Boots contacted me a couple of weeks ago and asked if I’d like to take part in a challenge which involved styling a look using a pair of glasses from the latest Boots Opticians range. Being a bit of a reluctant specs-wearer, I thought that it might be a cool idea to have a play and have a go at getting my eye makeup looking polished behind a pair of frames. It helps that I stand a chance at winning a pair of glasses worth £450 for one of my readers too!
I also got to choose a new pair of frames from the latest Boots Opticians Autumn range for the occasion, there were six frames to choose from:
As tempted as I was to go with the fifties retro frames (red lip, black liner anyone?), I know from experience that the 50s cat-eye style really doesn’t suit the shape of my face – so instead, I opted for a pair of Caytlins, the “stylish secretary” look!
It was only a couple of days later, late at night when I suddenly realised… “how do you style a “secretary” look without looking overtly err… sexy?”. I submitted this question to the folks on Twitter, who agreed that the sexy secretary thing was so damn entwined with the look that it might be tricky to pull it off without looking a little bit porny. I was mildly horrified and immediately googled “non-sexy secretary”. Google returned two hits. OUT OF THE ENTIRE INTERNET. Apparently such a thing doesn’t exist.
Well, do you know what? I’m fairly pleased with myself for managing to keep the smut on the down-low whilst still retaining a bit of style (if I do say so myself). Hopefully it looks secretary-ish, seeing as that was the brief but I think I might have a bit of librarian creeping in there too…
I kept the look as warm-toned as possible, not only as a nod to the season but also to help accentuate the warmth in the classic tortoiseshell frames. I tried to bring as much light to the eye area as possible with copious amounts of highlighter and luminizer. Glasses can cast unflattering shadows under the eyes, so I avoided lining the lower lashes with anything other than a flesh-toned pencil but endeavoured to continue the colour theme with a pop of bronze shadow toward the outer corners. I also kept the lid area as light as possible, blending the crease colour higher than usual to compensate.
Well-groomed eyebrows are important when sporting a pair of specs (don’t think you can hide them behind the frames!) and finally, cheeks and lips were kept fairly neutral but warm-toned to complement the whole look.
You can’t be a “stylish secretary” without a pussybow jumper can you?!
I’m looking forward to seeing some of the other looks that get posted on the Boots facebook page. I must admit that when I’m going to be wearing my glasses for longer than a short trip in the car, I’ll usually revert to a bold lip/simple eye look instead so it was really refreshing to push myself to try something different.
Do you wear glasses and bother with eye makeup? Do you have a favourite from the new Boots Autumn glasses range?
* the Caytlin frames were provided free of charge, perma-sticker included 😉