Selecting Glasses to Balance your Jaw or Forehead

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Anne Morgan of Color and Image Insight shows how to offset strong facial characteristics with the right pair of glasses.

    Anne Morgan

    Anne Morgan's Color and Image Insight business is about far more than helping clients choose their most flattering eyeglasses. A full-service image consultant in Fairfax, Virginia, since 1990, Anne has shown hundreds of men and women how to improve their appearance and their outlook with color and wardrobe analysis, cosmetic makeovers, personal shopping, image updates, and more. She takes particular delight in the before-and-after transformations that a total makeover produces, as well as in training others in this exciting field. Originally trained and certified by Beauty For All Seasons, she is now affiliated with its successor, the international company Beauty by Jeunique. She has spoken before a wide range of professional and social organizations and is a regular adult education instructor for Fairfax County Public Schools. Anne brings a lifetime of interest in clothing and fashion to her work. Previous experience includes custom dressmaking, as well as several years creating costumes for the entertainment industry in Hollywood, California. She is a graduate of Cornell University. In addition to her image business, Anne derives great satisfaction from her volunteer work with Suited for Change, an organization that outfits low income women for the job market, and keeps in shape with Pilates, spin classes and weight training. She and her husband have two grown sons.

    Hello, I am Anne Wilterdink Morgan with Color and Image Insight, and I am to showing you how to choose the most flattering eyeglasses for you. Right now, I am showing you how to balance a wider forehead or jawline with your glasses. Now, the relative width of the forehead, cheek bones, and jawline is the other aspect that we often consider when working with the face shape. Now, in Terrys case, her face is a little wider at the cheek bones, which is the easiest one actually to deal with, thats the most usual, the most visually balanced, and so the tips that I will be talking about now arent really going to apply to her, but I think that she can still illustrate how each of these glasses works in terms of a visual illusion. So, if you have a wider forehead that would be, what we consider, either a V triangle or hard-shaped face, then you visually want to do the opposite by creating more width at the bottom and less width at the top. This is a particularly difficult one to work with actually. When we were looking for these glasses to demonstrate the idea, we said this is an underserved population, so all your eyeglass designers that happen to be out there take note because what you want to do ideally is choose a glass that is going to be a little wider at the bottom and narrower at the top.

    How often do you see those? Sometimes with sunglasses, but not so often with the actual glasses. So, second option is to have something that is relatively straight up and down on the sides and gives a feeling of little bit more outward motion on the lower part of the glasses and so here we have some examples of those. Okay, so you see how these, the strong line here gives a kind of an out swept feeling toward the bottom and even though her face is balanced that should create a little bit of a sense of greater width at the bottom, lets try another one for comparison here. So, this one doesnt have quite as a strong of an out swept feeling here, but it has very strong vertical lines there, which will draw the eye further out if the lower part of the face is narrow.

    Now, there are lots of choices for people who have the opposite situation where they have a wider jawline and narrower forehead such as the pair or A triangle-shape face. In this case, you want to have a pair of glass that sits distinctly wider at the top and there are a lot of those around even though the face shape is less common and so you see a great many where you have a little bit of an upswept feeling and narrower at the bottom, wider at the top. Terry is lucky I havent poked her in the eye yet, but notice here we have a little bit of detailing at the outside. I talked about this in connection with the longer or narrower face shape, but it works well for creating the balance that a wider jawline requires too by visually giving the idea that the top of the face is a little wider. Oftentimes, its better to have a little bit higher temple for those cases too. So, thats how to balance a wider jawline or forehead with your glasses.