How To Select The Right Frames For Your Face

Wearing a pair of glasses can transform your look as easily as a change of lipstick or eyeliner. Your choice of frames dictates how the world sees you and, even more importantly, how you see yourself. So you want to ensure that the frames you choose are the best for your face.

Classic Vision Care is a comprehensive optometry center. The eye care professionals there have some ideas for you to keep in mind when you envision yourself in new frames. Take a few moments to explore.

Face shape

The shape of your face will go a long way toward helping you decide on your new frames. Faces generally fall into one of four categories, but yours could also be a blend of those types.

To establish your face shape, you need to consider your facial features:

Oval face

If you have a rounded jawline and hairline and the length of your face is greater than the width, you have an oval face.

Square face

A square face has a broad forehead and strong jawline. The length and width of the jawline are equal.

Heart shape

A heart-shaped face has a narrow chin, full cheeks, and a broad forehead.

Round face

Round faces have rounded jawlines and hairlines, full cheeks and similar length and width.

An easier way of determining your face shape is looking at the mirror with your hair pulled away from your face and one eye closed. Use a washable marker to outline your face. Your face shape is the shape closest to the outline you’ve drawn.

The major variables in frames selection

When choosing glasses, the most basic principle is to look for frames that have a balancing effect on your face. Opposites attract. Choose glasses that contrast with your facial outline and balance out your prominent features.

Our optometrists recommend the following choices of frames for each face shape:

Oval face

Go for wide frames in geometric shapes and a strong bridge. Shun glasses that cover up more than half of your face. They throw off the symmetry and natural balance of your face.

Square face

Choose oval or round glasses that sit high on the bridge of your nose. They balance the angles on your square face and make it appear thinner. Steer clear of boxy frames and frames with angular shapes. They draw attention to your angular features, making your face appear bulky.

Heart-shaped face

Glasses with heavy bottom frames and low-set temples help to balance a broad forehead with a narrow chin. Square or round frames with curved edges also help in diverting attention away from a high forehead. Steer clear of frames with embellished tops or decorative temples.

Round face

Go for square or rectangular frames. Since they are usually larger than your face, they help balance it by giving it a longer and slimmer appearance. Avoid small frames, rimless frames, and round frames, as they tend to accentuate your roundness.

Skin Tone                                          

Another factor to consider when selecting glasses is your skin tone. Always choose a shade that is as close to your skin tone as possible.

Cool skin tone

You have a cool complexion if your skin has blue or pink undertones. Go for black, silver, pink, purple, dark tortoise, mauve, blue or gray frames.

Warm skin tone

A warm complexion has a bronze, yellow or golden cast to the skin. Avoid white and black frames as well as those in contrasting colors such as pastels. Instead, go for glasses with light tortoise, beige, honey, olive green, and brown shades.

The size of your face

Size is just as important as shape when it comes to selecting the right pair of glasses. Your frames should be proportional to the size of your face. Go for small glasses if your face is small and large glasses if your face is large.

Get help when choosing your glasses

Are you in need a new pair of glasses? Look no further than Classic Vision Care. Visit one of our offices or schedule an appointment today. Our optometrists will help you in choosing the most suitable stylish frames for your face.

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