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Makeup For Glasses Wearers + The Biggest Optical Shop in the Philippines

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My first pair of eyeglasses had a black frame that was dated. They look like the ones your mom or dad would wear as reading glasses although I’ve seen some nice ones from places like Felix Gray and other vision stores. I think I was in high school then. I’ve been wearing glasses since, but I’ve never really thought about how to wear my makeup effectively (?) with spectacles on. I just did my face the way I usually do, but it turns out that there are actually things I could do much better. Here’s what I learned about makeup for glasses wearers.

Lens matters

Just recently, I found out that near-sighted lenses make your eyes look smaller while far-sighted lenses make them look bigger. I wear near-sighted lenses, so I have to make my eyes look the way they do without glasses. One way to do it is to wear a flesh-toned or white liner on the waterline.

Line and define

I don’t usually line my lids because I’m admittedly not good at it, but doing so actually helps your eyes pop a bit. Go for eyeshadow shades that also capture the attention. If it’s your style, you can even go bright and loud.

High brow

Most frames cover a big portion of your brows. While I don’t think I can do it effectively, some makeup artists say you should define your brows and make them look higher in placement. I think I’ll stick to my usual routine, but if you’re someone who already has high, defined arches, maybe you can put this tip to use.

Shun shadows

Glasses can cast shadows under your eyes, making them look darker than they actually are. So make sure you use a brightening concealer to counter this and don’t forget to set with a powder.

No part left behind

The most commonly given tips are geared toward the eyes, as expected, but you shouldn’t forget the other parts of your face, too. Swipe a bit of colour on your cheek and give your lips some hue.

Frame fitting

The most important thing, before you actually delve into doing the makeup, is finding the right frame for your face shape. I used to go for straight ones, but I’ve learned over time that my round face is complemented better by a frame that has a square-ish but rounder bottom.
I was actually lucky to have been assisted by a wonderful staff of Owndays Philippines when I attended the launch of their biggest branch yet. The store, located at SM Megamall, is also dubbed the biggest optical shop in the Philippines. It’s 280 square meters of eyewear galore.
So, when you go there, you get to choose from hundreds of styles. And then they get you checked by their optometrists. Wait for 20 minutes, and you have new glasses. If you were interested in explore a lot of the possible styles right now, check out They have a fantastic range of glasses that could be a good reference point for you.
If you’re a glasses wearer, do let me know if any of these tips work for you, especially if you’re a fellow near-sighted person! Also, do check out the biggest Owndays branch in the world if you can!

Jorj Cornejo

Jorj writes and helps shape stories that stick in people's minds, tug at their heartstrings and move them to action. She spends her free time trying to read the whole Internet.

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