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.
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?