The 5 Make-up Tips You Need to Know if You Wear Glasses

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    Navigating make-up can be tricky when you wear glasses. Well, not any more! Check out our top tips below – and don’t forget to check out our Black Friday beauty deals to upgrade your beauty arsenal.

    1. Save your bright colours for your lips.
    Unless your particular frames have large lenses that allow most of your eyes to be seen, don’t bother with wearing colour on your lids. It will go to waste. Instead keep your colour to your lips. We’re rather partial to teaming a matte red lip with our glasses. Try NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl, £19, it’s one of our favourites.

    2. Use a waterproof mascara

    If you’re lucky enough to have long lashes, opt for a waterproof formula when it comes to mascara. Anything else will transfer to your lenses, leaving small specs that not only look messy but also interfere with your vision. We love Bobbi Brown Dual Ended Mascara, £21.

    3. Keep your brows groomed.
    Naturally, your glasses draw a lot of attention towards your eye area, which sadly means unkempt brows are more noticeable. We love Tom Ford’s Brow Sculptor, £34, for adding definition. It has a hard formula crayon on one end that accurately plots in realistic-looking hairs, and a handy brush on the other. We like to finish things off with Benefit Gimme Brow, £17.50, it sets everything into place and at the same time deposits tiny fibres on to the hairs to make your brows look fuller.

    4. Go bold with your liner.
    Make-up artist Bobbi Brown (who has a chapter on the best make-up to wear with glasses in her book Everything Eyes Book, £10.99) suggests running an eye liner along your upper lash line, ensuring that the line is thick enough to be seen once your wearing your glasses. This works especially well if you have black frames. Another option is to adjust the width of your liner depending on the size of your frames; thin frames = thicker liner, thick frames = thin liner. It’s an easy thing to remember and it stops your eye area looking too ‘busy’.

    5. Choose heavy-duty make-up.
    There are few things more annoying than when your glasses wear the make-up off the side of your nose. Through trial and error, though, we have settled on the best way to keep make-up where it should be. Firstly, you need a really long-wearing and robust concealer-come-foundation. We’ve found the most resilient to be Vichy Dermablend Corrective Stick, £15. Use a damp sponge to apply it to your nose (we love a Beauty Blender, £16).

    Once your concealer is in place, set it with a loose translucent powder (any will do) and lastly, just to make sure, set everything with a make-up fixing spray. Try Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray, £21. That make-up is going nowhere!


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