6 Makeup Reminders for Those of Us Who Wear Glasses Only Sometimes

Usually wear contacts? You'll want to remember these tips on your bespectacled days.
Publish date:
August 28, 2015
glasses, makeup brushes, brows, false lashes, powder, mascara, magnifying mirror

Just when I think I’ve mastered my makeup routine (cat eyes, angled brows and defined lips all under 20 minutes), life throws me a curveball—in the form of a missing contact lens or doctor’s orders to give my contacts a break—and I have to wear glasses. Suddenly, I’m 15 again, experimenting with eyeliner and foundation for the first time, and not having a single clue what I’m doing.

Since I’ve been wearing makeup and contacts for around the same amount of time, I’ve never really gotten a chance to master my makeup routine sans corrective eyewear. Moreover, I am terribly nearsighted, so my makeup routine just isn’t the same without the convenience of my contact lenses. But I’m happy to say that I’m getting better at adjusting.

Thanks to these six beauty reminders, I’ve been able to get through my makeup routine faster and more confidently on my glasses days.

You finally have a reason to bust out your 10x magnifying mirror—and it’s not for popping zits.

No surprise here: one of my biggest struggles on glasses days is doing my eye makeup. I usually have to hold a mirror very close to my eyes while I do my eye makeup, but nowadays, I just reach straight for my strongest magnifying mirror. In the process, save myself from the frustration of a battle with my regular mirror.

Set your nose bridge with some powder to prevent indentations.

The whole process of taking off your glasses, putting on makeup, and then putting your glasses back on to see your work will likely move around makeup on your nose bridge such as foundation. By setting the area with powder, you’re making the area less slippery for your glasses.

Short-handled brushes are your magnifying mirror’s best friend.

Doing my makeup while having to rely on my poor eyesight introduces another frustration—my makeup brush handles constantly knocking into my mirror. To deal with this, I started using my travel-sized brushes on my glasses days since they have shorter handles that are less likely to bump into my mirror, and they’re just really cute.

Counteract glare with colors that will stand out.

Back when I didn’t have any glasses with anti-glare lenses, I’d often get disappointed by how my lenses would distract from my eyes and eye makeup. The only way I’ve been able to deal with this is by choosing colors that really stand out since anything too neutral or sheer usually disappears behind all the glare. I like to use a combo of brightening, light colors on my lid and eye-shape-enhancing dark colors on my crease.

Let your mascara dry completely. Seriously.

On more than one occasion, I’ve had to deal with my mascara smudging on my lenses because I was in a rush to put my glasses on. Don’t make my mistake! Wait a few seconds and then put your specs on.

Speaking of lashes, if you normally wear falsies, you might want to go for shorter ones.

Long lashes are gorgeous, but on days when you won’t be able to see that well while applying them, you might want to skip them all together. If you can’t give them up, though, try going for shorter ones, since dramatic long ones will likely brush up against your lenses, making blinking a problem.

Do your brows last.

You might prefer a different eyebrow shape to complement your frames, so do your brows while you have your glasses on. I rotate between two pairs—my fave, thick-rimmed tortoise ones, and my thin-rimmed, brown ones—and I wear each of them with a different brow look. Since the thick-rimmed ones really stand out on my face, I prefer a softer, less angular brow look to balance them out. Conversely, I go for bolder brows when I wear my thin-rimmed glasses.

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