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12 Makeup Tips for Eyeglass Wearers

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I’ve worn eyeglasses since I was 3 years old, and started wearing makeup at 13 so I can definitely relate to these two subjects. However, as a woman in my 50’s, I’m no longer keeping up with what’s trendy or "in". No more dark shadow, vampire eyeliner or Hello Kitty sparkles. As for frames, no more cat-eyes for this chick. I don’t care if they are back in style! Less is more as far as makeup under eyeglasses. And, neutral is the new fluorescent blue.

If you are farsighted, your lens will make your eyes appear bigger or even blur the shape of them. If nearsighted, your eyes appear smaller. Experiment with the following tips and discover how you can look fabulous even when wearing glasses.

Tip 1: Because eyeglass lenses often accentuate the eyelids, make sure you hydrate them with eye cream to avoid the "crêpey" look before applying makeup.

Tip 2: Glasses cause shadows and may amplify dark circles or puffy bags under your eyes. Use a concealer and apply a matte powder or cream finish to set.

Tip 3: Opt for cream shadow in natural or muted colors. If you go too dark, your eyes will get lost behind the frames. You don't want to end up looking like Elvira. Powder shadow is fine if you have oily skin but cream is best and won’t flake onto lenses.

Tip 4: Line the entire top lid along the lash line. Black or brown eyeliner is fine but use a gentle hand. If you opt for eyeliner on the bottom lid, a lighter color will look less raccoon-like and be sure to smudge for the desired effect.

Tip 5: Grab your eyelash curler and crimp once or twice. Curling your lashes will not only brighten and widen the eye, but will also prevent your lashes from brushing against your lenses.

Tip 6: Two to three swipes of mascara is sufficient. Steer clear of clumpiness; tissue off your mascara brush before using. Bonus tip: hold a business card behind lashes to avoid mascara marks on lids.

Tip 7: To ensure well-shaped brows, sweep upward with brow brush. Use pencil that matches your brow color to fill in sparseness. If you have thick brows, tweeze hairs beneath and between brows. Eyeglasses tend to accentuate brows so don’t exclude this important step.

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