Five Eye Make-Up Tips for Spectacle Wearers

I thought it might be useful to share the tips from my latest column in the current issue of Optometry Today in which I give make-up tips for spectacle wearers.

(Optometry Today is the professional journal for members of the optics profession and takes me back to my professional roots as an optometrist. I write a monthly feature that is fashion led but with a focus on eyewear and optics).

Make up tips for spectacle wearers

The trend for statement eyewear is set to stay and the days of hiding behind spectacles are long gone. Bold styles draw attention to the wearer’s face, so makeup must be flawless. 

Good lighting and a magnifying mirror are key for those who find it difficult to see their eyes without their glasses.


Frames and lenses can cast shadows underneath the eyes
so apply concealer to the inner corners of the eyes and any place else the
glasses cast a shadow. A lightweight liquid concealer is less likely to crease
or look cakey. As with all make-up, apply with a light hand. It is easier to
add more than to remove it and start again. Choose a shade a little lighter
than the foundation and if necessary, use a peachy pink corrector to counter
the greenish tone of under eye shadows.

Lengthen Lashes

Curl the top lashes with an eyelash curler to widen
the eyes and to keep the eyelashes from touching the lenses. Thickening
mascaras contain fibres that can deposit on the back surface of the lenses, so
are best avoided. Consider a waterproof or long-lasting formula with a smaller
brush to reduce clumping.

Draw a Line

Adjust eyeliner thickness to suit the frames. A
thicker frame needs a thicker line to the upper lashline to make the eyes stand
out. A finer frame needs a finer line. Light-coloured eye shadow with a
luminescent finish will make the eyes look larger, while a darker matt finish
will have the opposite effect. This should be considered alongside the
magnifying or minifying effect of a significant prescription.

Make up tips for spectacle wearers

Define the Brows

Thanks to uber-model Cara Delevingne, dark, thick eyebrows
are de rigeur. This look works well with a dark, thick frame but can overpower
a delicate style. Neat, well-defined and in proportion with the frame is the
aim of this eyebrow game.

Make up tips for spectacle wearers

Make a Face

Once the eye makeup is complete, put the spectacles on
and look at the face as a whole. Ensure the rest of the maquillage balances the
eyes. Define the cheekbones with blusher or bronzer and choose lip colour
carefully. The notion of having only a strong eye or a strong lip is outdated.
Go as bold as you dare and enjoy the attention.

Make up tips for spectacle wearers

Love Liz x

(All model images were taken from Google images.)

If you enjoyed this post, you might enjoy the previous post I wrote for Optometry Today which is about skiwear trends, goggles and celebrity style on the slopes.

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  1. Bee Jaques
    January 12, 2016 / 10:49 am

    What an interesting post! I wear glasses and I will definitely be using some of your tips. I have put an eyelash curler on my shopping list for today!

  2. Elizabeth Yeowart
    January 12, 2016 / 1:33 pm

    Ah, thank you Bee. I use eyelash curlers every day and they make such a difference. I don't wear glasses (though reading glasses are on the horizon) so it's lovely to have feedback from someone that does! Thank you xxxx

  3. Just Emma
    January 12, 2016 / 4:16 pm

    Great tips, Liz! I've only recently started curling my eyelashes and it really does make a big difference. I think I need to invest in some new eyeshadows with a luminescent finish. xxx beauty, affordable fashion, everyday life

    • Lizzy
      January 14, 2016 / 6:19 pm

      Eyelash curlers make a huge difference yes. I couldn't do without mine! And yes, a luminescent finish will make your eyes look larger and draw attention to them. I'm guessing looking at your photos that you are myopic (short-sighted?) xxx

    • Just Emma
      January 14, 2016 / 8:39 pm

      I used to think eyelash curlers looked like a horrible torture device, haha! Love them now, though. Yes, short-sighted with astigmatism, as is my eldest sister! xxx

    • Lizzy
      January 15, 2016 / 3:43 pm

      I can't imagine not using them every day now!xxx

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