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A sight for sore eyes

Nicky reveals why glasses are a fashion asset – and picks out her fave spec-wearing sexy celebs…

I’ve worn glasses for so long they’ve become my brand identity – so much so that if I want a bit of privacy – all I have to do is take them off.
Eye contact is so important in building relationships and making a good impression – it’s essential to make sure your glasses compliment the overall look you’re trying to achieve, as well as correcting your sight at the same time.

There’s nothing worse than not being able to clearly see the person waving at you from the back of the room. That’s not to say you should play it safe, your glasses are a key accessory and your opportunity to make a statement. They’ve gone from only being worn by intellectuals, to adorning the jet set celebrity world. Let’s take a look at a few celebs and see who’s in the know when it comes to sexy specs.

Sophia Loren
Square-faces like Sophia Loren usually have broad, deep foreheads, wider jaw lines and square chins. Therefore, she suits a rounded or oval shaped frame which will soften her sharp look. That said, I think the bridge on these are a bit high which makes the bottom half of her face longer than the top half. But the thin metallic frame flatters as it doesn’t compete with her engaging smile and statement hair. I do, however, think they’re slightly outdated and could do with modernising.
Richard Gere
I do not like these at all, nothing blatantly wrong with them but I’m not a fan of invisible frames – what’s the point? If you’ve got to wear glasses you might as well make a statement rather than try to ‘hide’ the fact. I would say that the silver metallic frame complements his silver hair, but they’re too middle aged for me. There’s still something very sexy about him and I think he could afford to go for something more daring. Perhaps a metallic rectangular frame in black, silver or blue would help to make him look dishy again.
Elton John
Elton is infamous for his statement specs – the louder and wilder the better. For him, it’s not about what suits him – it’s about impact. His flamboyant character means he can carry off even the most lurid pair which would make anyone else look like an idiot. I love his red specs, they don’t half make you smile – not sure about the tie though. He’s got quite a round face so the strong rectangular frame helps to balance out proportions, and the metallic red actually complements his skin tone and gives him a healthy glow.
Kate Silverston
Kate’s got a heart shaped face with quite a pointy jaw line and therefore needs to opt for a more rectangular frame to elongate her face and balance out proportions. This is further helped by adding width at the temples which further balances out the jaw line. I think the brushed metallic frame is softer than a plastic frame, and the gun-metal grey along the bottom softens the black and is less intimidating. I would say they err on the conservative side though, I think Kate could experiment with something a little more colourful and adventurous – perhaps not for work but certainly for weekends or a fun night out.

Johnny Depp
Pirates of the Caribbean star and husband of the beautiful Vanessa Paradis, Johnny looks even better looking than usual in these sexy frames.

The tortoiseshell really brings out the colour of his eyes and the round frames complement his strong angular features. Johnny manages to look totally gorgeous in glasses without losing any of his individual style. Phwoarrrrrrr!!!

Marcia Cross
Marcia looks nothing like the sexy red head we know her to be. These fames make her look downright frumpy not to mention ten years older. They also do nothing for her complexion. She has quite a square face meaning a slightly rounded or oval frame would help to soften the contours and a wider lens size would help to break up the length of the face. That said, I think she could opt for something a lot sexier. She has a very pale, cool complexion and can therefore experiment with colours like black, rose-brown, blue-grey, plum, magenta, pink, jade, and blue, which will contrast well with her hair and give her a far more trendy and up to date look.

Buying frames to suit your face shape

Round A round face has curvilinear lines with the width and length in the same proportions and no angles. To make the face appear thinner and longer, try angular narrow eyeglass frames to lengthen the face, a clear bridge that widens the eyes and frames that are wider than they are deep, such as a rectangular shape.

The oval face is considered to be the ideal shape because of its balanced proportions. To keep the oval’s natural balance, look for eyeglass frames that are as wide as (or wider than) the broadest part of the face, or walnut-shaped frames that are not too deep or too narrow.

The oblong face is longer than it is wide and has a long straight cheek line and sometimes a longish nose. To make the face appear shorter and more balanced, try frames that have a top-to-bottom depth, decorative or contrasting temples that add width to the face or a low bridge to shorten the nose.

Diamond-shaped faces are narrow at the eye line and jawline, and cheekbones are often high and dramatic. This is the rarest face shape. To highlight the eyes and bring out the cheekbones, try frames that have detailing or distinctive brow lines, or try rimless frames or oval and cat-eye shapes.

A square face has a strong jaw line and a broad forehead, plus the width and length are in the same proportions. To make the square face look longer and soften the angles, try narrow frame styles, frames that have more width than depth and narrow ovals.

Look after your eyes

Age related macular degeneration is usually referred to as AMD and is one of the most common degenerative eye diseases. The macular are the densely packed cells which allow us to see colour and fine detail and when they are damaged or begin to break down, central vision is impaired.

Anti-ageing solution: Researchers have found that the intake of antioxidant-rich food is very important, reducing the risk of AMD and also cataracts.

Egg yolks are particularly effective as they contain Lutein and Zeaxanthin which are responsible for the yellow pigment. These are the only antioxidants that are transported specifically to the macula. Lutein is also found in dark green vegetables such as broccoli and kale, but researchers calculate that lutein in eggs may be as much as 300% more absorbable than from vegetable sources.

Did you know?

Studies show that supplementing the diet with Vitamins C and E, betacarotene and zinc reduces the risk of developing AMD by around 25% Take care

If you want to prolong the life of your glasses, try these ideas:

Improper care is a primary cause of damage to glasses’ anti-reflective coating. So follow your eye specialist’s instructions for their proper care. Choose a style with spring hinges. These allow the temples to flex slightly outward without breaking the eyeglasses. Ask for lenses with scratch-resistant coating, to avoid permanent marks that will obstruct your vision. Don’t use the tail of your shirt to clean your glasses. Most clothing fabrics contain abrasive fibres that will scratch or smear the lenses. Wash lenses with warm water and mild soap to avoid build-up and to remove dirt and oil. Dry lenses with a lens cloth or nonabrasive cotton. Avoid using paper towels or camera lens paper. A professional lens-cleaning cloth and lens gel (or spray) will remove fingerprints, dirt buildup and smudges. The best way to hold your glasses is by the eye frame with your thumb and forefinger. Use the other hand to gently buff the lenses in a circular motion. But don’t press too hard on the lenses. When you’re not wearing your glasses, make sure they’re stored away in a case to prevent them from accidents and damage.

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