Picking the Right Eyeglass Frame
Don't like wearing glasses? Maybe you just haven't found the right frames. In addition to helping you see the world more clearly, eyeglasses should enhance (not detract from) your appearance, and should be comfortable, stylish and stay properly positioned on your face.
Here are a few essential tips when shopping for eyeglass frames:
Consider Your Face Shape
One of the most important factors to consider when selecting eyewear is to assess the shape of your face before trying on frames. Why? Because the most attractive eyeglass frames are those that complement and balance your facial features, not mimic them. In other words, if you have a very round face, rectangular frames or other frames with well-defined angles will look better than round frames (which will tend to exaggerate the roundness of your face).
There are seven basic face shapes. Though everyone's face is a unique blend of shapes, here are some helpful tips to determine your predominant facial shape and which frame styles will look best on you:
Choose a Frame That Complements Your Skin Tone and Eye Color
According to eyewear experts at The Vision Council, the best frame colors complement your natural skin tone and enhance the color of your eyes.
When considering your skin tone, understand that all complexions are categorized as having either a "cool" or "warm" color base. A cool complexion has blue or pink undertones; a warm complexion has a "peaches and cream" or yellow undertones.
There's one exception: olive-colored skin is considered cool despite being a mixture of blue and yellow tones. Hair color also is categorized as cool or warm. Cool hair colors include blue-black, salt-and-pepper, auburn, strawberry blond, platinum blond, and silver-white. Examples of warm hair colors include yellow-blond, golden brown, black with brown undertones, and brown-gray.
Eye color is another secondary element in determining your coloring, but there are many subtle variations of eye color. For example, blue eyes can range from nearly violet (cool) to a pale blue-gray (warm). Brown eyes can vary from a light cider shade (warm) to nearly black (cool).
Once you consider your skin tone, hair color and eye color, it's time to start picking frames that complement your coloring:
You may be tempted to choose a frame color that "goes with everything." But consider instead a color that truly flatters you and helps you make your personal style statement.
Make Sure It FitsFor both comfort and appearance, the size of your eyeglass frames should be in scale with your face size. Here are a few tips to make sure your eyeglasses will be comfortable and fit well:
Remember: even if you love the "look" of a frame, if it doesn't fit properly, you'll be unhappy in the long run.
Article ©2013, Access Media Group LLC. Source: Eyeglass Frames That Match Your Face Shape and Coloring by AllAboutVision.com.
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