How to Choose the Right Glasses for Your Face Shape
BY: Michael David
If you wear glasses, you probably wear them every day, so you want them to be comfortable, but you also want them to look great. The number one rule for choosing the right glasses is the shape of the glasses should contrast the shape of the face, so the first step to picking the right glasses for your face shape is knowing what shape your face is. If you are a cartoon character, this may be obvious, but for the rest of us, it is more subtle. Here are a few guidelines to follow when figuring out your face shape and deciding what type of eyewear suits you.
Those with heart shaped faces usually have a broad forehead that tapers to a small chin. Heart shaped faces often come with high cheekbones.
If you have a heart shaped face, look for glasses that broaden the appearance of your chin and minimize your forehead. Rimless styles may suit you as well as frames that are slightly rounded. You may also want frames that dip in between eyes to break up your forehead.
Square faces come with broad foreheads and strong jawlines. Those with square faces usually have wide chins and wide cheekbones.
Contrast all the strong lines by choosing glasses that are rounded. Avoid sharp lines and angles if you have a square face, and choose softer shapes instead. You can also look for glasses that emphasize your brow line with shape or color to balance out your jawline.
Rectangle faces are similar to square faces, but longer. Those with rectangle faces have high cheekbones, and longer foreheads and noses.
Follow the same advice for choosing glasses as those with square faces and avoid boxy angular frames. Be careful not to choose any frames that are too small or narrow as they will accentuate the length of your face. Instead, choose frames with some depth in the lenses to balance out your longer facial features.
Round faces are approximately the same height and width. Those with round faces have full cheekbones and don’t have any strong angular features.
If you have a round face, avoid round eyeglasses. Instead, choose angular frames to make your face appear slightly narrower. Thicker frames in darker colors can add definition. You can also try glasses that have a slight upsweep or cat eye shape to bring focus to the eyes.
The length of an oval face is usually about 1.5 times the width. Oval faces have gently curved jawlines and the chin is usually slightly narrower than the forehead.If you have an oval shaped face, you are in luck. Almost all glasses will look good on you. The one thing those with oval faces need to be careful about is size. Don’t throw off your naturally balanced face by choosing glasses that are too small for your head. On the other end of the spectrum, avoid glasses that are too large so that they don’t overwhelm your face.
All of these face shapes have pros and cons; don’t be ashamed of having a round or square face. Embrace it and use your glasses to enhance it. Of course these rules aren’t hard and fast. Use these guidelines to help you decide what you like best, but don’t be the person with the most boring eyewear in Edmonton just because you are afraid to try something that won’t be perfect. Get the input of a trusted friend or family member, try lots of different styles, make sure your glasses are comfortable, choose something that fits your personality, and walk away with a pair that will enhance your unique look.
Michael David is a freelance blogger who loves writes about Health, Beauty, and occasionally Home Improvement. For more help picking your new glasses, visit Londonderry Eye Care.