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.
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.