Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Make-Up Tips For Glasses Wearers (With Before & After Pics)

You’d think that if there was any beauty tips that I’d be able to relate to, it would be eye make-up tips for people who wear glasses. 

When it comes to make-up tips for glasses wearers, I’ve always read it with a pinch of salt because first of all, it depends entirely on what style of frames you have - but this lead me to experiment and find ways that suit me.

Make-Up Tips For Glasses Wearers

Make-Up Tips For Glasses Wearers

A lot of these “avoid these mistakes” advice floating around will tell you that it is best to keep the eyes natural, nude, and shimmery to counteract the shadow that the glasses cast under your eyes. 

So what do I do? I go against that piece of advice and wear the darkest shade of matte eyeshadow possible. I don’t know if I’m better off for it, but it is the only way that I can enhance my eyes to make them appear bigger. And I kind of like that.

In this blogpost, I’m going to talk about what other things I do in my make-up routine (as someone who is blind as a bat and wears glasses everyday) to enhance my facial features.

The BEFORE shot


I was very hesitant to post a photo of myself on the Internet wearing no make-up but I feel like there comes a time when every beauty blogger has to do this at some point and this is mine. I gotta do what I gotta do!

I really wanted to demonstrate how to make your eyes pop (👀💥not literally, obviously!) and since the nature of this type of blogpost relies on the impact of a ‘before’ and ‘after’ image, I decided to just go for it.

And honestly, it's not the worst thing in the world… (famous last words as I pray hard that I don’t become a meme).

In the photo above, my face is bare other than a single layer of shoddily applied powder over my brows. If you want to know what I look like without any brow product, simply imagine an egg.

Even when I was taking this photograph, I felt slightly uneasy and was like ‘HURRY UP, lets get this over with NOW’. I proceeded to sit in a corner which was not well lit. Big mistake. But lets move on.

Make-Up Tips For Glasses Wearers, wearing grey contact lenses, grey air optix colour lenses

The AFTER shot


TA-DA! 🙌🏼

That's better! Granted, this photo looks better not only because I have make-up on (helloooooo highlighter!) but because it was taken in a spot that was better lit. It makes all the difference in the world, doesn't it?!

I snapchatted myself applying this whole look, so if you want to see similar tutorials like this, follow me on there, my username is @tempsec!

There's really nothing fancy to it and I'm not saying that my way is the correct way, but by using the right products for me, this is how was able I transform my look in a few simple steps! 

Make-Up Tips For Glasses Wearers

Change Of Eye Colour

Did you notice the change in the colour of my eyes in the AFTER shot? 

It is all down to coloured contact lenses. That's my secret in making your eyes stand out. It's a bit of a cheat, really (I like to call it a 'top tip') but I discovered a great brand of coloured contact lenses a few years ago and I love wearing them on special occasions and nights out. It's such an easy way to instantly transform your look and I find that it just gives me a little more confidence when I wear them. 

The ones I am wearing are by Air Optix Colours* from Feel Good Contacts, which are dailies that are available in prescription and non-prescription. I prefer how my face looks with glasses so I'm glad the coloured lenses come in a non-prescription option. It also means that anyone and everyone can try these contact lenses! 

There are lots of colours to choose from and you can either choose to enhance your natural eye colour to make them appear more vibrant, or try a completely different colour altogether! They're very comfortable and I had no issues with dryness throughout the entire day which is rare for me, I usually want to rip my contacts out after a couple of hours. Surprisingly, I had no urge to do such thing with AirOptix lenses. I didn't want to take them out when I got home but luckily, they are designed to last a month so I can wear them again the next day... and the day after... and the day after that... you get the idea.

I always go for grey, which probably look a lot better when my hair was lighter but you can see what a difference it makes but also how subtle it is at the same time. What do you think of them? Yay or nay?

Make-Up Tips For Glasses Wearers


Frame Your Brows

After applying a primer (BareMinerals Blemish Remedy) and foundation (Too Faced Born This Way) with Real Techniques Stippling Brush, the next thing I do is draw in my brows. 

I still map out my brow as usual but to help me get the right shape, but I actually apply my brow product with my glasses on my face.

I swear by HD Brow Palette but I'm also loving Benefit's Ka Brow and Gimme Brow at the moment!

