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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

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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