What frames & lenses suit your face shape

What frames & lenses suit your face shape

Are you looking for the perfect pair of glasses for your face shape? I am here to challenge you to make your prescribed or non-prescribed glasses an accessory! You can do this by determining your face shape and size of frames you select.

Find your face shape

With so many glasses to choose from, how do you know which one suits you best?

Well, you first need to identify your face shape. Here are the 6 well known face shapes:

  1. Oval Face shape
  2. Heart Face shape
  3. Oblong Face shape
  4. Square Face shape
  5. Diamond Face shape
  6. Round Face shape

So how do you know which one you have? The face shape is broken down into three parts:

  1. Forehead and cheekbone width. What is the widest part of your face?  Is it your cheekbones? You probably have a round face. Is it your forehead? You probably have an oval face.
  2. The width of your jawline. A strong jawline usually means you have a square or rectangle face shape. If your jawline comes to a point then you have a heart-shaped face.
  3. The length of your face. Rounder faces are typically on the shorter side and oval faces are usually on the longer side.

It also helps to take a picture of your face, front side and place the shapes over your face.

Now that we have that in mind, the following are different frames that suit the specific face shapes.

Face Shapes

Oval face shape

An oval face shape is considered to be ideal because of its balanced proportions. To maintain the natural balance of an oval face shape, look for eyeglass frames that are as wide as (or wider than) the broadest part of the face. Walnut-shaped frames that are not too deep or narrow are a very good choice.

Heart-shaped face

A heart-shaped face has a wide top third and a narrow bottom third. (Sometimes this is called a base-up triangle face shape.) To reduce the apparent width of the top of the face, choose frame shapes that are wider at the bottom. Thin, light-coloured frames and rimless frames that have a light, airy appearance also are good choices.

Oblong face shape

An oblong face shape is longer than it is wide and has a long, straight cheek line. To make an oblong face appear shorter and more balanced, try frames that have more depth than width. Frames with decorative or contrasting temples also add width to the face.

Square face shape

A square face shape has a strong jaw and a broad forehead, and the width and length of the face have roughly the same proportions. To make a square face look longer and soften its angles, try narrow frame styles, frames that have more width than depth, and narrow ovals.

Diamond face shape

Diamond-shaped faces are narrow at the forehead and jawline and have broad cheekbones that may be high and dramatic. This is the rarest face shape. To highlight the eyes and soften the cheekbones, try frames that have detailing or distinctive brow lines. Rimless eyeglasses and frames with oval or cat-eye shapes also can be good choices.

Round face shape

A round face shape has curved lines with the width and length in the same proportions and no angles. To make a round face appear thinner and longer, try angular narrow eyeglass frames to lengthen the face. Frames with a clear bridge and rectangular frames that are wider than they are deep also can be good choices.

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