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Wearing Makeup for Glasses


As optical glasses become a wardrobe staple thanks to Gucci and Tom Ford, it raises the question, should you change your makeup to suit your glasses? The answer? Yes. Here’s our guide to what to consider to ensure a makeup spec-tacle…

Take Cover

Under eye concealer is even more important when you’re wearing glasses as they focus the attention on the under-eye zone. Use a lightweight concealer a shade lighter than your foundation and opt for an easy-to-use concealing pen to ensure optimum blend-ability. We like Chantecaille Le Camouflage Stylo. Apply in an inverted triangle underneath the eye and blend before setting with a powder like Le Métier De Beauté Eye Brightening & Setting Powder. As well as keeping your concealer in place all day, it’s formulated with illuminating particles to counteract any dark circles that may be magnified by your lenses.

Build a Brow

Sitting just above your frames, brows are king when you’re a glasses wearer — but be sure they stand out for the right reasons. Start by cleaning up any stray hairs with precise tweezers then brush up, before filling in any gaps with a powder or pencil like Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil. “Make brows fuller by building up and intensifying your own eyebrow shade but finish by brushing them out to soften” advises Hourglass makeup artist Heidi Whittle.

Lash Out

To ensure lashes don’t get lost behind your spectacles add two to three light coats of mascara. Equally as important is a good curl beforehand (try Kevyn Aucoin The Eyelash Curler to lift them up and away), and the right type of product application, namely at the root; too much on the ends will make lashes too heavy and cause them hit your lenses. Try a volume mascara like Laura Mercier Full Blown Volume Supreme Mascara.

Bright Lines and a Final Blush

“When you wear glasses, having some definition around the eyes is a must,” says NARS Global Make-Up Artist, Anna Priadka. “Create a sharp, winged black line to lift eyes using NARS Eyeliner Stylo in Carpates, then add a touch of brightness with neutral or tawny toned eyeshadow like NARS Single Eye Shadow in Blondie”. To ensure your face doesn’t get lost behind your lenses, a final flourish of skin-livening blush is a must. Stick to a powder blusher like Becca Luminous Blush in Camellia (the colour won’t clash with bold frames) and use a brush to swirl the powder onto the hollows of your cheeks (to find correct placement just suck in your cheeks).

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