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Top tips. How to do your make up if you wear glasses.

Article by Ceri Wheeldon

Our 50s is a time of life when more and more of us start to wear glasses. But how do we adapt our make-up?

Firstly  look at the shape of your frame, when you apply your make-up you need to create balance with your face. Do have large bold rimmed glasses? Frameless?

Whatever shape of frame you have chosen glasses draw more attention to the brow area.  Fill in sparse brows with a pencil or even an eyeshadow that tones with your brows. If you have overplucked your brows in the past, or if you are concerned about thinning brows, there are some great brow enhancer products to stimulate growth such as Revitabrow or EyeCandy (see our video review of lashes and brow products).  If you wear frameless glasses you will need a stronger brow to create a frame for your face.

Any shape frame draws attention to the eye area.  Make sure it is well hydrated. If you have dark circles use a cream concealer or illuminator – blend well – glasses tend to accentuate any mistakes or crepiness!

If your lens prescription makes your eyes look bigger, use an eyeliner across the top of your lashes. If you are wearing a ‘bold’ frame, Bobbi Brown recommends you emphasise your eyes more by wearing thicker eyeliner so your eyes don’t get lost inside the frame. You want your eyes to be seen as well as your frames!

If your lens prescription makes eyes look smaller, use eyeliner across top and bottom lashes. DON’T only use liner on the lower lid – you will make your eyes disappear!

Curl lashes to open up the eyes – practice the angle to avoid lashes hitting the lens! If you wear mascara on your lower lashes make sure that you are not creating more shadows ( and darker under eye circles). Don’t be too heavy handed!

If you wear bold framed glasses, you will need a strong lip colour to balance the face.


For tips on how to shape your brows, brow queen Shavata offers her tips.

Ceri Wheeldon

Ceri is Founder and Editor of Fabafterfifty.co.uk She is a frequent speaker at events and in the media on topics related to women over 50 , including style and living agelessly. With 20+ years experience as a headhunter Ceri also now helps support those looking to extend their working lives.

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  1. Gill Goddard

    December 28, 2012

    And with this article you use a picture of a woman obviously in her twenties! I give up!!!

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