Face shape is not everything

Recently I was watching a morning news program and they were featuring a new line of eyewear.  In this segment, they were commenting that if you are one face shape, you should wear this shape of eyeglass frames and so on.  The only problem this creates is “how do you know what your face shape is?”

In 2007, when I created my training program, Be Spectacular, I would spend a considerable amount of time in my workshops teaching face shape characteristics and then how to determine face shape.  What I realized working with humans is that they have many different “perceptions” of what they are seeing.  Then a time-consuming debate occurs trying to find the “right” answer before we even start to find the right style of eyeglass frame.

While I think it important to consider face shape as an overall generalization, I believe that we need to take a closer look at your facial features.

What do you love on your face?  It is your eyes, cheeks, nose?  Once we know the best feature, then we can fit the frame to enhance that feature.  For example, if you have large eyes, choose a frame that arches up on the top to open up the eye area.  Also, be sure the frame is as wide as the widest part of your face so the eyes are not cut off horizontally.  If the frame is not wide enough you will add weight to the cheeks.  Think of it like wearing a pair of pants that are one size too small: not good, right?

If the cheekbones are your best feature then best to avoid a rectangular shape.  The flat line on the bottom will cut off the cheeks.  Opt for an upswept shape to accentuate this area.

Instead of spending time determining if you are Square, Oblong or Heart, simply start to look at balance and proportion on your face.

3 Tips:

1.  Be sure your glasses are the right size for your face.
2.  Have the frame open up your eyes.
3.  Love your LOOK!

Man Magnet

I recently attended the Association of Image Consultants annual conference in Vancouver and I always return needing a week to reflect on all that I have learned and experienced.  The one thing I know for sure is that none of us have achieved any level of success in our business without perserverance and hard work.  We have never “arrived” and we are never “finished” becoming all that we can be.  I am especially grateful that I have the opportunity to meet my image consultant colleagues every year and help them choose eyewear to “Be Spectacular” in their businesses.

I was thrilled to be in the company of many magnetic, energetic colleagues for 4 days.  Every year I look forward to seeing the many friends I have made over the years.  One of my colleagues from the U.K. is Sue Donnelly and I am especially eager to see her every year as she wears the most amazing eyeglasses and I get excited to see what she will be wearing.  She is not afraid to stand out from the crowd and embraces her funky style.  Sue writes a fabulous blog at www.feelfabat50.com that I highly recommend.

Sue is a testimonial that your eyewear can be sexy and in one of her recent blogs she wrote, “But why the Man Magnet title? Well, the round, old fashioned type that I chose seem to have a peculiar affect on men. Not that I’m complaining, as every time I wear them I get winks, smiles and you know, that LOOK that says I’m a very desirable woman.

Talking to my girlfriends, we decided that my new glasses are the equivalent of the prudish looking secretary that suddenly shakes her hair loose and whips off her glasses to reveal a sexy siren underneath. I’m all for that.”

I guess men do make passes at women in glasses.