Readers, sunglasses, and prescription glasses can take years off your look… or add decades to your face. Glasses are something you wear every day, so they are arguably your most important fashion accessory. In fact, the perfect pair of glasses can shave years off your appearance; think of great, flattering glasses as a painless facelift in frames. So here are tips on how to wear glasses after 50.
Charla Krupp, author of “How Not to Look Old” recommends keeping three pairs of glasses on hand: one for work, one for nighttime, and one for weekends. I also have an extensive collection of glasses, dear readers! I match my glasses to my clothes and they’re as important as my shoes.
One of the most important things to know about picking flattering eyeglasses of any sort is to have some fun! Sure, it’s important to consider your face shape and your hair color, but your personality should be the largest driver of which glasses suit you best.
Are there rules about which glasses are chic? No! If you love them and they look great on you, get them. Just never, never put your glasses on a chain.
How to Wear Glasses After 50+
Makeup artist Rebecca Restrepo shared good advice about makeup under eyewear in The Oprah Magazine (note you can find all the tips in detail with this link):
1. Curl your lashes. This is a must because it makes your eyes look bright and nice and wide. You’ll clearly be able to see your beautiful irises from behind your frames.
2. Use eyeliner along the upper lash line and your waterline, the inner rim of your lower lashes. Dark gray and brown flatter every eye color and are less harsh than black. Rebecca says to skip eyeshadow – that it won’t show under glasses unless you pile it on. Sorry Rebecca but I disagree. I use Bobbi Brown’s shadows in shades of Cocoa, Cement, and Champagne – which are very subtle colors and I think they look good.
3. Apply two coats of volumizing mascara to your top lashes. I like Lancome Hypnose mascara in black. It makes my lashes look very long. Who doesn’t like a long lash, darling?
Eye Makeup to Avoid with Glasses
1. Avoid Dark Eyeliner on Upper and Lower Lids: Dark eyeliner brings out the dark circles under one’s eyes and makes your eyes look smaller. Opt for a soft grey or brown pencil rather than dark liquid liners. I use a white pencil by NARS because the pencil is soft and does not pull the skin under my eye.
2. Avoid Eye Shadow With Glitter: The experts say your eyelids will look crumpled and thin lines will show if you wear shimmery shadows.
3. Avoid Heavy Concealer Under Your Eyes: You should not commit this cardinal sin. It will only make your dark circles worse (if you have them.)
5. Eye Brows: I have my eyebrows dyed. They look very natural. I use an eye shadow instead of an eyebrow product.
Dear readers, do you have any tips on how to wear glasses after 50? Please share in the comments at the bottom of this page!
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