It’s important that our glasses look nice on our face. We wear them every day and they’re the first thing everyone sees. You could try on every pair of glasses in a store, but having a game plan before you go shopping can save you a lot of time. All you need to know is your face shape and your colouring. We’ll help you with the rest.

Matching Frames to Face Types

Consider these three points when matching eyeglass frames to your face:

1. Eyewear should repeat your best features (e.g. blue frames match blue eyes).

2. The frame shape should contrast with your face shape.

3. The frame size should be in scale with your face size.

While most faces are a combination of shapes and angles, there are seven basic face shapes – round, oval, oblong, base-down triangle, base-up triangle, diamond, and square. Here are the types of frames work best for each face type:

Round

A round face is curved with the width and length in equal proportions. To make a round face appear thinner and longer, try narrow, angular frames to lengthen the face, a clear bridge that widens the eyes, and frames that are wider than they are deep (e.g. rectangular).

Oval

Many consider an oval face as an ideal shape because of its balanced proportions. To keep the oval’s natural balance, look for frames that are as wide as or wider than the broadest part of the face.

Oblong

An oblong face is longer than it is wide, with a long straight cheek line. Make an oblong face appear shorter and more balanced with frames that have more depth than width and a low bridge to shorten the nose.

Base-Down Triangle

A base-down triangular face has a narrow forehead and widens at the cheek and chin areas. To add width and emphasize the narrow upper third of the face, try frames that are accented with colour and detailing on the top half and cat-eye shapes.

Base-Up Triangle

This face type has a very wide top third and small bottom third. To minimize the width of the top of the face, try frames that are wider at the bottom, light colours, and rimless frame styles.

Diamond

The rarest face shape, diamond-shaped faces are narrow at the eye line and jawline and have broad cheekbones. To highlight the eyes and soften the cheekbones, try frames that have detailing or distinctive brow lines, rimless frames, and oval and cat-eye shapes.

Square

A square face has a distinct jawline and a wide forehead. To soften angles and make a square face look longer, try narrow frame styles, frames that have more width than depth, and narrow ovals.

Pick the Right Colour

Consider these three points when picking the colour of your frames:

1. All people have either cool (blue-based) or warm (yellow-based) colouring.

2. People look best in their base colour.

3. Eyewear colour should complement personal colouring.

The main factors that determine your colour palette are the colours of your skin. All complexions fall into one of two colour bases — blue (cool) or yellow (warm). A cool complexion has blue or pink undertones, and a warm complexion has peaches and cream or yellow undertones. Olive skin is considered cool even though it is a mixture of blue and yellow.

Eyeglass Frame Colours

Now that you know whether you have warm or cool colouring, here are the frame colours that will suit you best.

The frame colours best for warm colouring are: khaki, gold, copper, peach, orange, coral, off-white, red, and warm blue.

For cool colouring, the best eyeglass frame hues are black, silver, rose-brown, blue-gray, plum, magenta, pink, jade, blue, dark tortoise.

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