5-Step Makeup Guide For Women Who Wear Glasses

Many women who wear spectacles and contact lenses find it challenging to apply the perfect eye makeup when wearing glasses. Meriek van den Berg, an optometrist at Mellins i-Style – a leading chain of optometrists – deals with many female patients on a daily basis and regularly offers tips about make-up and how to make the most of their eyes.

The lenses of your glasses can make your eyes look smaller or larger and makeup may look different behind your spectacles. Van den Berg agrees that although lenses and frames play a large role in eye makeup, it’s also important to consider the vision condition you are trying to correct.

She suggests these 5 easy-to-follow make-up techniques to complement your eyes when wearing glasses:

1. Is your foundation fit for the job?

A good quality foundation for your face is important and so too is makeup that is wipe- and water-resistant. This will avoid unattractive lines developing below your glasses and on the sides of your nose. Given that the glasses’ frame casts a shadow across your face, it helps to use a foundation that is one shade lighter than your natural skin tone in these areas. Apply a thin layer to the lid and beneath the eyes. If your skin has a tendency to be oily, a light powder will help reduce shiny areas in your T-zone (forehead, nose and chin). Using a primer is also recommended as this would prevent the foundation and eye shadow from transferring onto your glasses.

2. Be Bold When it comes to colors

Polarised and shaded lenses tend to tone down colours, so don’t be afraid to apply your makeup more boldly.

3. Frame your features right

Make sure you match your eyebrows to the frame of your spectacles. Ensure that have your shape your brows professionally about once a month, while you can remove stray hairs from when they appear, but ultimately it’s best to stick to a natural look. You can also use a brow liner or dark eyeshadow and brush to enhance your eyebrows. Stick to colors that are one shade lighter than your natural brow hairs.

4. Contact lens wearers should always insert their lenses before applying makeup

This will prevent makeup particles from getting under the lens which can cause the eyes to tear up and may make your makeup run. Powder tends to build up between the eye and the lens so contact lens wearers should opt for liquid or cream-based eye shadow. Use eye liner on the upper lid and not on the bottom one, because it may accidentally get beneath the lens. This will prevent itchy and teary eyes. Also applying eye liner to the lower lid might inadvertently block the oil glands on the edge of the lower eye lid, preventing lubrication of the eye and leading to dry eyes.

5. Don’t forget the lips

If you are wearing a distinct or colourful frame, match it with a subtle lipstick colour or gloss. If your spectacles have a more understated classic look, you can certainly try a bolder lipstick colour.

“Of course you can also do something to ensure your optical lenses are never too thick”, says Van den Berg. “Modern high refractive materials allow women who need a strong prescription to get thinner fashionable lenses (High Index) and maintain a very natural look.  Modern aspheric lenses also greatly reduce the magnification or minimisation effects of higher lens powers”.

Most importantly, your makeup should look and feel natural whilst leaving you comfortable with your appearance. You know what works best with your face, so go with your gut feel – and don’t be afraid to play with it. Click here for our best beauty hacks when you’re on the go.

For more information and helpful tips and eye health visit www.mellins.co.za