Have you ever walked into a warehouse store and felt overwhelmed by the dizzying array of choices?

Well, the quest for eyeglass frames that look smashing can sometimes feel just as daunting. Not only is there every conceivable frame shape to consider, but there’s also the challenge of finding the right frame color.

Choosing a pair of frames that complements your face shape is key. For instance, it’s recommended that those with a round face look for frames that are square or rectangular, while those with a square face might wish to consider oval or round frames.

Choosing a frame color that complements your skin undertone is also important. (For help in discovering your skin undertone, check out the article “7 Tips for Finding Your Skin Undertone Color and Makeup Shades to Look Your Radiant Best.”

Makeup and Glasses

If you wear glasses though, is it even worth it to wear makeup? For many of us, our eyes are our best feature – so yes, it’s definitely worth it.

And even if your eyes aren’t your best feature, you can still make them look bigger and more beautiful behind those frames. It’s just a matter of using a few basic makeup techniques and avoiding a few pitfalls.

Today’s article will cover the first group of makeup tips, and an upcoming article will discuss the remaining tips as well as some information on tools that can help you apply makeup. After all, how the heck can you confidently apply makeup if you have to take your glasses off to do it?

Here are a few makeup techniques to consider that can help you look your best when wearing glasses:

Near-Sighted vs Far-Sighted

It’s good to remember that if you’re near sighted, your lens prescription can have a shrinking effect on your eyes. In this case, you want to do as much as possible to open up your eyes and make them look larger.

If you’re far-sighted, your prescription can often magnify your eyes thus pulling focus from the rest of your face. Hence, it’s important to ‘balance’ your face makeup. One way to do this is to consider wearing a slightly brighter or bolder lip color.

Use an Eyeshadow Primer

Sometimes your eyes can get warmer when you wear glasses, so it’s important to wear an eye primer to keep your eye makeup from smudging or creasing. Apply it over the entire eye area before using eye shadow.

If you’ll be using a powder eyeshadow, and you’ve applied a cream or liquid eye primer, very lightly dust a translucent powder onto your lids before applying eye shadow. That way, your shadow will glide on easily and evenly.

You may also want to put a thin layer of eye primer below your eyes, where your glasses rest, to keep that area from getting oily and your glasses from sliding down your nose.

Choosing the Best Eye Shadow Color

Choose a light and neutral eyeshadow color for the lid area. Dark shades on the lids will magnify dark undertones around the eyes, making you look tired. Also use a light, matte color just under the arch of each eyebrow to both lift the eye and make it look more open.

Since wearing glasses changes how others perceive the depth and dimension of your eyes, use a darker color in your crease – and slightly above your crease if you have hooded eyes – to add more dimension.

Note: A key to many makeup techniques for women 60+ is to work against gravity by applying eye shadow, liner and blush in an upward sweep.

Makeup is about wearing what makes you feel your best. So, you can choose whatever eyeshadow shades you love. But, if you really want to make your eyes stand out – or ‘pop’ – choose an eyeshadow shade for the crease area that is a complementary color to your eye color or frame color.

For instance, beige, brown and copper shades can look fabulous on blue eyes. Violet or purple can work well for those with green or hazel eyes, while brown eyes can rock just about any color!

If you have redness around your eyes, shadows with red or purple undertones can have an emphasizing effect, and you may wish to stay away from them.

Determining the Best Eye Liner Shade

Pick an eyeliner that is a shade or two lighter than your frames so the liner stands out from the frames. Black can sometimes look a little harsh, so consider colors like charcoal grey, navy or burgundy.

If your frames are thicker, consider applying your eyeliner slightly thicker too, so your glasses don’t overpower your eyes.

To make your eyes look larger, consider applying a nude-colored liner to your under-eye water line. This is especially helpful for those who are near-sighted since their eyeglass prescription makes their eyes look smaller.

Tip: Running a q-tip along your water line to dry it off before applying the nude-colored liner will help the liner stay on longer.

Use an Eyelash Curler

Using an eyelash curler to curl your lashes not only prevents them from brushing against your lenses, but it also lifts your lashes to allow more light to reach your eyes and make them look larger.

For the best curl, gently move the eyelash curler up your lashes several times and hold it on your lashes for 5 seconds each time. This will prevent a crimp in your lashes and give you the very best curl.

Stay tuned for the sequel to these tips which will be coming soon. We’ll be discussing tips on applying foundation and concealer as well as suggestions for brows and mascara. And did you know there are several kinds of specialized makeup glasses? We’ll be diving into that topic as well.

Do you think applying making is more difficult when wearing glasses? What tips have you found to work well for you? Please share them in the comments below.

Elise Marquam-JahnsElise Marquam-Jahns is an author, speaker and makeup artist who teaches makeup techniques to help women 50+ get their glow back. In addition to her work for a major cosmetics line, she founded Boomer and Beyond Beauty which offers makeup consultations, applications, classes and makeup parties.

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