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How to Pick the Right Frames to Suit the Shape of Your Face

April 17, 2013


Eyeglasses and sunglasses have become fashion statements. There are frames to suit every budget and lifestyle and many big name designers have produced their own range of frames which are readily available at most optometrist stores. At these stores, you will be able to obtain professional assistance in choosing the correct frames but here are some tips to start you in the right direction. Knowing what shape face you have is the first step towards choosing the right frames for your face.

Oval Face

The chin is narrower than the forehead and the cheekbones are high. This shape has balanced proportions. Avoid large frames and go for frames with rectangle or square shapes which add angles. To maintain balance, choose frames that are as wide as the widest part of your face. Most frames work on oval faces.

Round Face

Width and length of face are in proportion, with full cheeks and rounded chin. Avoid small, round or short frames. Horizontal and rectangular frames will make the face appear longer and thinner. Square or aviator style frames are also a good choice.

Heart Face

Small chin, wide cheekbones and a broad forehead. Avoid top heavy styles and decorative frame tops that will accentuate the upper face. Round narrow frames will soften the forehead and bottom heavy frames will draw attention downward.

Oblong Face

Narrow long shape. High cheekbones, tall forehead and longer nose. Avoid small frames and short frames. Tall frames will create a shorter face and broad glasses with decorative temples will add width.

Diamond face

Narrow forehead and chin with dramatic cheekbones. Narrow at the jawline and eye line. Avoid narrow frames. The best frames are rimless, semi-rimless or oval frames that create balance. Upswept styles will accentuate cheekbones.

Square Face

Broad forehead and square chin all in proportion. Avoid square frames that draw attention to the angles of the face. Also avoid colour accents on the bottom of the frames that will draw attention to the chin. Try oval, round or butterfly shaped frames.

Triangle Face

Eyes that widen at the cheeks, with a narrow forehead. Avoid narrow frames. Try top heavy frames that balance the jaw or semi-rimless frames to emphasise the upper face.

There are frames available for men, women and children and as children grow, so can the shape of their face. Have a look at Allergan Dry Eye website for more information. Choosing frames can be an absolute chore but you can save yourself so much time by determining the shape of your face first. Also, choose what colours would look best with your colouring. Consider whether your tones are warm or cool and stick with a shade that complements your colouring, your eyes and your hair. Also take into account your personal style, such as retro, traditional, hipster or rockabilly. The frames should also be in scale with your face size. Most faces are actually a combination of shapes, but there are seven basic shapes: diamond, square, oval, oblong, round, base-up triangle and base-down triangle.

1 Comment

  • Mei
    April 24, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    I am not really sure of my face shape, that is why I don’t know how to put makeup on my face. But based on how you differentiate each shape, I guess I have the round shape. Hihi.

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