Wearing glasses doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to do anything different with your make-up at all, but over the years that these frames have graced my face I’ve learnt what suits both my glasses and my face, and I’ve also figured out a couple of things to avoid, to save me looking stranger than normal.
Before I get really in to this it’s best to say that I am rather longsighted. So much so that if I didn’t spend the extra to thin out my lenses they would resemble bottle tops. Not exactly the most attractive look if I say so myself. Because I am so long sighted and my lenses are so strong (to counteract my poor vision) my eyes do appear a couple of sizes larger than the average pair of eyes. It is also worth noting at this point that I have worn glasses for over 16 years of my life, so pretty much everyone I know has only ever known me with glasses.
When it comes to make-up I don’t really go crazy. Usually skipping out on foundation and just letting my bare skin do the talkin’. I use a concealer on a more frequent basis and I’ve found because my lenses make my eyes and the surrounding area quite a bit larger it does accentuate the under eye area, so on top of ensuring I have a good hydrating eye cream on I also make sure I use a hydrating concealer. If it’s going to settle or crease everyone will see and there’s only a slim chance that you’ll be able to disguise it as war stripes until you can find yourself a mirror and a private minute to sort it out. Now because my eye area is rather zoomed in I’ve found that I have to avoid highlighting concealers if they include a shimmer, zoomed in shimmer just looks like I’ve placed a bunch of glitter under my eyes and I’m willingly choosing to resemble a disco ball, no matter how fine. For the same reasons (and because my glasses are quite on the large side) I also avoid highlighter, half of it would be zoomed in and the other half wouldn’t be seen due to the slight distortion that wearing glasses gives. It’s a pity because they are all so pretty, but I know it doesn’t work for me.
Now eye make-up. Because my glasses take away quite a lot of eye lid space (see in the above photo) I don’t really see the point in doing anything awfully fancy past the crease because unfortunately it wouldn’t be seen. For this reason I tend to avoid wearing any dark eye-shadows. I’ve tried, and no matter how beautifully blended it looks when I have my glasses off it just looks oddly shaped and strange with them back on. I mostly stick to neutrals, peachy pinks and golds with hints of bronze and taupes and use matte browns to add a little definition to the crease (I love the Urban Decay Naked Basics for this). If you have any tips for getting darker tones or a more smokey look to work for someone with glasses then I’m all ears, as I’d love to change things up a bit. I also don’t put an awful lot of either shadow, liner or mascara on my bottom lashes because it can also appear a little messy when it’s zoomed in to the extent that I work with. If I do decide to I usually just press my mascara wand onto my lashes and smoke a tiny bit of a neutral matte under the eye as then shimmer can’t fall down and replicate the disco ball scenario discussed earlier. I do also try and avoid the super lengthening mascaras (no one wants spider lines down the inside of their lenses) instead opting for more curling and volumising formulas that give my lashes plenty of definition but don’t get stuck to my lenses. Not being able to blink properly because your lashes are too long isn’t exactly an ideal situation to put yourself in. Especially if you’re on public transport. I speak from experience here guys and girls.
I do find it suits both my face and my glasses to add a little bit of either a brow pencil/ powder on a day to day basis. My frames are quite bold and I don’t really fancy looking like an egg with glasses on, so a little bit of definition never hurt. I either use a brow pencil by Sleek or the Urban Decay palette mentioned above, and then a brow brush to get everything in place. Also a quick tip. Apply any brow products and eye liner with your glasses on. Eye liners easily fit in-between your eye lid and the lens and lets be fair, if you have eyesight like mine neither your brows or eye liner would actually make it to its intended destination. Liquid liner also works perfectly fine this way, otherwise the flicks would never even have half a chance at (kind of) matching.
For the rest of my face I do exactly what everyone else would do: powder, blush, lips..yeah you get the gist. Just avoiding shimmery blushes and instead opting for a matte option as it suits the reflectiveness of the lenses better. Obviously many of you may wear glasses and not have any of these problems as you may not be as long sighted as I unfortunately am (I’m about +6.5 in both eyes and perfect vision is 0; and to my knowledge the scale goes up in 0.25’s) but for those who are as long sighted, if not more than I am then I hope this might have helped some of you in deciding what you want to put on your face today. If you want to know any shadows or cream products that I like to use on my eyes, along with liners then I can do a post or if you tweet me I can get back to you that way.
Glasses wearers unite!