Whether you’re nearsighted, farsighted, or have another vision related problem, odds are that you must wear prescription eyeglasses or use contact lenses. Today, eyeglasses are no longer simply a tool to help people see properly and more clearly, but also a fashion statement and a great looking accessory.
When choosing a new pair of eyeglasses, there are some basic rules of thumb you should follow. Be sure that the frames are in proportion with the size of your face. In other words, try not to pick out frames that are too wide if you have a narrow face or frames that are too narrow if your face is wide. Keeping the frames in proper scale will ensure that the eyeglasses look good on.
If you have a round face, look for symmetric frames that have no odd angles, with lines in the same proportion in both width and length. Choose a bridge that is either light in color or clear, which will give the illusion of wider eyes. If your face shape is oval, look for eyeglasses that are shaped like a walnut. This shape will help balance look of an oval face.
Some people have an oblong face, longer in proportion than it is wide. A longer nose is also a common feature of an oblong face. Choosing eyeglasses for this face shape can be challenging. Try to find frames that have the same depth from top to bottom. Temples with decorative elements help to add some width to the face, and bridges that are lower can help to make the face look a bit shorter.
Those with a square face have a very pronounced jaw line and a wider forehead. It’s important in this case to help soften the face and make it look more in proportion. For a square face, try to find frames that are narrower or that are wider than they are deep to make the face look a bit less wide. Thinner shaped oval lenses can also help balance out this face type.
The most rare face shape of all is the diamond-shaped face. People with this facial shape have high, impressive cheekbones and a narrow jaw line. Just about any frame style works well with this facial shape, but those with more detailed or interesting brow lines suit it especially well. Rimless frames and cat-eye frames also compliment the diamond-shaped face.
Aside from frame shapes, there are other factors to consider when choosing eyeglasses. The color of the frame is important since it can accent your natural features. Skin tone is also very important. For example, you wouldn’t want to purchase eyeglasses with white frames if you’re dark skinned, since it may appear off-kilter or unnatural. There are two main skin color styles, warm, with undertones of yellow, and cool, with undertones of blue (this category includes olive skin). Determining your personal coloring and frame shape will help you choose eyeglasses to help you see better, and make you look and feel great.