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.

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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

Best sui­ted

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

Best sui­ted

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

Best sui­ted

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

Best sui­ted

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. 

The Takea­way

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.

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