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Wearing Makeup with Sunglasses

7 Tips on Wearing Sunglasses with Makeup

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Picture this: You’ve spent time perfecting your makeup, achieving that flawless look, and then you put on your favorite pair of sunglasses, only to find that they leave unsightly smudges and marks. Alternatively, maybe you’ve experienced the frustration of finding your expensive shades marred by makeup residue that seems impossible to remove.

At AO Eyewear, we understand the delicate balance between makeup and sunglasses. Incorrectly selected sunglasses can ruin your makeup, and conversely, poor-quality makeup can leave traces that stain the frame and glass of your sunglasses.

But fret not! We’ve got your back. In this blog, we’ll share 7 valuable tips and tricks on how to flawlessly wear makeup with your sunglasses, ensuring both your beauty and eyewear shine. Discover the secrets to let your sunglasses be the perfect accessory to your stunning makeup. Say goodbye to makeup mishaps and hello to style and confidence.

Sunglasses and Makeup: Does Makeup Ruin Sunglasses?

Makeup and sunglasses, while fabulous on their own, can sometimes become unlikely adversaries. The truth is, makeup has the potential to wreak havoc on your beloved shades. Whether it’s foundation smudges, waterproof mascara residue, or oily sunscreen stains, your sunglasses are not immune to the consequences of your beauty routine.

However, all is not lost. Choosing high-quality sunglasses can be your saving grace. Premium lenses and coatings are more resilient against makeup mishaps, ensuring your eyewear stays as pristine as the day you bought them. All AO lenses feature an oleophobic coating to resist oily makeup smudges on your shades. Similarly, when choosing metal sunglasses, look for electrocoating (standard on all metal AO frames) that will protect your frames from corrosion that certain makeup products and ingredients can cause.

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Let’s delve into the ways in which makeup can affect your sunglasses and why investing in quality eyewear can make all the difference.

How to Not Ruin Your Makeup with Sunglasses: Best Tips

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When it comes to wearing makeup, and sunglasses, finding the right balance is essential. We’ve all experienced makeup smudges and streaks on our favorite shades, but fear not, there are ways to prevent this makeup mishap. We’ll guide you through seven expert tips to ensure that your makeup stays flawless, even when rocking your favorite sunglasses.

Let’s dive in and discover how to keep your makeup intact while looking effortlessly chic under the sun.

1. Limit Product Anywhere Your Face May Touch Your Lenses

One of the primary culprits for makeup transferring onto your sunglasses is over-application in areas where your face touches the lenses – particularly the nose area.

To prevent this, consider using a light touch and avoiding heavy foundation or setting powder on the bridge of your nose and temples. Use a setting spray to keep makeup in place and minimize the risk of smudging.

2. Prepare Your Face with a Primer

Before applying makeup with glasses, it’s crucial to create a smooth canvas. Opt for a quality primer to create a barrier between your skin and your sunglasses.

This not only helps makeup stay in place but also prevents it from transferring onto your shades.

With the right primer, you’ll enjoy long-lasting, smudge-free makeup while flaunting your favorite sunglasses. Don’t forget eye primer either!

3. Apply Foundation Correctly

The type of foundation you choose and how you apply it can make a significant difference. Go for a lightweight, matte, or oil-free foundation to reduce the risk of staining your sunglasses. Use a makeup sponge or brush for an even application with a light touch. Apply concealer using the same technique.

Make sure to blend well, especially along the areas where your sunglasses come into contact with your skin. This simple adjustment can work wonders in preventing makeup smudges.

4. Choose the Right Mascara

Mascara is notorious for leaving smudges on sunglasses. Opt for waterproof or smudge-proof mascara to keep your eye makeup intact. Additionally, be mindful of how much mascara you apply to avoid excessive residue and black flakes on your lashes. A tiny bit of mascara is truly enough. Choosing the right mascara can be a game-changer in preserving your sunglasses’ pristine look.

5. Set Your Makeup With Translucent Powder

To seal the deal, set your makeup with translucent powder. A light dusting of loose setting powder with a fluffy makeup brush will help absorb excess oils, keeping your makeup in place and your sunglasses free from makeup residue.

This finishing touch ensures your look stays fresh and fabulous throughout the day.

