choosing the right glasses

by Emma Peters March 01, 2015

One of the hardest shopping trips has to be the one for new glasses, this is even harder than finding the perfect pair of shoes because we generally stick to just one pair of glasses, so they need to be perfect.

Somehow choosing the right glasses seams even harder than choosing sunglasses, I guess because your eyes are visible, there is nowhere to hide if you get it wrong! Recently I had to bite the bullet and get my eyes tested- darn aging eyes! And so begins the search for my very first pair of glasses of the non-sun variety. So where does one start?

First consider your personal style, do you want a fashion accessory that makes a statement or do you want a low key item whose sole function is to stop you from bumping into things.

Whether you have chosen to go with bold and chunky or fine and delicate, it is of utmost importance to find glasses that suit your face. Much like makeup, it is pointless to wear anything unflattering.

Here are some really important tips to help you in your quest for new eyewear (sunglasses included)

If you have an angular face- square jaw (square face) or a pointy chin (heart shaped face) stay away from glasses with square edges, opt for round lenses or rounded edges.

A round face on the other hand looks great with sharper edged frames.

If you have a long narrow face, choose round or wide rectangle shapes. Embellishments at the sides create an illusion of more width to the face

Follow the shape of the eyebrows; if you have high arched eyebrows, stay away from frames that are straight across on top, look for a slight curve.

Glasses that point up a little at the edges are really flattering as they give the eye an up-lifted appearance similar to what you would achieve with an eyeliner flick.

The best piece of advice (and I didn’t realize just how important it was until i did it) is get someone to take pictures of you wearing a few pairs in the store- front on and slightly side on- then assess your options at home. In the store you may be torn between fashion and function but seeing yourself later on in photos, it will probably be plainly obvious which pair to go for.

Emma Peters
Emma Peters

Emma Peters, organic makeup artist, creative director and founder of Belle & Sage, is committed to leading the conversation around beauty and wellness. With over twenty years of experience as a make-up artist, she knows you don’t have to sacrifice quality for clean.

She’ll help you find the what, learn the why, nail the how, and everything in between.

Letting you know more, wear better, and start making beautiful choices: from the inside, out.


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