Any fellow near-blind ladies out there?! I can’t see a thing without my glasses or contacts, and if you’re blessed with less than perfect eyesight yourself, you’ll know that applying makeup can be a slightly tricky business, especially first thing in the morning. I’m actually ashamed to admit the amount of times I got so close to the mirror my brush handle ended up hitting the mirror while the other side poked me straight into the eye… Please tell me I’m not the only one! Anyway, I’ve been wearing glasses and contacts for the past ten years, and I think it’s safe to say I managed to figure out some great application techniques and tricks that help bring out your features despite the specs and make your eyes feel comfortable all day long when you’re wearing your contacts.
As mentioned, if you’re short-sighted, applying makeup without your glasses on can be an interesting process. First things first, I noticed that it’s a whole lot easier for me to apply makeup with short-handled brushes, as I can get closer to the mirror and actually see what I’m doing. I also find that light, neutral shades on the eyelids work best. I mean, if you’re feeling the smokey eye, obviously go for it, but with my glasses already creating shades around the eye area, I prefer brightening things up and leaving bolder shades for my lips. Large frames, which I personally am a fan of, also bring attention to the under eye area, so concealer is a must, and I also like to add a bit of eyeshadow under my eyes for some definition. When I’m wearing glasses, I never focus on creating gorgeous, layered eye makeup looks. The frame usually runs straight through that bit, so I rather apply a single shade and pop on some mascara. Speaking of which, curling your lashes beforehand is a must! If I don’t do it, my lashes always end up hitting the lenses, and I’m sure you agree it’s the most annoying thing ever. For the same reason, I also stay away from super lengthening and volumizing mascaras. For additional definition, a thin eyeliner on the upper lid works way better. And now my favourite part – the eyebrows. I always make sure mine look perfect, and I suggest you add some definition to yours too, especially when you’re wearing glasses. Trust me, it makes all the difference. Moving away from the eyes, a nice, soft blush is your friend too. It instantly brightens up and lifts up the face, adding some much needed colour to the neutral eye zone.
When you’re wearing lenses, you can go with pretty much whatever look floats your boat, as there’s no frames to disrupt your face, so to speak. But what you have to be more careful about are the actual products you use. Breathable daily disposable contacts like Focus Dailies by FeelGoodContacts are a good place to start. You’ll avoid itchy, dry and bloodshot eyes, as using a brand new pair every day will prevent you from putting in an already used pair that potentially contains particles of makeup you wore the day before. Eye drops can be a life saver as well! I make sure to have some in my bag every time I’m on the go, especially if I’m wearing heavy makeup, which tends to make its way into my eyes by the end of the day. If you’re wearing powder products, it’s bound to happen, which is why cream products are much kinder to the eyes, along with hypoallergenic products and products suitable for sensitive eyes. Having said that, if you can’t stay away from all the amazing powder pigments like I can’t, just make sure you at least close your eyes during the application. And definitely, definitely stay away from applying eyeliners in the waterline. Oh, and avoid flaky, clumpy and fiber mascaras. They’re the worst. Just two weeks ago, when I was trying out a new mascara, I had a ‘contacts meet mascara fall out’ situation on my hands, and it wasn’t pretty…
That’s it from me today! I do hope there’s someone out there who will find my tips helpful. But really, out of curiousity, how many of you are wearing glasses or contacts? Let me know in a comment below!