Enhancing Your Look: Simple Makeup Tips for Glasses Wearers

16th May 2017

If you want to make your eyes the focal point of your face rather than your prescription glasses, it’s a good idea to pick up some great makeup tips. The makeup artist Ariane Poole put together some great pieces of advice that she uses to help dramatise the eyes for Channel Four. Here are some of the main pointers, see what new tricks you can learn.

Make Up Tips for Far-Sighted Prescription Glasses

Firstly, we will look at makeup tips for far-sighted prescription glasses. Far-sighted glasses can make the eyes appear larger. Here are some makeup tips to make your eyes appear smaller. 

Colours to Use & Colours to Avoid

First of all, Ariane recommended that you avoid shimmering shades or pale colours. The reason for this is because far-sighted glasses can make the eyes appear larger. If you use frosted or shimmering tones the effect can create a bug-eyed appearance which is something to be avoided.

The best option is to choose matte tones. Matte tones create a soft, non-reflective finish that can help reduce the perceived size of your eyes when wearing far-sighted glasses. However, ensure you avoid anything that is too light as extremely light colours can still enhance the eyes' apparent size. Look for bright colours and experiment to find a shade that suits you.

If you really don’t like to wear colour, you could stick to a safer option such as taupe or soft lilac. These colours can provide a balanced, elegant appearance that complements your glasses and overall style while helping to diminish the visual enlargement caused by your far-sighted prescription lenses.

If you would like your eyes to appear smaller you can achieve this by defining your eye and using smoky tones such as navy blues, dark plums, and brown. Use most of the colour closer to your lash line.

Use of Mascara & Fake Eyelashes

To complete your look, it's important to avoid using too much mascara. Excessive mascara application or the use of fake eyelashes can have unintended consequences when you wear far-sighted glasses. These actions may lead to your lashes brushing against your glasses, potentially causing damage to both your lashes and your eyewear.

Applying a minimal amount of mascara is often the best approach. Instead of going for voluminous, dramatic lashes, focus on enhancing their natural length and definition. Curl your lashes before applying mascara to give them a subtle lift, and use a mascara formula that provides a more natural, soft look. This will help prevent your lashes from coming into contact with your glasses and reduce the risk of damage.

Makeup Tips for Near-Sighted Prescriptions

Now, we’re looking at how to wear eye makeup if you have near-sighted ladies' glasses.

Near-sighted glasses make the eyes appear smaller than they are. You can use makeup to help make your eyes look wide and bright.

Colours to Use & Colours to Avoid

The first method to achieve this is to avoid wearing darker shades and tones. You can opt for choosing lighter colours. Lighter eyeshadow colours have the power to visually widen the eyes and make them look much bigger. These shades help reduce the appearance of larger eyes, which is especially beneficial for individuals wearing far-sighted glasses.

In addition to lighter shades, you can also use eyeshadows with a touch of shimmer or sparkle. Shimmery eyeshadows can add a radiant quality to your eye makeup and draw attention away from the size of your eyes. This is a technique that can work well regardless of your age. The subtle shimmer creates an effect that can help balance the appearance of your eyes behind your glasses.

Use of Eyeliner

Eyeliner should be a must-have in your makeup bag. Eyeliner used under the centre of your eyes and on the top of your lash line gives definition. This helps to attract the attention of others to your eyes rather than your frames. It's important to practice and adjust the eyeliner application to suit your unique style and comfort level, ensuring it complements your glasses and overall look.

Use of Mascara

You can also use mascara too which will frame the eye in an attractive way. A great trick used by makeup artists is the application of a highlighter. Use the highlighter just under your eyebrows. This works to make your eyes look bigger, perfect if you have a near-sighted prescription.

Grooming your Eyebrows

Finally, remember to pay attention to your eyebrows and keep them groomed. Many women neglect their eyebrows thinking that the glasses will hide them, but this isn’t the case! You can use your eyebrows to give your eyes more definition and help them to have a much more pronounced look. 


Experimenting with different eyeshadow shades and finishes will allow you to find the perfect combination that suits your skin tone, style, and glasses. Ultimately, the goal is to create a makeup look that enhances your overall appearance while minimising the perceived size of your eyes when wearing far-sighted glasses, or increasing the perceived size of your when wearing near-sighted glasses.

Your makeup should reflect your personality and style. Don't be afraid to explore different eyeshadow colours, textures, and techniques to discover what makes you feel the most confident and comfortable. By taking the time to experiment and adapt your makeup routine to your specific needs, you can achieve a look that highlights your best features and complements your glasses, resulting in a harmonious and balanced appearance.

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