"Boys don't make passes at girls who wear glasses".....WHATEVER! That ship has sailed and wearing glasses is cooler than ever. With all the amazing frames out there it's even easier to use them as a fun fashion accessory! There is a LOT of bad information floating around online from people on how to wear your makeup if you also wear glasses. Many of the "tips" I have read are the complete opposite of what you should be doing. Additionally, there are way too many "tricks" being suggested and it doesn't need to be that complicated. Ain't no one got time for that! Keep it simple, master these simple rules and then start getting creative.
Here are my top 10 tricks for wearing makeup AND glasses. I promise the two can get along quite nicely if you follow these simple rules. I've linked up some of my all time favorite eye products in each tip, so give it a look-see.
1. Save the bright colors for your lips
Listen...I love neon as much as the next guy (that's not true, I love it WAY more) but your eyes are not the place to experiment with the latest acid-green eye shadow you saw on Demi Lovato last week IF you wear specs. Keep your shadow colors in the neutral family so you don't appear garish and clown-like. Some great palettes to check out are here, here and here. If you MUST use a pop of color, try a jewel-toned gel liner in a contrasting shade from your eye color (i.e. brown-eyed gals try a deep amethyst, blue-eyed beauties go for a warm copper, green-eyed ladies try a rich wine hue in the color 'plum', hazel-eyed homegirls give bronze color 'lionfish' a shot) this will allow you to be playful while still making your eyes pop. Just keep the rest simple. Here's a great example of how very subtle copper shadow makes her green eyes pop!
2. Don't skip the mascara
I've heard so many ninnies say "Mascara sticks to lenses! You can't wear mascara with glasses!" Well...yeah...if you don't let it dry first OR curl your lashes (see #4). Exercise some common sense here. Apply mascara, wait for it to dry. Put glasses on. Voila! Mascara really opens up the eyes. Don't skip it just because you wear glasses!
3. Use a peach or yellow based concealer under eyes
Glasses can sometimes cast dark circles under our eye area (as if we needed any more of that, amiright?!) Counteract the raccoon effect by applying a creamy peach or yellow (make sure you choose the yellow option if you click that link) under-eye concealer and setting with a very fine milled loose powder like this or this.
4. Curl your lashes
This goes without saying. Every woman with eyelashes should be doing this. Period. Non-negotiable. It's amazing how this one quick step will open up the eyes. And if you have stick-straight lashes, this will help keep them from poking your lenses.
5. Don't go too dark with your shadow
Wearing glasses can make eyes appear darker (and smaller depending on your prescription) than they really are. This doesn't mean you can't carefully apply a crease color, just make sure to keep it above the lid but below the brow bone and keep the color civilized...for example: taupe, light gray, soft brown, gold, etc. (see rule #1 for my fave neutral shadow palettes).
6. Thick frames? Thicker liner. Thin frames? Thin liner.
You don't want your pretty liner getting lost behind those thick horn-rims or your dramatic liquid-lined cat eye overpowering your dainty wireless specs! Make sure to step up your eyeliner game if you're rocking some big, hipster glasses and take it down a few octaves if your frames are very thin or non-existent.
7. Don't forget your skin
Don't think for one second people won't notice your skin just because you're wearing glasses! Make sure to refine your complexion with a suede-finish foundation or in the very least, a BB or CC cream to even things out and create a beautiful canvas. Don't forget a sweep of a rosy blush to the apples of your cheeks.
8. Make sure your brows are defined
This is such a no-brainer that it almost pains me to mention it. Say it with me, ladies: THE EYEBROWS ARE THE FRAME OF THE FACE. They should be shaped at all times but ESPECIALLY if you wear glasses. Here are my two new favorite brow tools: Benefit Gimme Brow brush on fiber gel actually has little fibers in it that adhere to your brows. This is extremely helpful if, like me, you are a naked mole rat and have little to no eyebrows. Fake it til you make it! And Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade. This stuff ROCKS. It's kind of like a mix between a pencil and a powder and is so natural looking. It's smudge-free and waterproof so you don't have to worry about your brows sliding down your face. Use a stiff angled brow brush to apply like this one. If you get over-zealous with product, gently brush up and out with the spooley on the other end.
9. Nude liner in your water line
I'm sure you've all heard that white liner in the bottom water line creates a larger, more "awake" look, however, in my years of doing makeup, I have found that NUDE liner (less expensive version here) looks much more natural and gives a beautifully "alert" look. If you have allergies and your eyes get all red and scratchy, first put some Visine in there, THEN trace your nude liner along your bottom water line. This little trick also works wonders with that pesky little aforementioned dark shadow problem.
10. Tap in a little highlighter/shimmer on lower inside corners of eyes
If you have a pretty highlighter in a pearly shade (pink, cream, beige) tap your forefinger in it and dab it in the inside corners, closer to your bottom lid. This one by Benefit has a concealer on one side and a highlighter on the other. Two birds....one product.
Well there ya go! Hopefully these will keep you from looking like this in your glasses....(in TayMom's defense, I added glasses to her angsty face. That eye makeup should just NEVER happen...glasses or not).
Instead something like these beauties....