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Shopping For Eyeglasses: How To Choose Glasses That Match Your Face Shape And Complexion

by Stella Robinson

You visited the eye care center and the optometrist told you that you need glasses. You walk through the store and try on multiple pairs of glasses, but just can't find the right ones. If this sounds familiar to you, you may be thinking that finding those perfect pair of glasses is hopeless…but it isn't.

Choosing the winning pair of frames isn't just about comfort and functionality—it's also about how the glasses look on you. After all, the glasses should make you look good—and reflect your personality.

If you do not know how to find the perfect pair of glasses, use this guide to help you narrow down your choices:

Match the Frames to Your Face Shape

Everyone has a distinct face shape—and it has a lot of influence on what will look good on you. Here is a brief explanation of each type of face shape and what to look for:

  • Round: A round face is very round with no harsh or straight lines. If you have a round face, look for glasses with a narrow angle and a clear bridge—this will help your face look thinner and rectangular.
  • Oval: An oval face is similar to a round face; expect that it has more balanced proportions. Oval face shapes are the most flexible and can get away with many looks. If you have an oval face shape, look for eyeglasses with wider frames.
  • Diamond: A diamond face is one that is narrow at the eyes and jaw, but feature larger cheekbones—they may be high or more prominent. If you have a diamond face shape, look for glasses that have no rims. You can also try glasses in fun shapes, such as oval and cat-eye.
  • Square: A square face shape is one that has a strong jaw and larger forehead; it is the same size throughout with no curves. If you have a square face shape opt for glasses with narrow frames and an oval shape.

When you are looking for—and trying on—glasses, make sure that they fit your face well. You do not want glasses that are too small, or too large.

Choose Complimentary Colors

Another thing you want to focus on when choosing your glasses is the color of your skin, eyes, and hair. Everyone has a specific type of color: warm, neutral, and cool. If you do not know what type of tone you are, look at your wrists. If the veins are green, you have a warm tone. If the veins are blue, you have a cool tone. If the veins are blue-green, you have a neutral tone.

If you have a warm complexion, you will look better in warmer colors. Reds, browns, and golds will all look good on you. If you have a cooler tone, you will look better in cooler colors. Whites, greys, plums, and silvers will look good on you. If you have a neutral tone, you can wear any color you like.

Are Patterns Okay?

Yes. If you want to choose a pair of frames with a pattern, you can do so. Just make sure to use the information above to ensure that the pattern matches your style, personality, face shape, and complexion.

Now that you have all this information, use it the next time you visit the eye care center. With this information in mind and a little time to try on all the glasses you like, you will surely find that perfect pair of eyeglasses.