Skin tone is too often overlooked or misunderstood when choosing glasses, and selecting colours that work with your undertones, can make all the difference to choosing a a pair that work for you. Understanding that our skin’s surface tone is the colour you’d describe yourself as having (pale, tan, dark, etc.), your skin’s undertone is the colour underneath the surface.
Skin tones are broken down into two categories: cool (pink, red or bluish undertones), or warm (yellow, peachy, golden undertones). A neutral skin tone is a mix of warm and cool undertones.
A misconception often made is that pale pale people can’t be warm-toned. In fact, many fair-skinned people have warm undertones and dark-skinned people can have cool tones. A simple way to determine your skin tone is to hold some gold and silver jewellery to your face. If the gold makes you look more radiant and awake, you have warm undertones, if the silver looks better on you, you have cool undertones. If both silver and gold look great on you, you have neutral undertones.
Once you have determined your skin undertone, you can focus on the glasses that will complement you hair colour also. Read our handy guide to help you determine which frames will make the best of your colouring to take your glasses to the next level.
If you are blonde with cool undertones, you will find the right glasses for your colouring in grey, dark tortoiseshell, pink, purple or blue shades.
Avoid colours with strong yellow or gold undertones, like amber, if you are cool toned as the warmth will clash with the cool undertones of your skin.
Blondes with warm undertones should opt for warm shades like coral, peach, forest green, red and amber or light tortoiseshell. Metallics wise; gold will look great on you.
Avoid icy tones, like baby blue and pale pink as they will just make you look washed out.
For the cool toned brunettes out there, you’ll find the right glasses for your hair colour will be in fun coloured frames like cool green, purples and blue based reds like cherry. Black looks great on you, as well as dark tortoiseshell, and pastel colours like baby blue and pink.
For those on the warmer side, you’ll find the right glasses for your hair colour will be in lighter browns such as a light tortoiseshell and amber, or in other colours such as forest greens, reds and creamy whites.
The inherent vibrance of red hair means you do not have to worry to much about about your skin tone, and is the perfect hair colour for stronger hues with power.
Red heads look great wearing greens, rich tortoise, and black. Because red hair is so warm and striking, you may also find the right glasses for your hair colour in reddish browns, golds, coppers, and reds. Avoid ashy and yellowy tones that will undermine red hair.
Like red hair, if you have grey hair, you don’t have to worry as much about your skin tone. All skin tones with grey hair provide an excellent chance to wear clean and bright colours.
The best glasses for your hair colour will come in strong colours, such as cherry red, sea blue or a black. These colours will give you a bold contrasting colour while also complementing the overall tone of your grey or white hair. Stay away from yellow and brown frames as they will have a dulling effect.