Long gone are the days when spectacle-wearing women were considered to be the mousy, librarian types. If you’re a girl in glasses, it’s a pretty safe bet you’ve not been referred to as “Four-Eyes” any time in the past decade (if ever). In many cases, the right pair of frames can even add to your hotness by adding a layer of — or at least the perception of — intelligence, confidence and depth.
But getting the most mileage out of your makeup in combination with your glasses can be tough, so professional makeup artist Emma Willis for Contour Fossa shows us how it’s done.
makeup for glasses tutorial

Step 1: Face Makeup That Stays Put

Apply a primer to make sure that your makeup doesn’t rub off where your glasses touch your face. Let the primer soak in for a second, and then apply a cream concealer under the eyes and over any problem areas. Finish by applying foundation with a sponge and set with loose powder.
Product Picks: Urban Decay Complexion Primer Potion, Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + Matifying Foundation, Lancôme Le Corrector Pro Concealer Kit, Maybelline Shine Free Oil-Control Loose Powder
 

Step 2: Highlight Features That Frame the Glasses

While the frames of glasses frame your face, your cheeks and brows frame your glasses. So play up these features that draw attention to your eyes! Use a dark brown shadow and an angled brush to fill in your brows so they are prominent. Then apply a bit of pink blush on the apples of your cheeks. If your glasses are larger frames that hide a bit of your cheekbone, use them as guidance for where to apply the blush so the color doesn’t rise up past the frame. With the glasses on, use a highlighter to add some shimmer to the outer cheekbones, the bridge of the nose, and above your eyebrows. Blend bronzer into the hollows of your cheekbones for added definition.
Product Picks: Urban Decay Brow Box, The Body Shop Shimmer Waves in Blush, Benefit High Beam Luminescent Complexion Enhancer, Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzing Powder in Maui
 

Step 3: The Eyes Behind the Frames

It’s best to keep the makeup on your eyes relatively clean and simple, because the glare on the lenses can sometimes be distracting enough. (Though the occasional smoky eye is a must, for those special occasions!) Apply a bronze, shimmery shade just above the crease with a fluffy brush. Then use a velvety, peach shade in the inner corner of the eye and on the center of the lower lid. Use black, cream eyeliner and an angled brush to apply a thin line along the upper lash line, finishing it with a small upward flick at the end. Curl your lashes so they don’t touch your lenses, and swipe on black waterproof mascara.
Product Picks: Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Baked and X, Yves Saint Laurent Effet Faux Cils Crème D’Eyeliner, Lancôme Hypnôse Drama Waterproof Instant Full Body Volume Mascara
 

Step 4: Finishing Touches

Because you’ve kept your eye makeup fairly simple, you should have some fun with the lips. Apply a peachy gloss for a natural look. If you’re feeling adventurous, an orange-red lip or bright coral would be great, too!
Product Pick: Urban Decay Naked Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss in Streak
 
What’s your No. 1 issue as a glasses-wearing gal? Tell us all about it in the comments below.
 
Photos: Joshua M Shelton Photography 
Hair and Makeup: Emma Willis for Contour Fossa 
Model: Katherine Dunn