I’ve been wearing glasses for a few years now. There are some great things about wearing glasses. I love their ability to add sophistication and personality to my look. Even if I’m wearing my hair in a mess and comfy clothes at home, they still look good. The drawback? Like with any major style change, new beauty rules come and go. This is why we need some do’s and don’ts for rocking glasses and making them an asset, not a hassle.
-Don’t cover your entire face with glasses and hair.
Large glasses are an attention grabber, but so are thick, blunt bangs. While some ladies pull the combination off well, bangs grow and they’ll start getting in the way of your glasses. There is nothing very sexy about hair stuck to the inside of your frames. If you’re in the mood for bangs, think low-key. Shorter fringe, side swept or longer on-the-side bangs. This can still give the effect you’re looking for while not being so competitive with your glasses. Case in point: Rashida Jones, actress, comic book author, screenwriter, and occasional singer, really does look fantastic with her blunt bangs and glasses, but her side swept bangs are much more complimentary to her frames than the forehead covering fringe. *Just a reminder – best way to keep the bangs in check is with a good holding spray. We of course recommend _____________
-Don’t forget to hydrate.
Both eye cream and moisturizers should be our best friends. Just as glasses can magnify your make-up slip-ups, they can also magnify fine lines and puffiness. Be sure to keep your eyes in tip-top shape and get a good night’s rest!
-Do love the bun.
The classic top bun is always a chic’do, but it’s especially great when paired with glasses for a sophisticated look. While eyes are naturally drawn upward to your glasses, a nice high bun will continue to draw the eye upward, also adding height while not competing with your glasses. Want to take it a step further? Try the braded high bun.
-Don’t cake on the make-up.
Paying special attention to your eyes is great, but don’t let things get out of hand. Since glasses can magnify, mistakes might be more noticeable. Clumpy mascara, cake-y concealer, eyeliner flakes, gunky eye shadow- all are more troublesome when their size is reflected back bigger and more visible.
-Do consider the style of your glasses.
If you’re sporting more traditionally masculine frames, be sure to play up your feminine features with soft waves and pink tones in make-up. Retro styles like cat-eye frames are perfect for trying out retro looks, like red lips and lightly lined (or cat-eye style) eyes with soft beige shadow.
-Don’t let your eyebrows get out of control.
People will naturally draw their eyes upward when you’re wearing glasses, so remember to keep your eyebrows in check. In addition, the larger the frames, the more likely they’re going to either magnify at least part of your eyebrows or fall right in line with them, making it more obvious if things are on the wild side.
-Do choose eye-brightening shadows.
Glasses often cast shadows on your eyes, meaning an extra need for bright, shimmery eye choice. Stick with neutrals, like white or champagne, or even pastels like lavender or soft rose. Shimmery shadows help reflect light, brightening your eyes and catching people’s attention. The exception: grays, which play nicely with the shadows cast on your lids.
-Don’t forget the eyeliner!
Eyeliner is the secret weapon to great glasses eye make-up. The general rule of thumb is the thicker the frames, the thicker the line. If glasses are making your eyes look small, play up with high definition and boldly rimmed eyes. If glasses are making your eyes look big, use a thin line. Try to level with your glasses.
-Do give your eyes a break by playing up your lips.
Sometimes, us women that wear glasses tend to focus on our eyes. This is to be expected, how could we not? Every once in a while, though, it’s nice to remember other features on your face. It can be great to remember to add some fun and color to your lips. This also helps keep the focus not just at your eyes, but on your whole beautiful face!
-Don’t be afraid to play with color.
There are absolutely no rules that say you can’t play with your hair color when you’re sporting glasses. Just avoid being too matchy with shades. Having a variety of tones can complement your skin color. Having too much of one color can drowned out the great tones you naturally have.
-Do play with your part.
Parts are an easy way to transform your look with minimal effort and commitment. All parts are universally flattering next to glasses.
So remember these helpful tips to look your best, because glasses not only help you see better, but can be used as an accessory to enhance your beauty.