7 Hacks to Help You Master the Art of Makeup and Glasses
Here’s the thing about glasses: It’s much too easy to subscribe to the notion that any makeup you wear on your lids will be hidden behind your frames and lenses. But that’s just not the case—with so many supremely stylish specs to choose from these days, it makes sense to enhance them with shadows, liner and clever pigment placement.
So, to help match your makeup to your glasses in the most flattering of ways, we spoke to eyewear expert at Cubitts Borough Workshop Katie Corringham and makeup maestro Bobbi Brown. The latter is a specs-wearer herself and, having added glasses designer to her CV, she is well equipped to help you flatter your frames. Keep scrolling to find out what they had to say…
The vote was unanimous. It’s best not to match your eye shadow to your colourful frames, as “this can be a bit of an overkill,” says Corringham. Instead, Brown recommends “wearing a shadow that is lighter and brighter than your frames, as this will always help your eyes stand out.”
“The colour of your eye shadow should never compete with the colour of your glasses, but if you really want to experiment, wear skin-flattering tones like lavender or blue with black mascara and liner.”
Crack out the liquid liner. Strong frames mean you can get away with stronger makeup, and Brown says a sexy, winged liner in an intense black will help eyes pop beneath bold glasses. “Dark, statement shapes, like the Cubitts Matilda (£125) in Black, can also give the look of more contoured features,” says Katie, so try these if you’re tired of wielding a sculpting brush.
Resist the urge to counter thin, wire frames with drastic makeup, and work with the minimalistic style by playing up your natural features. “The more subtle the frame, the more attention is drawn to your base makeup,” says Corringham, so lend definition to your face with creamy pigments like this found in the Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Palette (£29). Its highlighter in particular is perfect for giving a lift to cheek and brow bones.
The glass in long-sighted frames has a tendency to magnify everything, which means that colour-correction with seamless blending is key for dark circles. Use a corrector in a peach hue on fair skin, an orange hue on medium skin tones, and a red hue on dark skin, and blend it with a damp makeup sponge to prevent it from sitting in lines. Then, finish with a light-reflecting concealer, like Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brightener (£21), which you can dot on with the wand and daub with fingers for a dewy, fresh finish.
“Short-sighted lenses will make your eyes appear slightly smaller,” says Corringham. So, consider black eyeliner your number one ally for etching their shape and size back in. The best ways to make eyes look bigger, according to Bobbi, is to “streak a gel liner on the top lashline, and a thin line of powder liner along the lower lashline.” Duly noted.
For those who haven’t yet picked their frames, there’s still time to choose a pair of glasses that make eyes sparkle and elevate the radiance in your complexion. Corringham recommends “wearing a frame in an amber tone to make blue and green eyes appear brighter, and a quartz frame to enhance brown and hazel eyes.”
Meanwhile, for skin, “try quartz or granite if your skin is fair, a honey hue on medium skin tones, and tortoiseshell if your complexion is dark.”
If your lashes are so long that they keep hitting the glass, well… lucky you. However, this can mean your mascara smudges on the lenses, plus it doesn’t feel too great. Bobbi suggests you “curl your top eyelashes, crimp at the base of the lashes, then hold the curler for five to 10 seconds as you lift up and go.”
Don’t own an eyelash curler? “Try holding the lashes in a curl with your fingertips for a few seconds,” she adds. “Also, switch to a long-wearing mascaras that won’t smudge on your lenses.”