HIGH FIVE to ALL my chic glasses-wearing friends!!
I don’t know about you, BUT sometimes, I feel my eyes can get a little lost behind my frames. If you feel the same, I have some great makeup tips that I hope make you feel more confident in your glasses and help enhance your eyes even more!
Here are my TOP TIPS to help you navigate wearing makeup when you rock glasses!
The Problem – It can be hard to apply makeup with restricted eyesight. For more accuracy and ease, use a magnifying mirror when applying your makeup, it could make all the difference!
Top Tip 1 – Experiment with different magnifying intensities. For example, magnifying mirrors can range from an x5 to x 20 magnifying power! The larger the number, the more magnifying the mirror.
Top Tip 2 – It’s always best to apply your makeup with your makeup mirror in front of a window (in natural daylight). It’s the purest light and the most unforgiving, so what you see is what you will be getting! This leads to a more accurate application of makeup and colour matching. If you don’t have a good source of natural daylight, try fitting natural daylight bulbs that emulate daylight.
The Problem – Glasses are great because they bring attention to your eyes. But this also means they can bring attention to dark circles too!
Top Tip 1 – Often it’s the innermost corner of the eye that is the most discoloured from tiredness, so concentrate your concealer here with a patting motion using your ring finger. It’s this patting motion that’s the key! The patting motion works so much more effective than a wiping motion because it helps build up layers for more coverage. Use a feather motion with your ring finger to blend the outer edges of the concealer where you wish to blend for a seamless application.
Top Tip 2 – For severe dark circles apply your concealer first into the innermost corner of the eye. Next, apply your foundation over your face and the entirety of your under the eye. To finish off, finally, apply another layer of concealer over the top of your foundation into the innermost corner of the eye where the dark circle is most dark. Wait a few moments for each layer to dry first before applying the next.
Top Tip 3 – After concealer application, I love to add a pop of light around the tear duct area with the Eye Delight in shade ‘Ice’. Click here to see the difference it makes to eyes in my store.
The Problem – Because some glasses tend to magnify your skin (particularly the delicate area around the eyes), foundation and concealer can settle here in our fine lines and wrinkles, (especially concealer!) but fear not – I have the perfect solution for you!
Top Tip – Dab a tiny drop of Jojoba Oil (similar to the oil our skin naturally produces) and watch the wrinkles disappear!
Simply follow these steps:
For further help, see how I do it in my video.
The Problem – Wearing glasses can take off the foundation from the bridge of the nose (where glasses sit), leaving some tell-tale dents in foundation application.
Top Tip – A good way of avoiding this is to make sure you always apply blotting powder just where your glasses rest on the bridge of your nose AFTER foundation application.
I love the Daniel Sandler Invisible Blotting Powder because it never feels like I’m wearing anything extra on my skin – it’s so lightweight! PLUS, it doesn’t cake or settle into creases.
The Problem – Glasses are great but sometimes the frames can take ALL the attention away from our eyes. To balance out the frame of the glasses and help make the most of your beautiful peepers, define and lift the look of your brows with makeup. This will help frame your face and eyes!
Top Tip – Eyebrow shadow can be a quick and very easy way to make the most of your brow, enhancing their shade and giving you a very natural eye lift effect!
Watch my video to discover what I love to use on brows in my makeup chair!
The Problem – If you have thick or bold frames, you may find that they steal the attention away from your eyes! (If you have thin frames, softer and more delicate liner works better so they don’t compete with your frames).
Top Tip – Experiment with creating a cat eye effect with your eyeliner. This will make lashes look fuller and make your eyes stand out more!
Finding the right balance for your eyeliner thickness and your frames will help define and ENHANCE your eyes instead of working against each other.
The Problem – Sometimes, our glasses frames get all the attention, when we want our eyes too!
Top Tip 1 – The quickest way to turn this around is to experiment with a coloured eyeliner.
Most of us play it safe with our eyeliner choosing to wear black or brown. This is always a classic and chic look, but sometimes it’s great to step outside our comfort zone and try a coloured eyeliner!
How To Choose The Right Colour:
Choose a colour that compliments (not matches) your eye colour. This way your eyes will look more vivid and brighter!
Top Tip 2 – Coloured eyeliner really works best when it hugs your lashline, without any skin peeping through in between. If you struggle with this, choose an eyeshadow in the same shade as your eyeliner and apply over the top. Give it a smudge with your little finger for a subtle smokey look.
Top Tip 3 – If wearing colour makes you feel nervous, just line your eyes with a black eyeliner first. Then trace the coloured eyeliner over the black, lightly smudging them together with your pinky finger. What you’re left with is a deeper, richer shade that’s almost – but not totally – black. It gives just the right POP of colour for your confidence!
Top Tip 4 – If you’re wearing colour (bold or bright), you may like to keep your lipstick a little more natural looking. This will help keep your makeup looking modern and fresh, and your eyes will remain the main focus!
The Problem – Long lashes can sometimes hit the frame of your glasses!
Top Tip – If your lucky enough to have long lashes, you may find that curling your lashes will help stop them from touching and hitting the glasses. Plus, if you’ve never curled your lashes before, now is the perfect time to try! Curling your lashes will help open and lift your eye underneath your frames.
The Problem – Eyes can appear small in comparison to a statement frame.
Top Tip 1 – Enhance your lashes to make your eyes look bigger and more open!
I love to apply a lash primer to my lashes before applying my favourite mascara. A lash primer will enhance the length and thickness of your natural lashes in one swoosh!
Top Tip 2 – If you find your mascara clumps with a few coats, take a (clean) mascara wand and brush through your mascara before it dries.
I love to wear my glasses, and I hope that with my expert makeup beauty tips above I’ve inspired you to further love wearing yours too!
Makeup Artist | Stylist | Founder of Beautyandtheboutique.com