glasses for reading but has struggled to find any she likes. So our experts helped give them these amazing trans-frame-ations…
Boots optical consultant Katie Dober says:
‘Sian has a pale complexion so I’ve avoided black frames, as these would look too heavy on her. She wears a lot of neutral shades and likes to add a splash of colour with her accessories, so I’ve steered her towards designs in cherry red, purple, and tortoiseshell with a hint of blue. Smaller frames don’t make the most of Sian’s eyes, so we’ve gone for larger designs, while making sure that they still fit on her nose – frames should sit flush against the nose, with no gap.’
Make-up artist Neusa Neves says:
‘Sian likes to emphasise her green eyes, so I’ve lined them all round with a mix of smudgy golden brown and greeny blue that will catch in the light from her lenses. I always advise people who wear glasses to use eye make-up, even if it’s just a touch of liner. I’ve kept Sian’s lips neutral, so her eyes and frames make the biggest statement.’
‘Rachel likes glasses with a slightly retro look, and loves bigger frames and bold colours. Try not to get too hooked on reading up about what suits your face shape; it’s more about whether they’ll work for your lifestyle and how you feel when you see yourself. Of course, your frames need to fit well, so check how they sit on your nose – and if they move up when you smile, it’s a sign they’re too big.’
‘Rachel has long eyelashes and they were hitting her lenses, so I’ve curled them and not applied mascara. I’ve lined her eyes with a browny-gold pencil that has a slight shimmer – all her chosen frames are dark, and this is less ageing than a black flick. For evening, she could complement her glasses with a tawny-gold eyeshadow and a bolder lip.’
‘We’ve steered clear of small, dark, rectangular frames because Maddy felt they were ageing on her, and they can make some people’s eyes look smaller. She wants glasses she can wear for work, reading and going out, and they have to co-ordinate with all the different colours in her wardrobe – so tortoiseshell is a good option. Choosing slightly bigger frames means her pupils sit in the centre of the lenses, which is more flattering for her eyes. And don’t forget, if you opt for classic frames you can often just get the lenses upgraded when your prescription changes.’
‘The glasses Maddy has chosen are all classic shapes in fairly neutral shades, so I’ve opted for a bold lip. I’d advise against lip liner here – a strong colour looks softer without it. To set off the tortoiseshell frames, I’ve given Maddy a subtle smoky eye in a golden bronze, with a light flick to provide structure.’
*Prices include frames and Boots Protect single-vision lenses.
Interviews Danielle Hine Photography Matthew Walder Hair and make-up Neusa Neves at Terri Manduca