Style Guide —How to Pick Glasses Frames For Face Shape

When it comes to looking good in glasses, it isn’t all about owning the most stylish frames of the moment, in fact it’s not that difficult at all to look stunning in even a simple pair of frames —if the frames fit.

If they fit your face shape, that is.

Eye glasses that compliment your face shape draw attention to your best features and away from your less-than-great features, adding an extra touch of gorgeous that can make a world of difference in your look.

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Your face shape plays a critical role when it comes to the kind of frames you look best in; different styles of frames will go better or worse with different face shapes.

Do you know your face shape?

Unless you have very prominent features, figuring this out may not be as easy as looking in the mirror or taking a selfie and taking a look at your face…upon first glance, most faces simply look face shaped.

Never fear, we’ve prepared a handy guide to help you figure out your face shape.

How to Figure Out Your Face Shape

Step 1: Find the widest part of your face.

  • Forehead: A wider forehead will usually give you an oval face shape, particularly if the width of your forehead tapers gradually towards your chin.

  • Cheekbones: A face widest at the cheekbones is typically of a round face shape, but how long a face is also plays into the overall shape of a face with wide cheekbones. With wide cheekbones, you can be sure you’ve got a round face shape if your face’s length and width are approximately equal.

  • Jaw: If the widest part of your face is your jaw, you likely have a square face shape. In square faces, the forehead, cheeks, and jawline all have almost equal widths.

Follow the next steps to be certain what face shape you have…

Step 2: Describe the shape of your jaw.

  • Round: A round jaw is, unsurprisingly, often a sign that you have a round face shape. If you have a round jaw, with a face equally as long as it is wide, you can confidently know you’ve got a round face shape. If your face is noticeably longer than it is wide you might have an oval face shape.

  • Square: A strong, defined jawline makes a face look more squarish. If you have an a strong jaw line, that is not pointed, then you have a square face shape.

  • Pointy: A wider forehead or cheekbones and a noticeably narrow, pointed chin almost always mean that you have a heart shaped face.

Figured out you have a square or heart shaped face? Skip on ahead to our face shape frames guide.

Still not sure whether you’ve got an oval or circle face? Continue on to the next step…

Step 3: How long is your face?

  • Short: All signs point toward the round face shape.

  • Long: If you haven't already figured it out, if you’ve gotten this far you probably have an oval face.

No matter what your face shape, there frames that bring out the best in each. Knowing your own face shape will make it that much easier to make the right choice.

Now that you have the shape of your face, read on below about these types of face shapes and the best eyeglasses that compliment each of them.

The Oval Face Shape

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Oval-shaped faces are easy to recognize due to their well-balanced proportions, the height, width, chin and jaw of oval are all within average ranges of each other, making this the most common (and the most enviable) face shape of all.

People with oval faces can usually experiment with all sorts of glasses, and even hairstyles.

For Him: Frames that are broader than the widest part of your face work best. Avoid frames that unbalance your proportions.Your eyes should sit in the center of the frames, neither too high nor too low.

For Her: Oval face-shaped women can wear a pair of wide eye glasses frames to compliment and accentuate the natural symmetry of an oval face. Glasses with walnut shaped frames that are neither deep nor narrow work best.

Female Celebrities with Oval-Shaped Faces

  • Selma Hayek

  • Tina Fey

  • Kate Middleton

  • Jessica Alba

Male Celebrities with Oval-Shaped Faces

  • Jude Law

  • Ryan Gosling

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The Square Face Shape

Square faces are slightly wider than they are tall, with a strong, sculpted jaw. A square face shape is usually made of a broad forehead and a strong jaw, with the width and the length of the face being roughly equal.

Some people with this lean facial symmetry can also have long or rounded square face shapes.

For Him: Frames with softer, rounded or minimal lines work best on your chiseled, square face. Oval or circular frames offer a nice contrast, but nearly rimless horizontal frames can help too by playing up your strong features.

For Her: Narrowly framed glasses with narrow ovals and more width than length make the best glasses for square face-shaped people. These frames make the square face look longer and most importantly, they flawlessly smooth the angles of the face.

The Round Face Shape

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Round faces have curved lines with equal widths and lengths that are in the same proportion; a round face shape will usually have plump cheeks and a curved chin.

Proportionally, these faces are wider than they are tall, with a gentle jaw.

For Him: Slightly angular and boxy frames will help add length to a round face. You can slim down your face by using frames with high temples. Square-ish frames are fine, but avoid anything with overly harsh lines that will only emphasize roundness. 

For Her: The best glasses for round face-shaped people either lengthen the appearance of the face to make it look more like an oval, or compliment the natural face’s natural curves, Use angular narrow frames to further lengthen a round face, or compliment it instead with wide rectangular frames.

The Heart Shaped Face

Heart-shaped faces are wider at the forehead, sweeping down into a pointed chin.

Some heart faces can be long, others may be rounded.

For Him: Rounder frames will balance your wider forehead. Because this shape can be difficult for men to complement with frames, you might want to consider rimless glasses, instead.

For Her: To reduce the width of the top a heart-shaped face, glasses with frames that are wider at the bottom are essential. You can also use thin, light-colored frames to compliment your heart-shaped face.

Female Celebrities with Heart Shaped Faces

  • Zooey Deschanel

  • Jennifer Love Hewitt

  • Halle Berry

Male Celebrities with Heart Shaped Faces

  • Johny Depp

  • Justin Timberlake

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Skin Tone, Hair color, and Eye color

When you're selecting eyeglasses, there are other factors that also determine the type of frames you will need for your glasses - your skin tone, hair color, and eye color play a vital role in the selection too.

Besides your face shape, eyeglasses should also compliment your eyes, hair, and face.

Skin Tones

Skin tones are usually categorized as either warm or cold regardless of the color of the skin.

A cool complexion has pink or blue undertones while a warm complexion has a cream or yellow cast.

Eye color

Eye colors are key elements when it comes to determining your eyeglass color. a good example is the blue eyes that can go well with a pale blue-gray color which is warm and almost-violet color which is cool. On the other hand, brown eyes can vary from cool almost black to light cider shade which is warm.

Frames That Compliment Blue Eyes

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Frames That Compliment Brown Eyes

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Hair Color

Hair colors can also be categorized into warm and cool colors. Cool colors are white, platinum, auburn, ash brown, blue-black, and strawberry blonde. The warm colors include brownish black, golden blond, brown-gold and dirty gray.

Eye Glass Frame Colors

Once you have established if your "cool" or "warm," then now you can go ahead and find the eyeglass frames that best style your face shape from the colors that suit you.

Here some examples of eyeglass frame colors.

Warm Colored Glasses Frames:

  • gold

  • khaki

  • peach

  • camel

  • orange

  • coral

  • warm blue

  • off-white

  • blond tortoise

Cool Colored Glasses Frames:

  • black

  • blue-gray

  • magenta

  • jade

  • pink

  • rose-brown

  • silver

  • demi-amber tortoise

  • blue

I hope we have answered all your eye wear styling questions in this guide. If we missed anything you urgently need to know, let us know in the comments, and we’ll get right back to you.

Now you can confidently shop for frames knowing that you are going to kill in your new pair of glasses.

It all starts with your face shape, then your skin tone and eye color. Once you establish these three, you should be able to get a slick pair of eyeglasses that compliment your face effortlessly.