Frame number: #629015
Makeup artist Joel King shares tips to help you create your perfect put-together look
Don’t let your glasses come between you and your beauty.
No matter what type of eyeglasses you wear – oversized translucent wayfarers, tortoiseshell browlines, or jeweled cat-eyes – your makeup and your glasses should have a friendly conversation, not an argument.
So how do you get your makeup and glasses to complement each other and let the most beautiful you shine through?
To get the answers, we asked San Francisco Bay Area makeup artist Joel King for some tips to let your makeup and eyeglasses come together to create your perfect put-together look.
Joel took us through the whole process, beginning with the first step, applying the foundation, and ending with the last, putting on your eyeglasses.
In areas where foundation has a tendency to settle or build up, such as the bridge of the nose, primer could be used instead. It blurs flaws without the heaviness of foundation.
Next comes the areas under and around the eyes.
Lenses can magnify and bring attention to under-eye darkness. Use a yellow-based liquid concealer under your eyes to neutralize that.
“Some women mistakenly use a concealer that’s lighter than their skin tone,” Joel points out, which can give your eyes the infamous “deer in the headlights” effect.
To avoid that, use concealer that matches your skin tone.
Even though you’re wearing eyeglasses, don’t neglect to groom your eyebrows.
Your eyebrows give your face definition. Shape them in a way that complements your face.
Curling your eyelashes really opens up your eyes! If you’re wearing a heavy frame, it helps to draw attention to the eyes and makes you look more awake.
If you’re wearing false eyelashes, tailor your eyelashes to the glasses. You could take one eyelash out of a pair, cut it in half, and just use one half of one lash on the outer corner of each eye. That prevents your lashes from fluttering against your lenses.
Here’s a special eyelash tip for women wearing cat-eye glasses:
Put individual eyelashes on the outer corner of the eye, at an angle, in the direction the cat-eye goes.
Coordinate your eye shadow to complement your eye color, instead of matching it directly with your frame, which can be overpowering. For blue eyes, try champagne or bronze shadows. “Brown and green eyes look great with plums,” Joel says.
If your prescription is magnifying, deeper shades of eye shadow can help to counter the effect, as dark colors recede.
But if you have small or deep-set eyes, try a lighter color on the lids. Then pat a matte white shadow in the inner corner of the eye, between the tear duct and the bridge of the nose, to provide a bit of openness to the area.
Smoky eyes can look great with wide, light colored, or clear frames.
Instead of black shadow, try smudging a mauve or taupe shade all around the eyes. Blend well with a clean brush, and follow with a generous amount of mascara.
Frame number: #662817
Use your eyeliner to mirror or reflect the frame shape. If you have a thick frame, mirror that in the line of the eyeliner. If you have a thin frame, do a thinner line. The amount of eyeliner you use would depend on the occasion.
If you’re going to the office, you probably wouldn’t want to wear full eyeliner all the way around your eye, unless that’s the look you’re going for – a smoky eye, or something a little edgy.
In general, for an everyday look, keep it to the upper lid.
In addition, a flesh-toned waterproof pencil on the lower eye line – the “waterline” – really helps open up the eye.
Apply the mascara at the roots of the eyelashes and really work it into the roots, as opposed to the tips.
“If you focus on the tips, it can smudge on your lenses or on your upper eye,” Joel says. “It’s important to apply mascara to the root and then wiggle it through the lashes and up and out. That will negate that problem.”
Frame number: #628534
If your frame is rimless, use a “light hand” with blush. However, with a heavy black frame, a little bit more color in your cheeks can bring things forward to pop a little more.
You don’t want a cool-toned blush with a warm-toned frame. If your frame is orange, don’t wear a light-pink blush. “A coral blush could look really nice with a turquoise frame, because they’re complementary colors,” Joel says.
Frame number: #630831
A lot of popular eyeglasses frames are multicolor, like tortoiseshell. For multicolor glasses, leave most of the face fairly simple and nude, and concentrate on a bright lip instead of heavy eye makeup.
Blue-based red or pink lipsticks are best for women wearing glasses, because they bring out the white in your teeth and your eyes.
Frame number: #626325
Now let’s take it a little deeper, with individualized makeup tips for each popular style of glasses.
Mirror the shape of the cat-eye with the eyeliner, going up and out. Keep it on the top lid only.
If you’re wearing cat-eye glasses, and you’re also wearing a nude color lip, bring out your cheeks a little more. Maybe wear a coral or pink blush. Conversely, if you’re wearing a bright red lip, scale back your cheek. Don’t wear blush.
Frame number: #626325
Tortoiseshell looks great on everybody. There’s so much going on with the tortoiseshell, you don’t have to do a lot with the eyes. Instead, direct people’s attention to your lips, maybe with an orange-based red lipstick, which would look great with tortoiseshell.
Since women like to wear wayfarer styles in black, bold colors, or even translucent pastels, you should adjust the blush according to the frame color.
“If it’s a translucent frame, I would scale back,” Joel advises. “With a solid, bold color, I would bump up the blush a little bit, to even out the tone.”
