I have worn glasses since I was 11, says Nicola.
(I asked Nicola, our beauty guru about the whole wearing make-up and glasses deal. I don’t wear glasses other than for reading and writing but that is plenty of the time in my world. I never know about the eyes and what to make-up so I tend to adopt the less is more approach. I’m sure there is more to it.)
There has been a renaissance in the world of specs in recent years and it is now cool to wear facial furniture, which has become somewhat of a fashion accessory.
I had lunch with my friend and fellow speccie, make-up artist Sara Raeburn this week and we got talking about the art of makeup with glasses. I always feel unglamorous when I wear my specs and never make much of an effort with my make up when I wear them and I wanted to know what I should be doing make up wise when wearing my glasses, I loved what she had to say.
Sara says: “Everything is relative to the size of your glasses so if you have a larger frame, check where the shadow of the frames will fall and if you have varifocals the undereye area will be magnified so apply concealer carefully and really blend well”.
Top Tip – Invest in a full-face magnifying glass, that way you won’t have to squint when applying any makeup around the eye area.
Keep eye makeup to a minimum when wearing glasses and make it all about the grooming of the eye area, that means beautiful lashes and eyebrows that will add structure and look super chic but effortless. Sara recommends threading the eyebrows over plucking or waxing as it gives a great shape with clear definition and doesn’t make the brows too thin. Get eyelashes and brows tinted regularly and don’t forget the all-important eyebrow pencil. Eyelash curlers are a must to add lift and really help to open up the eye area. If your lashes are a bit lacklustre, try RevitaLash, I know many women who swear by this product for lash growth and thickness.
A bright lip looks great with a statement pair of glasses and really lifts and enhances the complexion; Sara recommends a neutral lip pencil to outline the lip and prevent bleeding or feathering – it will go with every shade and then you can let your style dictate the lipstick colour.
I have now adopted a slick of red lippy when wearing my glasses and am finding a renewed sense of style when wearing them. xn
In The Frame
image of cate blanchett by braylen bishop, words nicola de burlet