Choosing the right colour frames for different skin tones can be quite a task in itself. We, in general, prefer to get our prescription on cosmetic lenses from an actual store. This is all the more so because when it comes to our facial accessories, we usually don’t want to take chances. Even then, it usually is very daunting. In this article, we are going to talk about how to pick the right colour frames for different skin tones for men.
There are usually three criteria when it comes to choosing the right colour for your frame-
- Skin Colour
- Hair Colour
- Eye Colour
In this version, we are strictly focusing on the skin tone only, understanding that for the Indian market, eye and hair colours are more or less generalised. So let’s get down to business and talk about choosing the right colour frames for different skin tones, shall we?
First Identify Your Contrast :
First, let us understand the concept of contrast. Feel free to consult the above infographic, whilst we explain how contrast is important in choosing different colour frames for different skin tones.
Contrast is basically the difference that one has, say, between his hair colour and skin tone. Normally, quite a few go for high contrasts in their appearance to make a statement. However, in general, people like a more blended look, which we are going to talk about. It is important to balance it well so that one doesn’t look too over the top or bland.
For example, say a white man has blonde hair or keeps a bald or low trimmed hairstyle. That person will have low contrast. A fairer man with black hair or a dark-skinned man has grey or white hair. That person will have high contrast in his face.
Now if you consult the infographic below, you would see that if you go for a high contrast frame for a highly contrasting face, it may look a little too much. If you are not going for that, then you may also want to avoid the scenario where you have low contrast and choose a colour that has low contrast also. That makes you look washed out.
Q. How To Identify Your Actual Skin Tone?
Skin tone is probably one of the most important factors governing your choice of colour for your frame. The logic is similar to what is applied when it comes to wearing the right colour of clothing. The pair of glasses you would be wearing should have a frame colour that harmonises with your skin tone. There are different choices of colour frames for different skin tones. Mind you, skin tone doesn’t just refer to your complexion.
In fact, it refers to two distinct qualities of your skin colour – the surface tone, and the undertone. It is very important to recognise both in order to choose the right frame. If one picks a colour that doesn’t sit well with your skin, it might look off, or may even make you look sickly!
The surface tone is easier to spot and is usually what we refer to as the skin complexion. It describes from a range of pale to really dark, where your skin colour lies.
The Undertone actually is a bit tricky. It is all about the subtle tones that lie underneath your complexion. There are usually three types of such undertones, viz.
There are easy ways of spotting what undertones you have in your skin. This is important because what colour looks good on you is most dominantly governed by your undertones, and not that much by your surface tone or complexion.
Step 1: You can use the colour of your veins (as seen through your skin) to easily define your undertone type. Suppose they are green. Then it is safe to say that you have a warm tone. If they are bluish, you probably have a cool tone. And of course, a mix would mean you are neutral.
Step 2: You may also want to refer to your tan colour. If you get a nice golden-brown tan, you have a warm undertone. If you look like toasted bread, you’re probably with cool undertones.
Step 3: Other than this, the most straight forward way would be to identify shades in your skin itself! Try to look for colours that do not define your complexion, but otherwise! If you have Reddish, Pinkish or Bluish undertones, you have a cool undertone. Similarly, Peachy, Yellowish, Golden or Apricot-like shades mean you have a warm undertone. If you have a mix of both, you have a neutral tone.
For simplicity’s sake, and considering the Indian market, we don’t really need to fret about the neutral shade. In Indian ethnicity, there are four major categories of skin tones. These are as follows:
- Warm medium skin tone (The general fairer Indian skin tone)
- Cool medium skin tone (The rosy fairer skin tone)
- Warm dark skin tone (The general darker Indian skin tone)
- Cool dark skin tone (Quite rare! Usually a duller dark shade of skin.)
So, we are going to be talking about the right choices of colour frames for different skin tones limited only to these four shades.
Best Color Frames For Men With Different Skin Tones In India :
The primary thing that we want you all to understand is that like goes with like. As we know this applies to most things in life, so it does for colour frames for different skin tones too.
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If you have a warm undertone, try to go for warmer earthy shades like brown, golden, green, etc. Neutral shades like beige and cream will also work fine with your tone. Gold is your go-to choice for metals.
For cooler tones, shades of blue, purple and green would work beautifully! This is all the more so if you choose their pastel variants. For metals, stick to silver or platinum.
Now finally, what you’ve awaited the most for! Below, we talk about the best colour frames for different skin tones that we discussed above.
1. Frames For Warm Medium Skin Tone Men :
For this skin tone, the list is really non-exhaustive. However, we provide the top four selects of ours to let you choose your preferred degree of contrast.
2. Frames For Cool Medium Skin Tone Men :
The following is a range of hues that we think would suit you the best, whilst giving you a certain command over the level of contrast you want in your appearance.
- Grey or Silver
3. Frames For Warm Dark Skin Tone Men :
As with our previous suggestions, we are including different shades to allow for the incorporation of different levels of contrast. Keep in mind, that this is only a standardised guide, and you should feel free to explore more around your own.
4. Frames For Cool Dark Skin Tone Men :
These following shades are our best picks when it comes to choosing colour frames for different skin tones with dark surface tones and cool undertones. They are chosen, as always, to allow for the greater range of contrast, as per your needs.
As is made clear in the above description, when your choosing the correct colour frames for different skin tones, you should always remember that like harmonises like. Also, keep in mind, that unless one specifically wants a very strong or bland contrast, the golden spot is to balance it even.
Choose your skin surface tones and undertones well, and it will go a long way in helping you to pick the right shade of frames for you. We hope this article gives more perspective to you in terms of basic colour theory in fashion, whilst acting as an eyewear frame shopping guide as well! Ciao.
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