got thissss I have always been the girl with the glasses. Scratch that. I was the tall girl with the glasses, and braids; cant forget about the braids. I was lanky and hunched over to fit my friends’ height, I never wore my glasses in pictures and the braids, well the braids got traded for a perm. It took me a long time to get comfortable in my own skin and makeup has definitely given me the confidence to break out and try things I normally wouldn’t. I always felt like girls use makeup to completely change who they are as opposed to simply enhancing their good features( which is a concept I still believe in) but that’s another post for another day.

Wearing glasses makes it difficult to highlight certain features. Your eyes are hidden, your glasses cast an undereye shadow making you look like you have bags, they get stained with your concealer/foundation and the list goes on and on. Through my trial and error, I have learned a few tricks of the trade. Let’s get started!

Embrace the liquid: I know every beauty tip tells us glasses girls that we should stay away from liquids because they stain the brim of our nose; which is true. However, you can wear liquids so long as you do them tactfully. Most people start with their beauty routine with eye makeup, but I personally start with my foundation and concealer. Then I set my concealer (currently using Nars crystal translucent powder).  I do this step first because it allows the concealer and foundation to set and dry while I apply my eyeshadow. If you wear your glasses while your makeup is wet you will get nasty little scars on the bridge of your nose.

Always conceal: Concealer is a must! It took me a long time to get that through my mind, but it really does make a difference. If you’re going to invest in any beauty product I would suggest it be on concealer ( currently using Nars concealer in caramel). Glasses naturally cast a shadow under your eye making you look like you have bags even when you don’t. Be sure to get the right shade of concealer to brighten, so that your face looks lively and awake.  For example, I have a yellow undertone so I found a concealer shade that brought out that color.

Eye Primer is your best friend: Your eyes are naturally covered by wearing glasses so you have to work a little harder at showing them off. You can have the most pigmented eyeshadow, but you need a primer to help make the color pop. I’ve heard great things about the urban decay eye primer, but I personally use the NYX milk jumbo pencil in milk. Shimmery eyeshadows are great as well but if you’re more of a matte girl- like me – than a primer is definitely needed.

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Lipstick is your second best friend: Lipstick is that friend that you call to hang out when all your other friends are busy. It sounds messed up but you know we all do it. GUILTY! Anywho Lipstick is what you wear when you don’t have time to do your eyes. It’s great to add some pop to your face so that your glasses don’t always steal the show.

The myth of eyeliner: Everyone says that you should match your eyeliner with the thickness of your glasses; which is kinda true but not. The thickness isn’t as important as the eyeliner color. White eyeliner or cream -if white is too harsh- is a great way to brighten and open your undereye area. You can have whatever liner you want on your upper eye, thick or not thick, jet black or kinda black, whatever you want; but the power lies in what you put on your water line. Shimmer eye shadow or highlighting your tear ducts is also a great way to brighten your eyes.(currently using Stila Jet Black Eyeliner)

So now it’s your turn! What are some of your tips for wearing makeup with glasses?

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Nars All Day Weightless Luminous Foundation ($48): I sure at this point this foundation has been talked about to death but let me just rave about it for a quick second! It’s AHMazing! I did a full review on it a few days ago so I won’t go into detail, but I will say that I still love it as much as I did the first day I got it. It is super long lasting and my face looks flawless. If you’d like to see pictures be sure to follow us on Instagram!

Bobby Pins Curved ($6): It’s probably weird to say that bobby pins have been one of my favorites this month, but I feel like these are worth mentioning. I don’t know if any of you have this problem but when you use straight  bobby pins often times they wiggle out of place or you can see the end of the bobby pin sticking up. It’s been a huge pet peeve of mine since I use bobby pins to make my hair flat, I don’t like seeing it clearly sticking up on my head. I went to target and accidently took home curved bobby pins. At first glance, I wanted to return them but when I actually started using them I was glad I didn’t! They secure your hair way better than the regular bobby pins and the curve makes the pin bend down so it’s not sticking up on the end. These are perfect for sleek styled looks or a clean updo. Literally been my holy grail of hair products as of lately.

