1. Save the bright colors for your lips
Keep your shadow colors in the neutral family so you don’t appear garish and clown-like. If you must use a pop of color, try a jewel-toned gel liner in a contrasting shade from your eye color (i.e. brown-eyed girls try a deep amethyst, blue-eyed beauties go for a warm copper, green-eyed ladies try a rich wine hue in the color ‘plum’, hazel-eyed homegirls give bronze color ‘lionfish’ a shot) this will allow you to be playful while still making your eyes pop. Just keep the rest simple.
I’ve heard so many people say “Mascara sticks to lenses! You can’t wear mascara with glasses!” Well…yeah…if you don’t let it dry first or curl your lashes. Apply mascara, wait for it to dry. Put glasses on.
3. Use a peach or yellow based concealer under eyes
Glasses can sometimes cast dark circles under our eye area. Counteract the raccoon effect by applying a creamy peach or yellow under-eye concealer and setting with a very fine milled loose powder like this or this.
4. Curl your lashes
This goes without saying. Every woman with eyelashes should be doing this. It’s amazing how this one quick step will open up the eyes. And if you have stick-straight lashes, this will help keep them from poking your lenses.
5. Don’t go too dark with your shadow
Wearing glasses can make eyes appear darker and smaller than they really are. This doesn’t mean you can’t carefully apply a crease color, just make sure to keep it above the lid but below the brow bone and keep the color civilized: taupe, light gray, soft brown, gold, etc.
6. Thick frames? Thicker liner. Thin frames? Thin liner.
You don’t want your pretty liner getting lost behind those thick horn-rims or your dramatic liquid-lined cat eye overpowering your dainty wireless specs! Make sure to step up your eyeliner game if you’re rocking some big, hipster glasses and take it down a few octaves if your frames are very thin or non-existent.
7. Don’t forget your skin
Don’t think for one second people won’t notice your skin just because you’re wearing glasses! Make sure to refine your complexion with a suede-finish foundation or in the very least, a BB or CC cream to even things out and create a beautiful canvas. Don’t forget a sweep of a rosy blush to the apples of your cheeks.
8. Make sure your brows are defined
They should be shaped at all times but especially if you wear glasses.
9. Nude liner in your water line
I’m sure you’ve all heard that white liner in the bottom water line creates a larger, more “awake” look, nude liner looks much more natural and gives a beautifully “alert” look. If you have allergies and your eyes get all red and scratchy, first put some Visine in there, then trace your nude liner along your bottom water line. This little trick also works wonders with that pesky little aforementioned dark shadow problem.
10. Tap in a little highlighter/shimmer on lower inside corners of eyes
If you have a pretty highlighter in a pearly shade (pink, cream, beige) tap your forefinger in it and dab it in the inside corners, closer to your bottom lid.