Makeup Tips for Glasses Wearers

Wear glasses like I do? Simply follow the guidelines below and you will get your peepers sparkling in no time!

* Keep your skin polished with a tinted moisturizer and concealer. Set any oily areas, the bridge of your nose and the top of your cheeks with powder to prevent the frames from rubbing off your base.

* Avoid really bright or shimmery blushes – they will make you look like a clown. Go with an apricot or soft pink blush in a matte formula.

* Glasses cast shadows which can make your undereye circles appear worse. Camouflage any discolorations with a yellow-based concealer and remember to set it with powder.

* Keep your brows neat and tidy by brushing them upwards with a spoolie then filling in any sparse areas with a pencil or powder. Thin wire frames look best with higher, thinner brows while thick bold frames look best with thicker brows with a natural arch.

* Different techniques should be used depending on your lenses. For those of you who are farsighted, your lenses can magnify your eyes hence you should keep your eye makeup relatively understated. Skip black liner which can look stark. Smudge a brown or gray eyeshadow along your lash lines and follow with a few coats of mascara.

On the contrary, lenses for those who are nearsighted can make your eyes appear smaller. For a natural look, try tightlining your upper and lower lash lines with a black pencil, then curl your lashes followed with several coats of mascara.

* If you want a sultrier look like Korean singer Hyolee above, smudge a black pencil or Revlon Bedroom Eyes Powder Liner all over your upper and lower eyelid. Remember to smudge and smudge and keep the color within your frames so the overall look is not too harsh. Finish the look by curling your lashes and applying several coats of mascara.

* Anything goes as long as you keep the color natural. I highly recommend MAC Viva Glam II Lipstick.

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE,, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


  1. can you please have some more new pictures under “my looks” and can you show some more eyeshadow looks
    especially with glitter eyeshadow.

  2. Hey, you have the one of the best makeup blogs out there! You should check out and post there too.

  3. hi~ I’m going to HK in December and I was just wondering where is a good place I can go to find good makeup and skincare products (ex. Kose, kanebo etc.) Thanks ~ ~ :)

  4. hello! i just wanted to ask, i recently purchased the revlon bedroom eyes powder eyeliner; while it works great, it seems to fade off quickly, even if i moisturize my eye area beforehand so the shadow might stick. do you have any tips on how to keep it from falling?

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