Most of us use personal preference and the “try-on” test to figure out which glasses to select, but there are some rules of thumb you can use to simplify the process and make sure you’ll be happy with your choices in the long run. The first step to narrowing down the field is to determine your face shape and coloring. To match eyeglass frames to your face shape there are three basic rules:
- Eyewear should accentuate your best facial feature
- Frame shape should contrast your face shape
- Frame size should scale to your face size
How to determine your face shape? Experts agree there are seven basic face shapes: round, oval, oblong, triangle, inverted triangle, diamond, and square. If you are having trouble figuring out which of these shapes most fits your face, a certified optician can help. Below is a guideline on how to map frame shape to face shape:
Square: To make a round face appear thinner and longer, try angular narrow eyeglass frames to lengthen the face and frames that are wider than they are deep, such as rectangular shapes.
Oval: Many types of frames will complement an oval face. Look for eyeglass frames that are as wide as (or wider than) the broadest part of the face, or walnut-shaped frames that are not too deep or too narrow.
Oblong: To make an oblong face appear shorter and more balanced, try frames that have more depth than width and decorative or contrasting temples that add width.
Triangle: To add width and emphasize the narrow upper third of the face, try frames that are heavily accented with color and detailing on the top half or cat-eye shapes.
Inverted Triangle: To minimize the width of the top of the face, try frames that are wider at the bottom, very light colors and materials and rimless frame styles.
Diamond: To highlight the eyes and soften the cheekbones, try frames that have detailing or distinctive brow lines, or try rimless frames or oval and cat-eye shapes.
Square: To make a square face look longer and soften the angles, try narrow frame styles, frames that have more width than depth, and narrow ovals.
Cool or Warm Colors–Which are right for you? Most of us haven’t had a professional color analysis, but, similar to shapes, there are some basic rules to help select eyeglass colors. The main factors that determine the best color palette are the colors of one’s skin, eyes and hair.
Skin: All complexions fall into one of two color bases — blue (cool) or yellow (warm). A cool complexion has blue or pink undertones, and a warm complexion has a “peaches and cream” or yellow cast. Olive and brown skin is considered cool because it is a mixture of blue and yellow. In the United States, cool, blue-based complexions are more common than the yellow-based warm complexions.
Eyes: For example, blue eyes can range from a cool almost-violet to a pale blue-gray, which is warm. Brown eyes can vary from a light cider shade (warm) through a medium-brown to a cool almost-black.
Hair: Hair colors also are considered warm or cool. Strawberry blond, platinum, blue-black, white, auburn, salt-and-pepper, and ash brown are cool. Warm hair colors include golden blond, brownish black, brown-gold, “carrot” and “dirty” gray.
Once you have determined if you are “warm” or “cool,” then you can find the eyeglass frame colors that will suit you the best. Below are some of the color choices that map to warm or cool coloring:
Warm frame colors: camel, khaki, gold, copper, peach, orange, coral, off-white, fire-engine red, warm blue and blond tortoise.
Cool frame colors: black, silver, rose-brown, blue-gray, plum, magenta, pink, jade, blue and demi-amber darker tortoise.
How to Use This Information
Once you understand the principles of matching facial shape and coloring to selecting eye wear, you’ll find it easier to see why some frames complement your fact better than others. This will make selecting glasses easier throughout your entire life. The certified Colorado Opticians at Vision Care Specialists are trained to help patients understand which frames will work best for their appearance, personal style and vision optimization need–it’s what they call, the LifeFit™ Approach. In addition, with the widest selection of high-fashion eye glasses in Denver, Vision Care Specialists is sure to have the right pair for you. Stop in to one of our four front range locations and let our certified opticians help you figure out which frames are right for you. Call us today at 303-991-9600 or request an appointment online.