Make-Up For Lasses With Glasses: A Beauty Guide For The Bespectacled Bunch

With just a few easy steps, your eyes can shine through your lenses instead of being swallowed up by your frames.
Publish date:
January 10, 2012
concealer, Dior, eyelashes, mascara, make-up, Smashbox, glasses, Shiseido

Every once in a while, a reader will send me in a question or a request and I'll try my best to accomodate them. I'm not much of a professional (seriously) but I've learned tricks here and there over the years so I try to use that knowledge to help you guys out. Reader Rachel asked me for help making her eyes stand out when she's wearing glasses, so here goes!

I myself am near-sighted/practically blind so I wear glasses pretty often. There aren't too many changes I make to make my eyes stand out behind the lenses, but there are a couple things you can do so that your pretty ol' eyes don't get lost in a lens-glare haze.

1. Get Curling

Using a lash curler is the best way to keep your lashes from sticking out and bumping against your lenses, potentially smudging mascara everywhere and blurring your vision.

Clamp at the base, middle and ends for lashes that curl up and in, simultaneously making your eyes look bigger and more alert.

Try:Shiseido's Eyelash Curler ($19,

This curler will last you years and replacement pads can be bought to use after yours wears out.

2. Go With Smudge-Free

A quality smudge-free or waterproof formula of mascara will stay on your lashes instead of rubbing against lenses and making gross black streak-marks.

Try:Dior's Diorshow Waterproof ($24.50,

Dior's mascaras are my favourite, hands-down, and this one is made to withstand swimming or just a lot of crying. If that's your style.

3. Brighten Up

Undereye concealer is obviously key to brightening up under your eyes, especially when the frames of your glasses cast shadows on the area. If you want to go the extra mile, try a light-reflecting eye brightener formula. They use mini-particles to reflect light under your eyes so you don't end up looking like a tired raccoon.

Try:Smashbox's Photo Op Under Eye Brightener ($19,

This can be used under eyes and on the tops of cheeks, browbones, and even on your cupid's bow to give your skin a dewy, brightened up glow.

So those are my tips. In terms of eyeshadow and eyeliner, I say go with your gut. Just because you wear glasses doesn't mean you should be forced to pare down. If you want to wear a giant cat-eye or a bold-coloured shadow, go for it.

Your glasses become a part of your face and as such, should just blend in. Do with your eyes what you want. If all else fails, you can always try a great red lipstick. It'll brighten up your face and make you looked pulled together and fresh.

Now I want to see photos of you guys looking sassy with your glasses on ( Or tell me your best glasses-meets-make-up tips. I'm curious!

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