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Makeup is a great way to enhance the features we were born with. Besides that, it is a ton of fun to play with. There are so many options to choose from, makeup subscriptions and tutorial videos make for a fun girls night in. Playing with different effects can make for a hot night out and disguise it the morning after. Makeup is useful for many things.

It gets a bit complicated for those who wear glasses though. Logging the hours and training to learn cut creases, cat eyes, and the smokey eye look goes to waste when the frame goes on. So here are some ideas for creating a look that works with your specs.

Tips and Tricks for Wearing Glasses With Makeup


The days of skipping this magic maker of a product because of it smearing on your lenses are over. Applying it differently can make all the difference. Instead of trying to lengthen your lashes by coating all the way to the tip, go for a fuller look. Applying it to the roots primarily and then glide the remaining mascara up towards the tips. Your lashes will look full and you don’t have to worry about the lense smearing issue. Curl your lashes for added effect.


This is a life hack for all glasses wearers. If you can’t seem to keep your glasses from sliding down your nose, eyeshadow primer may be the answer. Apply a bit of the primer at the bridge and slide no more. For guys who are interested, the primer can be tinted or untinted.


With your eye makeup, you want to keep it more simple. Eyelids should be neutral while still making your eyes look bright. Choose an eye color that brings out your eyes. Do avoid a bold look as, believe it or not, that will bring less attention to your eyes because it can look too busy.


Concealer is the answer to the appearance of dark circles and other skin imperfections. For glasses wearers, the illusion of dark circles is made worse by the shadow of frames. It doesn’t take much concealer with a yellow tint to help though.


What does lipstick have to do with glasses? Well, if you have a thicker frame, or have opted for a darker frame, a bold lipstick can create balance with the shape of your face.

Different Prescriptions May Require a Different Touch

When you have a strong prescription, you may notice that your eyes look a little too large. If you feel a little self-conscious, a new makeup may be the answer. Matte colors and liquid eyeshadows can reduce this side effect of a strong prescription. Glittery eyeshadows and powders can make eyes look big.

The other end of the spectrum are lenses that make eyes look smaller. In this case, you do the opposite. Ditch darker eyeshadows, and possibly even skip eyeliner. These two items in your makeup bag will actually make eyes look smaller still. Light colored eyeshadows and eyeliners along with mascara will give the illusion of larger eyes.

Different Looks for Different Frames

Your frames have a say in what type of makeup you can wear as well. Frameless specs make pulling off heavier eye makeup looks a breeze. Darker frames are better suited for neutral makeup.

Size matters in this as well. If you have a large frame, you have more room to play with the makeup side of things. Smaller frames allow you to highlight the eye as a whole by working with the eyebrow.

It may take a little bit of experimenting to find what works for you, but that just means more time playing with makeup, so what’s the downside?

Dr. Joseph Cohen O.D.
Woodland Hills Optometrist
Get excellent service on a comprehensive eye care
(818) 345-3937
Providing service in English and Farsi
19737 Ventura Blvd., Suite 201, Woodland Hills, CA 91364