Whether you’re a long-time glasses wearer who just got some new frames, or you recently got your first prescription lenses, it can be tricky to work out how to tailor your make-up to your specs. We’ll take you through our 6 best tips on eye makeup for glasses wearers.

Why is eye makeup for glasses wearers more difficult?

Some lenses will magnify your eyes, while others will make them seem smaller. Plus the shape and size of your frames can have an impact too. Eye makeup for glasses wearers takes a little more thought, and if you have coloured frames you may be limited by matching colours.


Lynn Gray, beauty expert from Mavala, says it’s not just about how you adorn your eyes – the other elements of your make-up are just as important. Here, she offers six tips for glasses-wearers to optimise their make-up look…

Top tips for eye makeup for glasses wearers…

1. Keep eyes neutral

“To help eyes stand out, it is best to use light, neutral-toned eyeshadows to avoid eyes looking heavy under glasses. Try a powder eyeshadow in soft brown or rose pink.”

We recommend the Makeup Revolution Ultra 32 Shade Eyeshadow Palette (available on Amazon). It contains 32 neutral shades with a few darker colours for those smokey-eyed looks.

2. Curl your lashes

“Using an eyelash curler will make a big difference in any make-up look and prevent eyelashes from touching the lenses of glasses. Lifting the top eyelashes will also open the appearance of the eyes, and make them appear brighter without unwanted mascara smudges.”

Try this stylish Tweezerman rose gold classic curler (available on Amazon).

3. Double up your mascara

“Another tip to help eyelashes stand out is to focus on the roots. By applying one coat of mascara from root to tip as normal and following with a second coat just on the roots, this will allow a lift straight from the base of the eyelash.”

The L’Oréal Paris Paradise mascara in black (available on Amazon) will give you great coverage and lift.

4. Define with eyeliner

“To balance any eye look, eyeliner can be a huge comfort to glasses wearers as it defines shape. It is recommended to always match the thickness of the glasses frame with the eyeliner to create even symmetry.

“With lots of colours to choose from, users can experiment with bright colours to make eyes pop, like royal blue or emerald green.”

Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Push-Up Eyeliner (available on Amazon) will give you a bold coverage and is available in multiple colours.

5. Don’t forget concealer

“It is a misconception that glasses wearers should skip concealer as the frames will cover under eyes. In fact, the shadows created by the glasses can make this worse, so it is important to counteract this with a concealer which is one shade lighter than your skin tone.

“Using the concealer to brighten the eyelid will also make a big difference and create a fresher appearance.”

The Rimmel Lasting Radiance Full Coverage Concealer and Eye Illuminator (available on Amazon) will give you a bright-eyed look and full coverage to hide any dark circles or marks.

6. Try a bold lip

“For those looking to stand out with their make-up look, pairing a daring lip with glasses can create a bold statement.

“The Mavala Classy Collection is filled with rich reds, from the bright Collector Red to the darker Noble Burgundy. Alternatively, users can opt for a softer, Antique Rose if they prefer a subtle make-up look.”

We’re loving Mavala Rouge à Lèvres Nectarine, shade 550 (available on Amazon).

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