You don’t have to be a fashion expert to know which frames will complement your face best. You just have to know some basics about the shape of your face, as well as your skin tone and lifestyle. Follow these tips to choosing eyeglasses:
Face shape plays a big role in determining which glasses you should get.
• Round: Eyeglass frames that are square or rectangular are usually wider than a round face, which can make your face look slimmer and longer so as to add balance to your features.
Frames to stay away from: Rimless, round and small frames can accentuate your roundness.
• Oval: Look for frames with a strong bridge, as they are wider than the broadest portion of your face, being geometric in shape.
• Frames to stay away from: Frames that are over-sized and cover up more than half of your face can throw the natural balance and symmetry of your oval face off kilter.
• Square: Look for frames that soften the angularity of your face, sitting high on the nose bridge. Oval or round eyeglasses will thin out those angles.
Frames to stay away from: Angular and boxy eyeglass frames tend to sharpen and draw attention to square faces, bulking them up.
• Diamond: Accentuate your narrow forehead and chin with eyeglass frames that sweep upwards, like cat-eye glasses and oval frames. You want to choose frames that play up your cheekbones and delicate features.
• Frames to stay away from: Boxy and narrow frames will highlight the width of your cheeks and draw attention to narrow features.
• Heart-Shaped: Look for glasses that balance out the width of your forehead with the narrowness of your chin, such as those with low-set temples and bottom-heavy frame lines. That’s why round or square eyeglasses featuring curved edges are best.
• Frames to stay away from: Any style or color that brings attention to your forehead, such as frames with embellished tops or decorative temples.
The key to choosing the right frames is to remember: opposites attract. Go with eyeglasses that show a contrast within your facial contours and that bring symmetry and balance to your most prominent features.
Skin tone will also set the stage for the frames you choose. Select a shade that most closely resembles your skin tone:
• Warm Skin Tone: For golden complexions in tones of yellow, bronze or gold, choose light tortoise, brown, honey, beige or olive green.
• Cool Skin Tone: For cool complexions with pink or blue undertones, choose silver, black, dark tortoise, pink, purple, mauve, blue and gray.
Consider the activities you will engage in while wearing your eyeglasses. If you’re active, you’ll want flexible frames that bend or twist but don’t break. If you need them for work, consider attractive frames that are durable enough for everyday use. Whatever the case, choose frames that fit your lifestyle and your personality. You may even want a few different frames to accommodate different uses.