Face Shape Guide
Understanding the best frames for your face shape
There are three keys to choosing the correct eyeglass frame for your face shape: the frame shape should contrast with your face shape, the frame size should be in scale with your face size, and the eyewear should repeat your best feature (such as a blue frame to match blue eyes).
While most faces are a combination of shapes and angles, there are seven basic face shapes: round, oval, square, oblong, heart-shaped, triangle and diamond. Here is a further description of these face shapes and which types of frames work for each. Your optician or frame dispenser can help you use these guidelines to choose your new eyeglasses. If you don’t know what face shape you are, click here.
Round Shaped Face
Eyeglass frames that are square or rectangular tend to be wider than a round face. This quality can enhance your face by making it appear slimmer and longer, all while adding balance to your round features. The most important thing to keep in mind when choosing glasses for round face shapes is to look for frames that add angles.
Oval Shaped Face
The oval face is considered to be the ideal shape because its balanced proportions. To keep the oval’s natural balance, look for eyeglass frames that are as wide as (or wider than) the broadest part of your face. Geometric shapes like squares or rectangles are among the most popular for oval faces.
Square Shaped Face
Eyeglasses that soften the angularity and sit high on the bridge of the nose look best on square faces. Oval or round eyeglasses will balance and add a thinner appearance to the angles of a square face.
Oblong Shaped Face
If you have a longer face, wider glasses also known as aviator frames, are definitely for you. Aside from aviator shapes, try frames that have more depth than width, decorative or contrasting temples that add width to your face, or a low bridge to shorten your nose.
Heart Shaped Face
A heart-shaped face is widest at the forehead and gradually narrows through the jaw. When selecting a frame, ensure the width is slighting wider than your forehead for balance. A modified wayfarer shape and styles with detailing on the lower porting works great for your features.
Triangle Shaped Face
A triangle face is widest at the jaw and gradually narrows through the forehead. Brow line or cat eye frames work great with your features. Choose frames with detailing on the upper portion and ensure the width is slightly wider than your jawline for balance.
Diamond Shaped Face
Diamond-shaped faces are narrow at the eye line and jawline, and cheekbones are often high and dramatic. To highlight eyes and bring out the cheekbones, try frames that have detailing or distinctive brow lines, rimless frames, oval, and cat-eye shapes.