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10 go-to makeup tips for people who wear glasses

Including how to deal with that annoying red mark on the bridge of your nose. By Hanna Ibraheem
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From your mascara licking the lenses, to that annoying red mark they leave on your nose, there are many beauty issues that arise when you wear your spectacles. Hannah Martin, Senior Pro Artist at Bobbi Brown gives her top tips on how to stop your glasses from cramping your style…

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How do you apply makeup when you can’t see without your glasses?

‘It can be tricky to apply eye makeup when your eyesight is challenging, but it is possible!

‘The first investment should be a good quality magnifying mirror,’ says Martin. ‘Then, try pulling your glasses to the very end of your nose, tilt your head back, raise your brows and look into a mirror that preferably you can tilt – this will allow you to see your eyelid through your lenses and at the same time giving you enough space to apply shadow, liner or mascara.’

How do you stop your lashes from hitting the glasses lens?

‘If your lashes are very long, they may hit your lenses. To prevent this, try curling your lashes to give them a little lift and thus pull them away from your lenses. You can also get your lashes permed for a longer-lasting solution.’

How should you apply your mascara to avoid getting it all over the lenses?

‘When applying your mascara, opt for a formula that is long wearing, so it won’t smudge on to your lenses if your lashes do touch them throughout the day. Additionally, a good curl will prevent this. Be sure to give your mascara time to dry before positioning your glasses for everyday wear.’

How do you cover up red marks on your nose left behind by glasses?

‘You can apply concealer before wearing your glasses but keep them in your bag for touch ups, if necessary.’

Glasses tend to cast shadows under the eyes. How can you avoid making the eyes look sunken in?

‘To avoid your glasses casting shadow under your eyes and making your eyes look sunken, use a corrector and concealer a shade lighter than your foundation to significantly brighten your under eye. This will eliminate that shadow effect.’

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What should you do when filling in your brows?

‘It’s important to frame your brows when wearing glasses so they don’t disappear behind your frames. There are lots of pencils on the market but I much prefer filling in brows with a matching colour shadow for a more natural finish. Simply draw the shadow through your brows following the direction of the growth of the hairs. Remember, the skin behind the brows doesn’t need to be completely filled with colour – this could make the brows look a little heavy, so just a little will do the job.’

How should you balance the rest of your face make-up?

‘If your eyes are well defined behind your glasses and your brows are filled in, then complement the look with a little foundation to even out your complexion and conceal any redness, add a little blush to the apple of your cheeks and lip colour of your choice.’

What colour eyeshadow goes best with black/brown/tortoiseshell/bright frames?

‘When lining the eyes, I suggest you don’t try to match your frames. Simply look for tones that are darker in colour than your frames and opt for colours that complement your eye colour. Purples and blues look incredible against hazel eyes, and rich bronzes and browns really enhance blue and green eyes.’

How should you define your eyes when wearing glasses?

‘Eyeliner in a shade deeper than the rim of your glasses is the best way to define your eyes when wearing glasses. If you’re not a fan of eyeliner then try tight-lining your eyes. This involves lining just in between your lashes and along the water line on your top lash line. You won’t see any make-up above the eye lashes but your lash line will look much darker, your lashes thicker and help your eyes stand out.’

What’s the best eye makeup option for a night out if you wear glasses?

‘The colour options for glasses wearers for evening are endless but my recommendation is that you emphasise your lash line the most to ensure your eyes are the focus behind your lenses. Black liner will always create the most definition but why not play with colour, too? Try applying a thick liner in a deep green or blue but add a little back at the very base of the lashes. This will add fun and drama without necessarily wearing a lot of coloured shadow.’

From: Good Housekeeping UK

PHOTO: iStock/Deagreez

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