It’s about time we squashed the idea that makeup and glasses don’t mix. If our eyes are a work of art (and, they are), our specs are the picture frame. They’re the metaphorical arrow pointing attention toward our liner, lashes and lids. Reason enough, to make sure our eye makeup looks glorious.
But, as any first time specs-wearers will know, your makeup might need some adjustments to address dents in your foundation and to counteract zoomed-in, or zoomed-out lenses. In fact, makeup expert, Lisa Eldridge, revealed her most-requested video was a makeup for glasses-wearers tutorial.
We’ve compiled the best makeup tips for glasses wearers below…
1. Don’t wear too much foundation
One of the most common problems is the dents, red marks and scuffs the nose pads and bridge of the glasses leave behind. It’s an obvious one, but the thicker you layer on your foundation, the more noticeable the dent will be. So when you’re applying your base, apply what’s left-over to your nose to keep the coverage there light. In the areas that you need more, pinpoint on some extra coverage with your concealer.
And our fashion editor and chicest resident specs-wearer, Charlie Teather, recommends you “keep the finish of your foundation quite matte on the bridge of the nose where your glasses sit or they’ll slip around and rub off any makeup.”
2. Consider how much grooming your brows need
Depending on your frames, your brows may be more or less prominent. If the frames are thin, delicate and more rounded, your brows will be emphasised, so it’s worth spending a little extra time on ensuring they’re neat and groomed. If your frames are thick and more rectangular then, don’t waste too much time on them as you won’t be able to see them.
Remembering that if your lenses magnify your eye area, any brow regrowth will be more visible, so keep tweezers handy to pluck any stray suckers away.
3. Adjust your eyeliner and eyeshadow
A failsafe way to accentuate eyes is with eyeliner, whether you’re sketching in between lashes to add the illusion of extra volume, or emphasising an almond shape with a winged flick. Similar rules apply when it comes to matching your liner to your lenses and your frames.
If you’re concerned your lenses are magnifying things too much and want to avoid looking bug-eyed, keep your liner darker and more smoky, especially in the water line. If your glasses zoom out and make your eyes look smaller, help widen them with some nude liner along the waterline, and a cat-eye shaped winged liner. Stick to brighter shadows (like champagnes and pale browns) and you can even be a bit more heavy on shimmers.
Another trick is to match the thickness of your liner to the thickness of your frames. Keep liner more delicate on thin frames and go a little chunkier if your frames are bigger.
4. Curl your lashes
When it comes to your lashes or lash extensions, Charlie advises prioritising curl over length. “It gives a similar impact, but it means your lashes won’t brush the lens every time you blink,” she says.
If your lashes are already quite long, it might be a good idea to switch to a waterproof mascara when you’re wearing glasses, that way the formula won’t budge or smear over your specs throughout the day.
Glasses cast extra shadows around our eye area, and if they have magnifying lenses, they’ll also highlight the existing shadows under our eyes and show up any creasing in our makeup. Your best bet is a light-reflecting concealer to counteract the shadows, mixed with a long-wearing concealer like Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage that’ll neutralise discolouration and stay put. Then? Blend, blend, blend.