Choosing Eyeglass Frames that Complement not Confuse
The first step in figuring out which type of eyeglass frames
best complement your face shape is to look in a mirror.
Diamond, triangle, round, square, oval, oblong – this isn't an introduction to geometry.
Step number 2 is to determine your skin tone, either warm or cool, so that you can select the right eyeglass frame color.
What's the big deal anyway and does this really matter?
Those new to wearing eyeglasses or who realize that eyeglasses add a whole new dimension to the facial structure understand that with choosing eyeglass frames is more involved than it seems.
Just as there's a 'right' hair style and a 'wrong' hair style, according to experts, certain eyeglass frames and colors look most flattering on certain facial types.
As for skin tones, a person's skin is considered either cool-toned or warm-toned.
If your skin has a pink or blue undertone, it's considered cool.
Black, pink, magenta, pinkish-browns, slate, green, blue and dark tortoise patterns look good against cool skin tones.
To complement warm skin, stick with eye glass frame colors in light brown or orange tones such as khaki, camel, off-white, light-patterned tortoise shell, gold and coppers, coral/orange/peach and if you're bold, fire engine red!
Do you know your face shape?
Pull back your hair and take a good long look in the mirror.
Which shape do you see?
Round – The round face is full with few angles. Cheeks are wide, but cheekbones are barely noticeable. Steer clear of round, dark-colored eye glass frames as they can make the face seem large and heavy. Rectangular or boxy shapes work best. High temples add length.
Square – The square face is as wide across the forehead as it is along the jaw line. Choose round or gently curved eye glass frames made of thin metal to soften the angles.
Oval – Like an egg, the oval face is narrow at the forehead and at the chin and wider in the area of the cheekbones. This shape is perfectly balanced. Any style of eye glass frame works well on an oval face.
Heart – Wide at the forehead and progressively narrowing down to an angular chin, select eye glass frames that are narrower on top and wide at the bottom to balance this face shape. Rimless styles and light colors are good choices.
Diamond – Narrow forehead, angular chin and wide temples, diamond-shaped faces look best in small top-heavy eye glass frames that are geometric or oval or a combination of both. These shapes help lessen the width at the temples.
Oblong – Long and narrow, the oblong shape needs an eye glass frame that breaks up the long-look of the face. Try frames that are round, or deep instead of wide, or that have horizontal lines, or are low triangular in shape. Embellishments on top add width.
Triangle – Wide at the base and narrow at the forehead, eye glass frames that are wide at the temples bring balance to this face shape. Emphasize the top portion of the frame and the eyes. Good choices include rectangular or aviator styles and semi-rimless.
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