When I got glasses, I thought I would have to retire my makeup obsession. After all, who would be able to see all the effort I made if it was hidden behind my rims? Luckily for me and my stash, I was completely wrong. With a few nifty tricks, I was able to come up with some easy solutions.

Problem #1: My Glasses Kept Slipping

Every person who wears glasses and makeup knows this problem a little too well! Even when I opted for matte foundations, I used to find that the contact between my glasses and nose would make the area oily. This would lead to the inevitable slip and lots of pooled up product.

To counteract this, I now swear by primers. Whilst mattifying face primers are great, I actually go for eye shadow primers. Since they are slightly tackier than regular primers, they give my glasses something to grip on to. Instead of dotting it all over, I apply a teensy bit on the bridge of my nose i.e. where my glasses sit, and then follow it up with foundation.

Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer | Source: Too Faced
Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer | Source: Too Faced

Problem #2: My Glasses Made My Dark Circles Look Worse

Based on my face type, I have opted for a pair of black, thick-rimmed glasses. Whilst they balance out the shape of my face, they also cast a shadow on the under-eye area and exaggerate my dark circles.

Since resembling a panda isn’t a look I go for, I kept experimenting with different products. Whilst full coverage concealers can do the job, I’ve found that colour-correcting gives me a more natural finish. I first apply a peachy-orange corrector and then swipe on a brightening concealer to fake a well-rested look.

Bobbi Brown Corrector | Source: Bobbi Brown
Bobbi Brown Corrector | Source: Bobbi Brown

Problem #3: My Lashes Kept Hitting My Glasses

Although I haven’t been blessed with long, fluttery lashes, I still found that they would keep hitting against the lens of my spectacles.

To prevent this from happening, I began using an eyelash curler. This easy tool stopped my lashes from touching my lenses and opened up my eyes. On days when I don’t have time, I swipe on a few coats of curl-enhancing mascara.

Eyelash Curler | Source: NYX Cosmetics
Eyelash Curler | Source: NYX Cosmetics

Problem #4: My Eyes Look Drab And Dull

For a girl who loves to play around with eye shadows, getting glasses seemed like the worst thing ever. Every bright hue and smoky shade overwhelmed my eyes.

After a little trial and error, I’ve found shades that actually work for this situation. Metallic colours like gold and copper make my eyes look bigger in a really subtle way. Rather than using glittery formulas, I go for pearlescent or shimmery ones as they translate better behind frames.

Chanel Illusion D'Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow | Source: Chanel
Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow | Source: Chanel

Problem #5: My Liner Looked Weird

For a long time, I continued applying my liner the same way I used to do it in my pre-glasses life. The thin line, followed by a tiny flick, looked great on my bare face but was hidden by my frames.

Now, I’ve learnt to do my eyes up such that they are complemented by my glasses. Since my frames are on the chunkier side, I create a thick, intense wing that can easily be seen. If you opt for rimless spectacles, you can get away with a subtler cat-eye.

Maybelline Colossal Liner | Source: Maybelline
Maybelline Colossal Liner | Source: Maybelline

If you have any more tricks up your sleeve, I would love to hear all about them in the comments below!

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