Find the Perfect Shade: A Guide to Red Glasses Frames for Your Skin Tone

Red glasses frames are a bold and stylish choice that can enhance your facial features and show off your personality. But not all red tones are created equal, especially when it comes to complementing your skin tone. Understanding the nuances of selecting the right shade of red can make all the difference in how your glasses look on you. Let’s dive into how to pick the red glasses frames that best suit your individual skin tone.


Understanding Skin Tones

Before choosing your red frames, it’s crucial to identify your skin’s undertone. This will determine which shade of red will be most flattering. There are generally three categories of undertones:

  • Cool: Your skin has hints of blue, pink, or a ruddy complexion.
  • Warm: Your skin leans towards yellow, peachy, or golden hues.
  • Neutral: Your skin has a combination of cool and warm undertones, or it’s hard to distinguish one.

One easy way to determine your undertone is to look at the veins on your wrist. If they appear blue or purple, you’re likely cool-toned. Greenish veins suggest a warm undertone, while veins that are hard to categorize are often neutral.


Choosing Red Frames for Cool Skin Tones

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If you have a cool skin tone, the goal is to pick red glasses frames that complement without overpowering your natural coloring. You’ll want to look for frames in shades such as:

  • Berry Reds: These are rich and vibrant, with a slight bluish undercurrent.
  • Burgundy: A darker red that balances depth and color without clashing with your skin tone.
  • Ruby: Bright and eye-catching, a true red that can serve as a statement piece.

These shades of red can add a pop of color to your complexion and enhance your overall look without causing an unflattering contrast.


Choosing Red Frames for Warm Skin Tones

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Individuals with warm skin tones have the versatility to embrace red frames with open arms, especially those with an orange or brownish base. Here are some suggestions:

  • Fire Engine Red: This is a bright, vivid red that can really stand out against warmer skin.
  • Copper: More subdued than a bright red, copper offers warmth and complements golden undertones magnificently.
  • Scarlet: A slightly orange-tinted red that harmonizes well with warm skin tones.

These hues will work with your skin rather than against it, creating a harmonious look that’s both attractive and confident.


Neutral Skin Tones and Red Frames

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For those lucky enough to have a neutral skin tone, most red shades will look great. However, there are still some standout options that might appeal:

  • Classic Red: A balanced, true red that neither leans too blue nor too orange is a safe and stylish choice.
  • Wine: Combining both cool and warm elements, wine is a sophisticated choice that flatters neutral undertones.
  • Crimson: This is a bold choice that can work well, especially if it has a mix of warm and cool components.

When you have a neutral skin tone, feel free to experiment with the full spectrum of reds to find the one that speaks to your personal style and preference.

Finding Your Fit

Aside from color, ensure that your red frames suit your face shape and size for the most flattering look. If you’re unsure about how to select the right frame size or style, our team at Zenni Optical is here to help guide you through the process. Our mission is to provide you with not only the perfect color but also the perfect fit for your red glasses frames.


About the Author: Dr. Steven Liem, OD, FAAO

Dr. Steven Liem, O.D., F.A.A.O. is an optometrist based in Pasadena, California. After obtaining his doctorate from UC Berkeley’s School of Optometry, he completed his residency in Pediatrics, Vision Therapy & Rehabilitation and became a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. When he isn’t busy streaming or making Youtube videos about video games, Dr. Liem aims to broaden accessibility to vision health through his involvement in optometric industry and tech.