New Glasses ($225): Every year I get new glasses and usually  just buy whatever my optician recommends, but this year I went in with a full concept of what I wanted. I was really going for the “Chic Geek” style, with a big square frame and a jet black color for boldness. I tried on just about every pair of glasses that fit in my insurance( I even tried on sunglasses and Men’s glasses) but couldn’t find a frame that was big enough. Finally, I tried the Calvin Klein (paid a little extra, but so worth it) in jet black and I’ve been loving it ever since. It did take a while for me to adjust since I was switching from a cat eye to a thick square frame but now I’ve completely embraced them. The best feature is that I added a sun tint to them so when I’m outside they automatically transition from glasses to sunglasses! Two for the price of one! =)

Google Calendar (Free): Ever, since we launched in the Grey we’ve had to organize and construct a blogging schedule that worked for both our lifestyles. Google calendar has been the most effective and helpful tool for managing all of our content. We both have access to the calendar and can add + change posts as we please. We also have it color coded so we can see what types of posts will be up that week. It also helps to see what the other person is writing so that we can bounce ideas off of each other!

Sephora Compact Mirror ($5): I recently got a new job( working at Gap HQ), and I have to commute roughly 30 miles a day. I have a great morning routine post on that coming soon, but sometimes there are some last minute touchups that I want to make during my commute. I’ve been usuing my front camera on my iphone, and it was working but I really wanted a mirror. Shockingly target and my local drugstores didn’t have any compact mirrors so I went to Sephora and found one on sale for $5!

Beauty Blender($19): I’m sure you’ve all seen this on someone’s favorites list by far, but it’s just now reaching mine. Mainly because I never really had a dire need to use it. I’m finally catching on to how multifunctional it actually is. When I first bought the Nars radiant foundation I was having a hard time blending it with my RT buffing brush, so I switched to using my beauty blender. It worked like Magic!  I never wanted to use it for my foundation in fear that it may soak up too much product, but that hasn’t been the case at all. I’m actually considering buying a new one so that I can have one for my foundation and another for concealer and other purposes. It’s now my go-to for whenever my face brushes aren’t blending my makeup properly.

 What were some of your March favorites?

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I caved

I bought the oh so hyped up Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation;  the whole name needs to be said to get the full effect of its greatness. This is one of those products that lives up to every last little detail that is written on the bottle. One of the main reasons why I never wear full coverage foundation is because it feels like I’m well…. fully covered. My first foundation ever was the Mac Studio finish and it made my face feel heavy and clogged. I felt like if I stuck with a sheer foundation( like my Nars Tinted Moisturizer) that I could get a more natural look and wouldn’t have to worry about my makeup sliding off my face. I will admit that sheer looks are easier to maintain, but this Nars Luminous Weightless Foundation (again with the full name) gives every foundation of all coverages a run for their money.

First off the packaging: Is anyone else swooning over this clear acrylic bottle! The nicest bottle in my whole foundation collection. This is going to be one of those ” leave out on the table for decoration” kinds of makeup products. I also like that I can see how much I’ve used, so I know when I’m close to running out( which will probably be never because the amount needed is so little). Which brings me to my next point.

Only a drop: The bottle says to use only one drop and that’s exactlyyy how much you need. Never thought I could do my whole face with something the size of a teardrop but one pump gives you the perfect amount.

Application: This foundation is recommended to use your hands however I don’t like using my hands to apply makeup to my face. I have applied it two ways. One with a buffing brush and second with a beauty blender. The buffing brush was too dense to properly spread the makeup( I don’t wear primer), so it was a little hard to blend. If you really want to use a brush, you should use a primer beforehand or spray with mac fix plus to help dampen your face. I also used the beauty blender which I like much better than my buffing brush.I’m finally understanding the powder of my beauty blender because I would have bet good money that nothing could beat my RT buffing brush. The beauty blender helped set it in my skin whereas the buffing brush sort of let it sit on top.

Color Match: The color that I have now works perfectly, but it took a few trial and errors to pick the right one. Here is something that people don’t talk when reviewing this product. The undertones matter! Boom! Just dropped some knowledge. I have 3 shades that worked for my skin tone, ( Macao: which was a yellow undertone and made me look a little too light, New Guinea: red undertone and made my skin look rich, New Orleans: red undertone but made me look a little too dark). Make sure when you sample this product that you are not wearing any other foundation. It is very difficult to pick your right colors(especially with Sephora’s terrible lighting). I love that Nars offers so many shades, but you really do have to be aware of your undertones to get the perfect color. I picked New Guinea.

Overall: This foundation is 100 percent worth the hype and every dollar that you spend. I know Nars may be out of some peoples price range, but this is really one of those products where you get what you pay for. It lasts all day and it doesn’t rub off or smear when I’m eating or doing something random where my makeup could smear. It is more on the heavy side so for my sheer girls this may be a touch too thick for you.

Welp that’s it for this product review. I hope it was interesting and informative. Please feel free to leave your questions below!
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