Optical Illusion: Makeup Tricks for Gals with Glasses

  • Hey glasses girl, did you know there are some simple tricks you can learn to perfect your under-eyewear makeup technique? Despite what you might think about the magnifying power of your specs, you’ll actually need to wear more eye makeup than you normally would to make your eyes pop. That being said, you still want your look to be super clean and fresh, since glasses do draw attention to your eyes. Check out our top tips for a frame-friendly face.

  • Lids

    When it comes to shadow, the lighter and more neutral the color on the lid, the better. You can’t go wrong with a selection from the Colour Riche Eye Shadows (we love the Army Brat palette!), which combines 4 pre-selected shadows that work together seamlessly. Blend slightly darker, warm hues into and above the crease, and dab a shimmery illuminator, like Magic Lumi Highlighter, on the brow bone and inner eye corner to open up the area.

    Save the bright and cool colors for the lips or days when you can brave contact lenses—these shades will magnify dark undertones around the eyes, causing them to look tired and swollen.

  • Lines

    Next, line the upper lash line in pencil or liquid, making sure to fill in those tiny spaces in between lashes. Try to choose a color that is at least a shade or two lighter than dark frames so that the liner doesn’t get lost in their shape. Use a cotton swap to smooth any harsh choppiness in the line to achieve a more natural effect.

    Get some perspective. The trick to making it all look right is to adjust the liner depending on your style of glasses: the thicker your frames, the thicker your liner should be. This will ensure your specs don’t overpower your eyes. Keep dark makeup on top, and use only white or nude liner along the lower inner rim to create contrast that brings the eyes front and center. Double Extend® Eye Illuminator Eyeliner comes with everything you need: an intense dark pencil at one end, and a bright white one at the other.

  • Lashes

    Fluffing your fringe is an instant way to bring your eyes to life. Curl and comb lashes for optimal definition before applying mascara to the top lashes. Separate any clumps with your comb while the mascara is still wet. Since precision is key, go for a formula that will make every lash count. Voluminous® Full-Definition Mascara has an exceptionally smooth texture—plus it’s suitable for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers. If you can’t resist lower lash mascara, apply a very light layer to only the root, as sweeping through to the tips will give them a spidery look. For tricky areas like the inner, outer and lower lashes, try Telescopic® Explosion Mascara’s spherical brush tip to meticulously coat every lash.

  • Brows

    Glasses emphasize the entire eye area, including the brows. Tweeze strays below the arch and comb the hair neatly up and over. Using a small angle brush, fill in sparse areas with a shadow or pencil that matches your hair color, making sure to follow the natural direction of the hair and arching at the midpoint of the eye. Brush over the brows one last time for a natural blending of the shadow and hair. Accomplish all three steps with one product, the Brow Stylist® Professional duet pencils.

  • Face

    Since all eyes will be on your eyes, keep the rest of the face simple. Even out your complexion with foundation and always set it with powder, like Translucide or Hydra Perfecte Powder, to prevent makeup from smearing underneath your glasses.

    Frames can sometimes create shadows underneath the eyes, so a yellow-based concealer is a must. But go light, as too much of it could work against you and make fine lines more visible. Complete the look with a pretty pink lip to keep your eyes the center of attention.

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