Finding the perfect frames for your face shape is essential to looking your best in glasses! Well-chosen eyewear can enhance your appearance by creating balance, drawing attention to your best features and offsetting imperfections. So shape-up, and take note of the following face shape fundamentals to help you look your best:
A round face is just that – full and possessing curvilinear lines, with the width and length in the same proportions and little to no angles. When choosing frames, make sure they help the face appear longer and thinner.
- Make a round face seem narrow with slightly angular frames
- Avoid excessively rounded or square styles and pick frames that are more wide than deep
- Create a longer profile with high or mid-height temples
- Add width with colored temples and widen eyes with a clear bridge
- Keep lenses from resting on fuller cheeks with frames that have adjustable nosepads
The oval face is considered to be the ideal shape because of its balanced proportions. The chin is slightly narrower than the forehead and the cheekbones are typically high. With this face shape, frames should help keep the oval’s natural balance.
- Select frames that are as wide or wider than the broadest part of the face
- Avoid low, swooping temples which will unbalance the face
- Keep frames in proportion to the face
Heart (Base-Up Triangle)
This face has a very wide forehead and high cheekbones. The face narrows gradually to the chin. Here you want to minimize the width of the top of the face. Frames should add width below the eye line to offset the narrow chin.
- Try frames that are wider at the bottom
- Add balance with low temples
- Avoid emphasizing a pointy chin with aviator, butterfly or rimless frames
A square face has a strong jaw line, broad forehead and a wide chin and cheekbones. The width and the length are normally proportional to one another. Frames should make the face look longer.
- Minimize squareness and lengthen the face with gently curved narrow styles
- Choose frames that are wider than the widest part of the face and more horizontal than vertical
- Try oval shapes with temples in the center
- Avoid frames that are flat on the bottom and select frames with weight on top
- Draw attention away from the jawline with a frame that has some curve or uplift to it
The triangular face has a narrow forehead that widens at the cheek and chin areas. Frames should add width to the forehead, while softening and narrowing the appearance of the jaw, chin and cheeks.
- Choose frames that accent the eye area and are wide enough to balance the jaw line
- Frame tops should be slightly heavy; bottoms should angle inward
- Fill in and balance the upper third of the face with frames that have an “extension” at the temple
- Avoid low temple styles
- Try frames that are heavily accented with color and detailing on the top half or cat-eye shapes
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