So I wear glasses and although I've considered getting Lasik many times, I'm too scared and honestly i love wearing glasses! I absolutely love the way they look and it can be such a fashion statement! I also love the nerdy look on guys so I'm very pro-glasses :)
Recently my friend asked me how to do makeup for when you wear makeup since you can go wrong quite easily. There are 2 things to remember while doing your makeup:, number one; are you nearsighted or farsighted and what type of eyeglass frame do you have?
I'm nearsighted, which means I can't see object which are far away (most people are like this) so, the bad thing about being nearsighted is that; your lenses can be quite thick even if you ask them to be slimmed down and your eyes appear smaller through the lens. Farsighted people will have the opposite effect so, your eyes will appear much larger. The goal of using makeup is always to create symmetry in your face and to balance our your features (that's the reason for contouring and highlighting) so, keep that in mind while doing your makeup.
The second part to remember is, what type of frame you have. My eyeglasses are very hipster so they are large, black and thick framed (I personally love this look). So, this frame naturally adds alot of drama to my face and they stand out immediately. Since my eyeglasses are so overpowering on my face, my makeup cannot be strong as well, because then it will just create chaos on my face and no balance. So, I shouldn't have a very bold eye and pair it with a bold lip but I will have to choose what I want to accentuate. For people who have a thinner, metallic frame that blends well into their face; you will have more choice and can experiment with your makeup. You can choose to accentuate both your eyes and mouth at the same time.
So, remembering those 2 points, here are some tips to help you out:
1. Your brows are very important! Your eyebrows naturally frame your face and many people forget how important they are. Most eyeglass frames will fall below your eyebrows so it's important to always keep your eyebrows clean and to shape them. Creating an arch and filling your brown will help you immensely as they are the focal point to your entire face.
2. Either pick your lips or your eyes but not both. What I mean by this is, if you create a heavier, darker eye then don't add a bright or super dark colour on your lips. This creates alot of confusion on your face as there is no focus. So, for example, like I said I have a very heavy eyeglass frame so, naturally when someone looks at me their eyes are going to focus on my eyes as opposed to my mouth. If I want someone to just focus on my eyes, then i'm going to line my eyes with eyeliner but use a nude lip colour or If I want someone to focus on my mouth, I can use a dark or bright lipstick while keeping my eyes more simple.
3. This is a very common problem; how do I apply makeup when I can't see?! well, don't apply makeup with a heavy hand. You can always add more, which is easier than taking it off and restarting. I can't see that well when I take off my glasses, so I use a mirror that magnifies or use more light when applying your makeup.
4. Focus on highlighting underneath your eyes. Usually when you wear such heavy frames, it creates a shadow on your cheeks and can cause your under-eye circles to look dark. Use a colour corrector (if necessary; I use the Bobbi Brown peach corrector) a peach or pink corrector should be used to counteract the purple tone of dark circles. Top with a concealer (NARS is my favourite!). Concealer is the one product that can instantly lift and brighten the face. Choose a colour that's one or two shades lighter than your foundation to help lighten any darkness. Press the concealer into the skin. Never rub or drag a product across the skin.
5. Go ahead and wear a bold lip! Most people will tell you to emphasize your eyes but I sometimes like to highlight my mouth. Since, I am nearsighted my eyes seem smaller than they are so, I don't like to overdo them and I keep it simple on my eyes while emphasizing my mouth.
6. The colour of your eye shadow shouldn't compete with the colour of your glasses. If you wear thick, black frames then try a base hue that's a shade lighter, and go a few shades darker for the crease colour. A shadow that is lighter and brighter than your frames will help eyes stand out.
7. Adjusting liner thickness is important when you're wearing glasses – if your frames are thicker, you'll want to apply a thicker line to the upper lashline so that eyes stand out. If your frames are thinner, a softer liner works great. It's important to make sure that there is a balance between the definition of your frames and your eyes. Creating a winged eye is my favourite and go-to look. This rule can go either way because i've seen many people pull off thicker eyeliner with a thinner frame. Go with what suits your eyes.
8. If your lashes keep brushing against your lenses then curl them. Apply two coats of black mascara on the top lash only, which also helps open up the eyes for a wide-awake, refreshed look. Another way to make your eyes seem bigger is to line your waterline with white eyeliner and also by adding some highlighter to the corners of your eyes.
Most importantly, have fun experimenting! Not everyone follows the same rules but try to find the best method to balance out your face.