Makeup Tips for Girls Who Wear Glasses

Guys don’t passes at girls who wear glasses.” – Dorothy Parker

Ms. Parker’s pithy rhyme might have been true in her days, but a lot has changed since then. No longer are glasses a sign of eternal dorkdom. Glasses are now an extension by which women and men can express their personal style. Thick, horn-rimmed, hipster specs. Sleek, stainless-steel frames. The world is your 20:20 oyster.

Your glasses might fit your style to a T, complementing your face shape and highlighting your coloring; but glasses can have some negative consequences that have nothing to do with Dungeons and Dragons references.

Eyeglasses have an unfortunate side effect of creating or emphasizing shadows underneath your eyes. As a result, those bespectacled members of society who are bothered by this might want to take extra precautions to counteract the shade created by your shades.

Your typical dilemma is that you need to make sure you’re using concealer and setting it so that it’ll last all day, but you don’t want it to look like you’ve been baking that stuff all day. It can look concealed but still natural.First, start with an eye cream that has brighteners in it. They won’t do a whole hell of a lot, to be quite honest, but it WILL smooth and moisturize the area so your concealer won’t look dull and cakey. #MuyBueno. Look for eye creams that have caffeine to constrict blood vessels (which minimizes darkness and puffiness under the eye), and mica (which is a natural light-reflector).

Eye Creams with Caffeine & Mica:

Boots No7 Beautiful Sin Vitality Eye Roll-on
Philosophy Eye Hope Multitasking Eye Cream or Advanced Anti-Aging Eye Cream
Clinique Even Better Eyes Dark Circle Corrector
Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream

Now that your undereye area is moisturized, smoothed, and just a tad brighter, it’s time to PREP the area for concealer. That’s right. Don’t apply concealer just yet. Gently pat a highlighter under your eye. Some even double as primers for your concealer. This will create a more intense light-reflecting effect to diffuse any shadows created by the frames and lenses of your glasses.

Undereye Brighteners:

Smashbox Photo Op Under Eye Brightener
bareMinerals Stroke of Light Eye Brightener or Well-Rested Face & Eye Brightener
Revlon Photo Ready Eye Primer + Brightener
Benefit Instant Under-Eye Brightener Ooh La Lift

Now the next stage is optional, depending on your level of undereye issues. Essentially, before you apply concealer, you want to apply a color-correcting cream underneath your eyes to cover up dark circles. Which color you apply to your under eyes should be the opposite color (with regard to the color wheel) of the color of your dark circles. First, you need to determine what your skin tone is. Figure that out here. Here’s the breakdown:

Cool Skin Tones:

Dark Circles – blue/purple tone            Corrector– yellow tone

Warm Skin Tones:

Dark Circles – green tone (hard to see, but trust me)            Corrector – peach/reddish tone

Note: You’ll often find these other colors available along with the above color correctors. These are typically not used for undereye, but are used to correct redness or yellowness around the rest of the face such as on the cheeks. So this is just and FYI!

Violet correctors – conceal yellow tones (often referred to as ‘sallow’ complexions)

Yellow correctors – conceal red tones (often referred to as ‘ruddy’ complexions) tones

Color Correctors & Kits:

For Cool Skin Tones:
Benefit Cosmetics Lemon Aid
NYX HD Photogenic Concealer or Above and Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Yellow
L.A. Girl Cosmetics Pro Conceal in Yellow
For Warm Skin Tones:
Bobbi Brown Corrector in Light Peach, Peach, or Dark Peach
NYX HD Photogenic Concealer or Above and Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Green
L.A. Girl Cosmetics Pro Conceal in Red

Note: If you’ve seen that video or heard of the craze of women putting red lipstick under their eyes to conceal dark circles… this is why. They’re just using this concept with lipstick. Sure, you could use a lipstick, but it might not be formulated correctly for what you’re trying to do. Make sure it has no sparkle and isn’t completely matte or too glossy. But hey, give it a shot.

Includes Colors for All Skin Tones:
NYX Color Correcting Concealer
Wet n Wild Coverall Correcting Palette 349 Color Commentary

Now that you’ve prepped and corrected, it’s time to actually put on your concealer (it’s a process. I know). Grab a concealer that’s slightly lighter than your actual skin tone, but no more than one shade lighter. Some can get away with a concealer that’s exactly the color of their skin, but glasses create shadows that we’re trying to counteract. A concealer that’s a smidge lighter than your actual skin color will facilitate this.

Make sure you know your skin’s undertones. If you’re a cool skin tone, your concealer (and foundation, for that matter) will be more pinkish or blue-ish in tone. If you’re a warm skin tone, your foundation will be more yellow. If you’re neutral, your foundation won’t look too icy or too yellow. You’ll know, because colors that are too cool will make you look pale and dead, while colors that are too warm will make you look like you have jaundice à la Kelly Osbourne.

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You need a little bit more coverage because of the glasses. So stick with medium- to full-coverage concealers. This means you should opt for sticks and creams (as opposed to liquids). For example, that Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat highlighting pen everyone loves? It won’t offer nearly enough coverage for you. You could use it underneath your concealer and corrector as a highlighter/brightener, but it won’t give you enough pigment to cover your dark circles. Sorry, ladies.

Good concealers to look for:

Medium Coverage:

NARS Creamy Concealer

Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer

Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Concealer

Smashbox High Definition Concealer

Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer

Clinique Foundation and Concealer

NUDESTIX Concealer Pen


Full Coverage:
(thick liquids, pots, sticks)

Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit (actually includes a color corrector as well)

BECCA Ultimate Coverage Concealing Crème

Benefit Boi-iong Industrial-Strength Full Coverage Concealer

Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer

Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer

Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage (includes color corrector)

Laura Mercier High Coverage Concealer for Under Eyes


As a final step, make sure to apply a light layer of powder with a very light, fluffy brush that is not dense. Too dense of a brush will deposit too much powder. You can use a clear/white setting powder or a colored foundation powder. If you want to get really fancy, you can use special setting powder for under your eyes that contain brighteners and other light-reflectors to really combat those dark circles. Check out:

Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
bareMinerals Broad Spectrum Multi-Tasking Face in Well Rested


Voilá. You’re all set. You’ll look bright-eyed and awake all day without fear that your glasses are affecting your steaze.

Does anyone say steaze anymore? …… Bueller?

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