Make-up tips for glasses

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    I have made some makeup posts here in the blog that are specifically adapted to certain spectacle frames, but when I write about wide frames, people ask about narrow, and when I write about narrow, I get questions about wide, etc. So I thought I would make a summary for you, with make-up tips that apply to all glasses, and then specific tips for wide, narrow and round! :)

    It's a bit difficult to take photos without the light being reflected strangely in the glasses, I hope you see well anyway!

    Wide, marked spectacle frames:

    makeup tips-marked-spectacle frames

    Getting your eyes visible under a pair of wide and marked glasses is not the easiest thing. You have to apply a lot of make-up to make it visible, a party make-up becomes an everyday make-up if you put on glasses.

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    At the same time, you should be careful not to apply too much make-up, because you also do not want the eyes to blend in with the glasses as a big "bluff" but you just want to emphasize the eyes underneath. So it is a balancing act between too much and too little makeup, but if you are unsure, in this case it is better with too little than too much.

    On my glasses, it is the underside of the eyes that are completely expanded - so I have put much darker under the eye. But the arch "cuts off" the eyelids a bit, so there I want to put very bright and shimmery both on the eyelid and under the brow so that it will appear more there behind the arch.

    And since we apply more make-up so that the eyes can be seen under the marked frames, there will be a lot of focus on the eyes once we have put on the glasses. Therefore, it is important not to forget blush and lips, to get a harmonious balance in the face. If you like colorful lips, choose a discreet blush, and if you like more discreet lips, you can choose a slightly more pigmented blush. Much of both eyes, blush and lips will not give balance, but will on the contrary give a "messy" impression. Bet on two details instead of three.

    For dark marked frames, it is also really nice but almost unmade-up eyes, and really colorful lips!

    Narrow spectacle frames:


    Many people think that narrow frames do not make any difference to how to put on make-up, because they are so narrow that they do not directly hide the eyes. But regardless of size, people you meet will always see the glasses before the eyes, and therefore you need to mark the eyes a little extra for the eyes to be visible anyway.
    You can think a little "the other way around" from wide arcs. With wide frames, you should be careful not to apply too much make-up - then the make-up and the wide frames will be like a big hit. But with narrow frames, you can apply a little extra makeup to make your eyes visible!
    Do not be afraid to take an extra dark eye shadow, e.g. black, in the outer edges of the eyes. When you put on the glasses, you will need the extra intensity in the gaze, even though it may feel "too much" without the glasses. On my glasses, the frame hides the eyelid a little, so I want to keep it pretty bright there. But under the eye, and especially to the sides, there is a lot of space - and there I put a little extra dark!
    Round spectacle frames:
    Round glasses are super nice, but it can be a little difficult to wear, especially if you do not think about how the shape of the makeup is affected by the glasses.
    What many find difficult with round arches is that they feel like an owl with such globular eyes. It is nice with big eyes, but to avoid the owl feeling under the round frames, I recommend making the eyes so that they are as elongated and almond-shaped as possible (by applying the shadow more outwards in the outer corner of the eye). Then the glo feeling disappears!
    A lot of the whole eye is visible on my glasses, but the eyebrows are a bit hidden so I fill them in a little extra so that they are visible anyway. And besides, you should not apply the eye shadow for  extended in the outer corner of the eye, it may look strange if it goes so far out that it is visible outside the sides of the arches.
    To get some contrast to the round glasses, it can be nice to break off with marked cheekbones, so that the whole face does not look around. Apply a shadow / sun powder that is a little darker than your own skin tone, just below the cheekbone and up to the ear!

    General makeup tips for people with glasses:


    Highlight the eyes
    Work a lot with both light and dark eye shadows, as well as shimmery and matte. This creates contrasts which in turn will attract more attention to the eyes. You apply the light / shimmery shadows on the areas you want to emphasize more - the corner of the eye and the eyelid for example. You can use the dark / matte shadows to create more depth in the make-up, for example along the globe line.

    Enlarge the eyes
    Highlighting the eyes and enlarging them is a bit of the same principle, but two details that are very useful for the eye to look bigger and more open are first and foremost to lighten the waterline with a light eyeliner. If you have small eyes / drooping eyelids, I also recommend painting the dark shadow in the globe line a little higher up than what your globe line actually sits - this gives the impression of a larger eyelid and a more open look.

    Adapt to the shape of the glasses
    Put on your glasses and look straight ahead in the mirror. Which parts of the eyes are hidden, and which are clearly visible? In the areas where the spectacle frame takes up a lot of space, it can be a good idea to work mostly with light shadows to emphasize, and in the areas where it is completely open, you can focus.

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    Do not forget to fill in the eyebrows, otherwise they disappear easily behind the frames. Feel free to make a high shape for the frames that I have, it's nice if they end up over the frame as much as possible, and not down to the same height so that they blend into the upper edge of the frame.

    An eyeshadow primer is important if you want to bring out the pigments in the eyeshadows properly, so that they are more visible under the glasses. An eye shadow primer is applied after foundation, before eye shadows.

    Complementary colors
    The make-up that I will show you is quite neutral, so that it will suit everyone. But color will always make your eyes more visible during make-up, and it's so beautiful! A tip for emphasizing your particular eye color is to use the complementary color.

    Blue eyesYellow, orange, gold, bronze.
    Brown eyes Cold colors such as blue.
    Green eyesPurple and purple toner.

    The basic make-up
    The basic make-up can often get dirty on the glasses during the day, which destroys both your good-looking foundation and soils the frames. Apply a lot of powder around the eyes when you put on make-up, and improve during the day even if you are prone to getting oily. Then your basic make-up is more "fixed" and will not slip around and get stuck on the frames.

    This tip is especially important for large and round arches, which often touch the cheeks very much if you, like me, have large "apple cheeks".

    Myopia / farsightedness
    If you are nearsighted, the glass in the glasses makes your eyes look smaller - work hard to enlarge the eyes.
    If you are farsighted, the glass in the glasses makes your eyes look bigger - this is usually not a problem as many of us like big eyes, then you can just follow your natural features to emphasize what you already have. If, on the other hand, you want to reduce the eyes, you can apply very dark closest to the eyes (eg dark eyeliner along the waterline and lash lines) and then apply light along the crease.

    Here are examples of how the make-up can differ depending on the glasses:


    glasses tips-sminIt was a long post, I hope you with glasses thought it was helpful! :)

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    Helena Amiley
    I write mostly about beauty but also offer glimpses from the entrepreneurial life and the construction of our own camper van. Vanlife here we come!


    1. Hey!

      Thanks for a great log!
      I wonder what brand it is on the narrow spectacle frames with a little Ray Ban stucco. Have been looking like crazy for such.



      • Hey! They are from, I do not remember what they are called at the moment but will probably find out if I hear it, so if you find some similar there and ask, I can say if it is the same or not :)

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