Tips for Wearing Makeup with Glasses, According to Someone Who Does It Every Day
I started wearing glasses when I was 14 years old, and it initially seemed like a premature death sentence to my makeup-wearing future. This is mostly because I vehemently refused to wear contacts (still do today!) and didn't know how to create makeup looks that didn't overwhelm my eyewear.
But over the last seven years that I've spent wearing glasses (and makeup), I've learned some nifty solutions for my probs and discovered a few no-fail beauty looks along the way. Keep clicking to get the scoop on my favorite tricks and on how I overcame my personal makeup/glasses issues.
Problem: My glasses slip around and take off my foundation
I wear foundation every day and realized that my makeup was completely coming off my nose. My glasses would not only take off the makeup on nose where they sat, but also off the rest of my nose as they moved up and down during the course of a day. It left things looking pretty bizarre, and I experimented with a million things before I found a solution.
In a nutshell, you want to prime, conceal, and set your nose. When I do my makeup, I start with my nose. I prime it with eyeshadow primer because it has more hold and grip than a face primer. Then, I use a medium-thick consistency concealer in leu of foundation. Afterwards, I immediately apply a setting powder on my nose before moving on.
My go-to products for this are Urban Decay's Potion Eye Prime ($10; sephora.com), Cle De Peau Concealer ($70; nordstrom.com), and Urban Decay De-Slick Setting Powder ($32; nordstrom.com). I also carry a YSL Blur Perfecter compact in my purse in case I need a touch up.
Problem: My frames are creating shadows and making my undereye area look dark
I've noticed that my glasses tend to cast a shadow near my undereye area, making it look like I'm a die-hard night owl when in I'm actually usually in bed by 11 PM. This is only exaggerated when I wear bigger frames. I've found that a yellow-toned concealer will counteract this pretty well. In terms of texture, lasting power, and shade, Too Faced's Born This Way Concealer ($28; sephora.com) has been killer.
Problem: Dark lipstick clashing with my glasses
Like I said, it's really helpful to think of glasses the same way you think about makeup. When deciding how to wear dark lipstick without forfeiting to contacts, I've personally found that lighter, less bold frames are the easiest pairing. My personal makeup preference is one exaggerated feature, so either eyes or lips.
If you're the type of person who is always wearing a dark lip (me every fall season), I'd recommend a lighter frame. I've personally found that the combination of a really bold and dark frame with bold and dark lips can overwhelm my face, but you should pick whatever makes you feel confident! Make it work.
In terms of lipstick, I'm super into NARS Velvet Lip Glide in Area ($26; nordstrom.com).
Problem: My dark frames are draining the color from my face
When I started rotating between my pearly-pinkish-white frames and my round black frames, I started noticing that my black frames were draining my face of color and swallowing my eyes. When I wear my dark frames, I try to keep the rest of my face extremely light and go for a pop of color with pastel eye makeup.
My favorite thing to do has been to line my top lid with a pastel liquid eyeliner. My favorites are Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner in Periwinkle ($22; sephora.com) and Too Faced's Sketch Marker in Deep Lilac ($20; sephora.com). I also make sure to highlight and keep my lipstick in the nude/light pink wheelhouse.