You’ve figured out the best frame style for your face shape. But there’s still a ton of sunglasses to choose from. What color should the rims be? Should they be thick or delicate? Ornate or plain? What’s gonna be the perfect thing for you?
1. What's your underlying skin tone?
Skin tones fall into three general categories: warm, cool, and neutral.
Warm skin tones exhibit yellow or greenish undertones. If you’re not sure, check out the veins in your wrist. With warm skin tones, the veins will have a greenish cast.
Warm-skinned individuals usually look great in frames that also have some warmth. Think gold, bronze, beige, chocolate brown, yellow, orange or red—even flamingo pink.
Cool skin tones exhibit blue or pink undertones. Wrist veins often look dark blue or even purple.
Cool-skinned individuals look best in similarly cool-hued frames. Think silver, black, gray, blue, violet, or cool pink.
Neutral skin tones fall somewhere in the middle. Undertones may appear pink/blue in some lighting conditions and yellow/green in others.
Neutral-skinned individuals have the pick of all the shades, but they look best when they choose frames that suit their hair and/or eye color.
2. Is your skin light, medium, or dark?
Each can be warm, cool, or neutral, resulting in nine possible categories. Your best bet is to contrast your shade by going lighter or darker, or by choosing a saturated color that matches your underlying skin tone. You’re looking for those sunglasses to pop, but not steal your thunder.
Lighter skin, warmer undertones. That’s peaches and cream to you, and you won’t go wrong with neutrals, browns, and tortoiseshell rims, with or without gold/bronze detail. Dark green or brick red can also work. Avoid pastel colors, which may wash you out.
Lighter skin, cooler undertones. If you pack extra sunblock for the beach, this is you. Rich jewel tones like sapphire and amethyst bring out the wow in your face, but you can also pull off cool neutrals if you’re careful to avoid any green or yellow tones. Silver detail is your friend.
Lighter skin, neutral undertones. You’ve got your pick of frame colors, but try to match the warmth/coolness of your hair color, and look for darker shades that contrast with your light skin. You can go with silver or gold—lucky you!
Medium skin, warmer undertones. Often described as olive, your skin looks great behind earthy neutrals, greens, and warm browns. Tortoiseshell is a win for you, and gold detail too.
Medium skin, cooler undertones. You were made for jewel tones, so look to deep blues, violets, purples, and cool reds, but don’t forget about black, silver, and dark gray. Beware of muted earth tones, as they may not have that wow factor.
Medium skin, neutral undertones. You have tons of choice as you can go warm or cool, but there’s still a danger of choosing frames that blend in too much and rob you of the wow. Go for silver, gold, white, black, and richly saturated colors that work with your hair and eye color.
Darker skin, warmer undertones. You have a rich, golden cast to your skin, so look to warm colors such as gold, bronze, warm beige, bamboo, and tortoiseshell. Gold details look gorgeous on you.
Darker skin, cooler undertones. Deep blue undertones mean you can pull off dramatic hues like no one else. Purple and black work well, as do silver, pale blue or pink—even aqua if it’s blue-based.
Darker skin, neutral undertones. Versatile you, you can pick from warm or cool frame shades, but do pay attention to how they fit with your hair color. White and black, gold and silver, or bubblegum colors will pop for you.
3. What color is your hair?
Red hair comes in a huge range of hues, from carroty (warm) to dark and vivid (cool). Determine whether it's predominantly warm or cool and choose frames in similar warm/cool/neutral shades.
Brown hair falls into a wide range, from light to dark and warm to cool. If you're brown-gold or auburn, look to frame suggestions for warm tones. If you're ash-brown or cool chocolate, look to frame suggestions for cool tones.
Blond hair can be anything from "dirty" to strawberry to ash to platinum. Examine your hair to see if it has yellow or red tones; if so, look to the frame suggestions for warm tones. If your hair is more ashy, follow the frame suggestions for cool tones.
Black hair may be brownish "almost black" or cool "blue black." It's like a little black dress or a classic tux—it accessorizes with everything, but look for saturated jewel colors, silver, gold, and black frames with interesting detail.
White or gray hair is usually on the cool side, but if you're partially gray you may still have a lot of warm tones. If you're cooler, go for bright, vibrant colors that have some drama. If you're warmer, look to black, white, or transparent frames.
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