How to Wear Makeup with Sunglasses

Raise your hand if you’ve ever done your makeup, worn sunglasses, and your makeup comes off at your nose! You are not alone!! How do you get your makeup to stay all day when you’re wearing sunglasses or glasses? Here’s how to wear makeup with sunglasses so you look your best ALL DAY LONG!

How to Help Makeup Stay on with Sunglasses

It’s important to note that anytime you touch your face, whether that’s with your fingers or with glasses, your makeup will come off. But there are some ways to help it transfer less.

  • Start with a clean surface
  • Use Primer
  • Use cream foundation
  • Set with setting spray
  • Set with powder
  • Add powder to glasses

Start with a Clean Surface

A clean surface includes your face and your sunglasses. Before you put your makeup on for the day, wash your face. Get rid of your skin’s natural oils so you can start with a clean face.

That also goes for your glasses. Take your glasses and wipe the nose with alcohol to remove any face oil or makeup product buildup.

How to Wear Makeup with Sunglasses


Use Primer

Next up, use an eyeshadow primer right where your glasses touch your nose. Simply apply it with your fingers and press and tap it on the nose. This will help your makeup stay better and not shift easily.

Use Cream Foundation

Apply your foundation and makeup as usual. My personal favorite makeup is cream makeup from Seint because it goes on smoothly and melts into your face giving you a natural appearance. It moves with your skin instead of sitting on the surface making it look cakey. Also, using less ie best. If you need help knowing what foundation shade is best for you, take the Color Match Quiz or fill out the Color Match Makeup Survey for personalized help.

Set with Setting Spray

Once you apply your makeup, take a makeup sponge (watch the video to see how to properly prep it) and generously spray it with setting spray. Setting spray is like hairspray for your face! It helps your makeup stay put! Once your makeup sponge is sprayed, lightly dab and press the sponge on your nose where your glasses will hit.

Set with Powder

Take that same makeup sponge and dip it into your pressed or loose powder and generously apply the powder on the same spots on your nose. Let it sit and absorb on your skin for a few minutes. If there is any excess, you can take a fluffy brush and LIGHTLY brush away the loose powder. I really love using a Powder Brush to apply the powder in exactly the places you want. It’s a dense brush made to really press in the powder to your skin.

Add Powder to Glasses

The last thing to do is to add a bit of powder to your glasses. You can use your fingers or the makeup sponge and press some powder right on the nose of the glasses.

How to Wear Makeup with Sunglasses

And voila! You are ready to wear sunglasses! If you notice that your makeup still shifts after wearing sunglasses, have no fret. Simply take your clean fingers and lightly press your makeup back into place once you remove your glasses. This is why I love cream makeup so much….it can easily be melted right back into your face.

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Try those tips out for how to wear makeup with sunglasses and see how you like it!

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About the Author

JoEllen is a licensed aesthetician, certified makeup artist, and certified John Maxwell coach, speaker, and trainer. She works with women helping them look and feel confident. She loves teaching women simple beauty techniques so they can feel empowered to try it at home. Her motto is that when you look and feel good, you do good!

How to Wear Makeup with Sunglasses

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