Choosing contact lenses is relatively easy – you only really need to pick between whether you want to wear daily or re-usable lenses. But almost every contact lens wearer will need to wear glasses at some point, and it’s only natural that you’ll want to feel as confident and comfortable in your glasses as possible – the problem is that finding glasses that look good on you isn’t as easy. This guide will help make sure that when you do wear glasses you look your best.
Choosing a frame style
Before looking for frames, determine what shape face you have. There are four main shapes, although they each have their variations. Find a suitable portrait photo of yourself and see which shape you most closely resemble – then you can start looking for frames that complement your shape.
Your proportions are quite balanced, with a chin slightly narrower than your forehead. Your cheekbones are quite high.
When it comes to frames count yourself lucky – you can get away with wearing most styles. Your soft curves are gentle enough to handle square, rectangular and geometric shaped frames.
You have fuller cheeks and a round chin, while the length and width of your face are about the same.
Steer clear of small frames or those with small shapes, as these will make your face look even rounder. Rectangular frames are ideal, while differently coloured arms will help give your face definition.
Your most noticeable features are your broad forehead, strong jawline and square chin.
Avoid frames that will emphasise the shape of your head – thin rectangular styles aren’t for you – insteadtry round or oval frames that will slightly soften your face.
Your wide cheekbones narrow into a small chin and you have a fairly broad forehead, giving you a distinctive heart shape.
Rimless frames suit your face really well but angled frames such as wayfarers should be avoided as these can make your face look too busy.
Choosing a frame colour
Now that you’ve got a good idea of the type of frame you want you can start thinking about its colour. Your decision should be based primarily on your hair colourand skin tone, although you might also want to take your eye colour into consideration.
You’ll notice that we haven’t suggested black frames for any of the hair colours or skin tones – this is because black generally goes with everything and is a very safe choice. If you fancy being even a little more daring, read on…
Blonde –While subtle colour effects may work well with blonde hair avoid dramatic tones – blues and greens rarely work well. Lightweight frames will generally suit fair haired people better than heavier, bolder frames.
Auburn – Your natural warm colour is complemented well by brown, copper, and tortoiseshell colours, although if you don’t mind standing out you can try cold colours such as green and blue.
Brown – lighter brown shades look great in black and blue, but if you fancy something a little different you’d be surprised how good you look in pink. Meanwhile darker browns are better suited to light tortoise shades. If you’re feeling bold feel free to experiment with colours, but you’ll find that pastels clash.
Black – metallic frames look especially sleek with black hair, but if you really want to stand out and turn heads consider brightly coloured frames.
Grey – white and grey hair really makes coloured frames pop. Scarlet reds and deep blues look particularly rich, although you might find that yellow or light brown frames look a little washed out next to your hair tone.
Red – your hair is bold enough to support strong frames and colours or more neutral colours such as cream.
Skin tone and undertone
It’s easy enough to see what skin tone you have, but knowing whether you have a ‘cool’ or ‘warm’ undertone is a bit more difficult. One way to tell is by looking at the veins on your arms – blue veins suggest you have a cool undertone, while veins with a tinge of green are the signs of someone with a warm undertone.
Light skin tone
If you have a cool undertone you’ll look good in light blues and lighter, almost pinkish reds.
Reddish browns are a safe option for light skinned people with warm undertones.
Medium skin tone
A cool undertone is well suited to darker shades of orange and tortoise shell, while warm undertones can be adventurous with deep reds and sea blues.
Dark skin tone
Cherry reds and chocolate browns are a good option for dark skin tones with a warm undertone, while if you have a cool undertone you may want to experiment with dark shades of purple, indigo and deep rich greens.
While eye colour isn’t as important as hair colour or skin tone when it comes to selecting the colour of your frames, if you want your glasses to bring out the best of your eyesyou’ll want to pick something complementary.
Hazel, brown and green eyes are naturally suited to brown, green, copper and even gold frames, while those of you with blue eyes will want to pick out blue or grey lenses.
Look good, feel comfortable
Remember that this guide is made up of suggestions rather than rules. Just like contact lenses, the most important thing about glasses (after being able to see properly with them on!) is that you feel comfortable in.
Written by Matt Harris from Feel Good Contact Lenses, where you can buy contact lenses, solutions and eye drops.