These expert-backed makeup tips for people who wear glasses are a total game-changer

As an avid collector (read: hoarder) of eye makeup, I was heartbroken when I found out I had to wear glasses for my myopia. How was anyone going to be able to see the Picasso art on my eyelids through the thick frames? However, over the years I’ve come to realize that glasses can serve more than just a functional purpose – they’re a great accessory to show off your personality. Glasses and eye makeup don’t have to be a choice. Here’s how you can make your makeup pop behind your frames:

Eye shadow

Celebrity makeup artist Kalyani Nayak says “The color of eye shadow depends on the frame you are wearing. A thick frame looks great with light colored eyeshadow. On the other hand, for a thin or rimless frame, you can experiment with a slightly bold color. Using a shimmer shade will allow the makeup to reflect and show through the glasses compared to a matte shade.

Adding to the conversation, Famous makeup artist Vibha Gusain says, “Instead of eyeshadow, you can also experiment with colored eyeliners that will make your eyes pop.”


“A graphic liner with dark colored frames like brown or black would look great. On the other hand, going neutral on the eyes when wearing colored frames would be nicer. shares Kalyani.

Another tip is to keep the thickness of your eyeliner proportional to the thickness of your frame – delicate eyeliner on thin frames and thicker lines for larger frames.

“If you are farsighted and your eyes look bigger through the glasses, you can use black or brown eyeliner in the fold to make it look a little smaller. If you are nearsighted and your eyes look smaller ones through the lens, use nude eyeliner in the waterline to make the eyes look bigger,” says Kalyani.



“Enhance your eyelashes by curling them and applying thick mascara,” shares Vibha. Prioritize volume and curl over length so your lashes don’t brush against the lens when you blink. Kalyani says, “Curling the eyelashes is very important because the eyes appear more open and wide. Layer on plenty of waterproof mascara to avoid smudging or transferring.


If your frames almost cover your eyebrows, you can get away with it without paying too much attention. Do you have heavy black frames? Lightly fill in your brows for a natural look to avoid shock and keep your tweezers handy to get rid of any visible strays if you have lenses that magnify your eyes.



“When glasses rest on the nose, they can slip and leave marks on the nose pads, removing the foundation underneath. Setting your foundation with powder, especially around the nose, will help to last longer. Kalyani shares

Glasses cast shadows around the eyes, and if they have magnifying lenses, they will also highlight existing dark circles and creases in makeup. “Hide your eyes under the eyes and powder them well to illuminate and enhance your face,” says Vibha.

“It would be a good idea to be bold on the lips to draw attention away from the eye and create balance,” Kalyani concludes.

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