You know what they say: the eyes are the windows to your soul. While we might need some help in making sure our seeing department is at its best, this doesn’t mean you have to give up makeup just because of glasses. Whether you’re a newbie at the frame game or perhaps giving your peepers a break from contact lenses, here are a couple of my favorite tips on how to look as good as you see.
This is probably one of the more important tips. Wearing glasses can sometimes emphasize imperfections in the skin, especially if your glasses have a colour similar to the pigmentation in your complexion. Make sure you have a good foundation that evens out the skin tone and blemishes for a fresh look.
You know those annoying marks your glasses leave in your foundation around your nose and cheeks when you’ve been wearing them a while? I know, I hate them too! Here’s a little trick I like to use: pop some eyeshadow primer onto the areas where your glasses land, and set that with powder before putting them on. You’ll see that the chance of smudging or creasing in that area is a lot lower!
Make Sure You Mascara
Honey, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be wearing mascara. It opens up the eyes, defines your lashes and gives them some extra volume and length so you can flutter at that cutie that comes your way. Put on some dang mascara. Just do it.
Don’t Fear Colour
The best way to bring out your eyes is to use some colour. You can go fancy with this trick: choose colours that bring out the natural shade of your irises, or go bright and bold. I’m a jewel-tone kinda gal, so I picked a reddish maroon colour and winged it out. If you’re going to go for this kind of look, make sure you use a small, relatively firm angled brush for a super precise line.
Smoke It Out
If you need to look glam for a night out but worry a smokey eye may be too much for the frames, fret no more. The key to a glasses-friendly smokey eye is not to go overboard: apply the dark eyeshadow closer to the lashline and gently blend upwards. For a seamless gradient, use lighter shades on the crease and up, going till you’re satisfied with the results. This is a great method that’s flattering enough to keep you looking sultry without overpowering the glasses.
Big, Bold Lips
This might be my favorite tip of all. When in doubt, put on some bold lipstick and call it a day. It makes you look done up without needing a lot of effort, and if you keep your look monochromatic, you’ll look chic and put together. I’ve decided to use the same colour for my lips and my eyeliner and that’s Notion by Colourpop.
Honestly, the most important tip I can give you is just to be comfortable and be confident. Don’t let anyone tell you what you can or can’t wear, and be yourself, because self-love is the best kind of love (but don’t be a narcissist ok, nobody likes a narcissist).
If you’re wondering where I got my super cool glasses from, they’re Frank Custom glasses from Malaya Optical. Big thanks to Tammy from Plus Size Kitten (aka my boss) for linking us (Mira, Anis and myself) up with Ryan Ho, CEO of Malaya Optical and Stylist, Optician and Glasses Extraordinaire who was generous enough to give his time and effort as well as sponsor this pair of glasses.
Malaya Optical has 50 years of experience and spans over two generations, serving up optical care that you know you can trust. I had amazing help from the friendly staff and was given a professional and very technical consultation as to what was best for my eyes. They use super cool state-of-the-art instruments that made me go “ooh” and “ahh” a lot, Here are some of their tools and systems:
- The Slit Lamp with Optical Digital Zoom Camera by Nikon (to examine contact lenses fitting and cataract).
- Non-Contact Relax Tonometer by Reichert (to examine Intra Ocular Pressure, IOP or Glaucoma).
- High Definition Digital Retina Imaging by Canon (to examine Diabetic Retinopathy, Macular Degeneration or Retina Atropy).
- Zeiss iProfiler Ocular Wavefront Aberrometer.
- Auto refractometer.
- Atlas Corneal Topographer.
- Keratometer (to examine Refractive Errors up to 0.125 Diopter and also Corneal
- Curvature for a better fit of soft or RGP contact lenses).
- Zeiss Relax Vision Terminal (to examine pupillary distance and multifocal precision fitting height).
Like I said, super technical and super professional. I got my glasses pretty quickly (just a little over 2 weeks because they had to order the stock for the lenses) and they were fitted with Zeiss lenses.
Needless to say, I fell in love with them as soon as I popped them on, and I was super satisfied with how they looked (check out my happy face above). They feel really lightweight resting on the ears as well, and are very comfortable to wear.
I personally usually have a hard time finding the right kind of frames and lenses, so if you’re looking for some professional advice in that department, then you’ll want to check out Malaya Optical. Plus, look at how friendly and nice these people are! (P.S.: If you see Daniel, tell him Sydney says hi ok. #shameless).
Okay, here’s one last picture of me in the glasses:
I hope you guys found this post helpful! I know it’s rather picture-heavy, but I really wanted to give you as much information as I could. Let me know if you like these, and whether you try the tips or Malaya Optical for yourself.
*Products in this post were sent to me for review, but as always, I promise to give honest opinions and review of the products, no less.