How to Ditch Your Boring Old-Fashioned Glasses

More people wear glasses than don’t. In most countries, over 60% of people wear some form of corrective eyewear. Many do not like doing so, because they feel that it is hard to look good while wearing glasses.

As you will see, in reality, this is far from the case. In fact, you can use them to enhance your look.

Don’t be afraid to try something radically different

When it comes to eyewear, we all tend to get a bit stuck in a rut. This can leave us looking dated and mean that we miss out on new glasses trends that could make us look so much better. You could, for example, try out a pair of cat eye glasses from or a similar retailer.

Opt for cheaper options to enable you to own more pairs

The fact that you are buying online means that you will likely be paying a lot less for your glasses than you have done before. This makes it easier for you to experiment.

Plus, a lot of online retailers offer you the chance to buy different frames and lenses when you take advantage of their buy one get one free offers. Something most of the traditional retailers still do not do. For some reason, they tend to still sell you 2 pairs of glasses that look exactly the same. So, you cannot use your free glasses to experiment with a new look.

Stick to the shapes you know will work for you

But, when you do this, don’t go too wild. You need to understand what shape face you have and stick to buying the frame formats that work the best for that shape. Usually, even when you do that, you will still have a choice of hundreds of different types of glasses.

Match your glasses to your main outfit choices

If you radically change your look, treat yourself to some new eyewear. For example, if you go from glitzy, bold clothing to wearing mainly office style formal clothes, your oversized glasses with the heavy frames likely won’t be a good fit anymore. You will look far better if you wear lighter frames.

Choose something different for your sunglasses

Most people dress very differently at the weekend than they do during the week. So, it is wise to choose sunglasses that fit in with the casual clothes you like to wear then.

If you buy transition lenses, you will be able to wear them throughout the world. But, there are a few extra things that you need to bear in mind when buying this type of lenses. This step-by-step article explains what you need to know.

Sell on your classic glasses frames

Most people simply throw their old eyeglasses away when they buy new ones. This is a shame because they can be used to help people in poorer parts of the world. Look out for schemes in your area.

If your old frames were made by a famous designer, you can usually sell them on. There is a huge and growing demand for vintage clothes and accessories. Even some non-branded frames can be worth a bit of money. So, why not try selling them instead of automatically throwing them away?

Consider which glasses will best fit your face

There is nothing wrong with choosing glasses simply because you like the way they look but certain spectacle styles do tend to look better on people with specific face shapes. To understand your face shape, consider whether your face is longer than it is wide; whether your jawline is round, square, or pointed; and whether your hairline is wide or narrow.

Wear angular, slimming glasses if you have a round face

Round faces are about as wide as they are tall, and they are characterized by softer, curved features. Straight and rectangular lenses will make your face look longer and thinner especially if they sit high on your face.

Wear large or rounded lenses with slim frames if you have a square face

Square-faced features are angular, with a flat chin and strong jaw. If you’d like to soften your features, try wearing rounded lenses. If you like the strong profile, but don’t want glasses to make you look intimidating, you can still use square-shaped lenses. Make sure, however, that the lenses are large, and roughly even in height and width.

Wear any glasses if you have an oval-shaped face

Oval faces are long and relatively thin, with a rounded chin and high cheekbones. This face type works well with most styles of glasses, provided that you avoid the extremes. Feel free to wear curved or square frames. Wear wide or narrow lenses, according to your preference but avoid lenses that are too evenly round or boxy.

Wear tapered lenses if you have a heart-shaped face

It can be hard to fit glasses for a face with narrow cheekbones and a small chin. If you’d like to draw attention from your pointy chin, try lenses that taper down from top to bottom. Likewise, a butterfly taper can help draw the eye toward the center of your face.

Lighten up your face to counter heavy frames

Some eyeglass frames can cast dark shadows around the eyes in certain light. To combat this, blend a lighter-toned foundation under your eyes and down the center of your nose. This technique, known as contouring, makes you appear fresher and highlights your eyes. If you like, you can take this one step further and fully contour your face by bronzing your cheek bones, the top of your forehead and either side of your nose. Be sure to fully blend the highlighting foundation and bronzer with your natural-colored face makeup.

Consider wearing eyeliner to make your eyes stand out

Draw attention to your eyes with striking cat-eye eyeliner, well-defined eyelashes, and pops of eye shadow color. If you choose a bright eye shadow color, make sure that it complements the color of your frames. If your eye shadow clashes with your glasses, the effect may look cheap or gaudy.

Wear bright lipstick to balance your face, but not if you’re wearing heavy makeup

It’s best to highlight either your eyes or your lips avoid coloring both. If you have eye-catching eyeglasses and you want to wear eye shadow, try pairing your look with a colorless lip gloss or slightly tinted lip balm. If you’d rather draw attention to your lips than your eyes, pass up the eye shadow and wear thin eyeliner or mascara with a bright, cheery lipstick. Some people like to complete this look with vintage-style glasses.

Put your glasses on carefully

To put glasses on, you should grip the front of the frame with both hands. Slide the arms over your ears and lower the frame gently onto your nose. Always handle your glasses with two hands to reduce strain on the hinges.

Wear your glasses on the top of your nose

When you have your glasses on, touch the nose-bridge with your forefinger and push it up so that the frames sit comfortably on the top of your nose. Unless your optician has specifically instructed you to wear your glasses in another position, your glasses should sit comfortably between your eyes at the apex of your forehead.

Keep the lenses clean

Wipe glass with a microfiber cloth, and use a bit of water to remove persistent stains. Regularly clean the frames with mild soap and water to remove any oil or dirt that could transfer to your skin.

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