Frame number: #270516
As far as eye makeup for wayfarers, just mascara looks great with that. Not a lot of eye shadow, just mascara on the top and bottom lashes, and a bold lip color.
“That always looks great with wayfarer-style glasses,” Joel says.
Frame number: #237430
Browline, a.k.a. Clubmaster
Bump up the blush, and scale back on most of the rest of the colors on the face.
“That will still draw attention to the top half of your face and eyes, without making it too much,” Joel says.
Frame number: #631817 (similar to #304121)
Delicate, full-rim, filigreed oval
With any frame that is lightweight, you want to bring definition back to the eye. Smudge a black liner into the root of your lashes and focus on darkening the eye a little bit, so your eye area doesn’t look washed out.
Specific tips for ladies who wear bifocals or progressives:
“One of the first things you lose as you age is definition in the eye area,” Joel points out. “Your eyebrows and eyelashes thin. You would want to bring back definition a little more than a younger person would, especially if the frame is a light color.”
Definition on the bottom half of the eye would be good. Put mascara on the bottom lashes, and maybe some eyeliner underneath the bottom lid. That would balance that look.
Make sure you groom and define your eyebrows, so you have something that frames your face.
Frame number: #538922
Different skin and hair colors
We asked Joel about specific tips for African-American, Asian, or Latina women.
For yellow-based skin tones, a warmer style of glasses would look good. You might not want to pick a cool-toned frame. “African Americans look fantastic with bright colored frames,” Joel says. “They can pull off almost any color.”
For Latinas, it’s best to pair the color of the frame with the undertone of your skin.
Frame number: #308421
Caucasian redheads, brunettes, and blondes.
Redheads – try cool tones. “We all love green with redheads,” Joel says. “Something like a mint color looks great. White also looks great on redheads. For brunettes with black hair, purple looks fantastic. Green, too.
Tortoiseshell and red frames look especially striking on blondes,” Joel adds. “For makeup, I would suggest keeping the eyes fairly simple, with curled lashes and mascara, while playing up the lips. Blond complexions can easily get washed out, and mirroring the strength of the frame by adding a complementary lip color provides a nice balance to the face.”
Striking a nice balance between your makeup and your glasses. That’s what it’s all about. We’re finished at the makeup mirror, we’ve slipped on our glasses, and we’re good to go!
Tuesday, September, 2 2014 by Matthew Surrence
Labor Day is upon us, officially putting an end to Summer. For me, fall is an exciting time: I push myself to complete my goals for the year. I also begin to look forward to the fast-approaching new year. Fall is also a great time to update my wardrobe, including my glasses. Here are some nifty Zennis that will help you make a fashionable transition into shorter days and cooler weather:
We love our classic wayfarers here at Zenni and I have to say that I’m particularly fond of this pair. Tortoiseshell is so classic and perfect for fall. I also like the coverage offered by the larger frames: Try these as sunglasses!
Here is another classic: Aviator frames. Gold wire goes with just about everything, including the changing foliage. They are also strangely appropriate for just about every occasion.
Speaking of foliage, these wayfarers are made of acetate, but look like wood! If you are shifting to darker, warmer wardrobe colors, check this pair out.
Sick of eyewear innovation? We get it: You want your wayfarers old school. Check out these thick rimmed black wayfarers. No wood grain, no fancy patterns, just basic black nerd glasses. Enjoy.
If you aren’t sick of innovation, however, we’ve got some excitement for you. These beautiful frosted aqua wayfarers will remind you of summer trips to the beach, even when there’s a nip in the air. A little harder to pair with clothing, but they’d look beautiful with a cream blouse and khakis.
Have a happy and safe Labor Day weekend!
Friday, August, 29 2014 by Lainie Petersen
TV has the Emmys. We have the Zennis!
We’re presenting our 2014 Zennis to the TV stars who rocked their glasses the best at Monday’s Emmy Awards ceremony, as well as at the Creative Arts Emmys held one day earlier.
The first Zenni goes to Jim Rash (shown with Community co-star Joel McHale), who looks great in his black horn rims, which was the most popular style of the stars.
It’s not unlike Zenni frame 635521:
In the variations-on-the-theme category, Al Roker gets the Zenni Award for his beautiful glasses featuring tortoiseshell front rims with solid brown ornamented temple arms. He’s shown here with Sarah Silverman, who won a writing Emmy for her variety special Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles.
Silverman made headlines for claiming to have a pot-vaporizing pen with her, so maybe that’s why it looks like she’s got the munchies for Roker’s glasses.
If she was still hungry after devouring those, she could feast on a similar Zenni frame, 785725:
Stephen Colbert skipped his typical rimless glasses …
… choosing instead to go with the flow, in distinguished looking full-rim ombre glasses, with a black top, tortoiseshell bottom, and keyhole bridge.
Check out Zenni’s ombre tortoiseshell frame 120625:
Maybe Colbert should have stuck to his rimless glasses, or at least skipped the routine about his imaginary friend, which got no laughs and must have had some people wondering if he is the right choice to replace glasses-wearer David Letterman.
