Choosing the right eyeglass frames is not just about the color and style that appeal to you, but also about finding the shape that flatters your face. Understanding your face shape can lead you to the frames that will fit you best and enhance your features. Below, we’ll explore how to identify your face shape and select the frames that will make you look and feel fantastic.
Identify Your Face Shape
Face shapes are generally categorized into several types: oval, round, square, heart, and diamond. Here’s a brief guide on how to determine your face shape:
- Oval: If your face is longer than it is wide and has a rounded jawline, you likely have an oval face.
- Round: A round face is as wide as it is long, with full cheeks and a rounded chin.
- Square: Square faces have a strong jawline and forehead with the width and length of the face approximately equal.
- Heart: Heart-shaped faces have a broader forehead and narrow jawline and chin.
- Diamond: With a narrow forehead and jawline and wider cheekbones, diamond faces are the rarest shape.
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Frame Recommendations by Face Shape
Oval Face Shape
Oval faces are considered the universal donor for eyeglass frames – most styles look great on this balanced shape. However, to maintain that natural harmony, look for frames that are as wide or slightly wider than the broadest part of your face. Walnut-shaped frames that are not too deep or narrow are a safe bet, as are geometric shapes that add interesting angles to the soft curves of an oval face.
Round Face Shape
For those with round faces, the key is to find frames that add angles for contrast. Rectangular and square frames help elongate the face and add balance. Avoid round frames or those with a lot of curves, as they will only emphasize the roundness. Instead, opt for strong, angular lines to make your face appear slimmer and longer.
Square Face Shape
Individuals with square faces should consider frames that soften their angular features. Round or oval eyeglasses contrast with square face shapes and can add a thinner appearance to the face. Thin, light-colored frames can also downplay the strong features of a square face, while frames that are wider than the cheekbones offer a comfortable fit and maintain balance.
Heart Face Shape
Heart-shaped faces are wider at the forehead and taper down to the chin. Frame styles that are wider at the bottom can help balance the width of the forehead, while thin, light-colored frames won’t draw attention away from favorable facial features. Rimless styles are also particularly flattering, as they keep the face from looking too top-heavy.
Diamond Face Shape
With the diamond face shape, the goal is to highlight the eyes and bring balance to the narrow chin and forehead. Frames with detailing or distinctive brow lines can accentuate your eyes and cheekbones. Oval and rimless frames can also complement this face shape by softening the cheekbones and highlighting the delicate features.
At the end of the day, the most important thing is that you feel comfortable and confident in your eyeglasses. Don’t be afraid to try on various styles and step outside your comfort zone. At Zenni Optical, we have a diverse range of frames to suit every face shape and style preference. We’re here to help you through every step of the process, ensuring you find the frames that not only fit your face but also your lifestyle and personality. Remember, the perfect pair of glasses is the one that makes you feel your best.
About the Author: Dr. Sophia Moh, OD, ABOC
Dr. Sophia Moh, OD, is an optometrist based in the Bay Area, California. She holds a doctorate from UC Berkeley School of Optometry and has worked in various eye care settings, including primary care optometry, general ophthalmology, community health clinics, and Veterans Affairs. Dr. Moh is dedicated to improving global vision health by making high-quality, affordable eyewear accessible to all. She is also a certified American Board Optician (ABO) and actively contributes to optical education through training and lectures.