How To: Makeup for Glasses

I have a confession to make… I wear glasses 100% of the time but you may have noticed that I never wear them in photographs. Why?

Because glasses are tricky things that can be difficult to work with, they are the first thing I see when I look at myself in the mirror, not my makeup. It has taken years and a whole lot of trial and error to find the right shape, size and colour of glasses that work on me. But, even after I found the answer I was still left wondering how to do my makeup. There is a general lack on information and a lot of misconceptions out there, like I always thought I should never bother with eyeshadow because it would disappear behind my frames. So not true.

So after a few months of playing around and quite a bit of research I have come up with some tips and tricks that I think can completely change the way we look at makeup for glasses.

– Mascara is key! It opens up the eyes and adds definition.
– Apply less on the lower lashes to prevent closing up the eyes.
– Don’t forget to curl the lashes! It also adds to opening up the eyes.
– Keep your eyebrows groomed and filled in to add definition to the face.
– Stick to neutral toned eyeshadows so as not to compete with the frame.
– Want colour? Use lighter tones and blend well!
– Thinner frames = thinner eyeliner and vice versa.
– Apply nude eyeliner in the waterline to help open up the eyes and you will look more awake!
– Use shimmery eyeshadow to highlight the inner corner, the browbone and the center of the lower lid.
– When in doubt, go for a cat eye!
– Concealer under the eye is your best friend, glasses emphasise dark shadows.
-Blot away excess and then set your concealer and foundation so it doesn’t rub off onto your frames.
– Don’t be afraid to go for a bold lip!

I hope that some of these tips help you out if you are a glasses wearer, they have definitely changed my makeup game!



  1. Kitty Williams
    June 9, 2014 / 4:45 pm

    This is a really great post – I hadn't thought about highlighting or co-ordinating liner thickness with frame thickness. I have one major problem though – I don't wear my glasses all the time I only really need them to see v. far away and usually prefer to take them off when I'm not reading a presentation or something similar – but whenever I take them off I get marks on the bridge of my nose where they've been sitting. I set with powder and setting spray but nothing seems to stop the marks. What do you think the best remedy is? Apply less foundation there? I never know! Very helpful post, thank you!

    • Courtney
      June 9, 2014 / 5:31 pm

      Hi Kitty! Im so so glad this was a helpful post for you, that means so much to me! Do you have oily skin on your nose? My advice to you is first use primer on your nose, let that set then apply foundation, but apply less than you normally would. Just enough to cover, then let it set and blot away any excess. Then set with powder using a puff and press it into the skin, thats the key! Set with settings spray and youre good to go! I hope that helps!

  2. theFantasia Beauty Blog
    June 11, 2014 / 3:30 am

    Great post – I rarely wear glasses to work, but this is something I definitely need to master soon! I'm going to try that tip about matching the frames and thickness of my eyeliner! Didn't think of that before!Stephanie @ | Bloglovin'

    • Courtney
      June 11, 2014 / 9:27 pm

      Its a great trick! Really plays with the shape and size of your eyes, can be a big help in looking more awake!

  3. ampersaand
    June 14, 2014 / 4:45 am

    Great tips! I also wear glasses so I know how tricky eyeshadow and glasses can be! Your glasses are so nice!

  4. Jodi Butler
    September 5, 2014 / 2:51 pm

    These are amazing tips! I wear glasses 100% of the time too and I am so happy to see something in your tips about keeping your foundation on! My glasses always rub my foundation off my nose, so frustrating! Thanks for these tips!!

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