Frame Shapes for Your Face
Glasses don’t just enhance your vision; they also enhance your look. The right eyeglass frame shape can balance your face shape, and give you a distinctive look that you’ll love.
Frames that look great by themselves may not provide a good fit with your face. How can you tell? The first thing to do is use the ProperOptics.com live (or photo upload) virtual try-on system. Does it work well with your facial features, or does it seem to conflict? Does it provide an interesting contrast, or does it exaggerate certain elements of your face? If you can’t decide what’s best, show your favorites to a friend or family member.
Your face shape makes a difference in what frame shapes will look good on you. To determine your face shape, pull your hair back and look in a mirror. Pay attention to the width of your forehead, cheekbones and jaw: which is widest, if any? It’s also important to determine whether your features are more rounded or more angular (prominent cheekbones, pointy jaw.)
While there are no hard-and-fast rules, following are some general guidelines for frame shapes that will go with your face shape.
Square faces are about the same width in the forehead, cheekbones and jaw. The jaw is squared-off, rather than pointed.
Round or oval frames often provide a nice contrast to square facial features. Wider frames will give some variety to the straight sides of your face, and narrow frames help make your face look longer.
Round faces are widest around the cheekbones, and the forehead and jaw are about equal width. Features are soft rather than angular. The face is about as wide as it is long.
Again, frames that contrast with the face shape can provide a distinctive look, including rectangular and geometric frames. For women, cat-eye frames can help make the eyes the focus of your face.
A heart-shaped face is wide and the forehead and gradually tapers to the jaw. It could also be called an inverted triangle face.
To help balance a face that narrows toward the jaw, consider frames that are relatively wide at the bottom. Light-colored and rimless glasses are also good; they tend to fade into the background a bit to call attention to your classic facial features.
Triangular faces feature a wide, prominent jaw line and a narrower forehead.
Frames that work well with triangular faces often have prominent brow lines that strengthen and draw attention to the upper part of your face. These could include frames with a lot of detailing or a strong color around the brow. Cat-eye and aviator frames often work well.
Oval faces are widest at the cheekbones, and narrow slightly toward the forehead and jaw. They are slightly longer than they are wide, and have relatively soft features.
Most frame styles work well with oval faces. Styles that are as wide as the cheekbones help to break up the narrowing of the face toward the top; prominent brow lines can also have this effect. Square, rectangular and geometric styles can also provide a good contrast to the rounded facial features.
You are the best judge of what looks good on you - and maybe you want to break the fashion mold! Whether you stick to our guide or go for a unique look, ProperOptics.com offers you hundreds of frame styles you can virtually try-on - so you’re bound to find the perfect shape for your face!