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On a very recent trip to the eye doctor to purchase new glasses, it was decided that it was time to wear contacts again. So after three years of glasses, I popped those bad boys in and was shocked at what I saw. Were those my saddlebags hanging down to my bottom lip under my eyes? And the eyebrows? Poor things looked like they were not caterpillars but bushy centipedes with legs everywhere. Maybe a bit of an exaggeration but you get the picture.

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When you wear glasses on a daily basis, it tends to be hard to focus on certain parts of your face since applying makeup without a 10X zoom mirror can be quite difficult. Even with a proper zoom mirror, the reflection tends to be distorted and coupled with blurry vision and things tend to slip through the cracks. Not anymore!

First thing you need to be aware of is that glasses don't hide your eyes. On the contrary they enhance them. So any unsightly bags under your eyes or dark circles should be taken care. Use a concealer (try Clinique All About Eye Concealer $17, Sephora) under your eyes and if you wear eyeshadow use a primer (try NYX HD Eye Shadow Base $6.99, ULTA) on your lids. Use an eyeshadow palette that complements the color of your eye or the color of your glasses for a more modern look unless your glasses are really bold and bright. If that's the case stick with a more neutral soft colored palette like Too Faced Naked Eye Shadow Collection ($36, Too Faced). Define your eyelashes with an eyelash curler (try Shu Uemura Eye Lash Curler $20, Shu Uemura). It doesn't matter if you wear mascara or not but curling your lashes opens your eye making them bigger. For mascara wearers go with a waterproof formula like Revlon Lash Potion Volume + Length Waterproof Mascara ($4.99, Target) to avoid any smudges on your glasses.

Enhance the shape of your eye and balance your glasses to them by following this simple tip. The thicker your glasses are the thicker your eyeliner should be. Avoid lining the bottom of your eyes with eyeliner and even with makeup since it can cause shadows and make the area look darker mimicking dark areas that you may not have. Look for a smudgeproof pencil like Maybelline Unstoppable Eyeliner ($5.94, Walmart) or a liquid eyeliner like MAC Penultimate Eyeliner $19.95, MAC). If you feel the need to add some color to the bottom add a shimmer color to the inner eye and underneath the eye to make your eye look wider and brighter (try Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat $40, YSL).

Don't ignore your eyebrows! Just because you may think that your glasses are hiding them, the fact of the matter is that they're not at all. In fact, well manicured eyebrows help to frame the face. Don;t over pluck them either. Go for a more natural arched eyebrow instead. Have sparse eyebrows due to over plucking or light eyebrows? Add eyebrows were you didn’t have any before with Benefit's Gimme Brow brow volumizing fiber gel ($22, Benefit) or fill in any gaps with Origins Fill In The Blank eyebrow enhancer ($17, Origins).

Lastly, don't let glasses wear you. Instead enhance the rest of your face by adding a pop of color to your lips to given your face an even balance. Some bright bold lip colors to try are MAC Matte Lipstick in Russian Red ($15, MAC), Wet 'n' Wild Last Lip Color in Cherry Picking and Don't Blink Pink ($1.99, Walgreen's), Revlon Super Lustrous Pearl Lipstick in Violet Frenzy ($7.99, Drugstore.com) YSL Fuchsia Rouge Pur Couture Innocent 27 ($34, YSL) Dolce & Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick in Delicious ($32, Sephora) and pretty much the full spectrum of Face Stockholm Lipsticks ($22, Face Stockhom).

Now you won't be embarrassed to take off your glasses and show off your eyes again. I know I've learned my lesson!

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