6. Clean Up Your Makeup and Sunglasses Throughout the Day

No matter how well you prepare, makeup touch-ups may be necessary. Carry a small makeup kit with you to clean up any smudges that may occur. A portable concealer and makeup sponge can work wonders for on-the-go touch-ups, ensuring your sunglasses remain spotless.

7. Carry a Lens Cloth to Wipe Your Sunglasses

Last but not least, always carry a lens cloth specifically designed for eyewear, along with lens cleaner. Avoid the temptation of using a T-shirt or other fabric, as they can scratch the lenses.

A lens cloth ensures your sunglasses stay clean and clear, allowing you to enjoy both your makeup and eyewear without compromise.

By following these tips, you can confidently wear makeup with your sunglasses, knowing that your beauty routine won’t tarnish the allure of your shades.

How to Wear Sunglasses with Makeup to Complement Your Face

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Your makeup and sunglasses are not just separate elements; they can work together to create a harmonious and eye-catching look. By carefully coordinating your makeup with your choice of shades, you can emphasize your best features and make a unique fashion statement.

Let’s explore how you can use your sunglasses to accentuate your makeup and face, achieving a stunning overall effect.

1. Consider Your Face Shape and Features to Choose the Right Frames

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The perfect pair of sunglasses enhances your facial features and complements your makeup. The first rule of thumb is choosing the right frames for your face shape.

For instance, aviator sunglasses can be a fantastic choice for heart-shaped faces, while cat-eye frames beautifully complement oval faces.

2. Complement Your Bold Frames With an Equally Bold Lip


If you’re sporting vibrant and daring sunglasses like our burgundy sunglasses, don’t be afraid to pair them with bold lipstick.

A striking lip color can create a powerful and cohesive look, drawing attention to your stylish frames and lips, balancing your look. This dynamic duo is sure to turn heads wherever you go.

3. Avoid Heavy Eye Makeup When Wearing Dark Sunglasses

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When you opt for dark sunglasses, it’s best to keep your eye makeup on the lighter side. Too many dark details can overwhelm your look and take the focus away from your stunning shades. Stick to neutral eyeshadows and a subtle eyeliner to maintain a balanced and chic appearance.

4. Choose Thin-Rimmed Shades for a Subtle Look


Thin-rimmed sunglasses offer a more understated and elegant aesthetic. These frames allow your makeup to shine through without competing for attention.

When you desire a sophisticated and subtle look, thin-rimmed sunglasses are the way to go. You can also adjust the nose pads to change where the glasses sit to really showcase a bold eye.

5. Life Hack: Choose Eye-Catching Frames and Ditch the Makeup

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Bold frames, like browline sunglasses, can serve as the focal point of your style, eliminating the need to spend time fussing with your makeup.

With such distinctive eyewear, you might opt to skip makeup altogether. These statement frames can almost replace the need for eye makeup since they draw attention to the eyes on their own.

Makeup Tips for Different Types of Sunglasses

The ideal makeup look can vary depending on the type of sunglasses you choose. Let’s explore how to enhance your makeup when wearing aviator, cat-eye, oversized, or round sunglasses, ensuring your style remains on point.

1. Aviator Sunglasses

Aviator sunglasses are a classic choice. To complement these timeless frames, opt for a well-defined yet subtle winged eyeliner look with a neutral lip.

2. Cat-Eye Sunglasses

Cat-eye sunglasses exude femininity and charm. Pair these frames with a cat-eye eyeliner flick to emphasize the shape of your eyes. A soft, rosy lip color completes the look.

3. Oversized Sunglasses

Oversized sunglasses make a bold statement. Keep your makeup understated with a natural, fresh look. A touch of bronzer and nude lipstick will balance the boldness of your frames.

4. Round Sunglasses

Round sunglasses have a vintage appeal that can be beautifully contrasted with a modern-feeling makeup. Try a subtle smokey eye and a nude lip color.

Upgrade Your Style with AO Eyewear’s Sunglasses that Enhance Your Makeup Look

Incorporating sunglasses into your makeup routine opens up a world of fashion possibilities. Your choice of frames and makeup can work in unison to accentuate your unique style.

Discover the perfect pair of sunglasses from American Optical and elevate your look to new heights. For any inquiries or assistance, feel free to contact us. We’re here to help you shine with confidence and style.

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