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Look Book: Makeup for Glasses
If you have horrible eyesight like I do, there may be times your eyes need a much needed break from contact lenses and the glasses come out of hiding. Even on those days, I enjoy applying a little makeup to enhance certain features despite the binoculars on my nose, but have to edit my process slightly in order to accommodate my added accessory.
As per my normal routine, I prepare my face prior to applying any makeup by cleansing, toning and moisturizing because a flawless face begins with flawless skin. Then, I apply my primer (the NARS face primer) to ensure my makeup goes on smooth and lasts all day even under my glasses.
As you can see with my frames, as is the case with many, the bold and thick lines that are in fashion can easily take away the attention that should be on your face, and since we don’t want that the key with makeup for glasses is to define your features so that they are the feature (pardon the pun).
The first thing I do is fill my eyebrows in order to create a frame around my eyes and face that isn’t made of plastic or metal. Doing this directs others to look at your eyes, not your glasses. I used Anastasia’s Perfect Brow Pencil in Brunette, starting from the inner corners and working my way out in light-handed short strokes, to mimic the growth of my hair. On the lids, I knew I wanted to define my eyes and kept in mind that I wouldn’t want to wear mascara (to avoid having my lashes hit my glasses with every blink) so I started by priming them with Lancome Aquatique. Then to enhance the depth of my eyes, something that can often be lost with stronger prescriptions, I used MAC Powder Blush in Blunt in the creases. This is a makeup artist trick – using a blush often used as a contouring powder for the face on the eyes instead of keeping that same color in an eye shadow. I left the rest of the lid bare, and lined just the top lids with Stila’s Smudge Stick in Black. Again, doing so defines my eyes and since I’m not wearing mascara it also enhances my lash line. I left the lower lash line bare as well in order to keep the eye looking as open as possible.
As for base makeup, I went with a few usual personal favorites – I use Bobbi Brown’s corrector under my eyes first to neutralize the darkness, and then go right over it with her Creamy Concealer to brighten that area. For spots like around my nose and upper lip, I switch to the Bobbi Brown Face Touch Up Stick, and blend with my finger. I top everything off with the Sheer Finish Pressed Powder (again, Bobbi Brown) with my MAC 109 brush, using small circular motions (as if applying a mineral foundation) to keep everything in place and to even out my skin tone without using foundation. On a typical day I personally don’t wear foundation, and especially when I wear my glasses because of the tendency of it to somehow show up on the bottom of my lenses each time I smile or laugh.
And speaking of smiles, in order to sculpt the cheekbones (because the low points of the frames can easily overshadow this area) I take out MAC’s Powder Blush in Blunt again and apply it beneath my cheekbones, blending away any harsh lines in order to make the definition more obvious without making the makeup look obvious. Over Blunt, I often like to put a bold cheek color but this time since we are using it for a specific purpose, I went quite natural with MAC’s Powder Blush in Margin. After a tad more blending on my cheeks, some lip balm on the lips, my glasses and I were ready to take on the day.
This article was written by Natasha Kohli, makeup artist and editor of TheCosView.com . Natasha’s philosophy on beauty is to find and then do what makes you feel good and feel gorgeous no matter what it may be, because that’s what this is all about.