A pair of glasses can change your appearance as much as wearing a bold lipstick shade. But finding the perfect pair depends on how much you know about the shape of your face and which style suits you best. After all, the shape of your face is probably one of the most important factors when choosing glasses.
How to determine your face shape
It’s not always easy to identify your face shape as common characteristics can vary from one face to another. In addition, your face shape can change throughout your life, such as when you gain or lose weight.
For an easy way to determine your face shape, stand in front of a mirror, look straight ahead, and use a ponytail or headband to pull your hair back. This exposes your face, making it easier to identify your face shape. If a mirror isn’t available, you can take a selfie looking straight ahead. From there, you can use the photos below to compare and determine the best options for your face shape!
If you have an oval face:
An oval-shaped face features higher and wider cheekbones, with a softly rounded forehead and chin. People with oval-shaped faces can pull off almost all shapes, textures, or colour of frames. Feel free to be adventurous and try square, wayfarer, or angular styles.
What to avoid: Narrow frames
If you have a heart-shaped face:
Heart-shaped faces are characterised by a wide forehead, a narrow chin, and high cheekbones. To look your best (and downplay the wideness of your forehead), choose round or oval-shaped frames that are a little wider than your forehead or have a dramatic brow line (think cat-eye inspired styles). You can also opt for a rimless style to soften your angular features. The goal is to draw attention to the top of your face and add balance to your facial features.
What to avoid: Bottom-heavy frames or frames with lots of designs
If you have a rectangular face:
Those who have rectangular faces generally have a square jaw, deeper forehead, and a longer nose. If you’ve got a rectangular face, opt for a frame with a strong brow line in a deep, square shape to make your face look wider.
What to avoid: Rounded frames
If you have a round face:
Round faces are fairly short with a wider forehead, full cheeks, rounded chin, and a softer jawline. If you’ve got a round face, go for angular styles to draw attention to the top half of your face. For other styles, consider full-rim and semi-rimless frames.
What to avoid: Small and round frames
If you have a square-shaped face:
If you have a broad forehead and a strong jaw, you have a square-shaped face. In this case, you’ll want to create a little bit of length in your face and offset your strong features. Opt for narrower styles, such as oval or round frames, to soften the jawline.
What to avoid: Angular frames