Wearing glasses is no reason not to wear eye make up to enhance your eyes under the lenses. Glasses can be a striking fashion accessory, and with the right make up techniques, you can show off your eyes and make them look even more alluring.

Before you get out your shadows and brushes, take a few minutes to observe how your eyes look behind your lenses, as the type of vision problem being corrected plays a role. Do your lenses make your eyes look larger, or do they look smaller once you put on your glasses? Once you determine the size of your eyes behind your glasses, you can begin selecting makeup products and techniques.

The first thing to think of is the use of foundation, making sure that it is wiping and water resistant. Frames often cast a shadow across the face, so use a foundation one shade lighter than your skin tone in these areas.

As a general rule with eye makeup, remember that less is more! The bolder your frames, the more understated your make up should be. Use cream eye shadows rather than powders, to prevent powdery flakes from getting onto your lenses, and waterproof mascara is best so that there is no smudging on your glasses.

Begin by applying a coat of the lightest shade of eye shadow from the lid up to the brow bone. The medium shade will go over the lid area, and the darkest shade varies, depending on how large or small your eyes look behind the lenses. To compensate for magnified eyes sweep the darkest shade across the crease and socket area of the eye. Avoid using shimmering shades. Smaller eyes should have a smaller amount of darker shade, across the socket in the outer corner of the eye only. To brighten and open up the eyes, use a highlighter or white eyeliner to the inner corner of the eye. If using eyeliner, use a subtle line to avoid a stark look behind your glasses. Mascara should be limited to a coat or two for magnified eyes, but more mascara will create a wider look for eyes which appear smaller behind the lenses.

Glasses will emphasise smudges, so once your make up is applied, blend it carefully and check for smudging.

A Few General Hints

Polarised lenses and shaded lenses tend to tone down colours; so use your eye makeup more boldly if you wear either of these.

Make sure you match your eyebrows to the frame of your glasses.

Contact lens users should always insert their lenses before they apply makeup. This prevents makeup particles from getting under the lens, causing the eyes to water and your makeup to run. Given that powder has a tendency to push itself between the eye and the lens, contact lens wearers should choose liquid or cream-based eye shadow. Use eyeliners preferably on the upper lid and not on the bottom one, because it may get beneath the lens as well.

If you are wearing a bold or colourful frame, make sure you use a more subtle lipstick colour. If your glasses have a more understated classic look, choose a bolder lipstick colour.

If your vision is very blurry without your glasses, ask your optometrist about makeup glasses, which are designed to allow you to fold the lenses away individually. As a result, one of your eyes can see very well while you are applying makeup to the other one. You can also use a makeup mirror with a zoom effect. This may simplify the application of eye makeup and is convenient for travel as well.