I’ve been doing my own hair and makeup for about 35 years because I am not a celebrity, a model, a princess, or a Kardashian.
So when I was selected as one of the “real women” who wear glasses for a Ladies Home Journal story about Great Glasses for Any Age, I jumped at the chance because I knew they would do my hair and makeup for the shoot.
I was not disappointed. Although they decided not to touch my hair because it looked pretty good the way I woke up with it (they were excited about the bed-head look… go figure), I did have my makeup done by a Bobbi Brown representative and she worked her eyeliner and foundation magic on me with great results. LHJ also had a couple of racks of clothes for all of us to choose from, as well as over 100 pair of eyeglasses to play with.
For a closet fashionista, it really was like being a kid in a candy shop.
There were eight of us real women there, ages ranging from 27-65. I was pretty much smack dab in the middle. None of us had any modeling experience nor any princess experience, that I knew of. The only thing we had in common was the fact that we all wore glasses and… apparently… had all picked out the wrong frames for ourselves.
When I was informed that my glasses were the wrong shape for my face, it kind of felt like the time I went to buy a bra and was told I was getting the wrong size.
Granted, I’ve been wearing glasses for far fewer years than I’ve been wearing a bra, but even so, how could I not know what shape glasses looked good on me? Did I feel like a dummy? Why yes, I did, thank you very much. But since all eight of us felt like dummies, at least I was in good company.
The good news was, the amazing ladies at Ladies Home Journal helped us pick out eyeglasses that were really, truly flattering for each of us, and the proof is in the pictures! Here are some of my sample shots from the day:
While the glasses, the makeup, and the outfits were all killer, it was really the photographer who helped us bring out our inner supermodels. Admittedly, I was pretty nervous when they stuck me in front of the white scrim and positioned the lights. But when they blasted some music and the photographer started telling me how great my smile was, I definitely felt like a star.
This is when I realized that getting your makeup done and having a rack of great clothes to choose from is not the key to feeling beautiful. Having fun and feeling confident is.
Not all of these pics made it into the magazine, but I think regardless of how much print space we got, we all left feeling a little more glamorous, a little more beautiful, and a lot more eyeglasses savvy!
Despite what they say, Boys DO make passes at girls who wear glasses (just ask my husband). The April issue of the Ladies Home Journal is on sale NOW. Here’s a sneak peak of part of the story! To see the rest and get some great makeup techniques for eyeglass-wearers, as well as some tips on picking out the right frames, pick up a copy!