Makeup Tips for Wearing Eyeglasses

Makeup Tips for Wearing Eyeglasses

Eyeglasses can significantly impact your appearance and choosing the right makeup to complement them can sometimes be tricky! Here are a few makeup tips to make you look your best while wearing your glasses.

Avoid shadows
 Some glasses will cast dark shadows around your eyes in certain lights. To fight this, use a lighter shade of foundation under your eyes and down the center of your nose. Contouring your face by your cheekbones and around your forehead can also help with shadows.

Lighten up your eyeshadows
 Wearing darker eyeshadows with glasses can make your eyes look tired. Sticking to more neutral and bright colors can make your eyes pop more behind your glasses. If you just can’t give up those dark eyeshadows, invest in larger frames. The bigger the eyeglass frames, the more people will see your eyes and your darker eyeshadows.

Match your eyeliner with your glasses
 If you have thinner eyeglass frames, go for a thinner eyeliner around your eyes. If your glasses have a thicker frame, a thicker eyeliner around your eyes will accentuate them.

Volumize your eyelashes
 Choose a volumizing mascara if you wear glasses. However, be careful about using too much mascara because you don’t want clumps ending up on your eyeglass lenses. A creamier mascara will help prevent this.

Boost your brows
 Use a brow brush to brush your brow hairs up and out. This will make your eyebrows sit more on top of your eyeglass frames.

Bring attention to your lips or your eyes – not both
 Whether you wear glasses or not, it is best practice to accentuate either your eyes or your lips. If you have big, bold glasses, go for a more neutral lipstick color so your eyes will stand out. If you have thinner, less obvious eyeglass frames, go for the red lipstick!

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Wearing makeup is fun, but it’s also important to remember that it can sometimes cause eye irritation or infections. Always remember to clean off your makeup every night before you go to bed to prevent infections. Be sure to also clean your eyeglass lenses frequently, as makeup can often get on them.  Use an anti-reflective coating on your lenses to help eliminate distracting reflections so people can see the beauty of your eyes more clearly!

Not sure which lenses are suitable for your face? Stop in to a Sunglass Shoppe store, and we can help pick out the perfect pair! Locations in Petoskey, Charlevoix, Traverse City, and Saugatuck, MI.

8 Things to Do in the Fall Around Saugatuck

8 Things to Do in the Fall Around Saugatuck

We think Saugatuck, MI is a great summer spot in the state, but did you know it is also a great spot to celebrate the changing of the seasons? There is a lot to do in Saugatuck in the fall; here are a few of our favorites!

Oval Beach

 Enjoy a long walk on Oval Beach with a lot less traffic than you would see in the summer! At times you will have the whole beach to yourself! It is a peaceful place to take in the changing of the seasons. Come in the late afternoon and enjoy one of the most breathtaking sunsets over Lake Michigan.

Eat like a southerner

 Experience a bit of southern home cooking in Saugatuck! The Southern is a family-owned restaurant known for its southern-style meals and a favorite among the locals. Their fried chicken sandwich and homemade biscuits will make you feel like you are in the heart of the south.

Apple picking

 Fall is the perfect time for picking the most delicious apples! Crane’s Orchards is just a 15-minute drive south. Pick your own apples or grab a bushel already selected for you. While you are there, enjoy hayrides and get lost in their 20-acre corn maze. It’s the perfect place for all the traditional autumn activities!

Raspberry picking

 Not only does the fall bring delicious apples, but it is also raspberry picking season! Riverbend Farms has acres of raspberries for you to pick yourself. The season lasts through the end of October.

Walk downtown Saugatuck

 There’s so much to do in downtown Saugatuck! Treat yourself to some homemade ice cream at one of the many ice cream shops, or shop around all the little gift boutiques on Butler Street. You can make a whole day out of it. While you are there, stop in at the Sunglass Shoppe and say hi!

Climb Mount Baldhead

 If you are looking to get in a little more exercise, visit Mount Baldhead. Mount Baldhead has a one-mile loop around it for hiking, biking, or walking. Climb up 302 steps to the top and get a panoramic view of Saugatuck in the fall. It’s a perfect picture opportunity for sure!

Visit the sand dunes

 Saugatuck has over 2 miles of shoreline you can visit, and it’s worth the trip. Walk the shoreline and you will see 200-foot-high dunes that frame the beach! You won’t want to leave once you visit.

Go for a boat ride

 A boat ride in the fall is the perfect way to say goodbye to the warm weather. Rent a boat from Retro Boat Rentals, and you can enjoy a slow cruise on the Kalamazoo River, which leads into Lake Michigan. Choose from a variety of boats to rent. They are open through October, but it’s recommended to book ahead.  

Saugatuck is not just a beach town. There is plenty to do during the other seasons, so be sure to add it to your list of places to visit for some fall fun! 

4 Reasons Why Your Vision is Changing That Aren’t Because of Aging

4 Reasons Why Your Vision is Changing That Aren’t Because of Aging

It shouldn’t be a surprise to you that most people’s eyesight changes and gets a little blurrier as you age. Most people see these changes starting in their 50s or 60s. However, sometimes your eyesight can change due to other reasons. Here are a few reasons why you might be seeing your eyes change other than aging.

You stare at screens for most of the day.

