Designer frames are made to make your face look amazing — but clearly, there are a huge variety of designer frames out there. How do you know which frames are the ones that will make your face pop? Let’s go over the kinds of face and the matching designer frames with Santa Clara optometrist Dr. Jeffrey Holbert.
The Round Face
If your face is all about the curves — full cheeks, wide forehead, gentle chin, and about as wide as it is tall — you have a round face type. The round face type is the right place to display angular, narrower glasses that are significantly longer than they are tall. For women, glasses that slant upward on the outside corners are a strong choice for showing off those great cheeks. For men, pick a frame that has a bit of color around the temple.
The Oval Face
An oval face is well-balanced, with a curved jawline that is generally a little thinner than the forehead and high cheekbones. The challenge with an oval face is finding frames that balance the height and width of the face nicely — chunky rectangular classes or oval glasses (that have the long dimension horizontally instead of vertically) can work well. Fortunately, as long as that balance is found, oval faces work well with a wide variety of frames.
The Square Face
With a broad forehead, strong square jawline, and roughly similar vertical and horizontal dimensions, a square face needs complementary curves in its designer frames. Avoid sharp corners, and choose frames with a strong but gently curved browline that will form a compliment to your jaw.
The Heart Face
If your chin is petite and your cheekbones are high and pointy, with a broad forehead — whether or not you actually have a widow’s peak to complete the effect — that’s a heart-shaped face. The key for a heart face is to find a pair of glasses that offer an angled outer edge that more or less matches the in-and-downward slope of your cheeks, but it’s also important to avoid frames that have a straight solid line across the top — that small downward dip to the bridge of the nose is crucial for a face like this.