Matching suitable glasses to your face shape
When looking for the perfect eyewear, matching suitable glasses to your face shape is key. You want to feel confident in your new glasses, and we have top tips for choosing the perfect pair.
Just as we all have different body types, we all have different face shapes too. We shop for clothes that suit our body type, so why should this be any different when shopping for eyewear? Not all glasses suit all face shapes, so we have to ensure that we make the best choice for our face.
Choosing the non ideal pair can make your face look out of proportion to the glasses, so it's important to do your research before you make your purchase. Matching suitable glasses to your face shape is simple, and we've put together some guidance and advice that'll help you to do so.
Choosing the perfect pair
The most important thing is that you feel comfortable in your new glasses. Your pair of glasses are also a fashion piece that can bring your look to a whole new level. Make a statement with it and own your look.
When shopping for your new glasses, make sure you try lots of different pairs so that you can get a feel for them. Try different shapes and styles while standing in front of the mirror, so that you can see which pair looks best.
Consider the shape of your face when choosing the style, shape and size of your glasses. Analysing the right shape of your head can make the search for your perfect pair way easier. We put together what shapes work for your head shape and what glasses you should better avoid wearing.
Different face shapes
There are four different face shapes that people generally have: round, angular, oval and heart-shaped. To find out your face shape, you need to stand in front of a mirror and pull your hair back away from your face.
The round face
The round face is very even in its proportions. Cheeks are full, and the entire face measures the same length from each parallel side. The forehead is of the same width as each cheek. The chin area is small and the face generally takes a circular shape.
The angular face
The angular face is long, and the face appears quite narrow. The width from the forehead to the chin is longer than the width from cheek to cheek. The chin itself is angular, and has sharp edges. Altogether the face is perfectly aligned, making it appear flat and thin.
The oval face
In general, the oval face is long; however, the cheeks are bold and pronounced. The chin and the forehead are relatively small areas, which balances the face out to make for a great shape.
The oval face is the most popular for companies when advertising glasses, as its shape is the most even and balanced among the four. Glasses sit well on an oval face, because the symmetry of them match the symmetrical features on the face.
The heart-shaped face
The upper half of the face is more prominent than the lower half with heart-shaped faces, so the forehead will appear bigger and the chin smaller.The cheeks will be a distinctive feature on the face, and cheekbones will be relatively high. The forehead and the eyes will be a similar size in width, and the chin will be more narrow and pointier.
Which glasses suit which face?
With each face shape comes styles of glasses that are best suited, and some that are best avoided.
Glasses for the round face
Glasses that are long and oval shaped are great for stretching out your face, and minimizing the roundness that it naturally has. Narrow and rectangular shaped glasses are also ideal for doing this.
Frameless or half-rim glasses are an excellent way to emphasize your eyes, without the glasses taking too much of a main feature on your face. They help bring a softer balance to the natural face shape, without appearing too bold and overpowering.
What to avoid
Round faces don't match well with circular glasses, because they add a roundness to your already rounded face. Your face shape will be over-emphasized in round glasses.
You should also avoid glasses that have a very strong frame such as those with a thick outer material and that are very dark in color. Such frames can make your face appear flat and with little definition of your facial features.
Glasses for the angular face
With angular face shapes, the key to matching the perfect eyewear is balance. You don’t want glasses that either get lost in the face or that are too big and leave the face looking misshapen.
You have many options with an angular face - however, you should choose glasses that are sized in proportion to your face. Curved, rounded and oval glasses are suitable as long as they soften the natural edges and corners of your face.
Both hard and soft frame types are suitable for the angular face, so you can choose which style you most prefer.
What to avoid
The angular face already has sharp edges and corners to it, so avoid rectangular glasses that'll only emphasize this feature and make the face appear less approachable.
Avoid small and thin glasses that can easily be lost in the face and appear disproportionate. The infamous oversized nerd-style glasses should also be avoided as they will flatten your face and highlight the corners even more.
Glasses for the oval face
As mentioned earlier, the oval face is usually the one used when advertising and this is because it matches nearly all types and styles of glasses. If you have an oval face — great! You can pretty much choose any style of glasses that you wish.
Choosing glasses for an oval face allows you to change the shape and features depending on your choice. Choose rectangular glasses to give your face a harder look or choose round glasses to add a softness to your face. You have the option to go big and bold by choosing strikingly oversized glasses to really dominate the facial features.
What to avoid
There's only two styles you should avoid with an oval face, and that's very small rounded glasses and those with very thin frames. That's because such glasses can be lost in the oval face, and make it appear much longer than it is.
Glasses for the heart-shaped face
Cat-eye and butterfly shaped glasses emphasize a heart-shaped face beautifully, because of the curved gradient that they have. Oval shaped glasses are also great because of this too. Rimless frames are another way of enhancing the natural shape of the face.
You can change the shape of your face using different glasses, adding hardness to the face with rectangular shapes and adding softness with narrower and thinner frames. We recommend choosing neutral colored frames, such as tans and browns, as to not distort the shape of the face.
What to avoid
Exaggerated box-shaped glasses can look out of place on a heart-shaped face, as well as glasses with unusual nose fittings that are bulky or squared. Rigid shapes make the face look uneven, which is why curved glasses are better recommended.
Undetermined face shape
Fitting faces to particular shapes isn't an exact science.
Some people's faces don't fit the exact definition of one particular facial shape, and their face can be a mixture of two different types. If that is the case, then you can use the guidance given on the two face shapes to find your perfect pair of glasses.
While we recommend different shapes and styles as more suitable for each face type, remember that this is just guidance to help you along the way. The most important thing is that you feel comfortable in your glasses, and feel confident to be seen in them.
Don't be rushed into choosing a pair of glasses. It's a bigger deal than some people may think. Your prescription will usually last around two years once you've had an eye exam, so it's important that you are happy with the choice you have made so that you aren't tempted into locking them away in a drawer and forgetting about them.
Your eye health is important, which is why you should follow your optician's advice in regards to your glasses prescription. Try lots of different pairs of glasses on and make sure you're 100 percent happy with your choice before you make that purchase.