 Whether you are looking at a computer screen or your phone, screen time puts you at risk for digital eye strain. Your vision may get blurry, or your eyes may feel tired from a large amount of screen time. This can happen because when people look at screens, they don’t blink as often as they should be. This can lead to eye irritation. A quick fix for digital eye strain is to make sure you look away from your computer every 20 minutes for 20 seconds.

You are pregnant.

Women’s bodies go through a lot of changes when they are carrying a baby. This includes visual changes. Blurriness and double vision can be very common during pregnancy. Hormonal changes can cause women to become near or farsighted until after the baby is delivered. Moms-to-be are also susceptible to dry eyes, leading to blurred vision or uncomfortable eyes if you wear contacts.

You wear your contacts too long

 The longer you wear your contacts, the dirtier they get. Dirt, mucus, and minerals can build up, causing your sight to become blurry. It’s important to remember to clean your lenses daily and replace them according to their scheduled usage. These days, most contacts that are on the market are either daily, biweekly, or monthly. For the cleanest and clearest vision, daily contacts are the way to go. Or take a break from your contacts, and put on your glasses for a few hours!

You have glaucoma.

 The older you get, the more you are at risk for glaucoma. Glaucoma occurs when there is a build-up of excess fluid in the eyes, and it causes damage to the nerve, which can cause blind spots to develop. While it’s more common for older people to develop glaucoma, it can occur at any age.

It’s important to get your eyes checked every two years between the ages of 18-60. After the age of 60, you should get an eye exam annually.  Regular eye exams can help you keep up with the changing needs of your eyes.

Our Friends at The Butler

Our Friends at The Butler

If you have ever had the pleasure of visiting Saugatuck, MI, there is a good chance you walked down Butler Street, which is right around the corner from the Sunglass Shoppe’s newest location. If you did and made it to the end of the road by the water, you were confronted with a restaurant called The Butler, located at 40 Butler St. The Butler brings a mix of Saugatuck living and family tradition to the small town of Saugatuck.

The Butler Restaurant

The Butler first opened in 1961 as a two-story hotel with a restaurant on the bottom floor. In 1971, the top floors were removed, leaving only the restaurant standing. For 58 years, the restaurant has been run year-round, including during a global pandemic, by three generations of family.

The Butler is the perfect place to spend a hot summer’s day. Choose from sitting either inside or outside patio seating for lunch or dinner. Listen to live entertainment on the patio while you take in views of the Kalamazoo Harbor. After lunch, take a dip in the pool! If you are a boater and like to spend your summers on Lake Michigan, The Butler can rent one of its 58 dock slips to you for the summer.

Butler Boat Slips are available for rent during the summer.

The Butler restaurant is known for its famous Butler burger! The Butler burger is a ½ pound of ground Angus sirloin topped with grilled ham, American cheese, lettuce, and mayonnaise. If you are looking for a twist on the Butler burger, try the Tucson burger, topped with pepper jack cheese, bacon, lettuce, and chipotle mayonnaise. While the Butler is known for its burgers, there are numerous other delicious meals on the menu. Some of my favorites are the Cherry Chicken and Walnut Salad, the Reuben Sandwich, Lobster Mac & Cheese, and Pan Fried Great Lakes Walleye, which is a Butler specialty!

When you walk through The Butler, you will see 58 years of family history. You can learn about the history of the White and Phelps families who started the Butler. Sit at the table with the names of the family’s boats through the years. Spell your name out with the nautical flags they use around the restaurant. Before you leave, purchase a Butler t-shirt on your way out!

If you are visiting Saugatuck, MI, any time during the year, I highly recommend including a stop at The Butler. When you walk through the door, you will instantly feel like family here and leave with a belly full of delicious home cooking. Once you leave, walk off your meal by heading down to the Sunglass Shoppe, which is just around the corner!

The Anatomy of Eyeglasses

The Anatomy of Eyeglasses

Have you ever wondered about the parts of your eyeglasses? Let’s dive into the anatomy of your eyeglasses.

Frames 
This is the main part of your eyeglasses. It is what holds the lenses in place. They come in a variety of different styles and brands.

Lenses
Most people would say this is the most important part of your eyeglasses. The lenses are the clear pieces of your eyeglasses. It usually comes in prescription form. The size of the lenses depends on your prescription and the style of frames you choose.

Bridge
This part of your eyeglasses does precisely what it says. It bridges your nose and allows your eyeglasses to sit comfortably on your face.

Nose Pads
Nose pads also help with comfort. They are the small pads that rest on your nose. Nose pads can either be part of the frame or a separate piece that attaches to the frame with a piece of metal.

Hinges
Hinges are the joints that allow you to open and close the temples on your eyeglass frames.

Screws
The screws of your eyeglasses are what join the two pieces of a hinge together. It is not uncommon for a screw to come loose or even fall out. Most eyeglass stores, such as the Sunglass Shoppe, can help you with replacing or tightening the screws.

Temples
This part of your eyeglasses falls on both sides of your head. The temple’s job is to keep your glasses secure when you are wearing them. Temples are made in different lengths to fit different head sizes.

Temple Tips
At the end of your temples are the temple tips! Some temple tips can be covered or coated with plastic or a rubber material to make your eyeglasses sit more comfortably.

If you are looking for the perfect fitting eyeglasses for yourself, visit the Sunglass Shoppe and we can help you! We have shops located in Petoskey, Charlevoix, Traverse City, and Saugatuck, MI.