Find the Best Eyeglass Frames For Your Face, Hair + Skin


Have to wear glasses? Congratulations, you have yet another communication tool to help you present your most attractive and authentic self to the world.

There is an art to finding the best glasses for your face, though. Here are the steps to consider when shopping for new glasses. Note that these principles work when you’re buying sunglasses, too.


1. Zero in on shape and size first.


Once you determine the best shape(s) for your face–and the right size of each shape–your eyeglass world will get a lot smaller. Sure, there are a lot of great and groovy frames out there, but only a handful will be really right for you.

Experiment like heck, starting with basic shapes—round, square, oval. From there, experiment with variants of your best shape. Your glasses will either complement (match what already exists) or contrast (offer a contrary note to create visual harmony) with your overall face shape.

Keep in Mind: The best frames will draw others into your face, not obscure or overpower it.

For example, oval frames with a bit of an edge work best for my round-ish face. The big, owl-type of round frame are out, because they exaggerate the roundness of my face. Adding a hint of a cat’s eye, for instance, to an oval frame, breaks up the roundness of my face without looking too incongruous, or unmatched. You dig?

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Warby Parker Glasses: Greenleaf Whisky Tortoise


Side Note: All of these eyeglasses are by Warby Parker (they retail for about $95 and up). They use premium Japanese titanium and other impressive materials in their construction. And I am most impressed by the excellent colors they offer, which are nuanced, distinctive and flattering to real people.


2. Next, know your colors.


Yeah, you might know that grey is great against your skin, or that tortoise is a personal favorite. Great. But know there are many variants of these colors, so understand which shades and intensities are best for you.

In the photo below, there are variants of tortoise to suit nearly every skin and hair combo. I happen to be very keen on the Annette Petal Tortoise (upper right) because I cannot believe someone has figured out how to finally marry pink and brown so prettily in a lens.


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Warby Parker Glasses


To start, you must determine whether your coloring is cool or warm. From there, experiment to learn which shades of warm or cool work best for you. Intense or mild, or somewhere in between?

Learn by training your eye. Each time you try on a pair that are dead wrong, take a moment to determine what it is that is so off about them. Shape? Shade? Some characteristic they project? A very kindly salesgirl tried like the Dickens to talk me into a pair of groovy oversized glasses that made me look like an insane bug. Another pair made me look like my name should be Madge and I should be wearing a beehive hairdo.

Alternately, when you try on a pair of glasses that look fairly good, but don’t truly nail it, do a drill-down to determine what does work fairly well about them.

Back to color. Knowing your best colors will further cut out many eyeglass contenders. The shape might be perfect but alas, the color is not. That means Pass Go.


warby parker glasses review



Color Tip: Pick out the lightest strands in your hair. Look at them. Visually remember what the color looks like. Match this color to the lightest shades in your frames.

Exception: Let’s say you’re sporting ombre hair, or there is a huge color differential between the lightest and darkest tones in your hair. An extreme example is having blonde at the tips, black at the roots. Pinpoint the mid-range between the lightest and darkest strands, and use it to match the lightest color in the frames.

The idea behind this tip is to creates balance—which is to say, a pleasant visual cohesion between your glasses, face and hair. One big happy family.

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Warby Parker Glasses: Hardy Striped Pacific


Color Tip: There are many black frame glasses out there, yet black is ideal for so few people. Sure, it works if you are going for a stark or avant-garde look, but for the majority of people, it’s too harsh a color and puts the emphasis on your glasses—not your fine face, where it bloody well should be.

The model below has dark brown hair and light brown skin that appears to have warm undertones. The tortoise frames, with specks of warm amber, are a nice visual bridge between her hair, skin and eyes. She would also look great in frames that have more amber or other warm tones in them.


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 Warby Parker Glasses: Durand Whisky Tortoise


You have many beautiful eyeglass colors at your disposal to enhance your unique hair, skin and eye combination. These days, eyeglass designers know they must give consumers more than just black or brown, or something zany like cherry red or school bus yellow, to choose from.

