Creating a makeup look when wearing glasses can be tricky business, especially for those who’ve just acquired frames.
It can be a balancing act as you don’t want to overwhelm your glasses with a bold smoky eye, or have your eyes lost behind your frames either. But after the initial shock, many will realise it isn’t rocket science. All it takes is a little experimentation and adjusting to work out what complements your glasses of choice. From our personal experience, we’ve lined up a handful of simple tips for a frame-friendly makeup look:
- Keep it neutral:
Eyeshadow for glasses is a bit of a contentious topic. Some argue that heavier eye makeup is necessary to show up behind the lens of your glasses, while others say that it is best to be light handed when dipping into your shadow palette. We fall into the latter school of thought, sticking to neutral shades and keeping our eyeshadow relatively low key to avoid looking too top heavy. We like using rose gold and pink shades under our specs like the ones in our Bare Minerals Ready Eyeshadow 4.0 in The Happy Place. Earthy tones like our go-to browns are also a good option.
If you’re adamant on a dramatic smoky eye, our advice would be to keep it bright. Avoid dark shades, creating a sultry eye with warm, earthy tones instead. Finish off with a shimmery accent shade on the centere of your lids to make your peepers truly pop!
- Turn up the volume
The aim when creating a frame-friendly makeup look is to accentuate your eyes. One way to achieve this is with generous coats of mascara! Personally we like to reach for a volumising mascara like the Rimmel Volume Flash ScandalEyes Mascara*. We find that unlike lengthening mascaras, volumising mascaras create the illusion of a thicker lash line which helps to further define the eyes under the glasses. Concentrate the product at the roots, not the tips of your lashes by wriggling the brush in a zig-zag motion close to the lash line.
Many glasses wearers forgo this step with the thought that the frames themselves will mask any evidence of a late night out or lack of Zs, but sadly, this isn’t always the case. In certain lighting, the frames or lens in your glasses can actually cast shadows around the eyes and accentuate any discolouration. So for bright eyes, apply a brightening concealer like Rimmel’s Wake Me Up Concealer* in a V-formation under the eyes. If you have particularly dark under eyes, pop on a salmon colour corrector first to cancel out the blue/ purple tones.
While glasses frame your eyes, your eyebrows frame the glasses, so a pair of well-groomed brows is essential. We would advise against heavily drawn in brows, because again, you want to avoid being too top heavy. However, if you’re opting for thicker frames, then you can be more liberal when filling in your eyebrow.
- Line Up
For us, eyeliner is a must when we’re bespectacled. Often with thicker frames, your eyes can get lost behind the glasses, but a healthy amount of liner will help define them. We like to follow the simple equation, thicker frames = thicker liner. If you’re wearing thinner frames, don’t overdo the liner. Instead work the product into your lash line, using a brush or your finger to blend out any harsh lines. If you’re rocking slightly thicker framed glasses, you can afford to be a bit more generous. A subtle wing is always a good idea, even when wearing glasses, just make sure to line up the wing with the top outer most corner of your specs.
- Pucker up
When it comes to perfecting any makeup look, balance is key. We like to stick to the general rule of bold lips or bold eyes, not both. Choose one and stick to it. If you’re going the bold eyes and bold frames route, then avoid overdoing it with an equally obnoxious lip shade. With that being said, we will occasionally pop on a classic red lippie for a night out, but on a daily basis when we’ve got our glasses on, we like to reach for a soft pink or something peachy.
Finally, to prevent your base from transferring onto your glasses, go in with a powder. We tend to use a transparent powder like Williampro’s Zero Powder*, on the bridge of our nose and tops of our cheeks where the frames rest to keep everything in place.
A good habit to get into whenever you do your makeup, bespectacled or not is to take a step back and survey your work! That sounds strange, but when you’re applying your makeup with your face in close proximity to your mirror, you often get caught up in the small details, but creating a makeup look is about the whole picture and how it all comes together. So pop on your glasses, and take a step back, then go in with any tweaks or finishing touches.
That wraps up our round up of quick pointers for glasses wearers. See? It’s not rocket science at all!
Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in Santa Fe*
Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics Illuminate Palette* (review)
Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer in True Ivory*
Benefit Ka-BROW! Eyebrow Cream-Gel Colour in Deep* (review)
Bare Minerals Ready Eyeshdow 4.0 in The Happy Place
Clinique’s Cream Shaper for Eyes in Black Diamond
Rimmel Volume Flash ScandalEyes Mascara*
Arbonne Smoothed Over Lipstick in Magnolia* (review)
Williamspro Zero Powder HD Setting Powder- Original*
Look Good Feel Better Tapered Blending Brush* (review)
Glasses worn are Jorgio 8776 C3 from Optically.com.au*
If you have any handy tips we didn’t touch on, share them in the comments below.