makeup with glasses

girls with glasses

I am on a quest to embrace my glasses. Don’t get me wrong, I love glasses, when I see them styled just right, when the design is phenomenal- I can’t get enough. I do have a complex that I don’t look pretty in my glasses. My weight changes constantly, but I do like my eyes. Most of the time. So, I went out searching for inspiration for glasses wearers and the best makeup tips to enhance your face and your glasses. And voila!

makeup and glasses, tips from Bobbi Brown

Bobbi Brown tells In Style how to do your makeup with glasses:
“Wearing glasses draws plenty of attention to your eyes, so it’s best to keep your eye makeup simple. Stick to neutral shades on the eyes but remember to blend a darker color into your crease for added definition. Save the bright, bold colors for your lips. Of course, don’t forget corrector and concealer—a must for all women, but especially if you’re wearing glasses.”

“Most of the time I suggest applying 2-3 coats of mascara to really make eyes stand out. Always use black mascara, it makes the biggest difference. (Unless as per the below your prescription makes your eyes look bigger).”

“Adjusting the thickness of your liner is important when you’re wearing glasses,” says Brown. “If your frames are thicker, you’ll want to apply a thicker line to the upper lash line so that eyes stand out. If your frames are thinner, a softer liner works.”

“Brows make a huge difference when you wear glasses— the frames draw attention to them. Learning how to shape and color your brows can change the entire frame of your face.”

favorite video tutorial for makeup and glasses

Taylor from Refinery 29 gives amazing and easy instructions.

makeup and glasses, tips from troy serrat

Troy Serrat tells Glamour, that lenses add shadows to the areas around the eyes, so its important to keep things light. Start by taking your optometrist up on that offer to add an anti-glare coating to your lenses to avoid glare—”This will give a more accurate appearance of your eye,” says Surratt. Then, apply concealer to any dark circles and “dot a bit of shimmery powder near the tear ducts for a pretty light reflecting effect. This will keep eyes looking fresh and young behind lenses.”

makeup and glasses, more great resources

  • Keiko Lynn and her glasses tips
  • The Beauty Department goes “Geek Chic”
  • My mom “The key to the geek chic trend with glasses right now is looking for frames that sit high on your nose and/or come up to your eyebrows.”

Quick Tip: Go overboard with mascara…and keep it black!


  1. Interesting!! You are going to think this is weird…but what a coincidence….I wear contacts…and last night one of my contacts got in the back of my eye and could not take it out. So I slept with it like that after trying for a while. I tried some more this morning….after many attempts and a very red and irritated eye ball I got it out. So now I’m wearing my glasses which I only wear for travel or before bedtime….and I have an event tonight and was just thinking…I might have to wear my glasses….so these make-up tips come with perfect timing. Awesome! Thanks

    • I am so glad that this came at a good time! I think these tips have made a big difference. I was always afraid that the glasses would make my eyes look smaller, and now I am getting over that paranoia. xo

  2. Albertina stole my word! I think it is interesting too, not what I expected for a glasses post! I have the problem of the “expensive prescription” so I can only have one pair per year. And I really don’t know that I want to be geek chic 24/7 ya know? Is there anything else a girl with glasses can be in fashion?? But then there is my other problem, the “I can’t wear anything but glasses.” I’m hoping to get a new pair if I go home around Christmas…I’m so tired of my bluesies. Plus I look god-awful in any frame that doesn’t lift (like a cat-eye). Thoughts?

    • I def. need to do a follow up post with some glasses options. I think there is more than the geek chic look. Does your prescription work with bon look, warby parker or any of the newer less expensive places? I love their try at home programs. I have two pairs of glasses right now but I am dying for another that is less hipster, more sexy librarian. heehee

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