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5 Makeup Tips For Girls Who Wear Glasses


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I have the worst eyesight ever. I’ve been wearing contacts for more than half my life and sometimes a girl just needs a break. Thick as they may be, my glasses provide a welcome one from the my usual state of lens-stuck-to-eyeball.

But let’s be real about something: Feeling cute when you’re wearing glasses isn’t easy. I always think other girls (or guys for that matter) look great when they wear a cool pair – but when it comes to myself, I just seem to feel frumpy when I forgo the contacts.

I think it has more to do with the fact that I wear zero makeup and more casual clothes when I leave my glasses on. Sure, sometimes you just want to roll out of bed and run out the door, but other times you want to wear those glasses out to a bar and feel really nerdy chic in them. So how do you apply makeup when you decide to do this? Here are some ideas.

Focus elsewhere: The day you wear glasses is a great day to experiment with a fun lip stain or a shimmery blush. And no, I’m not saying this because I think you should try to draw everyone else’s eyes away from yours so you can trick them into thinking those glasses aren’t actually there. I’m suggesting this because I can’t see a damn thing when I don’t have my glasses on and I want to apply makeup that doesn’t require me to take them off while applying.

Apply a light shimmery eyeshadow: Pale shadow isn’t like liquid eyeliner – it doesn’t need to be perfect to look good. You can literally rub your finger around in the compact and then smear the powder all over you lid and it’ll all be okay. It’ll also attract light, which looks really cool when magnified under the lens of glasses.

Contour: I’ve found that my glasses make my face look a little bit rounder. Using bronzer to create the illusion of hollow cheekbones will counteract this a lot.

Highlight: Glasses can create shadows on your face so applying a highlighter to you chin, down the bridge of your nose and right under your brow bone can bring back some of the light that gets lost.

Let down your hair: Leave you down when you wear glasses – loose, imperfect hair counteract the whole bookworm look. I can’t really talk because I usually step out with a six-inch high messy bun pile on my head when I wear my glasses. But do as I say, not as I do.

I'm a Chicago-based writer and graduate of the Medill School of Journalism who has written for sites like,,,,, Racked, Thrillist and The Huffington Post.