5 Ways to Ensure Your Makeup Shines Under Reading Glasses

If you’re afraid your eye makeup look will get lost behind reading glasses, you’re not alone. Unfortunately, the accessory still carries this stigma that men and women should only wear them when absolutely necessary or behind closed doors. In actuality, wearing glasses presents an opportunity to better frame and highlight the eyes, as you can play more with product and applications that might feel heavy without them.

According to Julie Fredrickson, CEO and Founder of Stowaway Cosmetics, “the trick to looking great with glasses is giving your eyes as much dimension as possible by highlighting areas, like your inner eye, and pushing back and framing others, like your crease.”

Stowaway Eye Palette

Stowaway Cosmetics

Ahead are 5 ways to make your eyes radiant under a set of specs, all of which can be down with a shadow set, like Stowaway’s Essential Eye Palette ($26). 

Contour your crease- Since wearing glasses can change how others perceive the depth and dimension of your eyes, a little eye contour along the crease goes a long way.

“The crease is where the top of your eyelid and your brow bone meet in an indentation.  Use a nice neutral color on your lid and then use a dark brown, mauve or even black in your crease to create a shadow pushing back the crease and adding in depth. I will usually use one of my matte brown or mauve shades in Stowaway’s Essential Eye Palette.”

Use an illuminator in the inner eye, under eye line and under brow bone– Fredrickson also says that “drawing in attention and light to your eyes underneath lenses will help them appear brighter and wider and contrast beautifully with a darkened crease. Remember you are adding back in dimension so choose a color that contrasts with the crease color.” The best way to do this is by adding a little shimmer.

Line your upper lid– Although fully lining the top and bottom lash lines can look super glamorous, it can also feel heavy and push back your eyes underneath glasses, making you look sleepy. “Instead, use one line on your top lid as tight as you can get to your lash line,” says Fredrickson. “I like using a brown eyeliner here personally, as it keeps your eyes defined without being harsh.”

Wing It-  Concerned that your glasses are making your eyes look closer together? Simply extend the line of your eyes by extending your eyeliner with a wing. “Most glasses are wider than your eye and it gives you the chance to do the wide-eyed look without it being too wild.”

Groom Your Brows- Glasses already act as a frame, so make sure your real eye frames- your brows- are brushed and filled in. “No need to go full squared off Instagram-brow, just make sure they are tidy,” says Fredrickson. “I use a light matte brown and the angled brush in Stowaway’s Essential Eye Palette to quickly get stray hairs in place and fill in any sparse areas.”

The Best Curl-Defining Techniques For Natural Hair, According to YouTube

Although I’ve gotten over my deeply rooted frizzy hair complex, that doesn’t mean I’ve neglected my search for an easy way (key word: easy) to make my curls bounce and spiral. In fancier terms, I want definition and to enhance what’s already there. What I’ve learned is that sometimes gels and creams simply don’t cut it.

When you factor in all of the processes we typically put our strands through–like coloring or heat-styling–it’s no wonder our natural curls start to fall flat over time. What we really need to do beyond investing in curling products is literally manipulate our hair back into its original pattern. Albeit it takes time and consistency, there are some tried and true techniques that prove this to be true.

Now, if you’ve got textured hair like me, the gamut is pretty wide, but the results and prep time slightly vary. Over the course of my natural hair journey, I’ve grown to love a slew of black vloggers, like Pretty Girls With Curls and Mini Marley, whose curls seems to always flourish without effort. What they have in common are these five defining methods. Ahead, a refresher on what each of them are and what to expect as you try them.

Shingling Method

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This tool-free method works best on detangled, damp hair, but requires a lot of product, such as an alcohol-free gel or moisturizing cream. Start by separating the hair into four sections. From there, take a small section from one of those sections and rake or smooth product through from roots to tips.

If you’re feeling extra ambitious, define and elongate each curl within that smaller section by raking your fingers through. After that, try not to touch your hair as it dries overnight or otherwise. This process can feel tedious, depending on your hair length, so maybe not the best option for those on a time crunch.

Finger Coils Method

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Like the shingling method, you can begin the finger coiling technique by splitting your hair into four sections and split each of those into two sub-sections ( 8 total). Next detangle each section (or detangle the entire head beforehand) and apply a curl activator of your choice. Take one of your subsections and grab a small piece of hair from it.

Coat your index finger in a dab of curl activator and twist the strand around it, hold for a few seconds and loosen. It doesn’t matter how big or small the curl is; it’s simply a matter of personal preference, although the smaller the curl, the more definition you’ll see overall. After you’re done, you can allow your hair to air-dry. This method is also tedious, so save it for a lazy Sunday.

Two or Three-Strand Twist Out Method

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The twist-out is the most popular curl-defining method before it can be done on dry or wet hair. When done on wet hair, the results are smaller, spiral-y curls and on heat-styled hair, you can expect to see bigger waves. Start by separating your hair into three or four sections. Take one section and spray it with water or a styler (best option for dry hair) to add moisture.

Once you’ve detangled with a comb or your fingers, separate a small section within your sub-section and split it into three strands. From there, take the strand furthest on the right, rotate it over to the left and repeat until you’ve gotten to the ends. Once your entire head is done, wear the twists overnight to really lock in the definition and remove when you wake up.

Braid Out Method

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This method is nearly identical to the twist-out method, except you’re doing traditional braids throughout the hair instead. For best results, start with freshly shampooed and deep-conditioned hair. You should also begin your braids in the back of the head, so you can easily see that section, while everything else is pinned away, giving you a clearer view. The amount of braids you do will depend on the amount of time you have and how big you want your curls to be. Again, if you’re looking for skinny spirals, aim for smaller-sized ones.

Flexi-Rod or Perm Rod Set Method

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If you prefer doing your hair right before bed so it has ample time to settle, a flexi-rod set will keep all of your hard work secure and in place as you sleep. You can pick up these styrofoam sticks at your local beauty supply store and

Lay the rod flat against your scalp and wrap the hair around the rod, working your way down. If you want a smoother look, stop every couple of seconds to brush through the curls. Once you’re done wrapping the hair, bend both ends of the rods into each other until you form a tight circle. Repeat this throughout the hair and hold your entire do in place with a silk and satin bonnet. After you’ve removed the rods in the morning, use a tail comb to gently style the curls without disturbing their newly-defined shape.