January 14, 2014

Makeup Tips for Gals Who Wear Glasses



"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....





Perfectly Coutured

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    1. Hi Shannon! The water line is that glossy part of the lower eye lid, right above your bottom eyelashes. It looks kind of wet. Hopefully I'm explaining that to where it makes sense :) The inner eye rim.

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  2. I have super long eyelashes but I need to wear glasses so I never wear when I wear them especially with mascara. What can I do so my lashes agent being squiahed from my glasses?

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    1. Hi Caitlyn! Do you curl your lashes with an eyelash curler? I would suggest doing that first before applying mascara, and then apply a good curling mascara like Urban Decay Supercurl Curling Mascara or Maybelline Full n Soft Waterproof mascara. That always helps me anyway! Good luck!

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    2. Caitlyn, I have the exact same problem. I have super long lashes, and if I'm not careful, they hit my lenses whenever I blink. I agree completely with Colleen about curling mascara. I always try to go with waterproof (I feel like it holds the curl better) - I use Le Waterproof from Sephora and I love it, it's the only mascara I've found that actually keeps my lashes curled all day.

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    3. That is SO true ^^ what VK said! For whatever reason, waterproof mascara really does hold curl better! Must be the longer-lasting formulation that keeps those lashes in place! It's definitely worth a shot! Thanks for the extra tip, VK!

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    4. Hi everybody! If you heat up your eyelash curler a little bit (be careful) with your hair dryer it lasts forever ;) its like an curling iron for your lashes. Of course you need a metall eyelash curler and as I said always be careful with to much heat .....

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  3. Hi! Thanks for the tips. I've never tried nude liner on the water line but am curious as to how that might look. I like wearing black eyeliner on my lower waterline but it tends to smudge and come off pretty easily. Do you have recommendations for getting it to stay on???

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    1. Also, you have absolutely beautiful skin!

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    2. Hi Hanna! Thank you so much!

      I bounce back and forth sometimes between doing black in my water line and nude (depending on what look I'm going for). The only black eyeliner I have ever found that actually stays put in my water line is NARS Larger Than Life Longwear Eyeliner. It's a bit spendy, but it legit doesn't budge. You can find it at Sephora or Nordstrom :)

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    3. Love these tips! I love wearing my glasses more than contacts so its nice to know some extra tips! Personally, I love putting the nude color on the water line and then I go ahead and let my mascara on my bottom lashes smudge a little to get black in there. I also love my black eyeliner but I've found myself loving it more off of my water line. I either use the mascara or put some dark brown eye shadow under my bottom lashes. Putting the nude on the water line just really opens up and brightens the eyes and just looks good on everyone! My favorite nude for the water line is the Laura Geller I-Care waterproof in the color Bone, it has a nice shimmer to it!

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    4. Thanks for the heads up, Emily! I need to check out that Laura Geller nude liner! I love me a good shimmery nude eyeliner!

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  4. Thank you so much for writing this! I have to wear glasses after years of wearing contact lenses and developing dry eye. I LOVE makeup and can't live without it, esp my eye makeup. These are great tips and many I already live by. I've been experimenting with different lipstick colors now since I don't have the freedom I once did with my eye makeup. I just wish they addressed this in more fashion mags because there are a lot of us glasses wearers and beauty lovers out there! My additional tip would be to always keep your glasses sparkling, nothing is more tacky than smudged, makeup caked lenses. Thanks again! ~xoxo~ Sarah

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    1. Thanks, Sarah! So glad you enjoyed the post!

      That's such a good tip about keeping your glasses clean! I agree, there's nothing worse than seeing a bunch of caked up gross makeup all around the frames and smudgey lenses. Good call!

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  5. Great post! Been reading a lot about wearing makeup and glasses. Thanks for the info here!

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    1. Oh I'm so glad you found this helpful! Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. I really enjoyed your article. I work in the optical industry for a large lens manufacturer and love to find useful information to share with my clients (eye doctors). By the way, what frame are you wearing? I love it!

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    1. Thank you for the kind words! I'm so happy you found this useful! The frames I'm wearing in this photo are from D Viations and the style # is: D2 2018 (from Lens Crafters). Hope this helps! I found a link on someone's Pinterest page if you want to see what they look like off my face :) Here you go: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/10344274116483524/ Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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  7. I found this post so helpful and linked it to my blog. Thanks so much for the tips!

