Eyeglasses are about much more than just seeing. They are a reflection of your personality and a fashion statement. A well-chosen pair of eyeglasses complements your face and makes you stand out. However, if you make the wrong choices, you will stand out for all the wrong reasons. Let’s look at how to choose a pair of frames that are perfect for you.
The most important thing to think about when choosing frames is the shape of your face. Everyone has a different face, but we do fall into broad categories – and understanding which one you are in allows you to select glasses that complement your looks, rather than masking them.
If you have an oval face, you have a perfectly proportioned face that is balanced. The jaw is slightly narrower than the forehead. Most styles of frame will suit an oval face, provided that they are slightly wider than the broadest point of the face. Even walnut-shaped frames will look good, provided that they are not too narrow and are relatively short from top to bottom.
If you have a strong jawline – in other words, a square chin – then your face is either rectangular or square. If it is long and rectangular, then it is important to make it appear shorter, especially if you have a long nose. Big square frames will achieve this effect by occupying a lot of the middle of your face, and you can accentuate the effect by having highlights on your glasses at the temples – this makes your face appear wider. On the other hand, big square frames are the last thing you want if your face is square – they make your face look too short. Instead, go with wide frames that aren’t very deep – these make your face look longer, and can soften its outline, especially if you choose oval frames. A similar approach applies if you have a round face – go with shallow frames that lengthen your face, but instead of oval frames, try angular frames that add definition.
The other thing to take into account when you are choosing frames is your hair color. If you have fair hair, heavy frames can overwhelm your face, so select light, delicate colors, metal frames or transparent ones. On the other hand, if your hair is brown or black, you can get away with more dramatic styles – in fact, you need a dramatic style to complement your color. Of course, if you change your hair color all the time, you may want to have both types of frame, or consider wearing something that strikes a balance.
Before choosing eyeglasses, be sure to go to a reputable ophthalmologist such as www.benjamineye.com. They will be able to advise you on the type of lens you need, and also make recommendations on frames. Regular checkups at an ophthalmologist can also detect early signs of eye problems such as glaucoma and macular degeneration – where your retina starts to be damaged due to aging or diabetes. In addition to regular checkups, eating nutrient rich foods help contribute to good eye health. Carrots anyone?
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