Some of us can pull off wearing specs effortlessly; others need a bit more help. But whether you naturally rock your glasses or not, applying the right makeup can really enhance your eyes – and the wrong kind can be a fashion disaster.
When choosing the right makeup for you, a lot depends on your prescription. If you’re far-sighted, your glasses magnify your eyes, while if you’re near-sighted they make them look smaller. To start with, here are some of the best tips we’ve found for each:
Muted, matte tones or bold colours work best with far-sighted lenses – the things to avoid are shimmery, light or pale makeups which can make you look bug-eyed. Adding definition with smoky tones and using colours close to the lashline helps reduce the eye-magnifying effect of your lenses.
With near-sighted lenses, you want to enhance your eyes – so get ready to frame them with plenty of eyeliner and mascara. Stay away from dark shades when it comes to eyeshadow, use a bit of shimmer and apply highlighter under your brows, along with lighter shades which really brighten and widen the eyes.
You’ll also find the kind of frames you wear have an impact on how your makeup appears – it may take a bit of experimenting to find the right combination! In general, chunky black frames can carry off more makeup, and look especially good with smoky eyes and winged liner. Thinner, wire-framed glasses lend themselves more to subtlety – try for a natural look with just a few highlights.
It’s also important not to overlook your brows, and don’t fall into the trap of thinking they’ll be hidden behind your frames – eyebrows tend to arch up over the rims of your glasses, making it all the more important that they’re well-kept and groomed. If your brows are closer to your eyes, do enough plucking to open up the area, before adding pencil on top if you think they look too thin.
So, we hope we’ve shown you that eye makeup isn’t a lost cause if you’ve got specs appeal – in fact, with a bit of work and forward planning, you can use your glasses to your advantage to really enhance your beautiful eyes. However, if you really don’t like the way your eyes look with glasses and you can’t find a look that makes it work, it may be time to consider contacts – or even eye surgery with a firm like Ultralase for a more permanent solution .