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September 03, 2015

How to wear makeup with glasses

You wear glasses and you’d like to avoid common makeup pitfalls? It’s easy with the right technique.

Here are the products you will need:

  • Foundation

  • Concealer

  • Blush

  • Pressed powder

  • Bronzing powder

  • Eyeshadow quartet in nude

  • Eyelash curler

  • Mascara

  • Kohl eyeliner in black, white or nude

  • Eyebrow pencil with built-in brush

  • Lip liner

  • Lipstick or lip gloss

To create an eyewear-friendly look, just follow these 3 easy steps:

  1. Define your facial features.

  2. Highlight and bring out your eyes.

  3. Enhance your lips.

  • Start by applying foundation, followed by concealer. Set with pressed powder.

To reduce any shadows cast by your frames and downplay the magnifying effect of your lenses on under-eye circles, use a concealer one or two shades lighter than your foundation. 

  • Then, define your facial features by adding some contouring with the bronzing powder. Apply it in the shape of a 3 beneath the cheekbones, on the temples and along the jaw line. Apply blush to the apples of your cheeks.

  • Before going ahead with your eye makeup, here are a few tips to keep in mind! 

    • Your eyewear frames also serve to frame your face, so your makeup should not extend past this imaginary limit.

    • As for colour combinations, “balance” should be your motto.

      Bold or brightly coloured frames should be paired with subtle makeup in neutral or warm tones of beige, brown or grey. 

      With delicate or neutral coloured frames, you can choose makeup that has more intensity and colour.

With this information in hand, you can now start with your eye makeup.

  • Using the palest shade, add a touch of light to your eyes by focusing on the inner corner. Apply the second colour to the eyelid. Use the third for the crease. Apply the darkest shadow to the lower lash line, followed by the eyeliner along the upper lashes.

  • To keep lashes from brushing up against your glasses, curl them before applying mascara.

Remember that glasses can change the way your eyes look, depending on the prescription. Makeup should reflect this reality.

  • Glasses to correct for farsightedness can make eyes look bigger. To counter the effect, you need to be subtle with your eye makeup. Applying a dark line of kohl pencil to the inner rim of the eye is also helpful.

  • Glasses to correct for nearsightedness pose the opposite problem by making eyes look smaller. In this case, you need to open up the eye. To do so, use white or nude kohl pencil to line the inner rim of the eye. It’s that simple!


  • Finish off your look with lipstick.

When you wear glasses, you can generally go for more intense lips. If, however, you’ve selected bolder frames, you’ll want to use more neutral tones.

You now have all the information you need to create great makeup that matches your eyewear.

Feeling beautiful – that’s good for you, too!