When looking for the perfect fit in a pair of glasses, a lot depends on the shape of an individual’s face. Different frame styles can either enhance or help to disguise unique facial contours, so it’s important to know what works best for you.
Here’s how to find the perfect pair of glasses for your face shape.
Different Frames for Different Face Shapes
The different face shapes are as follows:
Use the following guide to help you find the best pair of frames for your face shape. It highlights what you should and shouldn’t focus on when shopping for glasses.
Round Face Shape
A round face shape has softer angles with full cheeks, a rounded chin and an equally wide forehead and jaw.
Rectangular frames with bold angular lines will help to sharpen your softer features and draw attention away from your cheekbones and jawline. Be sure that the bottom of the frame hits just above the cheekbones.
Avoid: Too-small, rimless or round frames that will accentuate the roundness of your face.
Square Face Shape
A square face has more angular lines with a prominent jawline, a wide forehead and equally wide cheekbones.
Soften angular features with rounder, thinner frames that won’t overwhelm your face. Be sure that the width of the frame is slightly wider than your cheekbones. Try oval or cat eye frames to soften your jawline.
Avoid: Frames with a flat top bar and sharp angular corners can make you look hard and unfriendly.
Diamond Face Shape
A diamond-shaped face is characterized by wide cheekbones and a narrow jawline and forehead. Oval and rimless frames with strong brow lines help to balance and enhance facial features. Diamond faces should wear frames with gentle curves that are not wider than the cheekbones.
Avoid: Frames that are very narrow or thin will draw attention to the narrow eye line.
A heart-shaped face has a pointed, narrow chin, high cheekbones and a broad forehead.
A modified Wayfarer frame works well with a heart-shaped face. For balance, be sure that the width of the frame is slightly wider than your forehead. Look for frames with detailing on the lower half. Square or rectangular frames will balance your facial features.
Avoid: Frames in any style or colour that draw attention to your forehead. Steer clear of frames that are wider at the top than the bottom or have embellished tops or decorative sidebars.
Oval Face Shape
An oval face shape has balanced features with high cheekbones and a gentle narrowing at the forehead and jaw. The chin is narrower than the forehead. This face shape has more options when it comes to finding the perfect fit.
Oversized frames look good on this face shape. Choose a bold shape that suits your personality and experiment with colour and texture, if you want to stand out from the crowd. Rectangular and rounded frames will suit you well.
Avoid: Frames that are too small or too large. If they are too large and cover more than half your face, the frames will throw off the natural symmetry of your face.