A Look Under the Lens: 8 Makeup Tips for Women who Wear Glasses

Posted Wednesday March 12, 2014 2:00 PM GMT

Learning to complement your natural look with cosmetics is one thing, but adding a pair of eyeglasses into the mix makes it a completely different ball game.

Not only are lenses the focal point of the face, but they also magnify your peepers, making it imperative to use makeup in a way that flatters your face and your frames.

Read on to discover eight ways to spice yourself up under those specs!

Use a primer. Because of the lens’ magnetization, it’s easy to notice particles of eyeshadow that flake off throughout the day. So, we suggest using a primer, like NARS’ Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base ($24). The product will help to create a canvas capable of holding onto your makeup, lending you that fresh-faced look all day long.

Get your color from liner, not shadow(s). A full-out emerald smoky eye would look slightly overwhelming behind your specs. To satisfy your color craving, try wearing liners that boast hot shades like green, blue, or purple. This way, you still get that eye-popping effect, without it looking too stark. We love Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils, ($19/ea.).

Conceal and highlight. If you wear glasses, your under-eye area is one of the first things people see on your face. Again, since it’s magnetized, be sure to apply an under-eye concealer every morning like MAC’s Pro Longwear Concealer ($18). For added luminosity, apply a highlighter like High Beam from Benefit ($26) to the inner corners of your eyes to further awaken your appearance.

Go bold with your lips. It may be a general rule of thumb to keep your eye makeup to a minimum, but that doesn’t mean you can’t play up your kisser! Swipe on a bold shade of lipstick to create a vampy, eye-catching pout.

Keep everything in sync. Balancing is the key here, ladies. A heavy frame looks best when paired with bold liner and multiple coats of mascara, where a wire-like frame is flattered by a touch of liner and one simple coat of mascara.

Contour. Accentuating your high points helps to draw attention away from your glasses — while they are fabulous — you want people to notice something besides your specs. To create the perfect contour, suck in your cheeks, and place bronzing powder along your cheekbones. Perfection.

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