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Choose the Ideal Glasses for Your Face

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Choosing the right frame for your eyeglasses is a very important task, especially if you’re aware that you’ll be wearing these glasses constantly. In that respect, they will be a part of your style, looks and personality. There are several useful tips that can help you find your perfect pair, so keep on reading.

Have in Mind Your Face Shape

Obviously, the first thing that you need to pay attention to when choosing your frame is your face shape.

In case you have a round face shape, you may want to look into the glass frames that are square or rectangular. In general, these tend to be wider than the face, which brings the balance back to your look. However, make sure to avoid rimless frames as well as the ones that appear to be too small and soft when on your face.

People with oval face shape should definitely check out the geometric selection of eyeglasses. While the frame should be wider than the broadest part of the face, one should still be careful not to go with a frame that’s too big and wide or overly bold. If your glasses cover a large portion of your face, this can disrupt the balance and the overall look.

For those of you who have a square face shape, frames with soft lines and design are the best option. In that sense, feel free to try out oval or round frames, but stay clear from eyeglasses that are already pretty angular and strong.

showing 6 different face shapes

If you have a diamond face shape, you should properly accentuate all your best features. You can do that by choosing oval or cat eyeglasses. On the other hand, you want to avoid frames that are too square and narrow, since these can accentuate the features you actually don’t want to enhance.

When it comes to a heart-shaped face, you should definitely stay clear from eyeglass frames that accentuate the width of your forehead. Therefore, embellishments at the top are no good. Instead, go for glasses that balance out your forehead and chin. More structure and boldness at the bottom of the frame is acceptable. Also, curved glasses of round or square frame can look really good on this particular face shape.

Don’t Ignore Your Skin Tone

The color of your glasses is also a very important factor that can determine how well they look on you. The essential thing here is to know whether you have a warm or a cool skin undertone. In case you have a warm skin tone, you should definitely choose warmer shades as well, such as browns and beiges, gold, olive, maroon and even light tortoise. On the other hand, if you have a cool skin tone, go for cool shades such as pinks, purples, blues, black, silver and gray, and maybe a dark tortoise as well.

Eyeglass frames in a store

Your Lifestyle and Personality

You should never ignore your own tastes and preferences or your strong sense of individuality when choosing your eyewear. For example, if you enjoy a specific brand and look for the perfect pair among, you should pick out a frame that shows your style and energy. On the other hand, you can get more frames for different aspects of your lifestyle.

Still, remember that even if you’re choosing an elegant pair for your time in the office, you should never neglect your own likes and dislikes. In the end, if you choose the right pair of glasses, even relatively plain office looks can be effectively spiced up. Additionally, if your job includes long hours in front of a computer, you may want to look into blue light glasses. They can protect your eyes from the harmful effects of blue light.

Eyeglasses are put on a newspaper
Eyeglasses are displayed at the optometry clinic March 11, 2016, at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. The clinic hosts an internship program open to students including primary care, ocular disease and two specialty clinics, lasting two months each. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jaeda Tookes)

When choosing the best glasses for your face, aside from the way they look on you, you should also think about potential allergies that different materials can cause. In general, plastic/synthetic materials are hypoallergenic and natural materials such as wood and bone usually don’t cause allergies either. However, some metals can break you out, so be very careful if you want a frame made of titanium, stainless steel, beryllium and aluminum.