When it’s time to select a new pair of eyeglasses, finding the best frame for you can feel challenging. Understanding more about your face shape and the types of frames that would look best on you can help reduce the time you spend trying on frames that don’t complement your face shape. And eyeglass makers have become increasingly aware of their clients’ desire to customize frames; they offer a variety of colors, designs, and frame shapes. Here are a few valuable tips to help you find glasses best suited for your face shape.
While there are thousands of different frame shapes, there are only seven different face shapes.
This face type is as wide as it is long. There are no specific or well-defined angles to this face type. Most people with this facial type look for frames that will elongate the face to draw out their natural features and give the face a thinner appearance. Angular and narrow frames can be a good choice for people with round faces.
If you can imagine the shape of a traditional heart, this face shape is easy to identify. The top 1/3 of the face is wider while the rest of the face tapers to a narrow chin. Individuals with this face shape will often seek frames that are wider at the bottom of the lens. This design helps to balance the face and give the appearance of a narrower face at the top. Another great fit for this face type would be rimless frames.
This face type contains a wide jaw and cheekbones but is narrow at the forehead. Cat-eye type frames are great for this face type, as are frames that are heavier near the eyebrow to provide more balance.
This face type is the rarest. The diamond face is like the base-down triangle but differs because it has a narrow chin, thus appearing like a diamond. When selecting eyeglasses, look for oval-shaped frames or frames with more detail along the brow line.
This face type looks like an oval, but these individuals have a straight cheek line. Oblong faces are fuller than they are long. Frame types that add some depth are ideal for this face.: look for frames with decorative pieces along the temples or more depth and a reduced width.
Oval faces are the most common face type. Their balanced proportions mean that most frame types will work well. An oval face is longer than it is wide and includes plump cheekbones. Walnut-shaped eyeglasses are an ideal choice, but frames that are as wide or wider than the broadest part of your face would work as well.
These individuals have a broad forehead and jaw that gives the appearance of the face having equal and straight sides. These face types usually do well with narrow or oval-shaped frames, which will help to soften their features.
Your hair color may play a role in the best frame color for you. Individuals with warm hair colors (brown or black hair) do best to choose a lighter-colored frame to add contrast. People with hair on the lighter end of the spectrum can pick just about any frame color they would like and may look to other features like eye color or skin tone to help make their decision.
Skin tone has the opposite effect from hair color on the best choices for the frame color. Those with lighter skin hues do best with similar frame colors, and those with warmer skin tones can pick and choose options that they enjoy the most.
Above all else, you should pick a frame that you like best. Of course, there may be additional factors to consider when choosing the right frame for you, but perhaps the most important factor is your overall happiness and comfort.