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Sunglasses primarily serve a protective function since their lenses
block out UV rays that may cause eye damage. After all, according to the World Health Organization, wearing sunglasses is just as essential as applying sunscreen in the hopes of avoiding exposure to UV radiation. Apart from this, sunglasses can also protect your eyes from irritants that can cause vision issues.
Besides functionality, though, sunglasses have long been used to
make a statement. In fact, sunglasses are usually worn to elevate a
look and complement the wearer’s self-expression. The same can be said about eye makeup, which people use to play with and enhance their features.
That said, while expressing yourself through both sunglasses and eye makeup is fun, it’s not always a smooth-sailing experience. Given how close sunglasses can get to your eyes, it can cause your eye makeup to get messy and smudged.
Thankfully, you can still wear both without compromising your self-expression. Listed below are a few tips to avoid smudging your eye makeup while wearing your favourite pair of sunnies:
1. Start with a clean canvas
Since sunglasses rest on your nose, removing any excess moisture can lessen the number of times eye wear slips down your face. After all, the more often you adjust your sunglasses, the more you increase the chance of ruining the makeup around your eyes and nose area.
Freshly washed skin is essential, both for hygiene and beauty. Using a cleanser can avoid the risk of most skin problems like acne, but it also removes any excess oil on your face.
Additionally, having oily skin can lead to oily eyelids, which could make your eye makeup easily crease or melt away. It would be good to ensure your whole face is not oily or sweating to avoid smearing your make-up look while wearing sunglasses.
2. Find a well-fitting pair of sunnies
If you find that the frames of your glasses keep slipping down your face, then they might be too loose. Poorly fitting specs can cause your eye makeup to smear or transfer onto the frames.
Thankfully, adjusting your glasses to fit your face better is easier than you might expect. The key is to mark the spot you need to fix and apply heat for around 20-30 seconds. After heating, gently bend until the glasses are adjusted properly. Repeat the process until your sunglasses fit snugly on your face without touching your eyes.
By doing this, you can make any pair of sunnies work for you, your face shape, and your eye makeup look.
3. Use an eyeshadow primer
Using a good primer helps make eyeshadow colour last longer and ensures your makeup doesn’t crease or smudge.
Surprisingly, putting eyeshadow primer around your nose where your skin and eye wear make contact can also keep the accessory in place.
This is especially helpful for those who spend most of their day moving or walking around with glasses or sunglasses perched on their face.
To apply primer, pump a pea-sized dot onto your hand. Then, use your finger or a makeup brush and gently dab the primer onto the desired area. Let it dry for around 15-20 seconds, and then fit your sunglasses into place.
This way, neither your makeup nor your glasses will fall out of place.
Perfecting the art of putting on eye makeup without it getting smudged by your eye wear like sunglasses can be tricky. But all good things take time, so it’s important to gradually learn what beauty items work best to set your makeup.