How to Choose the Right Glasses for Your Face Shape and Coloring
I love wearing and buying glasses. I think they add personality to your look. If I had my way, I would own several pair dependent on the look I want to show off that day. Not only do you want to reflect your personality in the glasses you choose, but you want to make sure that it looks good with your complexion, hair coloring, eye color, and most importantly your face shape. You want to make sure the whole look is pulled together nicely, so that way people notice you first, your glasses second.
In order to understand what glasses look best on you, you need to know what face shape you are. The best way to do this is by looking in a mirror, close one eye, and trace the outline of your face. You will find your face is either closest to oval, heart, circle, or square shape. As a general rule, you want a pair of glasses that contrast against the shape of your face. On the other hand, coloring should compliment your coloring.
Oval Face Shaped, Julia Roberts
Glasses for Oval Face Shape
If you have an oval face shape you can get away with most any glasses. Often times when wearing glasses we strive to cause our faces to appear more oval in shape and less heart, round, or angular. So when you start with the perfect oval shape, you are not striving to change the appearance of your face.
Oval shapes means that your face is proportionately equal throughout. Your chin is not very narrow, but not wide either. Same with your forehead.
You will want to make sure that your glasses do not overpower your features; therefore. the main thing you want to steer clear of is large frames.Often times a person with an oval face will have smaller features, which means they will want to have smaller glasses that do not overpower them.
Although if you do have an oval face, you will want to wear glasses that are as wide as your widest part of your face, going slightly wider will actually look fine on an oval face.
Famous Oval Faces: Julia Roberts and Beyonce Knowles
Heart Faced Halle Berry
Glasses that Fit a Heart Face Shape
Heart shape faces are much harder to find a pair that matches our features. You will have wider foreheads, narrow chin, and higher cheekbones.
The main goal in a heart shaped face is to minimize the width of the upper portion of your face, as well as offset the very narrow chin.
The styles that would most suit a heart shaped face will have cat eye frame 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 your thin chin. Also, you will want to make sure that the glasses go lower, because it will offset your wide forehead. You also want to avoid glasses that are very decorative or wide at the top; while this will only emphasize your already wide forehead and thin chin.
Rimless or very dull colors will suit this face shape, because it takes away the emphasis from the upper portion of your face.
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Famous Heart Faces: Jennifer Anniston, Halle Berry, and David Spade
Round Faced Cameron Diaz
Glasses for a Circle Face Shape
Circle faces usually are shorter than oval faces, but still slightly oval in shape. You will have very soft curves and your face will have 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 persons natural features and add definition.
If you tend to have a chubby round face, then you want more horizontally wide rectangular frames. This will help thin your face, and make it appear longer as well. Also glasses that are slightly higher than the average pair of glasses, around mid to high on the temples. This will help lengthen the face as well. You also want to avoid glasses that are too big for you, as this will only make your face appear even wider.
Round faces usually have eyes that are closer together;therefore, if this is you, make sure you pick out glasses that have a clear bridge over the nose. This will help your eyes look further apart than they naturally are.
Famous Circle Faces: Christina Ricci, Cameron Diaz, and Jason Alexander
Square Shaped Sandra Bullock
Glasses that Look Good on a Square Face Shape
A square shaped face will usually be proportionate in both length and width. 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 your angular features it is best to use rounder or oval glasses. This will help soften your facial features.Other great glasses would be cat-eye or butterfly frames, because glasses should be more prominent horizontally than vertically. The more narrow the height is, will offset the squareness of your face giving it more of a longer appearance. Subtle rimless frames with soft edges will also soften facial features.
You should also look for glasses that connect at the temples either at the top of the frame or more center set. The lower they are set at the temples will draw attention to your chin, which will only emphasize your broad chin. The higher it is set, will give you more of a delicate look.Another great look is to have a prominent brow bar on your glasses. This will cause your eye to appear higher, and in turn will make your face seem longer.
Famous People with square faces: Brad Pitt, Sandra Bullock, and Demi Moore.
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
Picking Out The Right Coloring
There are three aspects you should look at when choosing glasses: skin tone, eye color, and hair color.
Skin tone: This is the primary focus in choosing glasses. Matching your skin color will be most important, especially if you like to dye your hair. Everybody is either cool (blue tones) or warm (yellow tone). You will want to match your skin tone with your glasses. For instance, if you are a cool color, than choose cool colors for your glasses.
Eye Color: Matching your eye color can really cause the color of your eyes pop! Like wearing blue glasses with blue eyes, or green glasses with green eyes. This is secondary in importance, so keep in mind your skin tone, before your eyes.
Hair Color: Hair color can also be either warm colors or cool colors; for instance
Cool - strawberry blond, platinum blonde, black with 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.
© 2010 Angela Michelle Schultz