You see an old friend on the street, and you keep thinking there’s something different about them. They look great, but you can’t quite say why. All of a sudden, you realize they have new glasses that are working so seamlessly with their face you almost couldn’t tell.
This is the result of the art of selecting the perfect frames for your face shape. While it really is a bit of an art, there are so many factors that can tip the balance one way or another. However, there is just enough science to it, that with the right direction, you can select the perfect glasses to fit the shape of your face just right.
The first thing to do is to determine the shape of your face. Some people just seem to know this intuitively, but if you’re like most, you probably need a little help.
Very likely, your face will conform to one of the options listed below. However, remember that these shapes are an approximation, and each person is slightly different. We’re just looking for the one that is closest to you.
There are several apps out there that will use a photo to approximate your face shape. However, we really like the low-tech option. Get yourself a whiteboard marker, or if you’re feeling bold, an old lipstick, and draw the outline of your face on a mirror.
*Gentlemen, please ask before assuming any lipstick is old and free to use.
Now that we have an outline let’s look closer at how to figure out which face shape listed above is closest to yours.
An oval-face shape is when you have slightly wider cheekbones with a slight narrowing at the forehead and jaw.
With a heart-shaped face, the widest point will be at the forehead, and it will gradually narrow through to the jaw. This becomes even more pronounced if you have a widow’s peak to add that little point downwards in the middle of your forehead.
If you have a round-shaped face, you will notice softer angles all around, with slightly wider cheekbones and an equal width to both your forehead and jaw.
For a square-shaped face, you will see more angular lines with equally wide cheekbones, forehead and jaw.
A diamond-shaped face is when your cheekbones are much broader than both your forehead and jaw. It will almost seem like the top and bottom of your face are coming to a point.
When it comes to a triangle-shaped face, you will see it is widest at the jaw and then gradually narrows up through to the forehead.
And finally, with a long-shaped face, your face will be noticeably longer than it is wide, often twice as long as it is broad. Your forehead, cheekbones, and jaw will likely also be equal in width, with a rounded jaw.
Now that you know, approximately, what shape your face is, let’s look at how you go about selecting glasses that will be perfect for you.
For frames to suit an oval-shaped face, you will want to have a strong bridge. Generally, you will also want them to be wider than the broadest part of your face and probably best to look at geometric shapes for the lenses Things to avoid: Frames that are extra-large and cover up more than half of your face. They will disrupt the natural symmetry of your oval-shaped face and feel cumbersome.
On a Heart-Shaped face, frames that balance the width of the forehead with the narrowness of the chin are going to look perfect. Look for glasses with low-set temples that have a bottom-heavy design to help to add more width to the narrower part of your face. Consider rounded frames or square ones with slightly curved edges to help draw focus away from your more broad forehead. Things to avoid: Stay away from any style or colour of frames that brings attention to the forehead. Any decoration or rhinestones along the top of the glasses is a bad idea.
When it comes to a Round-shaped face, frames that have more of an edge, like a square or rectangular frame, will usually work best because they tend to be wider than your face. Having this contrast can enhance your look by making your face appear slimmer and more extended, not to mention, it will help to balance your rounder features quite nicely.
Things to avoid: Rimless frames, round frames and small frames that will overemphasize just how circular your face is.
If you have a square-shaped face, you will want glasses that soften your edges and sit high on the bridge of the nose. Consider an oval or rounded frame to balance your angles and add a thinner appearance to your face.
Things to Avoid: Overly angled or square frames that will serve to sharpen your already angular features.
With a diamond-shaped face, you want to pull away from your narrower forehead and chin with glasses that sweep up or are at least more broad than your cheekbones. This face shape works perfectly with cat-eye glasses and oval frames as they will really highlight your cheekbones and emphasize your more delicate features.
Things to avoid: Square or narrow frames will exaggerate the width of your cheeks, and draw focus to your slim features rather than flattering them.
When selecting frames for a more triangular face, the best option tends to be going with frames that are bolder on top and more subtle on the bottom. With a broader jaw, you want to pull the focus up and make your narrower forehead feel more prominent. D-frames, Aviators, or cat-eye glasses are all great options.
Things to avoid: Any frames that are heavy on the bottom portion, even ones that are thick all the way around as these will tend to overemphasize your more prominent jaw.
For a Long-shaped face, you have it easier than most. You can select almost any style of frames, as your natural balance will work pretty well with any look. Things to avoid: The one thing to keep in mind is that the frames you choose shouldn’t be too broad. With a narrower face, a frame that is too wide will look out of place on your face and draw way too much attention.
Of course, as mentioned at the start, choosing a pair of glasses is more of an art than it is a science. If you’re struggling to decide what’s best for you, we’re happy to help. At Burlington Optometry, we carry the world’s top designer glasses and sunglasses to make finding the perfect pair a little bit easier. We also have an extensive collection of fabulous frames for any budget.
We can even help you figure out the shape of your face without using up a lipstick.
At Burlington Optometry, we stand behind our prescriptions and eyewear and do everything we can to accommodate emergency repairs and adjustments. Adjustments are always free for all of our patients.