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Movember is On a Roll With #ZenniMo!


Earlier this month we announced our Show Your Mo’ contest: Take a picture of your Movember stache, upload it to Twitter or Instagram with hashtag #Zennimo and get entered to win Amazon gift cards. The grand prize winner gets a $300 Amazon card while three other lucky winners get a $100 card.
 
Just in time for the holidays, too!
 
We’ve got some excellent entries so far, and we wanted to show them to you:
 

 
These Zenni frames are rocking that stache. Who knew that Ron Burgundy wore glasses when not on camera?
 

 
I dare you to walk up to this lady and say “That’s nacho mustache!”
 
Or maybe not.
 

 
This may be my favorite of the bunch. A perfectly executed tiny stache!
 

 
This fellow appears to be wearing a hoodie, but it is so easy to imagine him in a red velvet smoking jacket. Carry on.
 
While  Show Your Mo’ is all in good fun, Movember is about men’s health and that is a very serious issue indeed. Movember is all about getting men to change their appearance for one month so that everyone can change the way they think about men’s health issues, including prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health.
 
Learn more about Movember and men’s health at the Movember Foundation website and send us a picture of you rocking your mustache and glasses!
 
 

Friday, November, 14 2014 by

Famous Glasses And Staches


November is Movember, a time to raise awareness of men’s health! Here at Zenni, we want to celebrate Movember with two promotions:
 

  • Show us your ‘stache on Instagram and Twitter with hashtag #zennimo and you can win the grand prize of a $300 Amazon card or one of three $100 Amazon gift cards.
  • Every time you use the hashtag, we donate $5 to The Movember Foundation. We have a goal of donating $10,000, and we hope you’ll help us reach it!

 
Need some inspiration? Check out these iconic staches:

Tom Selleck as Magnum P.I.

 

Magnum P.I. not only needed to look cool, he also had to protect his eyes from the sun. These aviators in brown alloy with an amber tint  give you plenty of sun protection while going just so with your Hawaiian shirt.
 

Frame #559615
 

Anthony Edwards as “Goose” in Top Gun

 

 
While Goose came to a sad end in Top Gun, we can take comfort in the fact that his alter ego went on to an illustrious career in emergency medicine. His sunglasses were aviators, naturally, and these silver frames blue lenses will take you from aircraft carrier to medical center (and everywhere else) in style.
 

Frame #419111
 

Freddy Mercury

 

 
Nobody had pipes like Freddy and nobody has ever captured his incredible style. Here we have a pair of titanium aviators (it seems to be a thing with mustachioed men), but with an extra bar over the nose. Add some blue tinted lenses for a serious rock and roll look.
 

Frame #217212
 

Burt Reynolds

 

 
Burt Reynolds was mega, mega man in the 70s and nobody wore a stache like him: On the rare occasions when he appeared clean-shaven, something always seemed off. To capture his look, try these black aviators with a yellow tint.
 

Frame #236025
 
 
 

Friday, October, 31 2014 by

Frame Friday: Zenni Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we at Zenni want to do our part to help find a cure. That’s why we’re promoting Zenni Pink, incredibly cute pink and pink-and-black frames that’ll turn heads wherever you go. Even better, we’ll donate $1 for every pair we sell through October to either the Susan G. Komen or $1 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation!
 
Have a look at these awesome Zenni frames:
 

Frame #107219
 
First up is this pair of pink wayfarers: Classic styling with silver ornamentation, but the color is decidedly pink. Pair with black or gray clothing for maximum impact.
 

Frame #107319
 
This is basically the same pair, except with a larger frame that offers a wee bit more coverage. Try these as sunglasses…and yes, you do need sunglasses in fall and winter. Remember the glare from the snow? Also, these pink glasses frames will look HOT when you’re sporting your summer tan.
 

Frame #107221
 
I confess that these remind me of the new wave fashion so popular back in the 80s: From the front, these look like typical black wayfarers, but they contain a special surprise: They’re pink on the inside! Awesome to wear anytime, but will look particularly great for a night of clubbing.
 

Frame #107121
 
As with the pink frames above, we also offer this pink-and-black look in a larger size. These offer a bit more coverage, which some people prefer. These also look incredibly cool as sunglasses.
 
Looking for other styles? Zenni offers a full range of frames in many different colors, including pink! Check out our site to see all that we have to offer and show your concern for breast cancer research by going pink this October.
 
 

Friday, October, 10 2014 by

Don’t Let Your Glasses Come Between You and Your Beauty

Frame number: #629015

Makeup artist Joel King shares tips to help you create your perfect put-together look!

Photographer: Aneta Cherykova, Model: Alena Pavachka

 
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.
 
Foundation
 
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.
 

 
Under-eye concealer
 
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.
 

 
Eyebrows
 
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.
 

 
Eyelashes
 
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.
 

 
Eye shadow
 
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

 
Eyeliner
 
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

 
Blush
 
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

 
Lipstick
 
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.
 
Cat-eye
 
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
 
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.
 
Wayfarer
 
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.”
 
Half-rim
 
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.
 
Rimless
 
Make sure you groom and define your eyebrows, so you have something that frames your face.
 

Frame number: #308421

 
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: #538922

 
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

Frame Friday: Summer Whites

Not so long ago, white outfits were restricted to the time between the Memorial and Labor Day holidays. Times have changed and the season for whites is not so rigid, but there is something about the hot days of summer that makes cool whites an appealing choice.
 
Here at Zenni, we offer a bunch of incredible white frames year ’round, but find that our top season for selling them is summer. Check out these lovely specimens and let us know what you think! Also, feel free to reference our latest infographics if you’re ever curious about finding out your frame size or measuring your PD.
white frame with spring hinges
 
This pair of full-rim glasses makes me think of Devo, even though they wore black-rimmed glasses. Maybe it’s the unisex, classic styling, but I suspect that it’s the metal hinges that reinforce the pomo look.
 
white and gold frames
 
These beauties aren’t the least bit bit unisex: Every lady will feel absolutely gorgeous in these white and gold frames with a decidedly old-fashioned charm. Not only will this frame look great with a tan, the gold knotwork at the temples make these wonderful glasses to wear to formal events.
 
white and steel frame
 
Another retro look that is positively sci-fi: You could definitely wear these to a con, while working in a lab, or even to the beach if you wanted to add an air of gravitas to your ocean-side frolicking. Seriously, though, this mix of white and silver isn’t to be trifled with.
 
thick white frames
 
On one hand, these are classic, full-frame wayfarers. On the other hand, the metalwork on the temples makes them stand out. Try them as sunglasses, if you wish, but they’d also look great as regular glasses and worn an aqua blue or coral pink sundress.
 
white wooden frames
 
There is no need to make the touch choice between white frames and wood frames. This pair has wood grain temples that bring birch trees to mind. Try them with a plaid shirt and jeans or denim shorts for a cookout in the woods.
 
sleek white frames
 
Ladies who are looking for a no-frills, yet feminine look should check out these oval frames. Pure white, with no embellishment, the gentle curves of these glasses are saved from looking masculine by their gentle curves.
 
red and white frames
 
If all-white isn’t your thing, check out these oval-shaped full-rim glasses. They’re trimmed in red, giving them a distinctly sporty look. Keep it casual and wear them to a softball game or a barbeque.
 
 

Friday, August, 15 2014 by