The Secrets To Rocking The Glasses Look

Arielle Benasillo
Arielle Benasillo is a 23 year old New Yorker who's passion for makeup is real. Growing up with both parents as hair stylists, the skill ran in the family. She recently graduated from Make Up Forever Academy New York certifying her in beauty & fashion, theatrical, special effects makeup and body painting. Arielle is now a freelance makeup artist working on photo shoots, weddings and events, as well as being employed at Salon S for makeup artistry. On her free time she enjoys traveling, being outdoors, froyo night with her roommates, and taking advantage of bottomless brunch in Manhattan with friends.

Thanks to a brutal allergy season in NYC, I have had no choice but to wear glasses for the last three months. Luckily, I bought a new pair and geek chic is the new thing so I’ll take it. The first month was rough, but I’ve adjusted and have gradually become more familiar with the most flattering makeup looks while wearing glasses. Here are some tips and tricks to help you rock the glasses look.


1. Keep the eyes simple: Don’t overdo it on the eye makeup. You always should keep in mind that frames are already lining the eyes. Things will get way too busy if you add in too much more. Instead of a smoky eye, keep it light so your eyes appear bigger, brighter and open. Wearing liner on the top lid will  allow the eyes to pop. Wearing liner on the water line, however, will actually make the eyes appear smaller.


2. Wear concealer: Tired eyes will never be cute- especially when they’re magnified through your lens.  So a little eye concealer will go a long way. This will solve a lot of the problems associated with wearing your glasses and your eyes will show some life behind the frames. My favorites are YSL Touche Eclat and Make Up Forever Lift Concealers.


3. Curl your lashes: This I’ve learned by experience. If I don’t curl my lashes, they’re constantly hitting my lenses, which results in tiny black flakes all over them from the mascara coming off.


4. Powder/blot around nose: If I don’t powder around where my glasses rest on my nose, they slide down all day and I’m constantly pushing them up and adjusting (nerd alert). Having something sitting on the bridge of your nose can, of course, get oilier than other spots. Blotting around these areas with oil-blotting papers will help to keep it oil free and less prone to breakouts, along will keeping your glasses from sliding.

You can also use an eye primer to keep your glasses in place. I like Urban Decay’s Prime Potion. You just place a small amount in the spot where your glasses rest on your nose, followed by a little bit of powder.


Last but not least – remember that glasses are not a shield, they’re magnifying. So be sure to follow these few tips and you’ll be looking fab in those frames.


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