Choosing Eyeglasses for Your Face Shape: Learn How to Pick the Most Flattering Frames

Ever fall in love with a pair of eyeglasses you saw in a magazine or on a friend only to try them on and be less than pleased with what you saw in the mirror? Don’t worry, it isn’t you — it’s likely just a case of the eyeglass frames being the wrong shape for your face. Eyeglasses are not a one-size-fits-all item. Everyone’s face is different and what is flattering on one person may not be on another. The key is to identify your face shape and choose a pair of glasses that best complement it. Check out our suggestions for the best face shape and eyeglass frame combinations.

ROUND: The round face is equal in width and length and characterized by plumper cheeks and a soft, curved jawline.

Most complementary frame: The key to flattering a round face is to add length and definition. This is best achieved with rectangular frames that are on the narrow side and elongate the face rather than adding bulk to it. Avoid chunky square or large round glasses as they’ll emphasize a round face.

HEART: Aptly named for its resemblance to a heart, a heart-shaped face features a wider forehead and cheeks with a small chin.

Most complementary frame: Since a heart-shaped face is wide at the top and narrows at the bottom, round eyeglass frames that create a balance are the best choice. You may also want to experiment with dark rimmed or rimless eyeglass frames to see which one is more flattering.

SQUARE: Square-shaped faces have a strong, angular jaw and chin with a wide, prominent forehead.

Most complementary frame: Choose oval or round eyeglass frames with soft angles to create a contrast against your sharper, angular features. This will help make the face appear slimmer and longer.

OVAL: The oval face is characterized by balanced proportions with the chin slightly narrower than the forehead.

Most complementary frame: People with oval-shaped faces, rejoice – nearly any eyeglass frames will flatter your face. Simply choose frames that aren’t overly large or small to keep your facial proportions balanced and you can experiment with just about any style frame you want.

Other things to keep in mind…

In addition to finding glasses that suit your face shape, there are other elements that come you can work with when finding the most flattering pair. The color of the eyeglass frames is an important factor, as you’ll want to find a shade that complements your skin tone and hair color and perhaps even plays up your eye color. And, of course, your own personal style should also factor into what frames you choose. There are thousands of options, including designer eyeglasses, so sport your favorite brand and express your unique fashion sense.

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