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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

Frame Friday: Back to School

Yes, it’s that time of year. Time to savor the last days of freedom and spend time with friends and family. It’s also time to update your wardrobe, so don’t forget to take a critical look at your eyeglasses: Zenni has a huge selection of frames and colors, so be sure to pick out a pair or two that will not only help you study, but make sure you look great while doing it.
 
Bonus Savings: Use coupon code SCHOOL10 at check-out to get 10% off your order. Hurry, though, because this offer expires on August 15th, 2014.
 

 
Not ready to leave summer behind? Try out these wayfarer full-rim glasses in green with orange accents. (The bright colors remind me of a picnic table set with Fiestaware.) Wear these on the first day of classes and make a statement!
 

 
Do you start off the school year feeling a bit shy? Get adventurous with a pair of full-rim acetate frames in either red or blue plaid: Add these to an otherwise conservative, solid-color outfit and you’ll definitely shine.
 

 
These sturdy, acetate frames are accented with subtle stripes, making them far more interesting than plain frames, but without being too distracting.
 

 
Now here is a cool look for Fall: These plastic wayfarers come in some nifty colors, but the clear frames with orange temples is really something else. Wear them to match the fall foliage and they’ll take you all the way to Halloween in style!
 

 
Are all these colors a bit too much ? That’s OK, check out these rectangle frames in a super-cool woodgrain pattern. (Also comes in black.) This may not be the pair for everyone, but it may be the pair for you.
 

 
These wayfarers come in six colors, at since they start at only $15.95 a pair, you can get several to match any outfit. Another option is to select frames that match your school colors! Seriously: This frame is an updated classic that can carry you through the school year, so stock up while taking advantage of the school10 savings code!

 

 

 

 

Friday, August, 1 2014 by

Frame Friday: Trendy Summer Frames

One of the great benefits of buying your frames from Zenni is that you save so much money that you afford a wardrobe of frames. Sure, there are times where you want to stick to basics, but it’s also fun being able to keep your coworkers and friends guessing by regularly showing up in new and cool glasses.
 
We’ve still got some summer left, so let’s have a look at some trendy summer frames that you can add to your collection:
 

Cool blue wayfarer style frames, combined with 80s style artwork on the temples, will definitely capture attention on the beach, at work or in the beer garden. Pair these with some colorful plastic jewelry and you’ll  remind Gen X’rs of when MTV actually played music videos.
 

Do you remember Jolly Rancher candies?  Expect some flashbacks when wearing these gorgeous, clear frames  in eye-popping fuchsia or yellow. Cat-eye style is flattering to many face shapes, and the clear, bright colors keep things on the light side for summer.
 

Half-rim glasses let you maintain some gravitas while not overpowering your face. These classic half-rims are even more interesting when you order them in red. . .looks great with a tan!
 

Maybe not everyone can carry off these plastic frames with a stained-glass look, but if you can, go for it! These would look great paired with a colorful sundress and strappy sandals.
 

 
Outdoorsy type? These frames may look no-nonsense at first, but note the cool cutouts along the temples. This pair offers you the sturdiness you need while hiking and camping, but they’ll never make you look boring.
 

Want to learn a secret for giving your nose a more graceful appearance? Keyhole bridge frames open up a bit more at the nose, making it look longer and more elegant. Try these full rims as regular or sunglasses and see what you think. For a more interesting look, select the blue frames!
 

 

Saturday, July, 19 2014 by

Frame Friday: Germany Vs. Argentina

World Cup fans are excited about the semi-finals match between Germany and Argentina! For fun, we decided to have a look at some frames that feature the colors of each team. Enjoy!
 

Germany

 
red yellow glasses

Root for Germany in these red and gold full-rim glasses. The floral detail on the temples gives them a wonderfully feminine look.

 

red yellow gradient glasses

 

Keep it casual with these yellow and red plastic full-rim glasses. I love how the red and yellow come together to look like flames!

 

red yellow glasses

 

Looking for something more formal? These plastic full-rims in red with yellow/gold accents fit the bill nicely. The cat eye style is ultra-feminine and will certainly get you noticed at school, the office and while out with friends!

 

Argentina

 
blue glasses
 
Argentina fans take note: These dreamy blue frames look great against a tan and will put everyone in mind of the beach! A great summer casual look.

 

blue glasses

Are any of your children Argentina fans? These sporty glasses are great looking and can take the beatings that active kids can give.

 

light blue glasses

Get down to business with these stainless steel full rim glasses. This is a very conservative design, but the subtle blue accent makes these glasses a lot more interesting than if they were just plain silvertone.

 

 

Monday, July, 14 2014 by