Luckily for me, I have been blessed with imperfect vision. I’m near-sighted in one eye and far-sighted in the other. I asked my ophthalmologist if this was normal, to which he eloquently replied, “Uh… no?”
The thought of contacts and touching my eyeballs makes me want to leave the planet, so I’ve never tried them. I really like glasses anyway. Glasses never seemed nerdy to me – I think they’re hot, possessing an ability to make the wearer appear mysterious and refined. Do I look like a culturally aware, Kindle-owning intellectual with an affinity for David Sedaris when I walk around with my naked face? No, I look kind of dumb. So, I wear glasses.
If I’m going to wear glasses (well, if I’m going to do anything in life) I want to look cute and inspire awe. I encourage the same ego-centrism to my peers, so I’m writing this. Let’s talk about glasses, and more importantly, how to perfect makeup application while wearing them, because it’s different. Trust me.
Choosing Your Frames
The key to choosing frames that will make you look less like Michael Moore and more like a studious goddess is selecting a style that compliments your face shape. The most flattering frames rest under the eyebrows (to allow for suggestive eyebrow wiggling), and right on top of the cheekbones. This positioning lifts the face, without crowding it.
My head is a bit heart-shaped, so thin wire frames make me look like an alien. I always veer towards statement glasses that are transparent on the bottom. (Before my current pair, I owned cat-eye Prada glasses that were simply naked lenses, accented with a thick, black, feline flick of frame on the top.)
I invite you all to fall in love with my Warby Parker Seymour glasses in “Tennessee Whiskey,” pictured above. Practicing what I preach, these rest right on top of my cheekbones, and show off my freshly threaded eyebrows. Just kidding, my eyebrows were threaded three weeks ago.
These frames are simple, versatile, and kind of unique if you live outside of New York. I would make love to them. I want nothing more than to be the type of girl that can adorably pull off Zooey-Deschanel-in-the-first-season-of-New-Girl glasses, but I can’t. They overwhelm my face and give me a Squidward nose. I’m obsessed with square, partially clear plastic frames that make a statement, but do not hide my makeup. Speaking of makeup…
In addition to supplying some of my own beauty writer wisdom and product recommendations, I thought you guys might like to hear from another guru. I reached out to Veronica Chu, celebrity makeup artist and CoverGirl Make-up Pro.
Veronica’s signature look includes big black chunky frames and bright lipstick – she’s the coolest. In addition to working for CoverGirl and beautifying super cool celebs like Coco Rocha and Shay Mitchell, Veronica possesses some insane editorial skills.
The “artist” part of her title is no joke. Veronica answered a few questions to help solve some of the most frequent beauty dilemmas that occur while wearing glasses, backing up some of my own opinions as well as teaching me a few things.
We have a lot to cover -- let’s start with cheeks.
Me: What is the best placement for blush while wearing glasses?
Veronica: It really depends on how large your frames actually are, but you generally want to keep blush in proportion to the size of the lenses. My frames are really large so I keep my blush a little lower, avoiding the tips of the frame. If you have smaller lenses, you can keep the blush a little higher.
Cheekbones, cheekbones, cheekbones – if you take anything from this article, it’s that you should accent your cheekbones. I also suggest that with the whole blush, contour, highlighting trifecta you choose one. Maybe two for nighttime, beauty YouTubers be damned. Apply blush while your glasses are on your face, either on the apples of your cheeks (starting below your pupil and heading backward toward your hairline), or in the hollows of your cheeks for a bit of contouring.
Bright pink shades like Bobbi Brown Blush in “Apricot” add a brightening, feminine flush on the apples. For a more sultry contouring route, choose a dusty rose shade, like NARS Blush in “Dolce Vita,” or Kat Von D Everlasting Blush in “Heartagram.”
Avoiding Gross Mascara Smears
Me: Is there any way to avoid mascara smears on lenses?
Veronica: Make sure you curl your lashes so that they don’t shoot straight out and hit your lenses. Waterproof mascara will also prevent the product from transferring. Try CoverGirl LashBlast Volume Waterproof Mascara, it’s my absolute favorite!
My eyelashes are essentially windshield wipers, and can leave gross black streaks on my lenses without waterproof mascara. Eyeko Sport Waterproof Mascara and Chanel Inimitable Waterproof Mascara are a couple options that will not budge.
Too Much Of A Good Thing
Me: Are there any products that can overwhelm the face while wearing bold frames?
Veronica: I think its best to have balance. If you have darker frames you can wear less eye makeup and go with a bold lip. If you have softer wire frames, then play around with your eyes – you’ll be able to see a lot of them. Eyebrows are always a must, they really help balance the face too.
TOLD YOU SO. Basically, you should not OD on makeup and empty your entire vanity onto your face.
What To Do With Your Lips
Me: Do you prefer a bold lip or bold eye while wearing glasses?
Veronica: I myself prefer a bold lip, as I feel that glasses are almost like your eye makeup. They already make such a bold statement, that it’s nice to pair it with a beautiful lip.
Me too girl, me too. I love a bold lip even when I’m not wearing glasses. This is mostly because my lips are naturally a manatee grey color.
Now it’s time to get all up in my business and take a closer look at my own natural makeup look. Veronica did not do my makeup, unfortunately (hint hint -- Veronica! Do my makeup!). I also needed an excuse to include more pictures of myself into this article. Sorry. Yes I know most of this crap is really expensive, *cue screaming wallets*, but I did not buy it all at one time. I collect makeup in the same way others collect figurines for their glass menagerie:
(Side Note: I’m pretty sure they don’t make this shade anymore; I snatched it from a magazine beauty closet years ago as an intern. I think “Heartagram” is essentially the same color.)
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in “Ebony,” $21
Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Créme in “Blow,” $30
Nudestix Magnetic Eye Color in “Immortal,” “Gilt,” and “Lilith,” $24 each
Eyeko Sport Waterproof Mascara, $24
I want to talk about my eyes and lips for a second. Clearly, the focus on this look is on this AMAZING Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Créme in “Blow,” which Sephora describes as a dark berry velvet. Ooh baby, I love this stuff. The shade is a wearable alternative to a more traditional red shade, and has beautiful warm tones to compliment tan skin. I love the creamy formula, which is longwearing and glossy. This lipstick does not cling to any gross dry skin flakes left over from winter.
As for my eyes, I blended three Nudestix Magnetic Eye Color pencil shades with my finger for a bit of smoky definition. After applying “Gilt”, a taupe-y gold shade across my lid, I smudged “Immortal,” a dark bronze, into the crease and outer-v of my eye. I used this same dark shade to line both my upper and lower lash line. “Lilith," a shimmering champagne, was placed in the inner corners. These eye shadows provide just a sheer wash of color. They reflect light without seeming overtly glittery, and do not crease.
Can I be really creepy and ask you guys to attach some pictures of your glasses in the comments? I’m nosy!
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