Avoid Selfie Sabotage!

Don't use a selfie to get help selecting eyewear!Are you deferring your eyewear decisions to a third party friend or family member based on a selfie?  If so, you may be wearing your friends’ personal style or worse…you may have invested in a beautiful new frame and the best prescription lenses to frame your beautiful eyes and then you just don’t love them.

Eyewear is one of the most visible accessories we wear and one of the first things that people will notice when they meet you.    Unfortunately, a self portrait on a smart phone simply does not accurately reflect colours making it difficult to see if the frame is harmonizing with hair colour, complexion, eyes and wardrobe colours.  The second problem is that often the photo may be shortening or elongating the facial features depending on the angle and distance that the selfie was captured.  This distortion will then give a inaccurate view of balance and proportion.   The third thing that is totally missing from a Selfie is the body language that is captured when you wear a frame, look in a full length mirror and see your entire body and how you embrace (or not) the new look.   If you love it, you  stand taller, feel more confident and your face lights up with a big smile.  As an Eyewear Image Consultant, this is the best part to watch!!!

Please don’t trust such an important decision to a selfie.  In all fairness, to both your friends and your Optician, invite the person whose opinion you value to be part of the entire eyewear selection process.  They will enjoy the opportunity to  “see” the real live you and truly help you achieve a “spectacular” look.  You will receive lots of  compliments and most importantly, your new eyewear will reflect your personality and you will love them too!

 

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!

Power of Eyewear

There has been much talk about Sarah Palin’s eyewear or really – ‘lack of eyewear’ when she wears the rimless style frame. This particular style is a fabulous match for the romantic, feminine side of her personality and would be perfect to wear to a black tie event. Simply wearing eyeglasses will give others the perception of intelligence; however, for the vice presidential debate she needs to create a stronger, more serious, take charge image.

There is no question she is an attractive women and with her balanced face shape she can wear many eyeglass frame shapes and look good. I would categorize Sarah’s rimless eyeglass frames as my Elegant Charmer™ Frame Style. The Elegant Charmer™ style reflects the softer, romantic image. For Sarah’s business image I would recommend she move to the Subtle Sophisticate™ Frame Style to reflect a distinguished, dignified look.

The eyes are key to building trust with others and I would honour and accentuate Sarah’s big eyes by keeping the frame rounded on the top. To create strength I would fit a frame in a thicker metal material with a sharp edge or strong top bar.