Looking on the shady sideIn spring and...


Looking on the shady side

In spring and summer our thoughts naturally turn to sunglasses.

We could consider them the health product of the '90s. After all, as the ozone layer depletes further, we should get the best protection possible against the sun's rays. But let's not get too carried away here. forced to admit it, most of us would confess that we buy sunglasses to glamorize our images.

And what better way to do it than with the hottest styles -- oversized Jackie O. shades reminiscent of the mid-1960s, with frames done in bold, colorful graphics. These specs can have plain black lenses. But the most with-it versions are colorfully tinted and opaque.

If you want to look rich -- and have the money to do so -- there are big, opulent, jewel-studded Jackie O. frames from eyewear designers like Ellen Tracy, Laura Biagiotti and Judith Jack. Some of these glasses cover nearly your entire face in real tortoise shell, and others are a bit smaller in colorful heavy-duty plastic frames trimmed with a bit of marcasite crystal or antique estate jewelry.

"We're seeing a massive return to the Jackie O.-style big round sunglasses, and whenever there's a trend like that, it becomes more interesting, and sales of sunglasses go up," says Cheryl Hall, regional fashion director for Saks Fifth Avenue. Jackie O. styles are huge and give you a brand new look."

Beyond Jackie O. are many other styles popular this season:

* Mask-type goggles for the sports minded that wrap around the face aviator-style and wouldn't come off even if you went bungee jumping with Arnold Schwarzenegger.

* Skinny cat's-eye styles in mock graphite with orange lenses that look best with motorcycle jackets.

* Retro-look John Lennon-ish or industrial-looking, screw-and-bolt wire-rims, with the best featuring sturdy spring-loaded arms to prevent breakage.

* Angular, cheekbone enhancing, gold-trimmed traveler-type styles that conjure images of Tom Cruise in "Rain Man" and Susan Sarandon in "Thelma & Louise."

We first heard about BeautiControl Lip Apeel from a makeup artist, who swore it was the best lip treatment she's ever used. Now, two months and one Allure laud later, we're hooked, too.

Lip Apeel is a two-step treatment. The bottom part of the double-decker jar holds Line Peel, a thick white de-chapper that's smoothed over lips and then gently rubbed off to remove dry, flaking skin and waxy lipstick buildup. (Anyone remember Pretty Feet?)

Follow up with a soothing slick of Lip Balm, a hydrating conditioner that smooths, plumps and moisturizes with the delicious scent of sweet orange oil. (Anyone remember Creamsicles?)

A 1.25-ounce tandem jar of Lip Apeel, including both Line Peel and Lip Balm, is $16. Lip Balm also is available as a solo act in a .25-ounce purse size jar, $8. Order through any BeautiControl image consultant, or by calling the company toll-free at (800) 624-4573. When Donna Fujii's work as a color and image consultant takes her out on the streets of U.S. and Japanese cities, recurring sight makes her cringe.

"The worst clothing combination I frequently see is a woman wearing a black top, white skirt, black stockings and white shoes," Fujii says. "You're chopping yourself up into segments."

"People need to know how important it is where you place light and dark colors. You can create the illusion of proportion and balance by the placement of color."

In "Color With Style" ($19.95, Books Nippan), Fujii offers these tips:

* A light top and skirt create a long vertical line by allowing the eyes to see one continuous figure, from head to toe.

* A dark top and skirt makes your vertical line is long because your outfit appears continuous from top to bottom.

* A light top and dark skirt raises the eyes upward. Your vertical line is shortened by the contrast line at your waist.

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