Think of primer as a blank canvas for your painting: it helps to even out your complexion and ensures your makeup stays put for longer, which is particularly important when you’re wearing an accessory prone to rubbing off make-up. But always be sure the product matches your skin type – as celebrity make-up artist Lisa Eldridge advises: “Be guided by your skin type – if your skin is a bit more on the oily side, you need to use an oil absorbing primer."
MUA’s Pro Base Oil-Free Primer is a high performance, budget friendly option that’ll help to smooth creases and reduce shine in oil-prone areas, whilst Estee Lauder’s The Mattifier works to control oil production and provides a slightly more velvety finish.
“The main complaints [are around] foundation,” says Eldridge. “The first thing I’d say is not to put a lot of foundation on your nose – if you’re wearing a thick foundation, anything that’s weighing into it is going to make indentation marks. The less you put on that area the better.”
It goes without saying that wearing glasses instantly brings more attention to your face, so you’ll want to ensure your base is flawless. With acacia gum micro beads that plump the skin, Clarins’ Pore Perfecting, Matifying Foundation is a saviour for large pores, but if you’re worried about your skin looking flat, go for the Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation instead – a cult favourite thanks to its multi-dimensional finish. Those who prefer a powder foundation to keep shine at bay should try the all-natural Nude By Nature, which provides buildable coverage in a light finish and, thanks to its mineral credentials, is a great option for acne-prone skin.
One of the best tools out there for applying foundation is the Sigma 3DHD blender. Its multi-faceted shape allows you to reach each curve and crevice and the density of the sponge ensures an ultra-smooth finish with minimal waste – no wonder it sold out within hours of its initial release.
Choosing the right powder can be a headache for wearers of specs. It’s necessary for staving off oil build up but can often leave skin looking flat. “Go for a luminous hue that doesn’t make you look washed out,” suggests Giulia Angolini of The Blonde Salad. Charlotte Tilbury’s Genius Loose Powder is a saviour for paler skin as it comes in shades light enough to be undetectable. Those with darker skin tones will love MAC’s Pro Longwear Powder for its longevity and range of shades.
Sculpting your face and highlighting its natural angles gives a sharper look that’s really flatters a pair of glasses. Cult beauty brand Pixi has the go-to palette of the season, aptly named the Book of Beauty Contour Creator. Featuring three shades for brightening and highlighting and another three for contouring and bronzing, it’s a one stop shop for that chiselled look. What’s more, it’s made from finely milled powder, so is far more frame-friendly. Subtly accentuate your cheekbones with the darker shades by applying some directly below, before highlighting your brow bones and outer eye socket.
As makeup artist Chloe Morello points out, “Because your eyebrows are framing the glasses, you need to have them done really nicely.” First off, pluck away strays with a precise, angled tweezer – the Ultra Precision Tweezer from Tweezerman will get to even the finest of hairs and is easy to slip into your handbag for last minute maintenance.
Next, give thickness a boost with a brow powder. Choose a shade no more than one or two shades different to your natural colour and go with something smudge-proof to avoid ruining your look every time you adjust your glasses. Too Faced Bulletproof Brows has become a cult classic thanks to its easy-to-apply formula. Using the brush, always sweep the colour upwards to give brows a lifted, lighter look.
There’s nothing like the perfect cat flick under a pair of statement frames. Rather than opting for heavy eyeshadow, go for a strong liner look to make your eyes really pop: “If you go bold with the frames, go bold with the liner,” Stila makeup artist Sarah Lucero advises. Not got a steady hand? Christian Dior’s Diorshow Art Pen is great for beginners – the colour is buildable, meaning there’s more room to work up to a dramatic look and you don’t have to nail it first time. A more purse-friendly option is Maybelline's Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner, which has a superfine tip perfect for creating a more subtle look.
Contrary to popular belief, don’t go too heavy on the mascara under glasses – there’s nothing more irritating than your lashes hitting the lenses. Build up volume at the root to get a full look, but only brush lightly over the ends. Benefit’s They’re Real! Mascara helps to both lengthen and volumize without adding too much weight, allowing your lashes to stay lifted and helping your eyes to pop. For the natural look, opt for brown rather than black.
A bold lip enhances both light and heavy frames, adding the wow-factor to your everyday look. The outline needs to be super precise to make your lips really stand out – the Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint has become a modern classic and is the perfect colour for every skin tone. As it comes in liquid form, it’s also much easier to apply and lasts all day, without so much as a coffee cup transfer.