Hair and Makeup Tips for Glasses
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I’ve been wearing glasses more and more these days ever since I got my cool frames from David Kind. Prior to these, I never took the time to invest in frames that I liked so I simply reserved my glasses for evenings or sick days.
I love having the option of wearing my glasses and have enjoyed playing around with my makeup a bit to balance out the darkness of the frames!
Some of the most common issues for glasses wearers include the overall look of darkness around the eye area, makeup smudging where the frames rest on the nose, and losing the impact of pretty eye makeup behind the frames.
As far as hair is concerned, bangs can either add to or really take away from wearing glasses. Through the years as a stylist, I learned a good gauge for an idea length of bangs if my clients wore glasses regularly.
So, let’s start with makeup.
Follow the guide of your frames. If they are bold or dark, feel free to go pretty thick with your eyeliner (especially on your upper lid) and layer the mascara. If your frames are more delicate or fine, go for a slightly thinner, crisper line.
A great way to help your eyes to pop behind glasses is to use a slightly iridescent eyeshadow in the center of your lid. This will reflect light nicely, and help brighten up the entire eye area. If you don’t want to use an iridescent shade all over your lid, just focus it right in the center, above any eyeliner you are wearing. Use a small brush to add brightness right to the center of your lid, and while you are at it, hit the inner corner as well.
Don’t skip highlighting the brow bone, or the top of the cheeks. The more brightness you can add, the better! Also do not forget to fill in your eyebrows! Don’t think they’ll just be hidden behind the frames. It will make a big difference in how your face is framed, and your makeup will look more complete.
If you struggle with your foundation collecting around the nose part of the frames, first try setting with translucent powder. If you are still dealing with that issue, skip applying foundation to that area altogether, and just dab lightly with concealer. Then set with a translucent powder. This should help avoid excess product build up.
Be creative with your lip color! I love the look of a fun, bold lip on a woman wearing glasses.
I have heard great reviews of the Maybelline The Nudes palette. It has a nice mix of shimmery and matte shadows, and plenty of dark ones to add depth to the crease of your eye. Bite is known for highly pigmented lip color, so if you prefer something a little glossier and subtle, check out the fresh Sugar lip tints.
Benefit’s They’re Real! Push Up Liner will give you a dark, inky, pigmented line. Perfect for being seen through lenses. And Mac’s Zoom Fast Black Lash has become a recent must have for me! It delivers serious impact without the weight of a heavy mascara.
As far as hair is concerned, it never hurts to add a bit of volume to the back of your hair. Proportion and balance are important not only when it comes to the cut, but the styling as well. While you are wearing glasses, you are adding something that takes up more visual space to the very front of your face, so balance that out by teasing the back a bit.
If you like to wear side bangs, or are considering getting them, it is vital to wear or bring your glasses to your hair appointment! Request that your bangs are cut dry, so you can determine the actual length of your hair while styled. Wet hair can shrink quite a bit, so having them cut after they are dry will ensure you don’t wake up to a surprise the next morning.
There’s nothing worse than a “shelf” of bangs, whether you wear glasses or not, so asking your stylist to “point cut” or texturize your bangs will help them lay nicely, and taper into the rest of your hair.
If you prefer a full face frame, I’d recommend not cutting your bangs above your eyebrows. Any space left between the top of the frame and the bottom of your bangs may “disconnect” your entire look.
Of course, none of my tips are hard and fast rules. They are just my suggestions if you need a little guidance in that area.
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