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How to Choose Your Eyeglasses

Choosing eyeglasses that suit your face shape.

Everyone wants to look their best in front of their peers. Though glasses are considered to be a tool that helps with vision impairment, they can also be used as an accessory, a beauty accessory. Though a pair of spectacles are not considered to be a conventional accessory that beautifies a person, it should not be a hindrance to you looking your best, fuzzy eyed and all. With the proper frames, wearing them will no longer look awkward, out of place or ill-fitting on your face. Here's how to choose the best pair of eyeglasses:

  • Know Your Face Shape

The first thing that you must know is that a pair of eyeglasses do not look the same for everyone. A pair may look too large on a person's face (making said person look like an owl) or too small. A pair can make a face look too round or a face can make the face seem imbalanced. In short, the glasses makes the face seem to be what it's not. So before running off to the optical shop to pick up a pair of glasses, you first must be able to determine your face. Grab a mirror and trace the contour of your face, taking special notice of the length and width of your forehead, jaw, chin as well as the length of your face. These factors will help you see which face shape you possess.

There are four types of face shapes:

  1. oval - characterized by a narrow forehead, a wider middle which tapers back into a narrow width at the chin area. 
  2. round - this face shape has more curve than angles. The length and the width of the face is similar to each other. 
  3. square -  a square shaped face is the opposite of the former face shape, with angles prominently shown in the jaw line and chin. A broad forehead and proportional length and width.
  4. heart - this face shape shows a wide forehead and high cheekbones which slope down to create a narrow chin.

Now that you know your face shape, you are now on your way to narrowing down your choices when you buy your next pair of glasses.

  • Contrast!

 In the midst of looking at the wide array of glasses presented, remember the keyword, Contrast. The rule of thumb for selecting a pair of glasses is to choose the style that opposes the determined face shape.

Those with square shaped faces should select frames that are round. These curvy frames counter the angular features of the face, making it appear less square. Narrow, oval frames can lengthen the face while rimless glasses create a soft feeling which, again, contrasts the angles found on a square face.

If you have a round face, rectangular shaped pair of glasses are the ones you should look out for. This is because the sharp edges of the glasses offsets the round curves of the face, making it appear thinner, angular and less curvy. 

Oval faced individuals, because of the innate symmetry of their face, are ones with the least problems when it comes to purchasing a pair of glasses. Though they have the most freedom when it comes to shapes and styles, it is still advisable to opt for frames that are wider than the face to make it appear smaller.

Lastly, a heart shaped face, with its wide forehead but narrow chin looks best when butterfly or cat-eye glasses are worn. Frames which have a wider bottom than the top could also be a possible fit for such faces. Rimless glasses are also said to be an appropriate pair of glasses for this type of face.

  • If all else fails, ask for a second opinion

Being able to identify which frames have real potential makes shopping for spectacles less tedious and fun. But it must be remembered that the suggestions given for each face shape are not parameters that are strictly enforced. One good piece of advice is to explore the different shapes and sizes of the frames. Experiment and see which pairs of eyeglasses look best. If still in doubt, ask the optometrist for some help.

Eyewear need not cost an exorbitant amount of money to make you look attractive and presentable. Knowing yourself and the styles that bring out the best in you can really help. 

  • Buy a pair and enjoy perfect vision while being fashion forward. 

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