makeup tutorial for girls with glasses

As a girl who wears glasses and loves makeup, I’m often asked for tips on how to make your eyes stand out behind thicker frames. I’m a firm believer in the “just add glasses” method of makeup application, in that you do your makeup…and then put on your glasses. That being said, there are definitely looks that work a little better than others at making your eyes stand out, without being too dark or heavy looking. For this edition of Makeup Classes For Girls Who Wear Glasses, I teamed up with Cohen’s Fashion Optical to demonstrate an eye makeup look that utilizes rich neutrals and light-catching shimmer on the center lid to create dimension and brings attention to your eyes, without letting them disappear behind your statement frames. I visited a local store (there are over 80 in New York!) and chose these Prada beauties in a wine hue, a lovely alternative to black or brown. As each Cohen’s Fashion Optical is individually owned and operated, visit a store near you to check out all of their options. Now, let’s get started!

  1. Pat primer all over lids and blend up toward your brow bone.
  2. Sweep a light neutral shadow through your crease, with a blending brush. This will serve as your transitional color.
  3. Pack dark brown shadow into the inner and outer corners of your lids, using a pencil brush for precision.
  4. Using the same brush, connect through the crease.
  5. Pick up a smidge of medium brown with a blending brush, and use it to blend the dark brown outward.
  6. Line the outer, lower lash line with dark brown shadow.
  7. Use your ring finger to pat on a light, shimmery shadow in the center of your lids. I’m wearing lash extensions, so I skipped mascara, but this is where you should add it. Done!

Thank you to Cohen’s Fashion Optical for partnering with me on this makeup tutorial for girls with glasses!

  1. sasa says: May 13, 20161:49 pm

    so cool!

    Shall We Sasa

  2. Jo says: May 13, 20162:17 pm

    Love this tutorial! Your eyebrows are perfection! Would love to see a tutorial on filling in eyebrows 🙂

    Jo | http://www.cutandchic.com

  3. Kristin says: May 13, 20162:27 pm

    Thanks for the tips! I do have a question that I can’t seem to get the hang of – I wear plastic frames all day at work and my foundation/concealer ALWAYS likes to move around under the nose part of my glasses. Any tips for having it all stay put? I’ve heard powering more in those areas and possibly a setting spray, but I would love to know your recs.

    • Keiko Lynn says: May 14, 20161:08 am

      If you can avoid full coverage, I would recommend that. Use a tinted moisturizer or sheer formula that will let your skin show through, so you can avoid any caking or those telltale, dreaded marks on your nose and cheeks. Spot conceal under your eyes, around the edges of your nose, and any little blemishes instead of using full coverage on your whole face. If that’s not an option for you, start with primer, apply foundation, set with a translucent powder, then spray with a fix spray (I like Urban Decay “All Nighter”), then let it dry. Carry some blotting papers around with you and dab to keep the oil at bay, which will keep your makeup in place.

  4. liana says: May 13, 20163:00 pm

    great tutorial, check out mine and let me know how you like it! Loved the way you showed very step by step! =)

    http://twilightdelight.tumblr.com/post/143798544070/tips-for-a-flawless-makeup-look-with-glasses

    • Keiko Lynn says: May 14, 20161:06 am

      You have gorgeous eyes! You kind of remind me of one of my cousins:)

  5. Kizzi Webster says: May 13, 20166:03 pm

    I wear glasses almost everyday and find it really hard to find a makeup look that works for them! I think I’ll try this tomorrow! Do you have any tips for how to get foundation to stay when wearing glasses?

    • Keiko Lynn says: May 14, 20161:05 am

      If you can avoid full coverage, I would recommend that. Use a tinted moisturizer or sheer formula that will let your skin show through, so you can avoid any caking or those telltale, dreaded marks on your nose and cheeks. Spot conceal under your eyes, around the edges of your nose, and any little blemishes instead of using full coverage on your whole face. If that’s not an option for you, start with primer, apply foundation, set with a translucent powder, then spray with a fix spray (I like Urban Decay “All Nighter”), then let it dry. Carry some blotting papers around with you and dab to keep the oil at bay, which will keep your makeup in place.

  6. Pam says: May 13, 20166:27 pm

    I’ll definitely be trying this look out this weekend!

  7. La Bijoux Bella | by mia says: May 14, 20169:24 am

    Such simple and naturally beautiful makeup for just anyone, let alone one who wears glasses. Simply classy and naturally beautiful! 🙂

    La Bijoux Bella | by mia

  8. Mervi Emilia says: May 17, 20165:37 pm

    Lovely tutorial! I also wear glasses and sometimes it is hard to make the make-up look good with them. I usually combine certain kind of minimalism with boldness. Not too complicated, and not too subtle. Looks (and shows off) good, but doesn’t get too busy with the frames.

  9. Mariam says: May 17, 20167:01 pm

    Love your lipstick! Which one is it?

    • Keiko Lynn says: May 20, 201611:26 am

      It’s a mix of MAC Mehr and Bobbi Brown Roseberry.

  10. Mia says: August 27, 201610:09 pm

    What foundation and concealer do you use? BTW I love your pictures!

    • Keiko Lynn says: August 28, 20162:46 am

      Thank you! I don’t wear foundation, but I do like Too Faced bb cream and PCA bb cream. Usually I just do concealer – I love Bare Minerals stroke of light, UD Naked color correctors, and becca’s under eye brightener:)

  11. Bre says: October 17, 20169:26 pm

    These Prada frames haunt my dreams and I’ve had no luck tracking them down! Can you tell me what the name of this frame is called, pretty, pretty please?!

  12. illy junus says: January 8, 20173:50 pm

    Start writing here.Love the makeup and the Prada glasses