We are excited to have Amy Clarke guest post on our blog today! Amy was the makeup artist on our last photo shoot and she has a ton of great tips for you gals who wear glasses out there. Be sure to check out her site and keep on reading for some of her amazing tips!
When looking for a foundation, choose a powder or mineral foundation versus liquid or cream formulas. Liquid and cream foundations tend to migrate under your frames, leaving unsightly marks on the bridge of your nose and cheeks. For under the eyes, choose a shade that’s one shade lighter then your natural skin color. This will brighten your under eye and help conceal any dark circles. Makeup Artist Trick: For really dark under eye circles, apply an orange lipstick and blend in with your fingertips. Then apply your concealer on top using a concealer brush. Make sure to set concealer with a mineral powder so that it doesn’t settle in any fine lines.
To keep your makeup in place, I recommend adding a setting spray to your makeup regimen. My secret weapons are Skindinavia’s Finishing Sprays. They work with any foundation or powder, and will hold your eye shadow, foundation, concealer and blush in place for 16 hours. The Original formula is great for all skin types. For oilier skin types, use their “No More Shine”. They even have a formula called “10 Years Younger”. It prevents makeup from migrating into fine lines and wrinkles. It totally works!
Favorite Products: Jane Iredale Pure Pressed Base $52 (www.JaneIredale.com Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage $28 (Nordstrom) YSL Touche Eclat Radiant Touch Concealer $40 (Sephora), Skindinavia Finishing Sprays $29 (www.skindinavia.com)
Favorite Tools: Sigma Concealer Brush #F75 $10 (www.sigmabeauty.com)
2. NEUTRAL EYES
You have to be careful when selecting a shadow for your framed eyes. The colors you wear should complement the color of your frames as well as the color of your eyes. Your best bet is to go with warmer, neutral tones. Shimmery eye shadows are also great and easy to apply. First prime your lid. Then, brush a cream colored matte eye shadow all over your lid. Next, take a shimmery medium-brown shade to the crease of the eye. Starting from the outside of the eye, brush the shadow in toward the nose in a windshield wiper motion. Lastly, apply a darker brown or plum shadow to the outer parts of your eyes, creating a sideways “V” shape to really define your crease. You can take that same dark color and brush it under your lower lash line for added definition. To make your eyes really pop, apply a cream colored liner to your lower water line.
Favorite Products: Urban Decay Naked Eye shadow Palette $50 or The Naked Basic Eye shadow Palette $27, Urban Decay Eye shadow Primer Potion $18 (Sephora)
Favorite Tools: MAC 217 Blending Brush $22.50 (Nordstrom)
3. BIG LASHES
Apply one to two coats of mascara to make sure your lashes really stand out. Before you Coat them, curl them. Then apply your mascara. That way, your lashes won’t hit your lenses. And make sure your lashes are dry before you put your glasses on to avoid smudging the inside of your frames! Makeup Artist Trick: Heat up your eyelash curler with your blow dryer and then curl your lashes. It works on even the most relcutant lashes. Smudge-proof or waterproof mascara is best for girls who wear glasses.
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Favorite Products: Tarte Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara $19 (Sephora), Rimmel London Max Lash Waterproof Mascara $6.75 (Walgreens)
Favorite Tools: Shu Emura $19 (www.shuuemura.com) or e.l.f. eyelash curler $1.99 (Target)
4. DEFINE YOUR EYE
A good rule of thumb when applying eyeliner is to mimic the thickness of your frames. If you have thin frames, go with a thin liner. Thicker frames apply a thick liner. Also, pay attention to the width of your frames. If the width of your frames extends well beyond the sides of your eyes, go ahead and wing out the liner. If your frames are a bit narrow, just follow your lash line without extending. You can add shape to your eye by making the outer liner thicker then the inner eye. This will create an illusion of a lifted, more youthful lid.
Favorite Products: Bobbi Brown Long wear Gel Eyeliner $21, Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Black Waterproof Cream Eyeshadow.$23 (Sephora.)
Favorite Tools: Sonia Kashuk Bent Eyeliner Brush. $5.99 (Target)
5. WELL-GROOMED BROWS
Some glasses will cover your eyebrows, while others will frame them. Either way, with glasses your eyebrows are more noticeable. Make them stand out for all the right reasons! Keep up on your grooming, whether you wax, thread or tweeze. Make sure they are nicely trimmed and shaped. For any sparse spots, fill them in with an eyebrow pencil or shadow. For barely-there brows, I love using Make Up For Ever’s Aquabrow Waterproof Eyebrow Corrector. It comes in 7 shades, and will stay put (even after a workout).
Favorite Products: Make Up For Ever’s Aquabrow Waterproof Eyebrow Corrector, $20 (Sephora), MAC’s Eyebrow Crayon in “Fling” $15 (Nordstrom) This color works for almost every skin tone and hair color.
Favorite Tools: Tweezerman Slant Tweezers $22 (www.tweezerman.com), MAC #266 Small Angle Brush $20 (Nordstrom)
6. BOLD LIPS
It’s easy for a girl with glasses to get away with a bright red or a deep blackberry pout. A bright or bold lip color can add interest to a face that has been seen wearing mostly the same frames. Change it up a little! It’s the easiest way to transform a face.
Favorite Products: Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Rouge Long wearing Lip Stain in “Iconic Red” $24 (Sephora) Wet N Wild Lipstick in “Vamp” $1.99 (Walgreens)
Favorite Tools: Make Up For Ever’s Lip Brush 3N $18 (Sephora)
Thanks Amy for guest posting and sharing those amazing tips! Which ones will you be trying?