*AD – gifted: this post contains products that were gifted to me in exchange for a review
Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always wanted to wear glasses. Not that I’m wishing bad eyesight for myself, that would be silly and I can imagine it’s a lot different when you have to wear them as opposed to it being a fashion choice. Nevertheless, I’ve always thought they looked really lovely and have wanted to be able to rock my own pair for ages. One problem I’ve heard throughout the years from the glasses wearers in my life is the struggle to apply make-up and keep it looking great all day. From nose rubbing to under-eye shadows, it seems it can become quite difficult to enjoy applying make-up. I’m going to be sharing some little tips I’ve come up with that will help to eliminate these problems.
The glasses I’m sporting throughout this blog post were very kindly send to me by Glasses Shop*. Through their online store, you can choose from any frame design and then enter your prescription details so that they can make your pair of glasses to suit your needs perfectly. There’s also the option to have prescription-free lenses if you’re like me and just like how they look. Believe it or not, a lot of places that sell glasses don’t have this option or if it is offered, it’s only for certain frame styles so it was nice to have such a wide choice. I ended up going for the style Poppy Cat Eye*; I went for the tortoise shell pattern but there’s also black, crystal and floral patterns available – I’d love to own them all for different occasions!
These glasses are incredibly comfortable; a lot of non-prescription glasses I’ve tried in the past haven’t seemed to fit me very well, either clinging onto my head for dear life or slipping off my nose every two seconds. I was so happy that I slipped these on and they fit like a glove. I tried them on as soon as they arrived and I’ve been wearing them every day since, I’ve had so many compliments from people saying how nice my glasses are. I was also really impressed that they came with a hard plastic case to keep them in and a cleaning cloth, this is something that’s definitely missing from similar brands. I usually just get those little material bags to put them in – if you know, you know. Those bags do nothing to actually protect the glasses so I’m glad that I can pop these in their case and throw them into my handbag without worrying about breaking them.
Glasses Shop is priced in dollars and the pair that I chose were discounted at $24.95, which converts to around £18 per pair. I think this is a really reasonable price considering the amazing quality of them, they’re extremely sturdy and I’m hoping they will last me a really long time. My glasses were shipped from China so the delivery took slightly longer than other brands I’ve tried previously, however it was definitely worth the wait. They also have plenty of discounts and offers available, a couple of which I’ll be sharing with you lovely readers – stick around until the end of the post if you’re interested.
Tip 1: Use a Lighter Under Eye Concealer
Glasses can often create a shadow underneath your eyes, particularly if the frames are quite big. This can give the appearance of sunken in, tired eyes and cause your eyes to be hidden away rather than emphasised. A great way to combat this is to use a concealer that’s a shade or two lighter than your skin tone. Not only will this awaken your whole face but it will lessen those under-eye shadows created by your specs. You only need to use a small amount of concealer under each eye, if you go too overboard then it can look slightly ridiculous but a little bit blended into your foundation is a great awakening technique.
Tip 2: Eye Primer on Your Nose
Probably the number one pesky problem that glasses wearers face is their foundation rubbing off their nose where their glasses rest. This is particularly a problem when the weather is warmer as the humidity makes it more difficult for your make-up to stay put (just one of many reasons why I don’t personally enjoy Summer). There are tons of amazing face primers out there but I’ve found that even my favourites just don’t do the trick for this particular problem. This is when I discovered that using eyeshadow primer on your nose is the answer. These primers are typically a little more tacky than face primers as their main job is to help eyeshadow stay put and help the pigment to pop. All you do is pop a little bit on the sides of your nose where your glasses naturally sit and then apply the rest of your make-up as normal. Your foundation will stick to these areas way better and this same method can be used for any other areas your glasses may rub on such as the sides of your face and the tops of your cheeks (if you’re burdened with chubby cheeks like me).
Tip 3: Curl Your Eyelashes
Another common issue I’ve heard amongst glasses wearers is that their eyelashes constantly touch their lenses which I can imagine gets annoying very fast. I’d never experienced this issue when wearing glasses but after a Google search on how people avoid this, I realised it’s because I curl my eyelashes that I’ve never had this problem. Using eyelash curlers to give your lashes a lift means that they’re way less likely to be brushing against your lenses all day. Plus, it makes them stand out more from behind your specs which helps to accentuate your eyes.
Tip 4: Use A Pop of Colour for Your Eyes
Packing too much eyeshadow onto your lids can become very overwhelming when you’re wearing glasses as there’s so much going on in one area of your face. This doesn’t mean you have to completely avoid eyeshadow, there’s still plenty of ways you can apply it without overcrowding your eyes. One of my favourite ways is to keep the lid either bare or apply a neutral light brown shade and then have a bright pop of colour on the bottom waterline. This is a great way to bring fun into your make-up whilst making sure your eye area isn’t too heavy.
Tip 5: Wear Bold Lipstick
Another way to bring some vibrant colours into your make-up looks is by applying bold lipsticks. This balances out your face a little bit more, particularly if the frames on your glasses are big, dark or thick. You don’t necessarily have to go for out-there blues, greens and neon shades on your lips (unless you’re brave enough to); think letterbox reds, super dark browns, deep purples and pinks. It’s a great way to make a statement as well as maintaining the balance of what’s happening on your face.
Products used: Bourjois Healthy Mix Glow Primer in 02 Vitamined Apricot, Makeup Revolution x Soph Extra Spice Eyeshadow Palette, Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation in Rose Ivory, Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Concealer in C1, Rimmel Match Perfection Loose Powder in Translucent, MUA Bronzed Perfection Matte in Sunset Tan, NYX Love You So Mochi Highlighting Palette, Revolution Pro Brow Pomade in Dark Brown, Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara, NYX Lip Lingerie in Exotic
If you’re interested in purchasing a pair of your own Glasses Shop specs, they are constantly offering special promotions over on their current promotions page. You can also use the code FIRSTFREE to get your first pair of glasses completely free from a select range and GSHOT50 to get 50% off any purchases after that.
Do you have any of your own tips for wearing make-up with glasses?