Up until very recently, I wore glasses almost every day. To be honest, I shied away from wearing any eye makeup on ‘glasses days’ – it just seemed kind of pointless. I figured my eyes would be partially hidden by the frames, and there was no need to enhance the area. I was so wrong! Wearing glasses shouldn’t be a reason to not wear makeup; it’s about knowing how to emphasize your eyes in the best way and figuring out what will work for you. Read on for the best tips and tricks for looking gorgeous in your specs.
1. Grab a pair of makeup glasses. If your prescription is on the higher side, it may be nearly impossible to take off your glasses to apply your makeup, even if you use a magnifying mirror. That’s why these EasyComforts Makeup Glasses are so incredible. They have 3x magnifying lenses, and you can flip each lens down to make applying makeup much easier.
2. Neutral shadow is the way to go. Save the smoky eye for the contacts nights. A cool-toned smoky eye may be a classic, but wearing dark shadows with glasses can make your eyes look way too harsh. Instead, go with a nice champagne, highlighted shadow. Stila’s Kitten is the perfect under-glasses shade.
3. Go with a brown or navy liner. If black liner looks great with your glasses, by all means, go for it. For a lot of people, heavily-rimmed black liner can look too severe with lenses. There’s just too much going on. Go with a nice brown or navy – these colors are dark enough to give definition, but not as intense as black. Try the Sephora Contour Eye Pencils. They do not budge!
4. Use a volumizing, not lengthening mascara. If you use a lengthening mascara, the tips can graze your lenses as you blink leading to annoying black smudges. To avoid this, go with a volumizing mascara that will make your lashes look full. Focus the mascara mainly on the roots. If you’re very wary of smudges, go with a waterproof formula. L’Oreal Voluminous Waterproof Mascara is an incredible drugstore option.
5. Brighten up your under eye area. Think your glasses cover up your dark circles? Guess again. If anything, your glasses attract attention to your eye area. It’s a good idea to use a brightening concealer to light up your eyes. It’s pricey, but YSL’s Touche Éclat is a cult classic for a reason. Tap it on under your eyes, then dust some setting powder over it.
6. Match the thickness of your liner to your glasses. When it comes to liner and glasses, it’s all about consistency. If your glasses are thin or wire-rimmed, all you need is a thin swipe of liner. On the other hand, if you have thick, plastic-rimmed specs, your liner should match that. Mixing thin and thick lines can over-exaggerate your eyes or make them appear smaller.
7. Use a shadow primer to keep glasses from slipping. Here’s a little beauty hack for you: take some eyeshadow primer, like Urban Decay’s Primer Potion, and apply it to the bridge of your nose on the spot that your glasses rest. There’s nothing more annoying than having to prop up your glasses every other minute. This little trick will keep them in place. Dust some translucent powder over the area for extra longevity.
8. Groom those brows! Your glasses frame your eyes, and your brows frame your face. Don’t forget to tend to them. Anytime you wear glasses, make sure to brush and care for your brows. If you want extra definition, apply a swipe of brow gel to keep them in place. I’ve never found something that beats Anastasia’s Clear Brow Gel.
9. Play up your glasses with a bold lip! There’s something so striking and fashion-forward about pairing your glasses with a bold lip. Thick-rimmed frames and a matte red lip? Takes the glasses look from geeky-chic to straight up chic. Maybelline’s Creamy Mattes will keep your lips moisturized for hours.
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