All’s right with the world in this shot, with both Colbert and Letterman in rimless glasses.
Either of them – and you! – would look great in Zenni frame 134711 (shown here with lens shape 238):
Host Seth Meyers had some fun donning rimless sunglasses …
… for a play on words involving the last names of two presenters, Debra Messing and Jim Parsons, calling them “Messing Parsons,” and invoking CSI star David Caruso.
Give that host a Zenni! Perhaps Zenni frame 164714 (shown with lens shape 353), with an 80 percent amber or gray tint:
Maybe the key to killing at the Emmys is sticking to your usual eyeglasses.
Key and Peele were funnier than Colbert, with Jordan Peele rocking his familiar black front, tan temple arm glasses.
Aside from black horn rims, another super trendy eyeglasses style, translucent wayfarers, batted .500 when it came to winning Emmys. (Everybody wearing cool glasses won Zennis!)
Fred Armisen of Portlandia …
… lost the best supporting actor award in a comedy series Emmy to Modern Family star Ty Burrell, in wayfarer-style translucents.
You’ll look just as awesome in Zenni’s translucent frame 307223.
Jon Voight of Ray Donovan was elegant in a white scarf and rectangular half-rims.
Zenni frame 777515 is just as cool, if not maybe a little cooler:
Don Was, who led the ’80s band Was (Not Was), won for music direction for The Beatles: The Night That Changed America. He gets the Zenni for best blast-from-the-past, in his throwback round, silver-rimmed sunglasses.
Here’s his award, Zenni frame A8450021, a pair of round, non-prescription sunglasses:
Unfortunately (if you like seeing people in glasses, like we do) most of the female presenters and winners skipped eyewear. But Kathy Bates, who won best supporting actress in a miniseries for American Horror Story: Coven, gets the Zenni for rocking her black oval cat-eye glasses.
Here’s her Zenni Award – frame 628221:
Congratulations to all the Emmy and Zenni winners!
Tuesday, August, 26 2014 by Matthew Surrence
At Zenni, we’re always up for anything fun, especially if it’s for a good cause. So when we heard about the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness and money for ALS, we thought, “We are so down with this!”
But since we’re always thinking about eyes and eyeglasses, we renamed it the ‘Eyes’ Bucket Challenge. And because we’re in drought-plagued California, we decided to take the Ice, oops, ‘Eyes’ Bucket Challenge at the beach.
(Any excuse to go to the beach on a workday, right?)
So we filled our buckets with seawater along with ice, to conserve as much of our precious H2O as possible.
We did it!
We raised awareness of ALS and saved water, too.
Now, in the spirit of friendly competition, we’re nominating fellow online eyeglasses retailer Warby Parker, and our marketing partners Wpromote and IMI.
C’mon in guys – the water’s f-f-f-fine!
Sunday, August, 24 2014 by Dilyara Breyer
Today is National Aviation Day, when we celebrate flight and the men and women who pilot aircraft. Here at Zenni, we are also excited about our aviator frames, available in a variety of materials and colors.
As the name suggests, aviator frames (also known as “aviators”) were originally developed in the 1930s as sunglasses that could protect the eyes of pilots. Eventually they were popularized by General Douglas MacArthur during World War II. The frames continued to enjoy popularity through the 20th century, peaking in 1986 after the release of Top Gun. Today, the aviator frame remains a classic: Flattering to most face shapes, wearable by men and women, and providing ample eye protection (remember, here at Zenni we offer FREE UV coating on all our glasses!).
Thinking about getting a pair? Here are some frames to check out:
These bendable titanium glasses offer a classic look, perfect for flying, driving or even doing business. The frames are bendable and hold their shape well, something that’s important if you lead an active lifestyle and are afraid of breaking your frames.
Classic styling with a twist is probably the best way to describe these stainless steel aviators. Check out the subtle cut-outs on the temples to see what I’m talking about. Sure, you can wear these to work, but I’d also keep them on hand for date night.
Men who like a lot of eye coverage should go for this pair: Goldtone stainless steel rim with black acetate temples suggests luxury while the large lenses give you plenty of privacy.
These plastic framed aviators are a sturdy, affordable alternative to metal sunglasses. Even better, this style comes in three different colors (red, white and green) so you can easily match them to your car, plane, swimsuit or outfit.
No-nonsense ladies should check out these brick-red ladies’ aviators. They may not go with everything in your closet, but you could surely rock a pair of jeans and a black t-shirt while wearing these. Or try wearing them while out for a jog.
Here’s another alternative take on the classic aviator, this time in different shades of gray. Metal rims, plastic temples and a bit of contrast in color and texture throughout.
By the way, while aviators were originally sunglasses, you don’t have to order them with tinted lenses if you don’t want to. Zenni’s ordering system will help you select the exact lens treatments (including tints) that you want and need!
Also, be sure to check out our latest infographic to help figure out what frame size you should get!
Wednesday, August, 20 2014 by Lainie Petersen
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