To stop glasses from slipping is a problem that’s too familiar for most of us. Do you ever look in the mirror after work to find the bridge of your nose red and covered in glasses marks? Are there smudges on the bridge of your frames and makeup on the lenses? The list is almost endless!

I’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks for some of the common problems with wearing glasses with makeup. I also spoke with a few Perth freelance Makeup Artists for a professional point of view.

 

Create a smudge-proof foundation base

A concealer is an option for areas where glasses touch the face, but it can also be thick and uncomfortable. Tilly from Matilda Fry Makeup Artistry suggests that the best way to keep glasses from smudging makeup is to wear as little foundation on the area as possible.

If you’re looking for a little more coverage in the area, but not looking to wear a lot of product there are a few more ways to get rid of red nose marks! Finish off the foundation base with a pressed powder. Using this instead of a loose powder will have the best results with minimal rub marks! Pressed powder can apply wet or dry and will provide coverage without creating a thick layer. Finish off with a spritz of setting spray.

Some other helpful tips

How to stop glasses from slipping on makeup

Trying to keep glasses from slipping is a problem that’s too familiar for most of us. Do you ever look in the mirror after work to find the bridge of your nose red and covered in glasses marks? Are there smudges on the bridge of your frames and makeup on the lenses? The list is almost endless! I’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks for some of the common problems with wearing glasses with makeup. I also spoke with a few Perth freelance Makeup Artists for a professional point of view!

Watching Lisa Eldridge’s make-up videos, she recommends a similar technique for avoiding glasses marks. Wearing as little foundation in the area as possible is the best option, but this might not work as well for those who don’t wear glasses all day! Using an oil absorbing primer is her go-to, backing it up with a matte foundation and a pressed powder.

Wearing eyeshadow primer on the nose bridge is also something to experiment with. As primer can stay sticky without a powder, look for a foundation with similar qualities. A light and buildable a matte foundation will have coverage before using a powder. Definitely, try a matte foundation if you haven’t already! To Lisa, wearing a combination of matte foundation and powder is perfect for overcoming those pesky nose marks.

I also spoke with Jamie-Lee, a freelance Perth makeup artist and she also says the less product used the better! Jamie suggests powdering the area to remove all stickiness of the foundation. Also, carry a soft synthetic concealer brush to blend out any marks left behind. This works best with minimal product left on the brush.

How to prevent an oily nose

Using an oil-control makeup primer can reduce the oiliness of skin and keep everything in place. Some primers for oily skin to try are the Benefit The PoreFessional Face Primer, Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer and the MAC’s Prep Prime Fix. These products leave a smooth surface, reducing the appearance of pores and helps the foundation to stay put all day!

After primer and foundation, apply loose powder. This seals wet or tacky foundation to help it last longer and prevent transfer onto clothes, hands and any runoff. The powder is colourless and will not show build up or thickness! Reapplying throughout the day will keep the face shine free as it soaks up the oil.

Another tool to experiment with is blotting paper, or the Blotterazzi and no, it’s not a fancy cocktail! The Blotterazzi consists of two beauty sponges within a mirror compact. This tool is part of the Beauty Blender family, allowing precise cushioned blotting. It’s an alternative to using throw-away blotting paper! It’s easy to absorb oil on the go, without disturbing the rest of your makeup look.

An alternative to the Blotterazzi is disposable blotting papers for oily skin. These are also useful to carry around and use on the go. They are stored in slim packs and will show how much oil is removed. Last of all, washing the face more than twice a day can dry out skin. This can cause the skin to produce more oil to replace what has been removed.

Final Tip: Don’t forget to prep your skin!

It all starts with keeping your skin in good condition. I also spoke with Tilly about the ins and outs of understanding skin. The texture is the most important part of deciding which products will work for you.

Is your skin is oily or dry throughout the day? This will determine the best prep and foundation products to stop glasses from slipping, and to create the most flawless looking skin. Tilly says, “I have fairly normal skin that can dry out and my foundation creases easily”. Her routine includes moisturising and using a lightweight foundation. This way, Tilly only adds coverage where necessary with a concealer.

The five steps for preparing skin via The Body Shop Blog are:

  1. Cleanser – Removing dirt from the surface of your skin, rinse off with warm water
  2. Exfoliate – Removing dead skin to reveal a smooth clean surface. This step isn’t for every day, every few days is fine for exfoliating!
  3. Apply a Serum/ Moisturise – A serum will lock in moisture after exfoliating, moisturiser will help plump the skin.
  4. Primer – A primer creates an even skin surface after the steps above, it also acts as a barrier between skin and makeup. This holds makeup in place, prevents oils from combining and foundation from oxidising.

These steps allow the skin to glow and look fresh under foundation, and also help lasting makeup throughout the day!

 

Special thanks to Matilda Fry and Jamie-Lee West


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