Your eyeglasses should express your individuality. Choosing the right eye wear can accentuate your personality and lifestyle. A well-selected eyeglass frame will enhance your features and minimize any imperfections. Choosing the right eyeglasses depends on everything from your face shape and hairstyle to your coloring and personality.
Below are some guidelines to help you select the perfect frame:
- The frame shape should contrast your face shape. For example, if you have a round face, do not choose a round frame.
- Frame proportion should match your face proportion. Your eyes should be centered in the frame.
- Repeat your best physical feature. For example, blue frames enhance blue eyes.
Frame Styling Guide
Oval Face Shape
An oval face is considered an ideal shape because of its balanced proportions. The chin is slightly narrower than the forehead and the cheekbones are high.
Goal : To maintain the balance of the proportional face.
- Almost any frame style is suitable for an oval face.
- Round, oval, or angular shaped frames are recommended.
Not recommended: Frames with low or “dropped” temples will unbalance the face.
Square Face Shape
A square face has a wide forehead, strong jaw bone, and a wide chin and cheekbones. The length and width are generally proportioned to each other.
Goal: To soften and lengthen the angular, short face.
- Narrow curvilinear shaped frames with weight on top are recommended.
- Frames should be wider than the widest facial feature.
- Frames should be more horizontal than vertical.
Not recommended: Thin, angular or square frames with color emphasis on the bottom.
Round Face Shape
A round face is full and curved with the width and length proportioned to each other.
Goal: To narrow and lengthen the round face.
- Angular, narrow frames help lengthen face.
- Frames should be wider than they are deep; for example, a rectangular shape.
- Select a clear bridge to widen the eyes.
- Select frames with colored temples.
Not recommended: Round and square frames will make the face rounder.
Long Face Shape
A long face is characterized by high cheekbones, a deep forehead and a strongly defined chin line.
Goal: To soften and shorten the angular long face.
- Wide, large frames in oval or round styles can enhance the width of the face.
Not recommended: Small, square frames.
Triangular Face Shape
A triangular face has a narrow forehead and broadens at the cheek and chin areas.
Goal: To add width and emphasize the narrow upper part of the face.
- Bold styles especially with details on the top half of the frames to add balance to the face.
- Cat-eye frames.
Not recommended: Small, narrow frames.
Heart Shaped Face
A heart-shaped face has a small neat chin and mouth leading up to a broader forehead.
Goal: To minimize the width of the top of the face and accentuate the bottom of the face.
- Frames without decorative temple details.
- Frames that are wider at the bottom.
- Slender, round and square frames.
- Rimless frames.
Not recommended: Frames that are wider at the top; these will exaggerate the face shape rather than balance it.