7 Ways to Wear Makeup with Glasses

by Martha Adams

Thicken (Don't Lengthen) Lashes

On glasses-wearing day, ditch the lengthening mascara. Instead reach for the thickening variety, says celebrity makeup artist Dmitri James. "This will help define your eyes and give the appearance of luscious lashes without rubbing on your lenses." We like CoverGirl LashBlast Volume , $6.

Keep Colors Balanced

If your frames are funky, go for more neutral makeup (think: taupe, bone, honey, etc), suggests Kaylin Johnson, an eco-friendly makeup artist in Austin. Rocking some clear frames or frameless glasses? Brighten up your eyes with bolder-hued shadows.

Use a Thin Eyeliner

"Thicker liner steals your lid space, and your eyes are already playing second fiddle to your glasses," says New York City makeup artist Erin Williams. One of the best skinny liners EVER: Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner , $16, which comes with a goofproof pen-style applicator.

Embrace Blush

If you aren't careful, glasses can look ultra industrial (think: hardware) on your face. Warm up your complexion with a quick swirl of blush on the apples of your cheeks. Amp it up a notch with a radiance-boosting blush like Benefit Marjorette , $28 (available in September).

Focus On Your Lips

A smart pair of glasses with a bright lip is just about the hottest look going these days. Skip eye makeup (or keep it to a minimum), and play up your pout instead. Pink? Violet? Fire engine red? Anything goes, so go for it.

Nearsighted? Go Bright

Minus lenses (for nearsightedness) minify images for the wearer. "They also make the wearer's eyes appear smaller," says Liz Martinez, an optician in Las Vegas. Wearing bold, colorful eye makeup like colored mascara, eyeliner or even glitter eyeshadow help peepers really pop.

Farsighted? Subdue Things

For those who are farsighted or need glasses just for reading, the corrective lenses in spectacles are thick-centered and thin-edged, which magnifies objects, including the eyes, says Martinez. Reach for subtle shades like pastels and neutrals that flatter, but don't take over.

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