Choosing eyeglass frames to fit your face can be a chore at best and an absolute nightmare at worst. There are hundreds of different frames to choose from and like it or not, trying on dozens of frames is often part of the process when you don’t know where to begin. You’re in luck though. We’ve gathered all the information you need to get started. This guide will help you find a style that will flatter your face without breaking your bank.
What Shape is My Face?
There are 9 commonly used face descriptions for face shapes, though most places that sell frames and eyeglasses only focus on the top 4. If you have a square, oval, heart-shaped, or round face, then you’re in luck, but those of us who fall in the other 5 categories often feel left out. In addition to the top 4 listed above, there are people with a rectangle, oblong, triangle, inverted triangle, and diamond-shaped faces.
Determining the shape of your face can be as easy as looking in the mirror. Hold as still as possible, and outline your reflection in lipstick or eyeliner. (Make sure you use something that washes off easily, you don’t want to be stuck looking at a sharpie outline!) Starting at your chin, trace the outer edge of your reflection (not including the ears) up to the hairline, and then back down the other side of your face. Look at the shape that your outline creates. This will give you the best idea of your overall facial shape.
This is a good launching point. Read on and we will go over the basic characteristics of each shape, starting with the top 4.
Your face resembles a slightly squished heart. The top of the heart is defined by a wide forehead and accented by beautifully strong cheekbones. A small or narrow chin completes the look.
Your face is very even on all sides, with no side being longer or shorter than the other. Your mirror outline should resemble a square drawn by a small child. This look is defined by a strong, broad forehead, equally strong cheekbones and a sharp or angular jawline.
Round faces are most often associated with the atypical ‘baby face’ look. Your mirror outline will most likely look like a squiggly circle. Your face is defined by an evenly tapered jawline and forehead and accented with wide cheekbones.
No, this facial shape doesn’t look like a squished round face. Instead, this facial style is defined by broad cheekbones and a jaw and forehead that tapers, similar to the round face style, only slightly more noticeable.
Now that we’ve got the top 4 out of the way, here are the other commonly recognized face shapes.
Oblong faces are similar to oval ones in that they are defined by very long features. The main difference between the two is that where the oval face has soft edges, the oblong face is much more angular.
This face shape is often mistaken for oblong and is usually found in men or in women with very sharp features. The long face and angular features easily resemble your favorite rectangular object.
Time to shine brightly with a diamond facial shape, and unfortunately this does not include Benedict Cumberbatch’s diamond-sharp cheekbones. These are defined by broad cheekbones and a narrow forehead and jaw line similar to the round or oval face, but the definition in these two parts is much sharper.
Cut off the bottom of a diamond-shape’s face and you’ve got a triangular face. Or a bloody mess, one of the two. This face-style is very similar to the diamond with the broad cheekbones and narrow forehead, but the triangle’s chin is much wider.
This is nearly identical to the triangle shape, but instead, the chin is narrow and the forehead is broad.
Now, hopefully, you have a better idea of what the shape of your face is, how does that help you find your new frames? We’ve brought together the best frames for each face type, and to change things up a bit, we’re going to start from the bottom of the list this time.
What are the different types of frames?
There are easily dozens of different frame categories, but for the purposes of clarity, we’re only going to focus on a few styles, unless there is something unique that works spectacularly for a particular face shape.
In general though, expect to see:
- Traditional or full-frame glasses
Best Frames for Each Face Shape
For this style of face, you’ll want a pair of glasses that takes away some of the focus on the top half of your face. A light rimless pair of glasses is perfect for this, and butterfly lenses (which are wider at the bottom) add a bit of additional weight to your cheekbones and narrow chin.
The exact opposite of the inverted triangle, for this style you’ll want a pair of glasses that brings more attention to the upper half of your face. A pair of full-framed glasses will help to accent the unique curve of your face while helping to downplay the wider chin.
This facial style is fairly balanced, with a narrow forehead and chin. The best style for this face shape is a pair of heavy full or half-rimmed glasses that emphasize the cheekbones. Cat’s eye styles or other similar styles with upswept corners look fantastic on women with this face shape.
Large frames with soft edges are the order of the day for a man or woman with a rectangular face. Aviator frames are perfect for your face shape because they help to make your face appear shorter and evener. (Side note: People with rectangular and oblong shaped faces are really the only two groups who can wear aviator glasses without swamping their entire face.)
The glasses that you need for an oblong face are going to be similar to a rectangular one. You could easily pull of aviator frames, but since the lines of your face are a little softer, you can easily pull off frames with sharper edges as well. Large frames are going to look best on you, though.
And now, without further gilding the lily, the top 4 face shapes and the best frames for them!
People with oval faces have the pick of the litter, so to speak. This face style is very evenly balanced and is well suited by most frames. We would suggest avoiding narrow frames, because they draw unneeded attention to your eyes, making them appear narrower than they actually are.
Avoid curves at all costs! A round face already has curves in spades, so adding more curves on the frames of your glasses will only detract from your natural beauty. Rectangular frames, especially full and half-rimmed frames, are going to look best on your face. Pick up something with decorated temples to add a splash of style to your look.
If avoiding curves is the best technique for round faces, then avoiding angular frames is the best technique for square ones. The sharp edges of a rectangular frame will serve to emphasize your already strong jawline. Oval or rounded lenses and frames, preferably half-rimmed or rimless, are going to be the best choice for this face shape.
The best choice for a heart shaped face is going to be in frames that bring more attention to the narrow lower half of your face. Bottom-heavy half-rimmed frames are perfect for the heart shaped face. Avoid full rimmed frames, or ones that are top-heavy because they will bring unwanted attention to your forehead and the top of your face.
Hopefully this information makes picking up your next pair of glasses easier and more enjoyable. Good luck and enjoy your new perfectly fit frames!