For many of us, choosing a frame is not an easy task! Since you probably wear your glasses every day, it is important to take the time to find a model that matches the shape of your face, your style, as well as to your complexion. Here are some tips to help you choose the right frame for you.
Determining Your Complexion
First, determine the tone of your skin. Is it pale, medium or dark? Then, determine if your complexion is hot, neutral or cold. A warm complexion draws more on the yellow as opposed to a cold complexion that will look a little pinker, and a neutral complexion will look slightly greener.
To find the sub-tone of your complexion, just take a look at your veins. If they are blue or purple, your complexion is cold. Do they seem green to you? In this case, your complexion is hot. If it's hard to tell if your veins are blue or green, your skin probably has a neutral tone.
Another trick is to try on a piece of silver jewelry, and then gold jewelry. If the gold one enhances your complexion, you have a warm tone. On the contrary, if the silver jewelry suits you best, you probably have a cold complexion. What if the two colours suit you well? It is likely that your complexion is neutral.
Choosing a Frame That Matches Your Complexion
As a general rule, cold complexions are highlighted with cool colours, such as blue, silver, pale pink or green, whereas warm complexions, work best with warm colours such as brown, orange, gold or bronze. Do you have a neutral complexion? Lucky you: you can wear almost anything! Dare to pick bright colours, black, or try neutral colours and patterns like tortoise.
If you have pale skin, it is preferable to choose bright colours to brighten up your face. Wearing a dark frame could make you look a little severe, depending on the shape of the frame. For those with medium skin colour, bronze, gold, red and green shades will suit you. If your skin is rather dark, dark colours will suit you, as will warm colours like red and orange. Such frames will bring some light to your face.
To help even more, here are some colour suggestions for you to choose from according to your complexion:
- Pale skin and warm complexion: brown, hot tortoise, green, pink
Frame: Steve Madden Knitted Blue
- Pale skin and cold complexion: pink with shades of blue and blue
Frames: Ray-Ban RB7160
- Medium skin and warm complexion: tortoise, green, colours that draw on orange
Frame: Seraphin Montclair
- Medium skin and cold complexion: green tinted blue, navy blue, red with a touch of blue, champagne
- Dark skin and warm complexion: mahogany, tortoise, red, orange
Frame: Esprit ET17104
- Dark skin and cold complexion: black, navy blue, forest green, mauve
Frame: Isaac MIzrahi IM30033
Finally, trying different colours and frame styles is the best way to find the one that suits you best. Our IRIS professionals will help you choose a frame that will enhance both your complexion and your face.