Tina Fey. Sarah Palin. Meryl Streep. It doesn’t matter if you love them or hate them; all of these ladies have one thing in common: they sport their spectacles with style! They have all chosen frames that flatter their features and highlight their natural beauty. Anyone who is shopping for eyeglasses can do the same thing by taking the following advice to heart.
Consider the color.
Skin undertones have a lot to do with what color of frames will look best on a person. Skin with cool or pale pink undertones will naturally look more radiant when accented with frames in colors such as silver, pewter, black or light blue. An added bonus of blue frames is that they mimic the look of makeup and draw attention to the eye, so skip the eye shadow! Skin with warm peach or bronze undertones, on the other hand, will look better with gold, white, brown, coral or tortoise shell frames.
Eye and hair color should also be a consideration. Generally speaking it is best to choose frames in a complementary color to make the eyes pop. For instance, glasses with burgundy or red frames look stunning on women with blue eyes and gray hair. This look draws attention to the eyes and instantly gives the face a more youthful glow.
Shape things up.
Choosing frames that contrast the face shape is another way to make natural features look more flattering. Play against facial contours rather than with them.
- Square faces with angular features such as a strong jaw and pointed chin can be softened by the curve of a pair of oval or round shaped lenses.
- Round faces will look more slender when adorned with glasses that are wider than they are deep—rectangular frames or semi-rimless frames are both popular choices to elongate a round face.
- Heart-shaped faces will look more proportional with a pair of rimless glasses or those with butterfly lenses that are just a bit wider at the bottom than they are at the top
- Oval faces look good with most any shape of frame, but should avoid perfectly round lenses as they can be aging.
The right frame shape can also make any face look younger. Frames with upswept corners—such as a cat-eyed style—instantly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes. This shape also highlights the bone structure of the face and defines cheekbones. Vivid accents on the corners of the frames will intensify the facelift-like illusion that cat-eyed glasses give.
Punctuate your personality.
Finally, when shopping for eyeglasses consider your own personal style and accessorize accordingly. A fashion-forward person with an outgoing personality will look and feel better in a pair of frames with bold lines and bright colors than someone who has a more subtle style and quiet personality will. For a more sophisticated look, avoid trendy colors and styles and choose smaller, more neutral frames.
Whether shopping for a new pair of prescription eyeglasses or simply a new pair of sunglasses, these tips make it easy to find flattering frames that can be worn with confidence. And nothing is more stylish than confidence!