When I was about 11 years old, my mom took me to see a play. I can’t remember exactly what show it was – probably because, at the time, I couldn’t see it very well. As we were driving home from the performance, my mom rattled off her favorite parts of the performance and engaged me in conversation. It was then that we both realized I needed prescription glasses. The show had, literally, been a blur for me.
My first pair of glasses were pure ugly. My dad convinced me to pick oversized tortoise frames and lenses with a brown gradient tint. Looking back, it was no coincidence that boys wouldn’t look at me twice. But seriously, even though they weren’t the best looking glasses, they completely changed my life. For the first time in years, I could see. I mean really see. My hazy window to the world was suddenly crystal clear and I started to truly blossom.
Since then, my taste in glasses has improved exponentially. I stopped taking advice from my dad and chose frames that spoke to me at that point in my life. Now that I’ve been sporting glasses for the past 25 years, it’s cool to look back on old photos and see what kind of frames I was wearing. It’s funny how a simple pair of glasses reminds me of who I was at that moment in time. I’ve worn wire-rimmed, nerd chic frames. I’ve also done the over sized hipster-ish glasses. I’ve had several pair of angular, slightly cat-eye frames. And I even had ones with animal print arms (I love leopard).
I recently watched this Glasses.com commercial and it cleverly summed up my experience as a prescription glasses wearer.
It’s true that glasses are more than just vision correctors. They frame how you see the world and how others see you. They’re the ultimate accessory and an outward reflection of your unique personality and style. If you’re in the market for your first or a new pair, surf on over to Glasses.com. They carry a wide-range of styles and name brands, make custom lenses in their in-house lab and offer 3D virtual try-on technology so you can easily find your perfect pair.
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Glasses.com through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about Glasses.com, all opinions are my own.
Celebrity makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic is answering your burning beauty questions!!! Every Monday, he will answer a beauty/skin care question as part of a weekly column on Spoiled Pretty, Makeup Mondays with Mario.
I’m a makeup junkie and a big fan of yours – so this is very exciting being able to ask you a question personally. Anyway, here’s my problem. I wear glasses and I need advice on wearing eye makeup. I think my eyes are my best feature, so I want to show them off. But I don’t want to go so heavy that my glasses will magnify everything and make me look crazy. Do you have any tips? Thanks!
Thank you, Tanya! This is a good question that I don’t get asked often about so I’m glad to help! I’ll start out by saying that if you wear glasses, you should look and feel equally beautiful as when you’re not wearing them. A nice pair of glasses can even lift the eyes and face if the shape points towards the outer corners and isn’t too round.
Keep the eye makeup simple because, like you mentioned, everything tends to look magnified. Magnified lashes could be gorgeous – but flecks of glitter or super shimmery shadow in the crease? Not so gorgeous. Use natural tones that suit your eye and skin tone and stick with textures that are matte or satin-like. I love a nicely drawn line on the upper lid for definition and it’s important to curl the lashes and apply and even coat of mascara to top and bottom lashes.
Eyebrows should be groomed and filled in – if needed – as well. You can really have a good time trying on different pairs of frames in colors that flatter your makeup and skin tone. Another look I really love is a red matte lip paired with clean eyes and a bit of highlighter on the cheekbones – it’s sexy and confident. What more could you ask for?
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After a million years of wearing cheap eyeglasses (you know…that 2 pair for $99 deal you get with an eye exam?), I decided to invest some more pesos in my peepers. A few weeks ago, I visited Eyeglasses Etc. in Flourtown, PA – where the Spoiled Pretty family are regulars. My mom brought me along to pick up a new pair of prescription sunglasses, and looking at their selection of fab frames made my discount frames seem, well, bargain basement. So I asked Harriet, the owner, to pick out some styles to flatter my face (she’s like an expert eyeglass matchmaker).
All of her choices were right-on, but this pair of Kate Spade Liesel frames are my perfect match; I’m one of those people who believes that leopard print makes everything better.
I am so pleased with my choice, and the price (my insurance covered a good chunk of the bill). If you’re in the Philadelphia area and are visually challenged, I encourage you to pop by Eyeglasses Etc. and tell them Spoiled Pretty sent you.