How to Wear Makeup with Glasses

How do you play up your finest features without your glasses getting in the way? How much makeup should you apply to accentuate your face and your frames? We consulted beauty expert and GLOSSY writer Cindi Lewis to get all the answers on how to wear makeup with glasses.

8 tips on wearing makeup with glasses

1. Don’t Overdo It

Bear in mind that your glasses will tend to magnify and emphasize your eyes. When it comes to makeup, this means that less is usually more.

2. Always Blend

Since lenses have a magnifying effect, take the time to blend your makeup and keep lines clean. Any mistakes you make will be more noticeable behind glasses. Also, if you’re having a hard time seeing without your glasses in order to apply makeup, you can purchase a pair of inexpensive magnifier specs (like one of these makeup readers).

3. Work With Your Frames

If your glasses have thick or colorful frames, don’t overdo your makeup with dramatic colors. Instead, rely on simplicity and elegance — use black eyeliner, volumizing mascara, and neutral colors of eye shadow (if you choose to wear any at all).

4. Create Drama

If your glasses don’t have rims, you can get by with a more dramatic look. Try rich shades of eye shadow coupled with volumizing mascara and slightly-smudged dark eyeliner.

5. Concealer Is Key

Because under-eye circles are more pronounced when you wear glasses, be sure to use a high-quality concealer.

6. Keep It Matte

Avoid frosty or glitter shadows. The metallic sheen can compete with the reflective nature of your lenses, and these types of eye shadows tend to flake.

7. Go Bold

If you have thick, brightly-colored frames, consider balancing them with a rich color on your lips.

8. Reduce Smudging

In addition to aesthetics, women with glasses face a unique challenge: smudging. Getting makeup on your lenses can be frustrating and ruin your look. In order to avoid smudging, be sure to use cream or waterproof eye shadows rather than powder which tends to flake.

  • The Shades Zone

    Girls who wears glasses all have the same problem. Thank you for this helpful tip. I found a similar article though I think it would be great for further information. :-)

  • Mollie Kuramoto

    We totally agree!

  • Marian

    I am a four eye girl. I think finding a right eyeglasses frame is a key. Applying makeup to four eyed women is a struggle, but if you’ve got the best frame. Everything will compliment.:)

  • Ksenija Mihajlovic
    Do you wear eyeglasses?
    Do you have trouble applying makeup to your eyes?
    How many times have you given up on applying makeup just because it was too difficult, even with a magnifying mirror?
    Did you find specialized makeup glasses unworkable?
    If you don’t want your eyeglasses to come between you and your beauty, SpecsUp is the solution for you!

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  • Snazzy Specs Reading Glasses

    What a really innovative reading glasses article. I have heard of reading glasses specially designed for putting on make-up but not sure these were all that successful?

  • Reading Glasses

    Thanks, I just didn´t know how to do it. Now I do. (Big relieve, because other advices could´t help me further). Once again, thanks for sharing.

  • Mens Reading Glasses

    i think it helps against insecurity.. i would feel better hiding behind some glasses, that way no-one would be able to see my eyes.
    but if i wore them on days that they weren’t needed i’d just draw more attention to myself than i’d like .