Which Style of Glasses Compliments Your Face Shape and Skin Tone? By GW Eye Associates on January 06, 2023

Woman wearing glassesHave you ever tried on a pair of your friend’s stylish glasses only to find they look too big or too small on your face, or the color clashes with your features? Not all glasses will look great on everyone, so rather than shop blindly, consider what styles work best for your face shape and skin tone. Once you've determined these qualities, head to GW Eye Associates in La Jolla, CA, or one of our other SoCal offices to purchase a pair of glasses that looks good on your unique features.

Oval Faces 

If you have an oval face, you’re in luck! Most glasses frames at our offices in La Jolla, Carmel Valley, or San Diego, CA, will look effortlessly good on your face shape. Oval faces taper at the forehead and chin slightly, leaving the cheeks as the widest part of the face. While most styles of frames work wonders for you, stay away from narrow frames as they emphasize the length of your face, interrupting balance in your features.   

Round Faces

Round faces can appear smaller compared to other face shapes. They have soft features, such as curvy cheeks and a rounded chin. Since rounded faces don’t have angular features, frames with angles can add dimension to your face. Try rectangular or square frames, or go bold with a cat-eyed pair.   

Square Faces

The opposite of round faces, square faces are angular with strong jawlines and a forehead that does not taper in as an oval face would. To add softness to your features, round frames are the way to go. Keep the style simple with a rimless or semi-rimless style, so the bold appearance of your angular features doesn’t clash with the boldness of the glasses frame.  

Heart-Shaped Faces

Heart-shaped faces, like oval faces, are extremely versatile. If you have a heart-shaped face, you may have a narrow chin, a wide forehead, and high cheekbones. Since your forehead is the widest part of your face, choose low-set glasses with a prominent bottom half. A classic aviator is a great example of a frame with a rounded bottom that balances the width of your features.

Diamond Face

Diamond faces are very angular, with a narrow jawline and tapered forehead. Their cheekbones are prominent and the widest point of their face. Diamond faces are rare, so emphasize your unique features with low-key glasses that are rimless or have a clear frame. Bold frames, such as cat-eye style glasses, emphasize the top half of your face, which is often overshadowed by your prominent cheeks.  

What Color of Glasses Suit Your Skin Tone?

Now that you’ve found the frame that highlights your best features, it’s time to think about color. The color of your glasses can highlight your eyes, hair, or complexion. When selecting glasses that work for you, determine if you have a warm or cool skin tone. 
Typically, people with fair-to-light skin have cooler skin tones, while people with medium-to-deep skin tones have warmer complexions. However, this isn’t set in stone, and you may find you have a light shade of skin but a warm undertone or a deep shade of skin but a blueish, cool undertone.  
Think of fall colors as warm tones and winter colors as cool. 

Warm-toned colors found in the falling leaves of autumn may include:

  • Red
  • Green
  • Yellow
  • Orange
  • Brown

Cool-toned colors that match winter's snow, cloudy skies, and bare trees may include:

  • Gray
  • Purple
  • Black
  • White
  • Blue     

Still Not Sure? Contact GW Eye Associates

Shopping for glasses becomes a lot easier when you know what frames and colors work for your unique features. Take what you’ve learned and start experimenting with what glasses work for you when you visit one of GW Eye Associates’ offices in La Jolla, Carmel Valley, or San Diego, CA.

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