by Jessica Medina
Having to get glasses is a new concept for me. At age 24, I have joined the rest of my family and no longer have perfect vision (sad face). This is harder than it sounds! So, I took to the Internet to get some help. After all, the internet is always right :). Here is what I found:
Apparently, there are four main face shapes: oval, round, square and heart-shaped. This is almost impossible to tell just by looking in the mirror; at least, for my face. The descriptions telling you which parts should be wide or narrow are much more helpful:
Here are some more detailed tips:
What is the widest part of your face?
- Forehead: If your forehead is wide and your cheeks are narrow or pointed, then you have a heart-shaped face.
- Cheeks: You have a round or heart-shaped face. The shape of your chin will help you decide between the two.
- Chin: If your chin is wide, then you have a square-shaped face.
- None: If your face is fairly symmetrical with no part being noticeably wider than another, you have either an oval or a square-shaped face. Your jawline’s shape should narrow down your selection.
What are the general shapes of your chin and jawline?
- Square: Often called a “strong jawline,” people with square, defined chins usually have square faces as well.
- Round: People with round chins are often described as having “soft jawlines,” without any angles. A round chin usually means you have a round or oval face, depending on the size of your chin compared to the proportions of the rest of your face.
- Tapered or Pointed: If your chin is narrower than the rest of your face, you have an oval- or heart-shaped face. People with wider foreheads and chins are considered to have heart-shaped faces, while those with more symmetrical faces would be classified as oval-shaped.
So, here are the answers you’ve been waiting for! Below is what works for each of the four face shapes and what should be avoided:
When it comes to the color of eyewear, there are a few things that should be considered first:
1. All people have either cool (blue-based) or warm (yellow-based) coloring.
2. Everyone looks best in his or her own color base.
3. Eyewear color should complement personal coloring.
The main factors that determine the best color palette are the colors of the skin, eyes and hair.
1. Skin: Skin tone is the most important when it comes to determining frame colors. All complexions fall within two color bases: blue (cool) or yellow (warm). A cool complexion has blue or pink undertones, and a warm complexion has a “peaches and cream” or yellow cast. Olive skin is considered cool because it is a mixture of blue and yellow.
2. Eyes: Eye color is usually considered secondary in determining frame color because of the many variations of eye color. For example, blue eyes can range from a cool almost-violet to a pale blue-gray, which is warm. Brown eyes can vary from a light cider shade (warm), to a medium-brown, to a cool, almost-black shade.
3. Hair: Hair color is also considered a secondary factor in determining frame color and, again, can be considered warm or cool. Strawberry blond, platinum, blue-black, white, auburn, salt-and-pepper and ash brown are cool. Warm hair colors include golden blond, brownish black, brown-gold, “carrot” and “dirty” gray.
Eyeglass Frame Colors
Once you have determined if you are “warm” or “cool”, then you can find the eyeglass frame colors that suit you the best.
Some examples of frame colors best for warm coloring are: camel, khaki, gold, copper, peach, orange, coral, off-white, fire-engine red, warm blue and blond tortoise.
For cool coloring, the best eyeglass frame hues are black, silver, rose-brown, blue-gray, plum, magenta, pink, jade, blue and demi-amber (darker) tortoise.