Choosing the Right Glasses Frame for Your Face Shape

January 4, 2022 Published by Leave your thoughts

How do you choose the right glasses for your face shape? If you’ve never had to pick your own frames before, you might not be up to speed on the best ways to flatter your face. While you can always ask the team at Art & Eyes for our advice, it never hurts to have an idea of how to pick glasses that best suit your individual face shape.

There are two main factors in finding the right frames: your face shape, and your skin tone and color. Knowing what flatters each type will help narrow down your selections.

Frames for different face shapes

First you need to find out what face shape you have, then choose glasses accordingly:

  • Oval: If you have an oval-shaped face, you’ve won the glasses jackpot: nearly every type of frame will flatter your face. Just make sure to pick a pair that works with your face’s width and skin tone—they should be as wide or wider than the broadest part of your face, including when you’re smiling.
  • Heart: Heart-shaped faces have wider foreheads and smaller, pointed chins. Look for frames that are wider at the bottom, or even rimless frames with a lighter appearance. This will balance out your face shape.
  • Square: If you have a square jaw and broad forehead (think Courtney Thorne-Smith for women), narrow frame styles are best. Look for frames that have more width than depth, and narrow ovals—they’ll soften the sharp angles.
  • Oblong: Oblong faces are similar to ovals, but longer. Try frames with contrasting or decorative temples to break up the long cheek line.
  • Diamond: Diamond-shaped faces are narrower at the jawline and forehead, but might have bigger, dramatic cheekbones. Try eyeglasses with distinctive brow lines or interesting detailing. Rimless and cat-eye frames are also good choices.
  • Round: You can balance out a rounder face with angular, narrow frames—try a sharp rectangular frame to complement the curves of your face.
  • Base-down triangle: If you have a narrow forehead and wider cheek and chin areas, your face is considered a base-down triangle shape. You can complement this face shape by choosing frames that add width to the upper portion of your face, like cat-eye glasses or frames with a lot of color and detailing on the brow line.

When choosing color, take note of whether your skin has cool (blue) tones, warm (yellow) tones or olive tones. If you’re not sure whether your skin is cool or warm, look at the veins inside your wrist. If they’re more greenish than blue, you probably have a warm or olive skin tone.

Another way to determine skin tone is by considering which colors look good on you. If you thrive in autumnal reds, golds, yellows and browns, you probably have a warmer skin tone.

There’s no single universal answer regarding how to pick glasses for your face—but these guidelines will help. Plus, the staff at Art & Eyes will be happy to work with you. Call or stop by today to get individual assistance!

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