Even those who wear contacts reach for their frames on certain days. Here, six steps to looking awake from one of our bespectacled beauty editors.

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Add a bright red lip color. Red lips and glasses go together inexplicably well. (For more expert tips, see a makeup guide for every eye shape.)
Emily Kinni
Emily Kinni

Setting Powder

A little setting powder goes a long way in preventing glasses from slipping throughout the day. Load up a fluffy brush with translucent powder and dust it down the bridge and sides of your nose to sop up any excess oil.

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Concealer

Glasses can actually magnify under-eye shadows so you definitely still need concealer. To avoid using too much, which can look cakey, apply a highlighter first. Then, tap on a light layer of under-eye concealer.

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Eye Shadow

Sweep on a neutral shadow from lash line to brow bone to neutralize any redness or discoloration on your lids.

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Eyeliner

Draw a thick line across upper lids only. (Rimming your lower lash lines might read more sleepy than sultry.) I also like to go over the line with a shadow in a similar shade to give it staying power—and if I’m being completely honest, to blend away any uneven gaps.

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Mascara

Apply two coats of a volumizing mascara to upper lashes only. Again, the goal is to lift lashes to look bright-eyed and awake. A lengthening or curling formula can cause lashes to press up against your lenses, whereas a volumizing one will thicken so they pop behind your glasses.

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Brush Eyebrows

Just as glasses frame your eyes, brows frame your glasses. Keep yours groomed by running a clean spoolie brush through them. Brush up and then out to make them look thicker.

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Extra Credit: Red Lipstick

Add a bright red lip color. Red lips and glasses go together inexplicably well. (For more expert tips, see a makeup guide for every eye shape.)