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Personal Overview

Eyewear for Ellen

The shape of the spectacles must take into account the size and shape of the eyes. Almond-shaped eyes need oblong or square shapes. For small eyes, the spectacles should not be too big; oval frames balance out eyes that are too wide apart and oblong frames help to make eyes that are too close together seem more widely spaced. Eyes that slant downwards at the outer corners suit frames with an upward sweep (butterfly style).

The aim when selecting eyewear is to minimise length of the face by choosing:


General Overview


The eye wear section in this manual will give you clear direction as to the shapes of frames that will suit your face shape best. The following points are additional to your personal information.

  • Frames should not be wider than the widest part of the face.
  • A high bridge will lengthen a short nose.
  • A low bridge will shorten a long nose
  • A clear bridge will make close set eyes appear wider.
  • A dark bridge will make wide set eyes appear closer.
  • If you have light skin and hair avoid heavy or masculine looking frames.
  • Frames that have a slight to strong upward sweep at the sides lift the face and make the wearer appear more youthful.
  • Follow your brow line: don't let eye wear create a new expression. Frames should never sit higher than your eye brows.
  • Square frames are ageing on an older face.
  • Light metal frames or rimless styles are the best choices to make a maturing face appear more youthful.
  • Rimless frames open up the face and are particularly effective when the wearer is in front of a camera.
  • Skin Tone Considerations: For darker skin tones, try brighter, bolder or richer hues. For lighter skin tones, look for lighter colours. If your colouring is "warm" (a peaches-and-cream or yellow-cast skin tone with maybe brown eyes and golden-blond hair), the best frame colours would include camel, khaki, gold, copper, peach, orange, coral, off-white, fire-engine red, warm blue and blond tortoise, according to the vision council.
  • If you have "cool" colouring (a blue-based complexion with maybe light blue eyes and platinum or blue-black hair), the best frame hues would include black, rose brown, blue-grey, plum, magenta, pink, jade, blue and darker tortoise.
  • When choosing frames, consider their overall size, which should be in proportion to the size of your face. Frames that are too large or too small do not flatter, not matter what style they are.
  • Make sure the frames fit properly: your pupils should fall in the centre of the lenses, and frames shouldn't move around on your face when you smile.