In the market for new eyewear? You don’t have to be an expert in fashion to understand how certain frames complement some faces and not others. Let’s go over some basics about face shape, as well as lifestyle and skin tone.
What activities will you be engaging in while wearing your eyeglasses? For active people, consider flexible frames that will twist and bend but won’t break. For those who need them for work, try professional, attractive frames that are durable to use every day. In any case, the frames you choose should fit your lifestyle and personality. To accommodate different uses and needs, consider purchasing a few styles to mix and match.
The Shape of Your Face
Face shape also determines which glasses are best for you.
- Round: Eyeglass frames, square or rectangular in shape, are wider than a round face. This makes your face look longer and slimmer and adds balance to your features. Don’t use rimless, round and small frames which will highlight your roundness.
- Oval: Try frames with a strong bridge because they are wider than the broadest part of your face. Don’t choose over-sized frames that cover more than half of your face, which disrupts the natural balance and symmetry of oval faces.
- Square: You will want to choose frames that soften the sharp angularity of your face, preferable ones that sit high on the nose bridge. Oval or round eyeglasses tend to thin out the angles. Don’t choose angular and boxy frames which will highlight your square face and bulk it up.
- Diamond: Choose frames that sweep upwards, accentuating your narrow forehead and chin. For instance, cat-eye glasses and oval frames are good choices, as they play up your cheekbones and more delicate features. Don’t go with boxy, narrow frames that call attention to the width of your cheeks and narrow features.
- Heart-Shaped: You need glasses that balance out the narrowness of your chin with the width of your forehead. You want ones with low-set temples and bottom-heavy frame lines, such as round or square eyeglasses with curvy edges. Don’t choose a style or color that brings attention to your forehead, such as frames with decorative temple areas or embellished tops.
When it comes to selecting the right frames, keep in mind that opposites attract. You want to show a contrast within your facial contours, while bringing symmetry and balance to your most prominent features.
Your Skin Tone
Skin tone also will determine the frames you choose, so be sure to go with a shade that most closely resembles your skin tone:
- Warm Skin Tone: Focus on light tortoise, honey, brown, beige or olive green frames to complement your golden complexions in tones of yellow, bronze or gold.
- Cool Skin Tone: Go with silver, black, pink, mauve, dark tortoise, purple, blue and gray, to complement cool complexions withpink or blue undertones.