Choosing Eyeglass Frame Colors

For the most attractive appearance, the color of your eyeglass frames should complement your skin tone.

Skin tone is broadly classified as either warm or cool.  A warm skin tone has a bronze, golden, or “peaches and cream” cast.  A cool skin tone has blue or pink undertones.

Most eyewear experts agree the following frame colors best complement each skin tone.

 

Frame colors for warm skin tones

Frame colors for cool skin tones

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Pewter

Copper

Gunmetal

Tortoise

Blue

Honey

Blue-gray

Brown

Pink

Coral

Violet

Aqua

Charcoal

 

Black

 

Choose Frame Colors That Complement Your Hair Color

Like skin tone, hair color can also be classified as warm or cool. 

Hair colors with warm tones include: blond, light brown, brown, dark brown, and flat black.

Hair colors with cool tones include: strawberry blond, auburn, silver, “salt-and-pepper,” silver, and blue-black.

The best frame colors for warm and cool hair colors are the same as those for warm and cool skin tones.  If you are uncertain about whether your hair color is best categorized as “warm” or “cool,” rely on your skin tone to select the best frame colors.

 

Frame colors for warm hair colors

Frame colors for cool hair colors

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Pewter

Copper

Gunmetal

Tortoise

Blue

Honey

Blue-gray

Brown

Pink

Coral

Violet

Aqua

Charcoal

 

Black

For lighter hair colors, choose frames with lighter, more subtle coloring.  For dark hair, select deeper, more vibrant frame colors.

 

Pick Frame Colors That Complement Your Eye Color

You don’t want the color of your eyewear to overpower the color of your eyes.  For light blue eyes, it’s best to choose lighter, more subtle frame colors.  Darker, more vibrant colors look better if your eyes are green or brown.

 

It’s OK to Break The Rules (Sometimes)

The guidelines above will help you choose frame colors that are the ones most likely to complement your appearance.  But sometimes you may want to intentionally break these “rules” for a more dramatic look.  If you like the look, go for it!

 

Seek Expert Advice

Still uncertain?  A professional image consultant can perform a detailed color analysis of your skin tone and hair color to help you choose wardrobe, makeup, and eyewear colors that best complement your natural coloration.  Many upscale department stores and salons offer this service. 

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