Make-Up Tips For Glasses Wearers

Curl Them Lashes

My glasses are positioned very close to my eyes thanks to a flatter nose bridge, so false eyelashes are completely out of the question. If you have long lashes - then I'm jealous - but you will also know how annoying it is for them to hit your lenses every time you blind!

My day doesn't feel right unless my lashes are curled and I use a mascara like Benefit's Roller Lash to keep them curled upwards all day long. This opens the eyes up making them appear bigger.

Make-Up Tips For Glasses Wearers

Blend That Shadow

With many make-up tip articles I come across, it is suggested that dark eyeshadow tends to make the eyes look smaller. Well, they must not have them Asian monolids (hashtag AsianEyeProblems) because dark shades give the area around my eyes more depth and that is the reason why I use it. 

I can't really call this smokey eye effect even though I'm using chocolate brown and the darkest black (blended with a matte champagne). Starting with the lightest shade and building the colour up, I use the eyeshadow around the lid but once my eyes are fully open, the 'smokiness' is not particularly noticeable, but it definitely adds definition around that area.

It has always been quite difficult to explain this to people, especially when I've found myself sat in the make-up chair at photoshoots. And this is why I prefer to do my own make-up no matter the occasion. Make-up artists either don't put enough eyeshadow over my eyelids, or they go right up to the brow bone!!

The shades in my HD Brow Palette doubles up as eyeshadow but alternatively, the greys, dark browns and black matte eyes shadows from MAC have been a favourite in the past. Just make sure you blend the upper part to soften up the harsh edge.

Liquid Eyeliner

Since I can't wear false lashes, eyeliner acts as an important step in defining your eyes. I feel bare without it!

And wearing thick frames like mine means you can be a bit more forgiving when it comes to applying liquid eyeliner to the upper lash line. No one's going to notice if they don't perfectly match and it really doesn't matter that much if it's not tight lined. 

But I do tend to exaggerate the cat eye and make the flick on the outer edge thicker than usual.

Eyeliner Pencil

I don't really bother with concealer on the lower part of my eyes because it makes very little difference whether I wear it or not. Instead, I apply a soft eyeliner pencil in black on the lower lash line and smudge it up.

Make-Up Tips For Glasses Wearers, wearing grey contact lenses, grey air optix colour lenses

Blusher

Go for something soft and natural yet pigmented. I used a pretty blend of Benefit's Dandelion with a sweep of Rockateur on top.

Highlight

I can't contour, I'm really bad at it, but I find that it just creates too many lines going across my face anyway.

However, I'm so down for a bit of highlighter though! For a radiant glow, I like to use highlight on certain parts including underneath the brow bones (with Benefit's High Brow) and across the apples of my cheeks. And sometimes down the bridge of my nose too.

My current favourite highlighter powder is Too Faced Candlelight Glow or Perricone MD's No Highlighter Highlighter for it's skincare properties.

Avon true colour perfectly matte coral fever lipstick


Lipstick

I don't shy away from a bold lip, I think it looks great with thick framed glasses! 

For this look, I've gone for Coral Fever, a matte coral-orange from Avon's True Colour Perfectly Matte Lipstick collection.


Let me know what you think of this look and whether you're a fan of coloured contact lenses or if you've tried them before?


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7 comments

  1. Thank you for sharing these tips! I wear glasses


    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

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  2. this look is stunning! I'm a fellow glasses wearing and I'm definitely going to be trying out a few of these tips! x

    Liv // www.deliciously-floral.co.uk

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  3. Such a pretty make up look! I can never be bothered to make an effort when I know I'll be wearing my glasses all day but you look great x

    eleanorfrances.com

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    1. I know what you mean with effort. But I wear glasses every day so have perfected my make-up routine throughout the years! xxx

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  4. Love these tips, I find that I have to curl my lashes when wearing my glasses otherwise they brush against the lenses! x

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    1. Mine are too short for them to hit the lenses (asian problems!) but I curl them because they're stupidly straight (damn, another asian problem!) xxx

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  5. Sarah, if I looked like you without makeup I'd NEVER wear it ever again. You really are beautiful inside and out - nothing like a potato! Your makeup looks do look awesome too, along with those coloured contacts. <3

    T x

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