FIVE things you need to think about before deciding on your next set of specs:
1. Think about your hair and skin colour: When buying frames, it’s important to make sure they complement your skin tone and hair. If you have fair skin with light hair, transparent frames or a thin-rimmed frame would look great, but for darker tones, bold frames are best.
2. Choose a contrast: Having said that, when it comes to eye colour, contrast works well. Using a colour wheel, opt for an opposing shade to your eyes, says celebrity stylist Angie Smith. For example, blue eyes would be best paired with frames that are close to orange, such as rust or brown.
3. They need to match your style: It may be tempting to go for brightly coloured or unusually shaped frames, but remember that if you wear glasses all the time, they need be versatile. Choose something in line with your personal style and think about the clothes in your wardrobe before selecting your frames.
4. Take pictures: Once you have your edit of favourites, take pictures of each of them on your face. It’s easier to review what they really look like that way and also send on to your friends and family to get their opinion.
5. Don’t forget the eyebrow rule: Make sure your frames sit above your eyebrow line. So you’ll want frames that are big enough to extend above your brows. Why? “Trust me, it’s flattering and really shapes your face,” says Smith.