Your new eyeglasses aren’t purely utilitarian. Sure, their primary purpose is to enable you to see the world with uncompromised vision, but they’re also an expression of your style and personality. Jennifer Andrews, OD of Urban Eye Care, located in downtown Seattle, offers the following tips to help you choose the perfect frames for your face and skin tone.
Tune into your skin tone
It may be surprising to learn, but your skin tone is as important as the shape of your face when it comes to selecting the most feature flattering frames. In general, everyone’s skin tone, or complexion, falls into three categories:
- Warm: yellow, bronze, peach, or golden undertones
- Cool: pink or blue undertones
- Neutral: a mix of pink and gold undertones
Here are the basic rules regarding skin tone and frame color.
Warm skin tones are best complemented with frames in warmer color families, such as:
- Light tortoise shells
- Golds, or honey
- Olive greens
- Warm reds
Warm skin tones are less flattered by pastel colors and white frames. They are too cool for your face.
The reverse is true too. If your skin tone is cool, winterly colored frames are best, such as:
- Silvers or grays
- Pinks or mauves
- Dark tortoise shells
Black frames work well for cool skin tones, as well. The proper color of frames should complement the color of your face, not make you look washed out.
If you have a more neutral skin tone, just about any color frames work well. In this case, place more emphasis on your face shape when selecting frames.
Factor in shape
The shape of your face works the reverse as skin tone in choosing frames. Instead of picking styles the same shape as your face, you want to go with one that’s the opposite. If, for example, your face is round, angular frames create a better balance. Round frames on a round face only accentuate your roundness.
The same holds true for oval and angular face shapes. If you add oval frames to an oval face, you’re not balancing your features. The better choice is a geometric style. Follow these guidelines to choose frames that fit your face shape best:
You have balanced facial proportions, so select frames that are as wide as or wider than the widest part of your face.
To make your face appear longer and thinner, go for angular frames or frames that are slightly wider than they are deep. Avoid rimless, round and small frames. Again, these will only accentuate the roundness of your face.
This means your forehead and jawline are higher and narrower, and your cheekbones dramatic. As such, you want to draw focus to your eyes and soften your cheekbones. Do so with rimless frames or cat-eye frame shape. You might also want to try frames with a distinct browline or additionally detailing. Avoid boxy, narrow frames that overpower your delicate features.
If your jawline is strong and your forehead broad, choose narrow frames. Narrow frames will soften your angles and make your face look longer. Select frames that are wider than they are deep, or narrow ovals for added balance. Avoid angular, boxy frames that can make your face appear bulky.
A heart-shaped face is wider at the top and middle but narrow at the chin. To achieve a more balanced appearance, go for frames that are wider or heavier at the bottom. Rimless frames or thin ones are also a good choice. Avoid frames with a heavier browline or decorative temples that draw more attention to your forehead.
Skin tone and face shape are the key considerations in selecting the most flattering frames. Eye and hair color are factors too but consider those second.
Your glasses should fit your lifestyle and personality. In addition to improving your vision, they allow you to express your creativity and fashion sense.
At Urban Eye Care, we want you to love your new glasses, and are happy to help you select the perfect pair. For all of your optometry needs, call Urban Eye Care at 206 344-202, or request an appointment online.