But you must independently discover which colors and shades are best for you, and stick to them.

So what have we learned? Your best glasses must ace the shape and color/shade test.

There is one final hurdle: Quality.

It is important that you invest in the best quality glasses you can afford. The fit will be better, the feel will be less obtrusive and the depth of color in the frames will be finer, more nuanced and elegant. This does not always mean that you must shell out for expensive glasses, just quality ones.

Look, look and look some more, and you will find them. Happy hunting!



12 Responses to “Find the Best Eyeglass Frames For Your Face, Hair + Skin”

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    October 16, 2014 @ 6:49 pm
  2. I’ve decided to look for a couple of new frames for my glasses to try out. I wasn’t satisfied with my first pair of frames, so I want to make sure that I choose the right frames that will look good on my face. I also have a round face, so that would explain why the big, owl-type of frame didn’t quite work for me. I like your advice to add a hint of a cat’s eye to break up the roundness of my face. I should look for a pair of glasses with a cat’s eye feature so that I can see how it will look.

    February 20, 2015 @ 10:41 pm
  3. Constance

    I’m glad it helped, Deanna. Glasses are like eyebrows – the right shape make a world of difference, and give us a pleasing feeling while wearing them.


    March 20, 2015 @ 6:52 pm
  4. I must admit that I have never put this kind of effort into choosing my glasses, but that means they probably have never looked very good on me. I find the idea to match the lightest shade in your hair to the lightest shade in the glasses very interesting. I’m excited to see what glasses I might come up with going through the process described in the article.

    March 24, 2015 @ 6:42 pm
  5. Great tips for finding the right glasses! I have to pick out a new pair of glasses next week and I will take these suggestions into consideration. The right pair of glasses can really complete a look. Thanks for the informative and helpful post!

    August 17, 2015 @ 10:55 pm
  6. I really appreciate this article for picking the best eyeglasses for me. I was just recently told I need to start wearing glasses and haven’t been sure how to start picking a frame. I think picking the right one will help me feel more confident about myself. Thank you for the information!

    August 24, 2015 @ 10:48 pm
  7. I love how you mentioned, “Experiment like heck.” There are SO many glasses to choose from and that’s exactly what my wife does when she needs a new pair. She will try on almost all of the options before deciding which ones she wants. Would you ever suggest having more than one pair of glasses in case you want to switch it up a bit?

    October 8, 2015 @ 4:40 pm
  8. Finding good fashionable glasses can be a hard thing to do. I liked that you talked about colorful tip frames. Having color near your eyes might help them pop and stand out more.

    March 9, 2016 @ 4:49 am
  9. I really appreciate your post. I always dread picking out new glasses and I don’t think I’m very good at it. I normally make my wife come and help so that I don’t embarrass myself too much. I am definitely going to use your hair color tip to pick the color of my next frames. I think I’ll still struggle with the shape, but I guess that is why I should try on a bunch of glasses.

    March 31, 2016 @ 3:14 pm
  10. My teenage daughter has to get glasses and she is worried about picking glasses that don’t look good on her. I like how you point out that the best frames will draw others into your face and not obscure or overpower it. She’d like to have frames that are a bright color, but I think that would draw attention to the frames itself and not allow people to focus on her.

    October 18, 2016 @ 5:08 pm
  11. I like your comments on how you need to choose eyeglasses that are either cool or warm. I would imagine that depending on your complexion and preference you would want different things. My son is looking for eyeglasses now that he needs them so we’ll have to be sure to find some with the color that matches his complexion as well.

    February 23, 2017 @ 11:15 pm
  12. I agree that when selecting eyeglasses an important step is checking your coloring. It would make sense to find this out because that would help you choose the frame. I’m looking for some glasses for my daughter so we’ll have to figure out what color suits her best.

    April 27, 2017 @ 9:29 pm

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