At some point, most of us will need glasses, but that doesn’t mean we have to look old wearing them. Here are 7 ways Not to look Old wearing glasses from eyewear expert Wendy Buchanan.
1. Color Your Face
Thin wire rimless glasses tend to make you look old. Instead, invest in colorful plastic frames. Many women choose black or brown, believing it to be a “safe” option to accessorize with everything. But as we age, black can be harsh on the face and requires a ton of makeup to pull it off.
Look for eyewear in colors that brighten and energize your face, adding sparkle to your eyes. Don’t be afraid of colored eyewear. Choose a shade that complements your complexion, eyes, and hair color. For example, green frames with green eyes can make your eyes look amazing.
Colored eyewear can also have a huge impact on how you feel, lifting your mood and making you feel better and less stressed about aging!
2. Use Your Brows as a Starting Point
Don’t get hung up on face shape rules. Most women don’t fit into a typical face shape, so they struggle with this concept. Consider the shape of your brow as a key guideline. Is your brow straight or curved? Choose eyewear that follows the same line. Going against the shape of the brow will create 2 distinct lines on the face, drawing attention away from your eyes.
3. Accentuate Your Cheekbones!
Cheekbones are a “best feature” for many women. Avoid eyewear with a downward shape that can appear to pull the face down and make you look old and tired. Select eyewear in shapes with an upward design line to accentuate and lift your cheek area, ultimately giving you a mini facelift.
4. Avoid Peering Over Reading Glasses!
Wearing magnifier readers that are perched halfway down your nose can make you appear older than your years. You may remember a teacher or grandmother looking at you over their reading glasses, and the perception can be aging.
Select eyewear in a full-frame, or opt for progressive lenses. Progressive lenses have your distance prescription at the top and your reading prescription at the bottom. No one will ever know you need readers.
5. Match Your Style Personality
Eyewear trends come and go, and it’s fun to play with different styles, but you also need a pair that is truly you – a pair that you won’t drop into your drawer after a couple of years and forget about. Invest in a signature pair of glasses that match your style personality and are authentically you. Choose wisely because you’ll wear them for years and feel confident every time you put them on your face.
Not sure what style to select? A fine classic metal frame when your style is bold and dramatic will instantly age you. And conversely, wearing a strong, thick plastic frame in a bright color when you have classic style will make you look like you are trying too hard.
Don’t worry about what others think, and be mindful of who you ask. Eyewear is deeply personal and reflects your individual personality. Choose a style that you love, and that makes you feel great, and go for it. You know you have the right pair when your confidence shines through.
Bonus Tip: Wear Lipstick with Your Glasses
A dash of lipstick puts things in balance and makes it look like you are wearing your frames, and they are not wearing you! Imagine how washed out Oprah would look in these heavy frames and pale lips? Mascara and eyeliner also work wonders to accentuate any frame.
PROFESSIONAL EYEWEAR CONSULT!
Working with an independent eyewear image consultant is the best way to find your perfect pair of glasses. Wendy Buchanan from Perceptions Eyewear is tops in her field and conducts online zoom sessions worldwide with women 40+ who need help looking fabulous in glasses. When you book an online consult with Wendy, she will guide you through the process of knowing what you want and find a pair to match your personality, lifestyle, and budget – a pair that will make you look hip and modern!
Which is your favorite style of glasses and why?