Eye Makeup for Glasses Wearers

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

I wear my glasses a lot during the workweek, as the computer strains my eyes and dries my contacts out. But that doesn't mean I have to sacrifice the benefits of eye makeup! The problem with glasses is that they can create shadows around the eye area, especially the undereye area. With these products, I can still show off my eyes and look super awake all day. 

The Products
L'Oreal Infallible eyeshadow in Blinged and Brilliant *
Cover Girl Liquiline Blast Eyeliner in Brown Blast  
Tarte EmphasEyes Inner Rim Brightener *
Benefit Eye Bright
Tarte eyelash curler
The Balm Time Balm concealer in Lighter than Light *
Lancôme Hypnôse Doll Lashes mascara in Black *

Some Swatches
Top (clockwise):
Tarte EmphasEyes Inner Rim Brightener,
Benefit Eye Bright
Cover Girl Liquiline Blast Eyeliner in Brown Blast
Bottom (left to right):
The Balm Time Balm concealer in Lighter than Light,
L'Oreal Infallible eyeshadow in Blinged and Brilliant
Lancôme Hypnôse Doll Lashes mascara in Black

I'll start explaining my technique in the order I apply the products!

I have absolutely fallen in love with the L'Oreal Infallible eyeshadows and I've found that the shade Blinged and Brilliant is especially great at making my eyes pop. Temptalia describes it as a warm peach-beige with a bright metallic finish. It reminds me of Stila Kitten as it definitely has some light pink in it as well. I prefer applying all the Infallible eyeshadows with a clean finger, but they look great using a wet brush as well.

On older ladies, I don't really recommend shimmer as it can emphasize fine lines and wrinkles on the lids. Instead, I'd use a matte creamy beige or light pink color alone or pat a matte shadow on top of Blinged and Brilliant, a trick Temptalia recommends. A great light matte shade can be found in the awesome Physicians Formula Canyon Classics eyeshadow palette.

During the workweek, I usually don't like to line my eyes too much. I start by tightlining my upper waterline to create the illusion of thicker and darker eyelashes with my current favorite "pencil" eyeliner, the Cover Girl Liquiline Blast in Brown Blaze. Then, instead of starting the liner in the corner of my eye, I begin lining in the middle of the upper lashine. Adding a flick at the end is optional, but I usually don't, as I try to go for the more natural look at work.

Almost as important as regular dark liner is a nude waterproof liner in the lower waterline. The best, most long-lasting one I have is Tarte's EmphasEyes Inner Rim Brightener. An optional last touch to look really awake is to apply a bit of Benefit's Eye Bright in the inner tear duct area.

 A closer look at the liner

Now I always curl my eyelashes, but since they're on the longer side, they can end up hitting my glasses if I'm not careful. To avoid this, I make sure to grab the lashes with my Tarte curler as close to the lashline as possible. I then tilt the curler back into my socket area as I press, then release, and then move the curler slightly up my lashes and repeat a couple more times until the lashes are super curled. That way, my curl will last all day and my glasses won't get mascara all over them.

Then I apply my favorite mascara (I tend to go for the thickening versus lengthening mascaras when wearing glasses), and the eyes are now done! The one I used was a deluxe sample of Lancôme Hypnôse Doll Lashes mascara in Black, which I really like.

Since eyeglasses can tend to create shadows on the face, I counteract that by covering up any undereye circles with a creamy concealer a shade lighter than a regular blemish concealer. I like The Balm's Time Balm concealer in Lighter than Light.

To prevent creasing throughout the day, I set the concealer very lightly with a powder like MAC's Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light or Bare Minerals Well Rested Eye Brightener powder. For darker skintones, I recommend the famous Ben Nye Banana Powder.

I then do my normal makeup routine for the rest of my face, which usually consists of foundation and a tiny bit of powder along the T-zone. A bit of bronzer, some blush, and a lippie and I'm ready to head to the office!

The Finished Look
When wearing glasses, I like to go for bright eyes, understated liner and dark, thick lashes!
On this day, I wore peachy-pink lips and cheeks as well.

Hope you enjoyed!
xo, Anaïs

* From research, I've found this product to be paraben-free. Please correct me if I'm wrong!
All of the products I mention above I have purchased myself with my own money 
or they have been gifts from family and friends.

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