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Choosing Glasses for your Face Shape

Choosing the right pair of new glasses can be a long process made more difficult by the great selection of styles available on the market today – Just how do you know what style to choose and whether it will look right on you?



Knowing your face shape is the first step to selecting the correct frame for you, and with this guide you'll be a frame shape connoisseur in no time!



Face Shapes

A Video Guide

For those that would prefer to watch a video guide for choosing the correct glasses for your face shape, we highly recommend you check out this great video from Michelle Phan.



Video courtesy of Michelle Phan - http://www.michellephan.com/

 

What's your face shape?

Discovering your face shape is simple and can be done in 2 ways. Our preferred method is to look at your reflection in a mirror and outline your face shape with either a lipstick or an erasable pen – just remember to wipe down the mirror when you're finished!



Another method is to take a photo of yourself then outline your face shape with some tracing paper.



Now you know what type of face shape you have you can go ahead and check out our individual guides below to see what style will work best for you.



I have a Square Face Shape

Square faces are characterised by a square jaw line that’s almost as wide as it is long.

Square Face Shape

You should try... a curved (round, oval or cat-eye) styled frame – this will soften the lantern jaw. If you're looking for a rectangular frame then you should look to choose a frame with softened edges.

You should avoid... frames with a flat top bar and sharp angular corners as this may make you look stern and unapproachable.

Why not try one of the following frame styles...

 



 

Or try something from the following category...

Curved styled frames

Famous square faces may include...

Katie Holmes, Keira Knightley, Sandra Bullock, Natalie Portman, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Elijah Wood, David Coulthard, Orlando Bloom, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

I have a Longer Rectangular Face Shape

Long or Rectangular faces are characterised by a face that is longer than it is wide – often this face shape will feature a longer forehead, high cheekbones and a rounded jaw line.

You should try... a larger frame with a wider lens coverage. This will give the illusion of extra face width and will help to break up the length of the face.

You should avoid... frames that are small and rectangular.

Why not try one of the following frame styles...

 



 

Or try something from the following categories...

Curved styled frames or Wayfarer styled frames

Famous square faces may include...

Olivia Wilde, Jessica Alba, Gwyneth Paltrow, Anna Gun, Claire Danes, Johnny Depp, Ben Affleck, David Beckham, Benedict Cumberbatch, Robert Pattinson.

Longer Rectangular Face Shape

I have a Round or Circular Face Shape

Round faces are usually as wide as they are tall with a rounded jaw line and rounded cheek bones.

Round Face Shape

You should try... angular frames with strong lines to draw attention away from your cheek bones and jaw line.

You should avoid... frames that are too small or frames that are round as this may accentuate the roundness of your face.

Why not try one of the following frame styles...

 



 

Or try something from the following category...

Angular styled frames

Famous round faces may include...

Hayden Panettiere, Emma Stone, Julia Stiles, Cameron Diaz, Jack Black, Gerard Butler, James Cordon, Leonardo Dicaprio.

I have an Oval Face Shape

Oval faces are considered to be the perfect shape and should be able to carry of most frame styles. This face style is characterised by being well balanced with a gently curved jaw line - resembling the shape of an egg.

You should try... You lucky people with your oval faces can feel free to be adventurous with different frame styles! Both rectangular and rounded frames will suit you well. Just be careful with choosing the correct size and try to feel comfortable in what you’re wearing.

You should avoid... frames that are too small or too large.

Why not try one of the following frame styles...

 



 

Or try something from the following categories...

Curved styled frames, Square / Rectangular styled frames or Wayfarer styled frames

Famous oval faces may include...

Kirsten Dunst, Emma Watson, Jennifer Lawrence, Mila Kunis, Emilia Clarke, Aaron Paul, Jude Law, Jake Gyllenhaal, Kiefer Sutherland.

Oval Face Shape

I have a Heart or Triangular Face Shape

Heart or Triangular shaped faces are characterised by a wide forehead and cheekbones tapered to a small chin.

Heart Face Shape

You should try... square or rectangular shaped frames to balance your facial features.

You should avoid... frames that are wider at the top than the bottom as this will not help balance your facial features.

Why not try one of the following frame styles...

 



 

Or try something from the following categories...

Square / Rectangular styled frames or Wayfarer styled frames

Famous heart or triangular faces may include...

Reese Witherspoon, Miley Cyrus, Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Aniston, Jessie J, Ryan Gosling, Ryan Reynolds, Ethan Hawk, Will Smith, George Clooney.

 


Article produced by James of SelectSpecs.com