Two issues in Eyeglass Frame selection are SHAPE and COLOR. In an earlier article, we covered finding the write shape for your face. Follow this link for our article of frame shape. This article will address the complement to shape, and that’s COLOR.
Before trying on dozens of pairs of eyeglasses, take a look in the mirror and study your natual skin tones. (And gentlemen, this goes for you, too!). Is your skin fair, rosey, or does it have hints of blue or pink? If so, your skin tone is “cool” and is the most popular skin “temperature” in the United States.
However, if your examination in the mirror reveals more tan, olive, or shades of dark brown, then you’ll find yourself in the “warm” family. This is the most common skin temperature for people of Meditteranean, African, or Latin descent.
The other colors of the face include the eyes and hair. For some the hair may change color over time, or by design, but short of wearing colored contact lenses, your eye color is consistent. So, let’s start with the eyes. If you could examine your eyes with a microscope like your eye doctor does, you’d see that your eye color is actually made of various shades and colors. This is why sometimes your eyes pick up the color of what your wearing, or the color family of your makeup, especially eye shadow.
Just like your skin has a “temperature”, so does your hair. Cool colors in include platinum, white, auburn, salt and pepper, and shades of brown that have some grey overtones. Warm colors include golden blonde, golden brown, black with brown overtones.
Once you know your skin, eye, and hair colors, here are some useful tips on selecting the right frame color for you.
- Warm colors – try on frames in the gold, copper, lighter brown, or lighter tortoise. But you can even go for frames that are more bold, like peach, orange, red, and dark blues.
- Cool colors – look for frames that deeper in tone like black, silver, jade, darker tortoise, and deep reds like plum, and deep pink.
Now that you know the rules – don’t be afraid to break them! Sometimes you want your eyeglasses to blend and match, but other times, you may want eyeglasses that “pop” or stand out. In addition to matching your facial shape and color, your eyeglasses should match your personality and style. The “rules” are not enforceable, so have fun with your eyeglass selection.