How to Choose the Right Glasses for Your Face Shape and Coloring
Glasses are fun to buy and wear. A good pair can add personality to any look, which is why it is important to choose a pair that reflects one's own personality and looks great with one's complexion, hair color, eye color, and most importantly, face shape. The ideal pair of glasses will pull a look together—so others notice the beauty of the person first, and the glasses second.
In order to choose the glasses that look best, it's important to know how to determine face shape; this will inform which specs look best on you. The best way to do this is by looking in a mirror, close one eye, and trace the outline of your face. The shape drawn on the mirror will be either closest to oval, heart, circle, or square. As a general rule, a pair of glasses should contrast the face shape, while also complementing one's coloring.
most any as long as they do not overpower your face with size
round, cat eye, and butterfly frames that: avoid decorative at top and should have a wider bottom than top
glasses that have lots of angles such as rectangular glasses
subtle rimless glasses, cat-eye and butterfly glasses
Oval-Shaped Face: Julia Roberts
Glasses That Look Good on a Oval-Shaped Face
Someone with an oval face shape can get away with most any glasses. When choosing specs, it is ideal to choose a pair that give the face an oval appearance rather than heart, round, or angular, which is why those with natural oval faces are so blessed when choosing the perfect frames.
An oval appearance to the face means that is proportionately equal throughout. The chin is not very narrow nor wide, along with the forehead.
It is important that the eyeglasses do not overpower facial features; therefore it is best not to choose large frames, especially for those with smaller features, which is common with oval shaped faces. Unlike those with other shaped faces, an oval-faced person can wear a pair that is slightly wider than the widest part of the head. Others should avoid wearing glasses too wide.
Famous oval faces: Julia Roberts and Beyonce Knowles.
Heart-Shaped Face: Halle Berry
Glasses That Look Good on a Heart-Shaped Face
Heart-shaped faces are much harder to find a pair that matches their features. The forehead is wider, with a narrow chin, and higher cheekbones. The main goal when choosing specs is to minimize the width of the upper portion of the face, as well as offset the narrow chin.
The styles that would most suit a heart-shaped face are cat eye frames because it will help balance out the narrow chin. Butterfly glasses and round glasses are also good choices.
The ideal glasses will be wider at the bottom than they are at the top because it offsets the thin chin. Also, the glasses should set lower, in order to offset a wide forehead. Decorative or frames that are wide at the top will emphasize an already wide forehead and thin chin.
Rimless or very dull colors will suit this face shape because it deemphasizes the upper portion of the face.
Famous heart faces: Jennifer Anniston, Halle Berry, and David Spade.
Circle-Shaped Face: Cameron Diaz
Glasses That Look Good on a Circle-Shaped Face
Round faces usually are shorter than oval faces, but still slightly oval in shape with very soft curves and very few angular features. Therefore, using angles will actually help add balance to their features. By adding angles in the glasses this will sharpen the person's natural features and add definition.
Those with chubby round cheeks want more horizontally wide rectangular frames in order to help thin the face and make it appear longer as well. By wearing frames that are slightly higher, which set around mid to high on the temples will help lengthen the face.
Glasses to avoid are ones that are too big because it will cause a rounder appearance. Round faces have eyes that are closer together; therefore, make sure to pick out glasses that have a clear bridge over the nose. This will help the eyes look further apart than they naturally are.
Famous circle faces: Christina Ricci, Cameron Diaz, and Jason Alexander.
Square-Shaped Face: Sandra Bullock
Glasses That Look Good on a Square-Shaped Face
A square-shaped face will usually be proportionate in both length and width: a wider forehead and wider chin.
The goal of finding the right glasses for a square-faced person is to make the face appear longer, and not so wide, while also minimizing the angles found on the face.
To offset the angular features it is best to use rounder or oval glasses. This will help soften facial features. Other great glasses would be cat-eye or butterfly frames because these are more prominent horizontally than vertically. The more narrow the height is, will offset the squareness of the face giving it more of a longer appearance. Subtle rimless frames with soft edges will also soften facial features.
Glasses that connect at the temples or at the top of the frame, as well as those more center set, are good choices. The lower they are set will draw attention to the broad chin. The higher it is set, will give a more delicate look. Another great look is to have a prominent brow bar. This will cause the eye to appear higher, and in turn, will give a longer appearance to the face.
Famous people with square faces: Brad Pitt, Sandra Bullock, and Demi Moore.
Picking Out The Right Coloring
There are three aspects one should look at when choosing glasses: skin tone, eye color, and hair color.
Skin tone: This is the primary focus in choosing glasses. Matching skin color will be most important, especially if one likes to dye your hair. Everybody is either cool (blue tones) or warm (yellow tone). It is important to match skin tone to the color of the shades. For instance, a cool color skin tone should choose cool colors.
Eye Color: Matching eye color can really cause the eye color to pop! Like when someone wears blue glasses with blue eyes or green glasses with green eyes. This is secondary in importance, so keep in mind skin tone, before eye color.
Hair Color: Hair color can also be either warm colors or cool colors; for instance:
- Cool - strawberry blond, platinum blonde, black with a blue tint, white, salt-and-pepper as well as "dishwater" brown
- Warm - golden blond (more of a yellow tint), flat black, brown with a golden hue, red hair that could be defined as a carrot-top, and "dirty" gray.
Just like the others, it is a good idea to match.
When buying glasses, there are many things to keep in mind, when deciding whether they are the right pair, whether it be face shape or coloring. Most importantly, choosing the perfect spectacles should be fun, and make someone feel beautiful after their purchase!
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