There’s a common misconception that there’s a specific go-to makeup look for every glasses wearer, but that is definitely not the case. It really all just depends.
For example, if you are far-sighted, your lenses will magnify your eyes and make them appear larger. If you are near-sighted, your lenses will give you the opposite effect by making your eyes appear smaller.
So, when someone has smaller eyes and wears far-sighted lenses, they may be elated and will want to further enhance the magnifying effect by applying light eyeshadows. However, when someone who already has large eyes doesn’t want to enlarge them any further, they may opt for a darker range of eyeshadows that help to visually minimize and define the eye.
Another thing to keep in mind is that every woman has a different personality. Some love makeup, some don’t. Some women love bright, bold makeup looks and others prefer subtle, neutral makeup looks.
When it comes to wearing makeup with your glasses, what you do with it is completely up what you like, what you feel suits you best, your lifestyle, and your identity. There are no set in stone rules.
However, although there isn’t a one size fits all makeup look for women who wear glasses, there are a few makeup tips to follow along with to enhance the overall appearance of them.
Keep scrolling to learn about the 6 essential makeup tips for glasses wearers.
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1. Use an oil-absorbing, matte primer if you have oily skin
Those who get oily around the nose area should start their makeup routine off with a quality oil-absorbing, mattifying primer. This will help control oil production, which in turn, will prevent your glasses from slipping and causing your foundation to be rubbed off.
2. Mix a light-reflective concealer with a long-lasting concealer for your under eye area
Glasses tend to cast a bit of a shadow, so it’s a great idea to use a light-reflective concealer and a long-lasting concealer together. This way you’ll receive the best of both worlds: the illuminating pigments from the light-reflective concealer to bounce light away from dark circles, and the coverage and staying power of the long-lasting concealer.
3. Use a thin layer of foundation, if possible
The main complaint for many glasses wearers are the dents in their foundation on the sides of their nose. A heavy layer of foundation will indubitably leave marks because the nose pads sit against the skin and have a thicker layer to sink into. The trick is to apply a very thin layer of foundation across the nose area. If you absolutely need full-coverage, try to spot conceal only the areas of your nose that need it, whilst avoiding the area where the glasses are going to sit.
Another great option is to use a CC cream instead of a foundation. Colour correcting creams are generally lighter in texture than foundations are and are designed to get rid of any redness or discolouration you may have on your skin.
Please keep in mind that if you have oily skin, it’s a good idea to use a setting powder across the bridge of your nose after you’ve applied your skin base. This will help control oil-production and prevent nose indentations on your face from the glasses.
4. Curl your lashes
One makeup tip we all hear over and over again is to curl your eyelashes, but when it comes to makeup tips for glasses, it’s one of the best things you can do. This will help prevent your eyelashes from grazing the lenses of your glasses as you blink.
Prior to applying your mascara, focus the eyelash curler at the base of your lashes and give it a couple of pulses, without clamping it too tight. Then, place the eyelash curler at the mid-point of your lashes for an even deeper curl.
5. Groom your brows
How you define your brows depends on what type of frames you have.
For example, if your frames are dark-coloured and heavy, a very dark, defined brow will compete with them and everything will end up looking too harsh. Whereas if you’re wearing something like wire-frame glasses that only sculpt the eye, a bold brow looks terrific because it creates balance.
A good rule of thumb is to just make sure that your eyebrows look as groomed and natural as possible. Start by tweezing any stray eyebrow hairs; especially if are wearing far-sighted lenses, as the hairs will be magnified and much more noticeable, particularly under the eyebrow. Then, apply your favourite eyebrow product(s) with a light hand and short strokes, to ensure a natural finish.
Best eyebrow products for natural-looking eyebrows: L’Oréal Definer Pencil (for sparse brows), Anastasia Beverly Hills Duo Brow Powder (for dense brows with sparse areas), Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Brow Gel (for full brows that need a bit of taming)
6. Bold lips look great with bold frames
If you’re a bold frame wearer, bold lips are an awesome way to complement your specs. This is because they help to balance out the top and bottom half of your face. If you’re wearing black, chunky cat eye glasses, you can really go with any lipstick colour you like and they’ll suit each other. However, if your frames are marvellously colourful, opt for lipstick shades that work well with their hue. For example, a bold, bright pink lipstick with soft pink frames. Or, a vibrant orange-red lipstick with soft orange frames.