If you’ve ever thought, “I’ll just wear glasses today so I don’t have to put on eye makeup…” — that’s not a thing. It’s not the same as throwing your hair up in a bun to avoid doing it. Putting on glasses is generally not a substitute for makeup, but there are ways to adjust how you apply makeup to compliment your frames. When glasses are in the mix, the right makeup can widen your eyes, draw people in and even give an appearance of an eyelift. Here are six simple makeup tips and tricks that take under 5 minutes to look great in your glasses.
A Bold Lip is the pathway to your eyes:
You actually can get away with less eye makeup when wearing glasses because it is true that certain frames mask eye shadow. If you are wearing a statement frame, go neutral with makeup but wear a bold lip color, like a bright pink or a deep red. It will make your eyes pop because your lip color will catch someone’s eye and naturally draw them up to your eyes. It’s human nature to look from down to up. The bold lip will naturally lead them to your eyes.
Get in line with your frames:
If you wear glasses and makeup, the most important product in your makeup bag is eyeliner. It widens and accentuates the eyes, which is important because some corrective lenses make eyes appear smaller. Eyeliner can help balance that and you can use your frames as a guide to match the density of your eyeliner to the thickness of your frames! That’s right; if you wear thicker frames, go heavy on the eyeliner. Thinner frames, apply a thinner line. It’s a direct proportion – if you wear really heavy frames, thin eyeliner can make eyes appear smaller. The goal is big beautiful eyes. If you have smaller eyes in general, line them all the way around. Since eyewear is bold on it’s own, switch up black eyeliner with a more playful sparkly navy or burgundy.
Let your Eyebrows show:
When choosing eyewear, your eyebrows should still be visible just above the rim of the frames. Consider frames that compliment the natural arch of your brows. To make your brows work with your frames, fill them in with a fine brow pencil or tinted grooming gel. A prominent well-groomed brow-line draws people into your eyes! If you try on frames that hide your eyebrows, those frames may not be right for you.
Yes, you can wear Mascara with your eye glasses:
It’s actually a myth that if you wear mascara while you wear glasses, the mascara will end up on your lenses. Not true. In fact, mascara is a very powerful tool in your makeup bag. To make your eyes look more defined and wider, go for a thickening mascara and apply the mascara up and out. If you have lash extensions, definitely keep an eyelash curler handy to direct them up.
The right Blush can draw everything up:
Apply pink blush on the apples of your cheeks for definition. With the right eyewear, like cat eye frames, add a little blush and your cheeks and cheekbones will be more prominent. Use a neutral color highlighter or soft shimmer powder around the blush to make cheekbones appear higher! It’s an instant lift! Women over 40 love cat eye frames because they draw everything up and give a more youthful appearance.
Let them see you Shimmer:
Wearing glasses sometimes magnifies the appearance of the eyes, which is a good thing! However, if you were up a bit too late the night before, use a good concealer under the eyes and to further draw people in and upward, put a hint of shimmer eyeshadow on the lids above the lash line, which will attract more attention to the eyes and give off a really natural look.
When in doubt, go for a messy Smokey Eye at night:
Wearing glasses and going out at night can be fun. You can really take makeup over the edge and go for a dramatic and smudgy smokey eye, especially with a thicker frame. It’s just plain sexy. And smart.