The heat is on and summer is here, which means it’s time to get your sweat-proof makeup game on and hone in on a summer-appropriate smolder. But what about warm-weather makeup for girls who wear glasses? A lot of times, wearing glasses can either over-enhance or take away from your eye makeup. The trick to doing your eye makeup is to know what hues to use for your contouring, how much shimmer to use — or not use, for that matter — and an appropriate intensity that will balance out any prescription. Here’s your game-changing summer smoldering smokey eye, designed with bespectacled ladies in mind, that you can achieve in one, two, three easy steps!


Prep: Flawless Face


For your base makeup, go for our go-to flawless face base makeup tutorial, which is a great starting point for any look. Since we’re going really neutral with this smokey eye, you can have a little fun with your lipstick. In this case, Kelli is wearing Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Cotton Candy ($26).

Step 1: Warm Crease Contour


Using a fluffy brush, contour the creases of your eyes using a warm-toned neutral shadow, like NARS Matte Eyeshadow in Persia ($25). You could also use a bronzer if you want to hack this hue!

Step 2: Bright Shimmery Base


On your eyelids, at the base of your lash line, add a brightening shimmer shadow like Virgin from Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palette ($54). This will help the light reflect off your eyes even through your glasses.

Step 3: Soft Smokey Corners


For the smokey effect, you can use a soft, shimmery brown shadow to define the outside corners of your eyes and along the lower lash line as you taper the shadow down into the inside corners of your eyes. Kelli is using Shimmering Brown NARS NARSissist L’amour Toujours L’amour Eyeshadow Palette ($59).

Finishing Touches: Brown Eyeliner + Mascara


You can totally go with a black liner here if you choose, but a great way to keep your smokey eye soft and summer-appropriate is to use a deep brown liner instead. Kelli is actually hacking the TrèStiQue Define, Sculpt + Set Brow Pencil in Americano ($25) as her eyeliner. Curl your lashes and add a coat of your favorite mascara. Keep the mascara to one coat though — if you go too big here, your lashes will touch your specs and look more clumpy from the glasses.

It’s gorgeous as-is if you feel compelled to skip your lenses and opt for your contacts.


…and gorgeous with the specs! You can still see the shimmering bronzed smokey look beautifully.


Nailing the look is not as difficult as you might have thought, right? Also, at the end of the day, this is just a guideline for those of you who are looking for a more balanced look. Your preference may just be to go big with your eye makeup because you love the more dramatic look played up by your favorite frames, or perhaps your glasses are your perfect excuse to rock no makeup on your eyes and opt for a bold lip instead! Either way, your look will shine as long as you feel beauty-full in it.

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