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    1. Oh how cool! Thanks so much, Nikki! Glad you found it helpful. So sorry I'm just now seeing your comment! Xo, Colleen

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  8. Duh on me, I never thought of using waterproof curling mascara as an option - I'm new at curling my lashes (I know, I know, I'm 40+, I should have known better *lol*). I think Marcelle and Annabelle - Canadian cosmetic companies - may have gluten-free options for us Celiac types. My skin and eyes seem to prefer gluten-free cosmetics, but my budget doesn't prefer "organic" gluten-free specialty cosmetics here in Toronto ;)

    And a terrific tip regarding keeping your glasses clean as mentioned in another comment above - I swear by an old t-shirt of mine that I cut up and made cleaning cloths out of!

    Thanks for posting these terrific tips, they are a major help as sme of the other tips out there had me scratching my head... *lol*

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    1. Haha! Sometimes it's the most simple tips that are the biggest help right? So glad you enjoyed the post! I love the idea of using an old t-shirt! It's the perfect material for not scratching up the lenses! I'm totally going to go grab one from my husband's drawer and use it as my glasses rag!

      So glad you stopped by! Xo, Colleen

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  9. Am I looking to purchase some glasses and found ones that are tortiose colored and yet have a yellow undertone against the face. Do you think that will make dark circles better or worse?

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    1. Ooh I think those sound adorable! I'm thinking that having the yellow undertone close to the face might actually help the dark circle situation as opposed to exasperating it. If it were a darker shade of blue or purple (instead of a warmer tone like the yellow) it might draw attention to the dark circles so I bet those would be absolutely lovely on!

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  10. Thanks for all these tips!! I've been wearing my glasses more often now (since I finally got some cute ones) but one thing I've noticed is that if I have face makeup on, I end up with indentations from my glasses. So if I ever take my glasses off, or they slide down a bit, it looks obvious that I'm wearing makeup and glasses. Idk if that make sense, but does anyone else have to deal with that??

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    1. Ooooh yes! I have the same issue. It seems like it takes at least 10 minutes for my little "indents" to disappear after I remove my makeup. Something that has helped me make them at least a little less noticeable is to carry a little concealer/brightening pen in my bag so I can lighten up those two little "dots" on the sides of my nose. It doesn't completely get rid of them, but it sure makes them less obvious until my skin bounces back. I always carry a YSL Touche Eclat pen in my purse but you can also try the L'Oreal Magic Lumi Highlighter as an affordable version! Worth a shot!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  11. Hi colleen!! I never knew of using waterproof curling mascara as an option. Thanks for sharing it. I am also going to add your link in my blog which is under constructions now.
    Oh yes, here you can find some more Eye Makeup Ideas : http://www.blogmommies.com/make-up-beauty-tips/eye-makeup-ideas/

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    1. Hi Roselen! Thank you so much for stopping by and for adding my link on your blog! So glad you found the info helpful!

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  12. My niece was just told she needs to wear eyeglasses, and she's devastated. We've been trying to help her feel better about them, but nothing has worked. I'm hoping that by sending her your blog, she'll be able to see the silver lining.

    Sara Welsh | http://drdurante.com/eyewear/

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    1. Oh no! Hopefully she'll soon realize she's in great company! Lots of gals wear glasses and tell her I have tons of girlfriends who don't "need" them but wear fashion glasses because they're such a fun accessory! Hopefully she'll be able to glean some tips from this post! I'm sure she'll look adorable in any glasses she chooses!

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  13. ik draag ook een bril bedankt voor de tips / thanks a lot

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  14. These tips are AWESOME! I just picked up (literally an hour ago) my new glasses which I LOVE LOVE LOVE. I plan to wear them regularly and give my eyes a break from contacts. Im ready for brand new look and these tips will keep me fresh! Thanks!!!

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  16. I really appreciate this post! I am currently a new eye glass wearer..Or will be in the next week. thank you again!
    Xo
    Kelley
    Makeupjuice17.blogspot.com

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  17. LOVE your red lip color in this pic!! Care to share the brand and shade?

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm wearing MAC lipstick in "Ruby Woo" and MAC lip liner in "Cherry".

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  18. I have really long lashes. I don't normally like to wear mascara because I end up with fall out. My lashes hit my lens. I've come to find that waterproof mascara damages my lashes. There's only one mascara that I liked. I believe it's from L'Oréal called volumeness. I changed mascara because I think they changed the formula. Any help?

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  19. Great post!

    Where and when did you get your glasses? I have the same frames and I broke them! :(

    I've been searching the internet for the same ones but with no luck!

    Any and all help is appreciated! :-)

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  20. Great post, so much helpful tips..Thank you so much !


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