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Facial shapes and Glasses

Certain shape of glasses frames may suit different facial shapes.


Not sure of your face shape - try measuring

Measure your face with a tape measure or ruler. Take the following measurements :


Measure your face across the top of your cheekbones.

Measure across your jaw line

Measure across your forehead at the widest point. Usually halfway between your eyebrows and your hairline.

Measure from the tip of your hairline to the bottom of your chin.

Round face and glasses style.

Your face is as wide as it is long. The widest part is the cheeks.

To make a round face look narrower and longer - go for angular glasses frames.

A thin or clear bridge of glasses  ( part that goes over the nose) can help to widen the distance between the eyes.

Try frames that are wider ( horizontally ) than they are deeper ( vertically) i.e. a rectangular glasses frame.


Oval face and glasses style

The length of the face is about one half times the width of the face.

The cheeks are prominent and face gracefully tapers to a narrow oval chin.

It is thought to be the ideal face shape - and so try glasses frames that keep the shape balanced.

Go for glasses that are as wide or wider than the broadest part of the face

Though, most frame shape look good and so perhaps try trendy geometric shapes.

Square face and glasses style

Squared jaw line is the striking feature with broad forehead.

The width and length of face are in the same proportions.

To make a square face look longer go for less right angled glasses frame shapes.

Try narrow glasses ( frames that have more width than depth) such as narrow oval glasses.


Oblong face and glasses style

An oblong face is longer than it is wide

Forehead, cheekbones and jaw line are all about the same width and may have prominent chin. May have a longer nose appearance due to oblong face.

To make face look shorter  try glasses that have more depth than width

Go for decorative or contrasting temples ( the front edges of glasses frames at sides)  which can add width to the face.

A low bridge ( frame area that sits on nose )  may help to shorten the nose.


Heart face and glasses style

Narrow at jaw line, wide at cheekbones/and or forehead.
Similar to oval, but the chin tapers to a point.

To minimize the width of the top of the face, try glasses that are wider at the bottom.

Try very light colour glasses and light materials

E.g. rimless glasses  have a light, airy effect because the lenses are simply held in place by a few screws, with no surrounding frame material.

Triangle face and glasses style

Reverse of the heart-shape.
A dominant jaw line with narrowing at the cheek bone, temples and forehead.

To add width and emphasize the narrow upper third of the face, try glasses that are heavily accented with colour and detailing on the top half or cat-eye shapes

Diamond face and glasses style

Widest at cheekbones, narrow forehead and jaw line of approximately equal widths.

To highlight the eyes and soften the cheekbones, try glasses  that have detailing or distinctive brow lines, or try rimless frames or oval and cat-eye shapes.


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