You use your glasses to see - you got that much down. But from there, think of the wasted potential. Just like a good black suit can take make you look ten pounds slimmer, the right frames can minimise or flatter your face’s features, such as a whopper nose or a huge forehead.
To help you see the light (and your best self), we talked to Meera Dua, Lenscrafters’ Senior Director of Product, and Lindsey Ruhe, eyewear expert from The Vision Council.
Ruhe offers this rule of thumb: Frames should always contrast your face shape.
That means angular frames will narrow out a round face, while round frames can soften a hard jaw. Heart shapes - opt for frames that are wider at the bottom or dip between the eyes to minimise a five-head. Ruhe also says to also avoid top-heavy frames that draw attention upward.
On the flipside, you can add width to a narrow forehead with a prominent brow bar, or shorten a high forehead with frames at or above your brow line.
Oval faces (you lucky ducks) can pick anything that doesn’t scream “Mr. Magoo.” Just don’t overlook the bridge. Ruhe says clear or metal bridges slim noses, while low, dark, and straight bridges shorten beaks. Flat noses should choose frames with adjustable nose pads to lock those specs in place.
Show Your True Colours
Just like you match your shoes to your shirt, consider how your frame color interacts with your skin tone. Everyone looks good in black frames - but you can have more fun than that.
Dark-skin dudes can go bold in white or red, stay subdued in tans and light yellow, or complement their skin tone in purple and dark blues.
Cool, olive men should highlight their red hues in blue or light green frames, Dua says, while tortoiseshell flatters warmer olives.
Navy and eggplant contrast and complement light complexions with pink or red undertones. Otherwise, if your skin is pale with slight yellow or olive tones, Dua says to try a brown or gold frame.
Look To Your Hair
When picking frames, take note of what lies slightly north. For example: Carrot Tops should not wear carrot-colored frames. You want to show off your great head of hair if you have it.
For blonds, Dua recommends a dark shade to offer contrast. Reds and greens work for warm blonds, while blacks, eggplants or navy suit ashy blondes.
The richness of red hair pairs well with many classic frame colors, Dua says, but tortoise or forest green look particularly dynamic. Redheads and ashy blondes, however, both look sickly in gold and yellows.
Marbled dark green or cream tortoiseshell will deepen warm, more auburn brunettes. While lighter, ashy brunettes pair better with dark tortoiseshell. Raven studs look great in almost anything - except pastels or ashy frames (they will wash you out).