Four-Eyed Fab: Makeup for Girls with Glasses


To all of my fellow near-sighted fashionistas and bi-spectacled beauty junkies alike—our time has finally come.

With the recent resurgence of large, vintage looking and statement-making “hipster” glasses, I can’t go a day walking around my college campus without seeing more than a few of my fashionable peers sporting pairs of their own.

Personally, I could not be happier about this, as my contacts lenses and my overly sensitive eyes have been waging a long and hard war since my early middle school years.  But, if you’re a girl after my heart, you may also be inclined to use your “glasses days” as an excuse to neglect your usual makeup routine (or even forgo it entirely).

Bobbi Brown, makeup artist and creator of one of Kate Middleton’s go-to cosmetic lines, says that overlooking your makeup while wearing glasses is one of the worst mistakes you can make.

Since glasses draw more attention to the eyes and the area surrounding them, it is especially important that these parts of your face are well defined and taken care of.

Brown devotes an entire section of her book, Everything Eyes, to the art of makeup for glasses-wearers.  Brown’s guidelines, as well as those of other beauty bloggers on the subject, opened my eyes (unfortunately, pun not intended) to how wrong I had been to always go barefaced under my specs.

For my four-eyed friends out there who are looking to step up their cosmetic game like I am, here are some of the tips and tricks I found to be most helpful:

Eyeliner and mascara are a must.

Glasses magnify the size of your eyes and make them the focal point of your face (even more so than usual).  Because of this, it will be obvious if you skip your usual eyeliner and mascara, so these two simple elements are a great foundation for any makeup look you’re going for.

Pay attention to your eyebrows.

It’s no coincidence that bold brows are now in style along with bold glasses—both are key elements in facial framing.  If your eyebrows are neat and clean, they will help keep your appearance polished.  Brow gel and brow pencils will help you create and maintain the best brow shape for your face and achieve a look that’s as sleek as the lines of your trusty spectacles!

Look alive.

If you have dark circles under your eyes and think that wearing your glasses will distract from them, I’ve got some bad news from the beauty professionals themselves: glasses can actually magnify and draw more attention this discoloration!  Therefore, it’s important to use under eye concealer in combination with your glasses to keep yourself looking awake and refreshed.

Don’t forget your face.

Although eye makeup is undoubtedly important, good foundation and cover-up techniques should not be neglected either.  Putting a light layer of cover-up on the bridge of your nose will help to keep away those annoying red indents when you take your glasses off.  Blotting off excess foundation and applying finishing powder can also aid in keeping foundation where it’s supposed to be—on your face, not your frames!

When in doubt, keep it simple.

Because glasses are often such a standout accessory on their own, it can be overpowering if the makeup paired with them is too dark or highly pigmented.  Glasses and a bold lip will look more balanced with simple liner and lashes (or vice versa), and a neutral shadow or lip will always keep your look fresh, light, and classic.

I hope that these tips will help you (like they helped me) see your glasses as an opportunity to test out makeup styles you might not have thought about before–and given you a new way to love your lenses!

By: Meagan Mallen 

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