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Stop Glasses from Slipping down your Nose

Tips worth knowing to prevent your glasses from slipping down.

There's really nothing worse than your glasses slipping down your face when your working on a computer, reading a book, walking the dog or driving, then having to press your index finger against the bridge of your specs every so often when you’d much rather concentrate on the task at hand!

If your spectacles slip down your face, there could be a number of different reasons as to why. Causes range from your ears being too low and your nose being too small to your skin being too oily to your face being too slim. We have 5 great tips you simply have to try. It may be a game of trial and error but one of these tips could be the end to all your spectacle-slipping problems forever...

Tip #1 - Hair bands / hair ties

This is such an affordable solution and it tends to work well for anyone whose ears hang a little bit lower. The hair bands or hair ties will create a bit more height on the specs so they sit at a suitable level for your eyes. YouTube vlogger ArayaLia Mua shows us how it’s done and she says:

"It's gonna feel a lot tighter on your head and it's not gonna budge. It's not gonna move and you won't feel super duperly annoyed at pushing up your glasses every second."


Tip #2 - Oil free moisturiser

Mattifying the skin can help your glasses stay in place if you happen to use oily makeup or moisturisers. Washing your face with a cleanser regularly will help to keep it clean and prevent over sebum production. If your oily skin is really hard to control, there are some really great products that can help you throughout the day; such as blotting papers, oil-free foundations by makeup artist and fellow glasses wearer Bobbi Brown, natural clay face masks, or using lemon and other citrus fruits as natural facial cleansers. Keeping the skin oil free will help to keep your glasses in place for longer!

Tip #3 - Nerdwax

Nerdwax is a brand new product designed just for spectacle wearers by a fellow glasses veteran; creator Don Hejny form Nashville has oily skin and claims to sweat a lot, especially when it’s summer. After working outdoors on shows for work, he discovered that his sweat-induced spectacle slippage was out of control and he wanted to design a product to fix this. The wax stick is applied to the part of your frame below the bridge and it’s said to keep your glasses in place for hours! If you can’t get hold of this product, try using natural beeswax – it’s not quite as fancy as Don has perfected his wax formula but it will essentially do the same thing!

Tip #4 - Adjust temples with Polyolefin

Don’t let the heat gun in this video put you off because it’s also possible to use a strong hairdryer (around 70°C) – if you don’t have a hot enough hairdryer, heat guns can be purchased for as low as £14.99 from most good DIY shops. Polyolefin is heat shrink tubing that contracts to around 50% once heated and it will create another layer to help you adjust the size of your temples. This hack is ideal if you have a small face or low ears. Watch the video by the Tested Youtubers for a full step by step tutorial…


Tip #5 - Bend the temples to fit

Just like tip #4, this can be achieved using a heat gun or a strong hairdryer for plastic glasses. Simply heat the temple arms and carefully bend them to create more of a curve – this curved shape will create more of a hook around your ear so the fit will be more secure. You can also do the same to metal frames using a pair of pliers.

Looking for more tips on how to adjust your frame for a better fit?

See our Guide

Risk Notice:

Please be aware that all of these tips are to be tried and tested at your own risk. Anything that requires heat and customisation to your glasses will make them invalid for returns / guarantees. These hacks are simply fab ideas sourced from vloggers, bloggers and other online content creators. We hope they help you get a better fit for your glasses but we sadly cannot guarantee that they will 100% work for you.