When it’s time for eyeglasses, the frames should complement the shape of your face and even make a fashion statement. Other facial features can help narrow down the possible choices of frames to a more manageable number. This article will help you choose the right eyeglass frames for your face, so your new glasses don’t detract from your appearance.
1. Look in a mirror to decide the shape of your face. There are generally 7 face shapes: round, heart-shaped (base-up triangle), triangular (base down), square, rectangular, oblong and oval.
2. Choose frames that are opposite of the shape of your face.Full, soft faces look better with sharper- edged frames and angular faces look best with round frames.
- Round faces look better with angled or square frames, which make the face appear longer and slimmer. A rectangular shape and a clear bridge will widen the eyes.
- Heart-shaped faces are wide in the forehead and look better with frames that are wider on the bottom to add width to the bottom part of the face. Light-coloured or rimless frames can also achieve the desired effect.
- Triangular faces have a narrow forehead and widen at the chin. Pick geometric frames with color on the top half.
- Square faces look better with round or oval frames, which balance the angles of the face. If your jaw is heavy, try a style that emphasizes the top line of the frame. Narrow frame styles that have more width than depth will make a square face appear longer.
- Rectangular faces look better with round frames, which make the face seem wider.
- Oblong faces look better with round or curved frames, which take away from the length of the face and emphasize the width. Pick frames with the upper and lower rims of the frame equal in shape. This breaks up the length of the face. Also, choose frames that have a low bridge, which shortens the nose.
- Oval faces can use any type of frame. You can choose oval, round or angular.
3. Pick the right size of frame for your face.
- Flatter your face shape by choosing frames that are neither too small nor too large and are in proportion to the size of your face.
- The top line of the frames should usually follow the curve of the eyebrows.
- The frames should feel comfortable and not slip down your nose or move around on your face when you smile.
4. Choose a colour of frame that complements your face.
- If you have a cool skin colour, pick a cool frame colour. Warm frame colors look best on warm face colours.
- If you have close-set eyes, pick a 2-tone frame that is a lighter colour at the bridge, which will give an illusion of width. Also, select a frame that is as thin as possible near the nose in order to prevent interference with your reading vision.