How To Find Glasses That Fit Your Face
It can be challenging to pick the perfect pair of eyeglasses for your face. Your focus should be how well the entire package works together.
That is, your hair, face and the glasses.
To get a sense of which styles appeal to you, you will need to look at a variety of eyeglass frames.
Eyeglasses are available in a multitude of colors and shapes that can make it hard to choose.
It's best to browse the internet for current styles and flip through magazines, noting styles that appeal to you.
Some websites allow you to virtually "try on" eyeglass frames on an uploaded photo.
Some Pointers To Help You Find Your Best Eyeglass Frames:
Find the perfect fit
Consider these tips:
The frame should follow your eyebrow closely
Your pupils should be in the center of the frame
Your eyeglass frames should feel comfortable without pulling or pinching your face
Pick the best frame colour for your skin tone
First determine if you have a warm or cool skin tone.
You can also visit a cosmetics counter to find out.
As a rule of thumb.
Match the color of your frames with your skin tone.
Warm Skin Tones should be matched with warm frame colors
Cool Skin Tones should be matched with cool frame colors
If your skin tone is cool:
Choose frames that are black, blue-gray, pink, magenta, amber, charcoal, pewter or silver.
Dare to try blue frames and complementary colors such as white, shiny black, plum, or mauve.
Go for enamel, brushed or shiny silver metallic frames.
If you want tortoiseshell frames, choose dark and amber colored frames.
Green particularly suits redheads.
If your skin tone is warm:
Try frames that are coral, orange, white, peach, gold, copper, red, beige, aqua, tortoise or honey colored.
Yellow is also your color, khaki, navy, red, orange and ivory also work well, as do golden, brown, copper and bronze frames.
Remember dark skin can get away with bright colors better.
Which Eyeglass Frames Are Best for Your Face Shape
- Almost any frames will complement an oval shaped face
- Experiment with the latest trends to see what style looks best
- Keep in mind to choose frames that are in proportion to the size of your head
- Choose frames that are no wider than your cheekbones
- Try rimless frames or soft oval shapes
- Frames with oval shapes or soft curves
- Frames that are narrower at the bottom and wider at the top
- Try a decorative or contrasting color at the temples
- Choose frames that are slightly wider than your face but still have depth
- Choose rounded frames with curves rather than sharp angles
- Try oval or an over-sized cat eye shape
- Try decorative or contrasting temples to add width to a long face
- Over-sized frames look much better as they break up the length of your face
- Don't choose a frame that is wider than your face or it will accentuate the narrow shape of your face
- Avoid small or narrow square shaped glasses
- Try frames with a thin rim or rimless styles
- Try vertical lines or frames with low arms to help balance the jaw-line
- Choose frames that are wider or more square at the bottom
- Avoid frames that sit high on your face
- Choose frames with a nose-bridge and that doesn't perch too high
- Frames that angle out at the top corners like cat eye or oval shaped
- Frames that are wider than your temples
- Frames that have decorative detail or color at the top of the frame
- Choose frames that angle out at the top corners like cat eye or decorative upper rims
- Narrow oval frames or rounded style
- Frames that have more width than height to balance your face
- Avoid angular and square styles
- Choose straight or angular frames to minimize roundness
- Choose a geometric shape, square or rectangle styles
- Angular narrow frames make your face appear longer
- Choose eyeglass frames no wider than the width of your face
Shopping for glasses or sunglasses can be a total nightmare... but it certainly doesn't have to be. Many shoppers don't realize that solution to finding the 'perfect pair' is right in front of their nose. Take a look in the mirror - what is your face telling you? The shape of your face is the most important (and telling) factor in selecting a pair of glassesor sunglasses that will flatter your face.
Use the 'Face Shape Guide' below graphic and chart to identify which sunglasses frames will best fits your features:
SquareAngular face with a defined jaw line, wide forehead and strong chin.Break up your right angles with round or oval frames, which will help soften the lines. Glasseswith defined temples will also work well for your face’s shape.
RoundFull cheeks, rounded chin with few angles. Width and length are proportional.With a round face, try more angular glasses that will add dimension to your face. Rectangular and oblong pairs will make your face look thinner and longer.
TriangleNarrow forehead and eye line. Face widens at the cheeks and the chin.Try semi-rimless frames that accentuate your upper face or top-heavy styles that will balance out your stronger jawline.
OblongFace is longer than it is wide with a longer nose, high cheekbones, and tall forehead.Decorative temples will add width to your face, while a taller frame/rim will make your face look shorter.
OvalFairly balanced proportions. Chin is narrower than forehead while cheekbones are high.Most frames will work for your face, while rectangular or abstract pairs will add angles to the soft curves in your face.
DiamondSmall forehead and chin with narrowed jaw and eye lines. Angular features with defined cheekbones.Your cheekbones are the star of the show, define them with top-heavy styles that feature decorative temples. Rimless styles will also work well for your frame.
HeartBroad forehead and wide cheek bones that narrow into a smaller chin.Bottom-heavy glasses will add width to the lower face, while narrow, round frames will soften a wide forehead.
Another great way to put some ease into the selection process is to bring a friend whose advice you trust. Let them help you find a pair that will not only flatter you, but also be a pair that can be worn season after season. There are many local and internet-based companies that provide thousands of frame/style options.