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First things first: Removing your glasses is necessary to put on makeup, but doing so has obvious disadvantages. Compensate for your lack of sharp focus by applying makeup under bright lighting and using a strong magnification mirror, between 5X and 10X, recommends makeup pro Sonia Kashuk.Behind the Looking Glass
Glasses cast shadows that can make undereye circles look even darker. No matter what your skin tone, a creamy yellow-based concealer will best counteract any bluish discoloration, notes Kashuk. To prevent frames from rubbing foundation off the bridge of your nose and tops of your cheeks, always finish with a dusting of loose or pressed powder. Also, use blotting papers throughout the day to absorb the extra oil that can build up under the rim of your frames.A Little Eye Magic
"Eyeglass frames tend to create a hard edge around your eyes," says Kashuk. "Because of that, keep your eye makeup natural and soft." To counter lenses' natural distortion, adjust the application as follows:
Lashes can lose some of their luster behind glasses, so an eyelash curler is a godsend. It gives lashes "an upward swing to help prevent them from hitting against your lenses," says Kashuk, and the curl immediately gives you an open-eye look. A final coat or two of waterproof mascara will ensure your lashes won't leave streaks on the lenses. Spectacular!
1. When choosing a frame, you should think about your brow shape, advises brow expert Ramy Gafni, adding that they shouldn't compete with each other. The pictures at left illustrate the three classic brow shapes and the best frames for each. Also, keep some space between the brows and the frames to keep them from looking like one big line, says Gafni.
2. Lloyd Boston, style expert for LensCrafters, suggests that you pick a frame color based on your skin tone. Pink or rose frames will warm up fair complexions. Metal frames, such as lightweight titanium or silver, complement cool skin tones. Bright colors, like red and orange, as well as bronze or gold, look great against warm and olive skin.
3. Classic tortoiseshell frames are universally flattering. The dappling of lighter and darker tones complements nearly everyone, says Boston.
4. Choose a frame that balances the shape of your face. "A round face will look best with a geometric or square frame, while a square face is best with a rounder, softer frame," says Boston. Oval shapes look great on nearly everyone.
Originally published in Ladies' Home Journal, November 2006.