Choosing eyeglass frames -for vision or for fun -that compliment our face shape, is what can make us stand out among the crowd!
When we do not know our face shape, we can try- on every pair of eyeglasses in the store, yet none will look good. By narrowing down the choices in advance we can save a lot of time, aggravation and we can look like a million even with a chip frame! What do we need to know to accomplish that? To do so, it is important to determine our face shape and our skin tone coloring!! After we understand these two concepts, choosing the right one will just be a "piece of cake".
There are seven basic face shapes: round, oval, oblong or rectangular, base-down triangle, base-up triangle, diamond, and square. Here is a description of these face shapes.
ROUND- a round face has curvilinear lines with the width and length in the same proportions and no angles. To make this face shape thinner and longer, try angular narrow eyeglasses to lengthen your face.
OVAL- the oval face is considered to be the ideal shape because of its balanced proportions. To keep the oval’s natural balance, look for eyeglasses that are as wide (or even wider than) the broadest part of the face, and that are not too deep or too narrow.
OBLONG- the oblong face is longer than it is wide and has a long straight cheek line and sometimes a longish nose. To make the face appear shorter and more balanced, try frames that have a top-to-top bottom depth, decorative or contrasting temples that add width to the face or a low bridge to shorten the nose.
BASE-DOWN TRIANGLE- this triangular face has a narrow forehead that widens at the cheek and chin areas. To add width and emphasize the narrow upper third of the face, try frames that are heavily accented with color and detailing on the top half of cat-eye shapes.
BASE-UP TRIANGLE- this face has a very wide top third and small bottom third. To minimize the width of the top of the face, try frames that are wider at the bottom, very light colors and materials, and rimless frame styles which have a light, airy effect because the lenses are held in place to the temples by a few screws.
How to Determine Your Face Shape?
Pull your hair completely away from your face Look straight ahead into a mirror. With an eyebrow pencil, or lipstick, trace around the outer line of your reflected face onto the mirror, or, use a photograph of yourself looking straight at the camera with your hairline showing. Outline your face on a tracing paper or draw on the photograph itself
Now. look at the shape you've drawn, and decide which of the seven face shapes it most closely matches. At first glance, it may look like more than one shape; take your time, decide which looks most close to the one of the seven shapes mentioned above
Remember, the seven face shapes:
• Heart (Upside-Down Triangle)
It you're still not sure of your face shape, dissect the drawing of your face with a grid like the diagram below. Draw a vertical line down the length of the lace on both sides, from the hairline above the forehead, in line with the outer corner of the eye, down to the jaw. The amount of face outside the two vertical lines helps you discover your facial shape.
Triangular. Is there very little of your face at the top, outside of the vertical lines you drew? And is there more at the middle, outside of the lines, and even more at the jawline outside? Your face shape is a triangle.
Round -Outside the vertical lines, is there more of the face near the ears, and gradually less curving upward and downward? And are upward and downward equal? Your face shape is round.
Rectangular or Oblong Is there very little to almost none, your face outside of the vertical lines you drew? And is it the same width whether you look at the top, the middle., or the bottom sides of the face? Your face shape is a rectangle.
Diamond Is there very little, to almost none, of your face outside of the vertical lines you drew? But is what's outside a little wider near the cheekbones and ears?. If the "above and below" parts are about equal your face shape is a diamond.
Square Is there a lot of your face outside the vertical lines you drew? And is it equal, from top to bottom? Your face shape is a square.
Heart . Is there very little of your face, at the jaw and outside of the vertical lines you drew? And is there more at about the eye level, outside of the lines, and even more at forehead level, outside? Then, your face is heart shaped.
Oval. Oval is considered by many to be the loveliest and most adaptable face shape. What it should look is neither very little nor very much face outside the vertical lines you drew. What is outside should be gently curves a bit wider at the eye/ear level, to slightly narrower at the forehead and jaw levels, looking almost equal to each other in width. If so then your face shape is oval.
Hope you enjoyed these tips.
Please visit again to learn How To Determine Your Skin Tone and how to flatter it with the right Colors. - Donatella-