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6 Tips to Help you Find the Perfect Pair of Glasses

6 Tips to Help you Find the Perfect Pair of Glasses

There used to be a time when wearing glasses was unfashionable. But those were the days when wearing spectacles meant just going with any style as long as it had the prescribed corrective lens. Nowadays, everyone knows that the right eyewear can enhance how you look and that picking out a pair to wear means it should suit your face shape. But with all the options for specs (or sunnies) out there, how do you narrow down your choices? Scroll down and read our tips to help you purchase the perfect pair for your peepers.

1. Choose a contrasting frame shape for your face shape.

If can’t figure out what shape you fall under, the easiest way to find the perfect pair for you is look for frames that contrast with the planes and angles of your face. If you have a round face, wearing a similarly shaped frame can make your face look bigger and rounder. In the same vein, square frames will make an already angular face look sharper. So opt for frames that balance out your facial shape.

Round-shaped faces should try straight, square frames to add more angles to a soft shape. Highlight cheeks with styles that styles sweep up. Try: Milky Way in purple, P1,995, Four Eyes
Round-shaped faces should try straight, square frames to add more angles to a soft shape. Try: Milky Way in purple, P1,995, Four Eyes
Square-shaped faces should go for rounded frames to soften sharp angles. Look for one with a frame that’s wider than the face to create balance. Try: Saturn in two-tone, P1,995, Four Eyes
Square-shaped faces should go for rounded frames to soften sharp angles. Look for one with a frame that’s wider than the face to create balance. Try: Saturn in two-tone, P1,995, Four Eyes
Oval and round frames balance out heart-shaped faces. Try: Break the Rule in Red, P1,995, Four Eyes
Oval and round frames balance out heart-shaped faces. Try: Break the Rule in red, P1,995, Four Eyes
Square frames that aren’t too large suit oblong-shaped faces since they help balance out the longer lines of the face. Try: Carlos in gold, P1,995, Four Eyes
Square frames that aren’t too large suit oblong-shaped faces since they help balance out the longer lines of the face. Try: Carlos in gold, P1,995, Four Eyes
Oval-shaped faces are lucky because most frames suit them. Go for a mix of styles like squoval cat-eye frames. Try: Watermelon in two-tone, P1,995, Four Eyes
Oval-shaped faces are lucky because most frames suit them. Go for a mix of styles like squoval cat-eye frames. Try: Watermelon in two-tone, P1,995, Four Eyes

2. Let your skin tone guide you

Just like with makeup, consider your skin tone when shopping for glasses. If you have cool undertones, frames in silver, blue, purple, pink, and greens can help enhance how you look while warm-toned individuals are suited to color palettes in gold, orange, yellow, and red. Don’t know what your skin tone is? Read all about undertones here.

Warm skintones can try Caldera in red, P1,995, Four Eyes
Warm skin tones can try Caldera in red, P1,995, Four Eyes
Full-rim Cat Eye frames in lavender (CD3269 3KI/15), P10,405, Dior
Cool skin tones can opt for this pair of Cat Eye frames in lavender (CD3269 3KI/15), P10,405, Dior

3. Frame size is important

Although oversized sunglasses can look very glamorous, when it comes to glasses, scale is important. Too-large frames can overwhelm a tiny face shape and lead to glasses slipping down the bridge of your nose. Too narrow frames, on the other hand, can feel tight and uncomfortable.

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4. Consider function

It’s important to consider your lifestyle when buying glasses. Are you in front of the computer all day for work? Then a pair of lightweight frames in neutral hues is your best bet. If you’re in a more creative field, then you can go for more colorful, playful frames.

Cat Whisperer in tortoiseshell, P1,995, Four Eyes
Retro-cool but conservative: Cat Whisperer frames in tortoiseshell, P1,995, Four Eyes

5. Think about your lenses

Choosing the right lenses are as important as finding the right pair of frames. Scratch-proof, anti-glare lenses are a given, but you may also want to invest in light-adaptive lenses that darken as you step outside. These photochromic lens eliminate the need for graded sunglasses when you’re outdoors.

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6. Match them with your personality

Glasses should also match your personality. If you consider yourself classic in style, opt for conservative frames—like ovals and rectangles—in gold, silver, brown, black, and tortoiseshell. On the other hand, fashionistas will love more modern, geometric designs in larger frames.

If you're classic and chic, try these Cat Eye frames in brown, P5,095, Marc by Marc Jacobs
If you’re classic and chic, try these Cat Eye frames in brown, P5,095, Marc by Marc Jacobs
Stylistas will love this square frames in magenta (CD3255 BPK/17), P10,405, Dior
Stylistas will love this square frames in magenta (CD3255 BPK/17), P10,405, Dior

In the end, glasses are like accessories and can help you pull your look together. So it’s nice—though not necessary—to have more than one pair for different occasions.

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