What Frames Flatter Your Face Shape?


No matter if you are wearing glasses for function or fashion, you want to look your best. Finding the right eyewear to enhance your appearance starts by drawing attention to your favorite facial features and trying to minimize any imperfections you may have. When trying to pick the right sunglasses or eyeglasses, there are several key factors that you should consider: shape, size, material, color, and a few others. The easiest way to navigate through all of the many choices is to start by determining your face shape and then pick eyewear accordingly. At Harry W. Chan, OD, we want patients to understand how to pick the best eyewear for them. Here is what you need to know.

Determining Shape

There are 4 basic face shapes. These include heart, oval, square, and round (or circle). If you aren’t sure what shape of face you have, then one easy and quick way to determine this is to trace an outline of your face. Just grab a photo of you and place a piece of paper on top of it. Next, trace the outline of your face. If you don’t have a photo handy, then you can also trace the outline of your face on your bathroom mirror as you look at your reflection. Just use a dry erase marker or eyeliner. As you step back, you should be able to determine the shape of your face based on the outline.

Picking Frames

If your face is round, then you have hardly any angles, and the height and width of your face are about equal. Stick with frames that make your face appear thinner and longer. Choose frames that are more angular and narrow. If your face is square, then you need frames that soften the angles of your face and give them a longer appearance. Try round frames with a darker upper rim. Oval faces, on the other hand, are more versatile with frame shapes. However, you might want to try more geometric shapes like square, rectangular, or aviator frames. If you have a heart-shaped face, then try light frames that make your glasses less noticeable on your face. This will be a more flattering look than other types of frames.

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