Me and my glasses
Celebrity makeup artist, TV presenter and actor, Armand Beasley, talks to OT ’s Robina Moss about his passion for eyewear
How many pairs of spectacles and sunglasses do you own?I own 16 pairs of spectacles and three pairs of sunglasses, although some of my specs are Transitions. I love the variation of spectacles that you can get now. Even though I only need mine for driving, I tend to wear them most days now to complement whatever I'm wearing.
Can you describe your first pair of spectacles?They were round gold-rimmed specs – very John Lennon. I was 16 when I first started wearing specs. I'm starting to see a lot of round frames now so maybe I should dig them out. They would be vintage frames now.
Do you have a favourite pair?I have some Specsavers Osiris metallic resin frames that have a graduated tint to them. I love them. More than any of my various glasses, these get the most compliments. However, I'm quite giddy about the Karl Lagerfeld frames that I wore to the last Specsavers Spectacle Wearer of the Year Awards. They are sapphire blue and fade into a golden tone.
Who would you pick as your eyewear style icon and why?
Do you wear contact lenses and why?
What prompted you to go for an eye examination?
Has wearing spectacles changed your outlook on eye care?
I’d recommend to think of your specs like a beautiful picture frame and your eyes like a stunning painting. What make up tips would you offer spectacles wearers?Don't hide behind your frames. If you’re short sighted then your lenses will make your eyes look smaller so use a white eye liner pencil on the inside rim of the eye and a subtle highlighter at the inner corner to make the eyes look bigger.
Also invest in good eyelash curlers to lift your lashes. For long-sighted girls, pop a dark pencil liner on the inside upper and lower rim to make your eyes look slightly smaller.
Always make time for your brows – subtle definition and a good shape are the most flattering.
About the spectacles wearer
Beauty guru Armand Beasley has been a make up artist for events such as the Oscars and regularly works with A-list celebrities, including Goldie Hawn. As an actor, he has appeared in Coronation Street and Emmerdale.
Image credit: Adam Yaffe