Choosing the Right Eyeglasses and Frames in Colorado Springs, Falcon, and Windsor
When you visit Alpine Vision for eyeglasses, our goal is to help you find the right frames that suit both your personality and your lifestyle. While our caring and professional team is glad to help you choose the perfect frames, the pointers below can give you some ideas to start with and to think about before coming in. For more information call our Colorado Springs, Falcon, or Windsor location to speak with a member of our optometry team.
Your Facial Shape MattersSelect Your Frames
A square face is often characterized by a strong jaw line, a broad forehead, and a wide chin and cheekbones. The width and length of the face are close to being equal. Frames should be selected to make the face look longer and to soften the square angles of the face. Choose frames that are slightly curved (like an oval shape) and that have more horizontal than vertical real estate.
The oval face is identifiable by its balanced proportions. The forehead is slightly wider than the chin and cheekbones are high. Frames should complement the natural proportions of the oval. Choose frames that are wide or wider than the broadest part of the face and that follow your brow line. Often, diamond or rectangular shapes work best for oval shapes.
Although fairly similar to an oval shape, an oblong face is longer than it is wide. The ideal frames will shorten the face by creating a break in the length of the face. Choose frames that have depth and a low bridge to shorten the nose. Try frames that are round, deep, have low-triangle shapes, or that have strong vertical lines.
A round or full face is characterized by having the same width and length. For round faces, frames that add length to the face often work best. Frames that lengthen the face are typically angular, narrow and are wider than they are deep. It is best to avoid round style frames as these will exaggerate the roundness and curves of the face.
A heart shaped face looks like a heart or a triangle with the point facing down. The forehead is very wide and cheekbones are high while the face narrows towards the chin. Counterbalance the narrow chin by choosing frames that are wider at the bottom. Generally, light colored and rimless frames work best, although aviator, butterfly and low-triangle styles also work well.
A base-down triangle face has a narrower forehead with full cheeks and a broad chin. To offset a broad chin, select frames that widen at the top. Great selections include frames that have heavy color accents and detail on the top part of the frames. Cat-eye shapes also work well to add width and emphasize the narrow upper part of the face.
A diamond shaped face is often characterized by high, dramatic cheekbones with a narrow eye line and jaw line. This shape is the rarest of all the shapes. Oval frames that are soft in style typically work best to highlight the eyes and cheekbones. Select frames that have detailing, distinctive brow lines, are rimless or a cat-eye shape for best results.
The shape of your face will help dictate which frames look the best on you.
- An oval shaped face is considered to be ideally balanced. To keep that balance, choose frames that are at least as wide as the widest part of your face.
- Because a round face doesn't have any angles, you want to make it look longer and narrower by choosing narrow frames that are angular.
- Add width to a long oblong facial shape by choosing frames with contrasting or decorative temples. You can also choose frames that give the impression of more depth rather than width.
- To soften a square face and its angles, choose a style that is narrow, such as one with ovals. Another good choice for frames might be those that are less deep and wider.
- With a diamond-shaped face, choose frames that help soften its high cheekbones and widen the area around the eyes. Choose frames that are oval or rimless. Cat-eye frames as well as those that have brow lines that are decorative or distinctive in some way.
- A base-up triangle shaped face, also known as heart shaped, is smaller at the bottom and wider at the top. To help even out the balance of this facial shape, look for frames that are rimless, that feature light materials and colors or frames wider at the bottoms.
- With a face that is shaped like a base-down triangle, you want to add width and emphasize to its top by choosing cat-eye frames or ones that have a lot of details and/or color on their top halves.
Match Your Frame Color to Your Skin Tone
In order to look your best, it is a good idea to stick with frames that are in the same color tone as your skin. Everyone's skin tone can be classified as either warm or cool, depending on its color base. A blue base is considered to be cool. In addition to skin tones with a blue base, pink-based skin is also classified as cool. Warm complexions have a yellow or peaches and cream tone. Olive skin is a cool skin tone because it mixes both blues and yellows.
If you, like about 60 percent of the people in the United States, have a cool complexion, choose darker frames. Warm skin tones look best in lighter frame colors or ones that are brightly colored.
At Alpine Vision, we look forward to helping you find the right eyeglasses and frames. Not only do we want you to have better vision, we want you to look fantastic while you are doing it. We have locations in Colorado Springs, Falcon, and Windsor. Give us a call today for an appointment!