Based in Washington D.C., Ayren Jackson-Cannady is so savvy that we wished she lived closer to NYC so that we could swap products with her. This beauty writer knows what’s up (she’s written for Fitness, Glamour, and Gloss Daily) and we’re excited to have her sharing her know-how and multi-culti beauty expertise as a contributing editor.
Whenever I see a woman with cool glasses (wayfarers are my favorite!) and standout makeup, I get seriously jealous. I look more four-eyes than fabulous when I try to recreate the makeup and eyeglasses look. I wanted to find out what I was doing wrong, so I appealed to a couple of makeup artists for some answers.
Curl Those Lashes
Your top eyelashes should be curled, says Carl Ray, a makeup artist in Washington, D.C. “Curling will prevent them from touching the lenses of your glasses.”
Pile On The Liner…
If your frames are bold, try to make eyeliner thicker and a little more smoky near the lash line—but only on your top lid. “I like to keep bottom lashes mascara and liner free to avoid casting a shadow on the under eye area,” adds Ray.
…And the Mascara
Makeup artist and host of iVillage’s DIY Beautify Andrew Sotomayor says that lenses obstruct other people’s ability to see your eyes, so wearing an extra coat of mascara or false lashes will bring things back into focus.
Save Shimmer For Days that You Wear Contacts
Blush or bronzer should be minimal, says Ray. Steer clear of too much shimmer, which will compete with your lenses.
Pair Your Specks with a Strong Lip
“Think of wearing glasses like wearing smoky eyes,” says Sotomayor. It’s fine to pair them with strong, pale, or natural lip colors. Don’t be afraid to team your glasses up with a strong lip (like YSL’s Rouge Volupte Silky Sensual Radiant Lipstick in Forbidden Burgundy) will give all of your features equal attention. A soft lip will keep all eyes on…well, your eyes.
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