The right pair of glasses can enhance your face, giving you interesting lines and shadows that accentuate your features. At the same time, some traditional makeup techniques don’t work as well on bespectacled faces as they may otherwise.
Here are my best tips for ladies who want to rock their glasses in style:
Blot Off Excess
Whether you use liquid or powder foundation, always wait for the product to set and dry before blotting the excess with a facial tissue. This will keep product from rubbing off on your frames.
Make Your Lips Pop
Bold-framed glasses are the perfect opportunity to balance your face with an equally bold lip. Contrasting frame and lip colors make the biggest impact, like bright red lips with black frames, or orange lips with blue frames.
Choose Shadow Colors Based On Your Frames
It’s easy to blow dark colors out behind magnification, and that can make your eyes look heavy and overworked. In addition to staying on the lighter end of the palette, choose a color range that aligns with your frame color. Brown and red frames go great with neutral tones, while black frames look best with fresh, bright colors.
Wearing glasses focuses special attention on your brow bone and under-eye area. If your brow bones fall within the frames of your glasses, try a light, shimmery shadow there to accentuate the arch of your brow and bone structure.
Under your eyes, glasses can magnify any puffiness, redness or wrinkles. Top your foundation off with a quick, thin application of highlighter under your eyes to reflect light and cover imperfections.
Eyeliner is already difficult enough to apply without having to do it blind! There are makeup glasses, designed to help you see while you apply makeup to the other eye, but since your lenses will magnify the space anyway, keep your eyeliner simple and perfect.
If your eyebrows peek out above your frames, it’s even more important that they be perfect. Avoid over-plucking, as your brows must be the same width or thicker than your frames to keep your face properly balanced. If your eyebrows are patchy, an eyebrow pencil or eyebrow sculpting gel will help fill in holes and create a more solid look.
Color Inside (or Outside) the Lines
Any color you add to your face, whether it be highlighter, eyeshadow, or blush, should be done either within the frames of your glasses, or outside of it. Don’t let the blush from your cheeks bleed in the space behind your glasses, or you’ll create a disjointed look. Similarly, don’t apply eyeshadow beyond your frames, and don’t highlight the under-eye area down past the frames.
Fuller, Not Longer, Lashes
Mascara smear on your lenses is not cute. Look for mascara formulas which boast volume over length, and in application, start from the base and forego saturating the tips. Before the product dries, lightly brush a tissue left to right over your lashes for even distribution, and to separate any clumps. Sometimes you don’t have to cover the whole lash to get the right look.
I hope you found this article helpful! Glasses are a fun accessory and can be used with makeup for some truly stunning looks. Have fun experimenting with your own style!