LLike every other eyeglass wearer I know, I am adamant that my prescription has deteriorated disproportionately during the pandemic. Where forgetting my glasses was once a simple inconvenience, it is now a crisis that forces me to return home to retrieve them.
It’s been an interesting process, from a beauty standpoint – what’s gained in not seeing the gaping pores, you lose in the ability to apply a straight line of liner. The view is not the only consideration. The specs cast a shadow (the anti-reflective coating helps) so the concealer has to work harder to lighten dark circles (I use Dior always correct, £27), and chunky frames can hide the hard work done on the eyeshadow, which can be both a blessing and a curse, depending on the application. For days when my glasses will be on and off as often as a teenage romance (I’m wearing a Missoma librarian chain), I want eye makeup to be simple yet noticeable.
The solution almost always comes via a pencil. By far the easiest eyeshadow with a huge effort to effect ratio, pencils are a must for spec wearers. The shape of the bullet means that even a rough aim lands on target. After applying creamy color to the lid, I simply take a clean, fluffy brush and soften the edges. The technique is infallible. For years, bobbi brown makes the only large pencils (the long-wearing cream shadow sticks, £25, are still the most durable), but I’ve diversified to include Vieve’s Eye Wands, £21, which fills in some gaps in the Bobbi shade range. Vieve’s Sand, a warm pale nude, is a no-brainer lid color on lighter skin tones and a terrific brow bone highlighter on darker tones. Camel and Hazelnut are warm, neutral nudes that suit everyone (more shades coming this month).
Perhaps prompted by the threat to her monopoly on pencils, Bobbi Brown has also introduced some delightful new shades. Cashew and Shore are two endlessly useful neutrals (warm and cool, respectively) and Skyward is a universally flattering metallic chartreuse for more playful looks. Everything can be slipped under the eye and smudged in the same way, which helps tremendously if your eyes seem to recede behind your glasses, as mine do.
What has become absolutely crucial over time is a SimpleHuman Sensor Mirror (£290). Illuminated, mega magnifying and as expensive as it is essential, it allows me to apply, without specifications, the complex makeups that I once took for granted. You won’t regret a penny of the considerable expense.