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Gone are the days of glasses being a style handicap. Today, plenty of well-sighted people are wearing prescription-free lenses just to get in on the trend. It’s never been more on-trend to give your peepers a break and skip your contacts, but you’ll have to change up your makeup a little bit. Those chunky frames can hide your eyes, and prescriptions for nearsightedness can make your eyes look tiny, so you’ll need to counteract those effects with makeup.
I wear glasses nearly every day; once, when I switched to contacts, one of my classmates I sat with daily didn’t recognize me aside from my hair. She thought my eyes were way too big for the girl she knew. It was then that I realized that I had to figure out a way to make my eyes look big (or at least their real size) underneath my glasses. Here’s a couple of methods to maximize your eyes under glasses and make sure they don’t get lost behind chunky frames, no matter what your prescription (if you have one).
There’s plenty of bad advice about makeup under glasses out there. I’ve seen websites advise a cool smoky eye (which actually makes the eye look even smaller) or wearing very little makeup (which makes your eye disappear behind heavy frames). Fear not, these tips will actually make your eyes stand out from behind your glasses.
Apply concealer and foundation to your undereye area to look well-rested. This will help brighten your eye area before any other eye makeup. Don’t forget to apply some in the very inner corner, right on the side of your nose. While it will be hidden by your glasses from some angles, a purple inner corner can be a dead giveaway that you’ve tried to disguise dark circles. To prevent your glasses from slipping off of your nose when your skin gets a little greasy, apply powder to the bridge of your nose.
Stick to warm tones for your eye shadow: Refinery 29 warns that cool gray tones will make you look like you have a black eye. Rich browns, oranges, and reddish shades will do the trick. You’ll want to put a light color on the entire lid, then sweep it softly up to the brow bone. Try CoverGirl Eye Enhancers 1-Kit Eye Shadow in French Vanilla. Use a light, shimmery color in the inner corner such as CoverGirl’s Champagne or Snow Blossom. Use a bright, warm brown shade in the crease, being careful not to get any on the lid (you just did all of that work to brighten it; don’t undo it now). Work in the crease and up, nothing below. Use Maybelline ExpertWear Eye Shadow in Nutmeg or Cinnamon Spice for the crease.
Eyeliner has to be applied strategically. If you have black glasses, create a little contrast by applying a brown liner, like Maybelline Ultra Liner Waterproof Liquid Liner in Dark Brown. If you have another color of glasses, feel free to use black. Start off by applying the liner from the middle of the lop lash line out to the outer corner. Carefully taper the liner down toward the inside of the eye, being careful to keep the liner out of the inner corner (liner in the corner will make eyes look small). Make the line thicker toward the outer corner of the eye. If you’re farsighted, be very careful when applying eyeliner: the lenses will magnify your eyes and all of your makeup. Don’t apply anything, eyeliner or eye shadow, to the lower lid, because it can make you look tired.
You should define your brows no matter what kind of frames you have, but it’s especially important if you have rimless frames. If you have dark hair, choose a brow pencil that is one or two shades lighter than your hair color; if you have blond hair, choose a color that is one to two shades darker than your hair.
Finish your look with a neutral or soft pink lip. Bright lips will take the focus off your eyes, which isn’t the look we’re going for here. If you do want to try a bright lip with glasses, keep your eyes simple with just a coat of mascara. It won’t call attention to your eyes, but the lip color will attract all eyes to your lips anyway.
Last of all, make sure that your glasses are squeaky clean so that everyone will look at your eyes, not at the streaks on your lenses. Clean lenses will also help you see and prevent weird reflections from camera flashes in photos. Use a spray and a soft microfiber cloth to cleanse your glasses, or a moistened glass-cleaning wipe.
Eyes are the window to the soul, so make sure that your eyes are big, bright, and open. No one will see your soul if they can’t find your eyes behind your glasses, so make those peepers pop.