If you’re a beauty lover who also happens to wear glasses, you’ll know firsthand the struggles of keeping your makeup looking perfect throughout the day – like the marks formed on the bridge of your nose where your makeup has rubbed away, or feeling like your eyeshadow artistry is hidden by the frames. But not to worry, as we’ve rounded up our best tips to help throughout the day, even while you’re wearing glasses!
9 makeup tips all glasses wearers should know about
1. Use a reliable eye primer
If you like getting creative with your eye makeup, make sure you’re using an eye primer to help keep your work on the eye area in place all day and help minimise the risk of it rubbing away while you’re wearing glasses. The Anastasia Beverly Hills Mini Eye Primer is perfect to apply on the eyelid and around to create a refined base and help to improve the staying power of your makeup.
2. Make sure to set!
Seems like an obvious one, but setting your makeup with powder is a game changer for increased longevity! Target those little areas that your glasses touch the most, like the bridge of your nose or on your temples, to ensure that you’re not left with those pesky smudge marks a few hours into your day. Use the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder with a dense brush or powder puff to get an precise application.
3. Contour your nose
Because glasses tend to cast shadows downwards, it can create the illusion of a larger or wider nose. But a simple contour trick can help to fix this. Use the Illamasqua Gel Sculpt in a hue that’s a couple of shades darker than your natural skin tone and draw two lines on either side of the nose. Blend out to watch the magic happen!
4. Don’t forget to colour correct
Speaking of shadows, the same can happen on your undereye, giving you the look of bags or discolouration. The best way to combat this is to use a colour corrector under your normal concealer. The Clinique Even Better Colour Correctors feature a dual-ended wand with a flocked-tip, doe-foot head, plus a built-in sponge for easy application. Simply dab under the eye and blend to give a brightened appearance under your glasses.
5. Accentuate your eyes
Did you know that your eyeliner shape should match or follow the shape of your glasses for the most flattering look? For example, if you wear the popular thin wire frames, then a matching thin liner look will suit you best. For thicker frames, go for a more dramatic liner. The KVD Beauty Tattoo Liner is perfect for both – it never fails to create a professional-looking flick that helps to highlight your eyes and last all day, whether you’re searching for a bold wing or something a little more subtle.
6. Pay attention to your brows
Even though you may think your glasses hide your brows, a groomed arch will do wonders to frame your face. Brushing your brow hairs upwards and outwards, so they sit nicely above your glasses, can help to create the illusion of more balanced features. Use the Eyeko Fluffy Brow Volumising Fibre Gel to simultaneously brush up, add colour and texture for a perfectly together look.
7. Switch to powder formulas
Of course, the biggest makeup problem while wearing glasses is your foundation rubbing off throughout the day. A good way to improve this problem is to swap your usual liquid or cream-based foundations to a powder foundation, which is typically more lightweight and helps to minimise movement. However, avoid setting the powder foundation with your favourite face powder, as this can cause skin to appear flaky or patchy. Instead, we love to apply the bareMinerals Matte SPF15 Foundation and set with the hydrating Revolution Pro Goddess Glow Setting Spray for an instant boost of radiance.
8. Use glasses to determine your blush application
To add that final rosy hue, apply your blush with your glasses on! This allows you to get the perfect placement to suit the frames you're wearing. Try tapping the NARS Cosmetics Blush from the outside of your frame towards your ear, using the bottom of your glasses as a guide.
9. Create a wide-eyed illusion
Just because you’re wearing glasses, it shouldn’t mean that you can’t have eyes that pop! A super easy way to do this is to apply a cream or beige eyeliner, like the Illamasqua Colouring Eye Pencil in shade Elate, to your waterline. This help to makes your eyes appear larger, brighter and more awake.