How to Choose the Best Glasses for Your Face

Are you tired of spending hours at the eye doctor’s office trying to determine which pair of glasses look best on you? You are not alone. In fact, more than 61 percent of Americans either permanently or occasionally wears glasses.

With thousands of glasses frame brands to choose from, figuring out the best pair for you can be frustrating and challenging. However, by knowing the shape of your face, the color of your eyes and the shade of your hair, you can quickly choose your next pair of glasses with confidence.

When choosing glasses, it helps to know your face shape!

Hearts, ovals, squares and circles aren’t just arbitrary shapes when it comes to choosing glasses. They describe your face. Knowing what shape your face resembles makes choosing flattering eyewear much easier.

    - An oval face has balanced facial features with a narrow chin and wider forehead.

    - A round face is typically defined as a soft, circular shape where the width and length of the face are more
      or less equal.

    - Heart-shaped faces tend to have wide foreheads and narrow jawlines with a small chin.

    - Square faces have angular features like a broad forehead, well-defined jawline and strong cheekbones.

Determining your particular face shape, however, can be challenging. If you are unsure of your face shape, consider following these quick steps to make an accurate judgment:

    - Place a piece of paper on top of a photo of your face and trace the outline.

    - Stand in front of a mirror and use a dry erase marker, lipstick or eyeliner to outline your face shape.

    - Using a flexible tape measure, take measurements of your face. Measure your cheek-to-cheek width,
       your jawline, your forehead, and the length of your face.

Once you’ve determined the appropriate shape of your face, it’s time to choose eyeglass frames that best accentuate your unique look. Whether you’re looking for everyday spectacles or fashionable sunglasses, knowing your face shape will make glasses shopping much easier.

    - Eyeglasses for Oval Faces: Shop for styles with geometric shaped frames like rectangles and squares.
      Stay away from thick, oversized, and narrow frames.

    - Eyeglasses for Round Faces: Try angular, geometric, rectangular, and upswept frames and avoid 
      choosing round or oversized frames.

    - Eyeglasses for Heart Faces: Choose bottom-heavy frames, low-set temple frames, oval-shaped frames
      or other light, rimless styles. Stay away from embellished, top-heavy, or wide-top frames.

    - Eyeglasses for Square Faces: Look for rectangle, square, cat-eye or wayfarer glasses and aviator 
      or wrap-style sunglasses. Avoid boxy, oval and heavy brow frames.

When choosing glasses, think about your eye color!

Though it may be an unexpected factor to consider when choosing eyeglass frames, your eye color can have subtle, positive influences on your overall appearance.

By selecting frames that are similar to your eye color, you can achieve a natural, mellow look. Contrasting colors, on the other hand, have a more dramatic appearance that can make your eye color pop.

    - Eyeglass frame tips for blue eyes: Coordinate your frames and eye color with blue and grey tones
      like mineral, cadet, or dusk. Contrast with your eyes by selecting rich browns and tortoise colors like
      brindle or dark chocolate.

    - Eyeglass frame tips for green eyes: Go for frame styles with earthy tones like gold, browns, and
      greens for a more natural appearance. Pair your green eyes with shades of pink, opal and purple to
      create a stark, contrasting look.

    - Eyeglass frame tips for hazel eyes: Deep greens and greys give hazel eyes natural depth, while
      gold shades like amber and topaz bring out vibrant flecks hidden in hazel eyes. Find frames that
      incorporate these green and grey tones.

    - Eyeglass frame tips for brown eyes: Give your brown eyes a rich look with warm frame tones
      like sepia or russet and provide stark contrast with green colors like olive, chartreuse or artichoke.

When choosing glasses, think about your hair color!

Whether you have natural or dyed hair, choosing the proper glasses frame color can have a big impact on your overall appearance. Though it’s important to consider the shade of your hair, you should also consider the warm or cool undertones that exist as well.

    - Eyeglass frame tips for warm blonde hair: Your hair has honey and bronze tones that give off a
      slightly darker appearance. Consider warm pastel frame colors like hemlock and peach or tortoise and
      brindle patterns.

    - Eyeglass frame tips for cool blonde hair: Being a cool blonde means you have ashy undertones
      that brighten your overall color for more of a platinum shade. You can easily choose frames with black,
      blue, dark green and light pink tones, but stay away from bright yellow or gold.

    - Eyeglass frame tips for warm brown hair: As a warm brown, your hair contains darker shades
      of brown with auburn and red undertones. Choose light tortoise frames with warm tones like hemlock
      and bourbon. Also consider warm reds, creamy whites, and vivid green frames.

    - Eyeglass frame tips for cool brown hair: Your cool brown hair has lighter shades of brown and
      ashy tones that pair great with black, pink, blue or dark tortoise frames.

    - Eyeglass frame tips for red hair: Lucky for you, your vibrant red hair makes you the perfect candidate
      for rich greens, tortoises, and black frames. For best results, steer clear of ashy and yellowy toned frames.

    - Eyeglass frame tips for black hair: Your black hair complements saturated, bright colors like sea and
      cranberry. You will also look great in black and dark tortoise frames but avoid ashy, washed out tones.

    - Eyeglass frame tips for grey/white hair: With grey-toned hair, you have a unique opportunity to wear
      crisp, bright colored frames. Stay away from yellow and brown shades and reach for bold blacks, radiant
      reds, or gunmetal greys.

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