How to Choose the Best Glasses for Your Face Shape & Look Good in Frames

The secret to looking good in glasses is to match them with your face shape. But that’s easier said than done. However, choosing new eyewear shouldn’t be hard. So if you want straightforward advice on what type of glasses are the right fit for your face shape, then you’re in the right place. 

We know you might’ve heard the usual tips & tricks to get the perfect spectacles – like pick a shape that balances your facial features. But there’s more to it!

Stay tuned & we’ll show you how to take everything in consideration & choose a pair of glasses that looks like it was made for your face. And what to avoid. Read below & discover 2019’s best sunglasses & eyeglasses for any face shape!

Bonus: Try any frame with our app – just upload your photo & see how they would look on you!

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What Face Shape Do I Have?

You can determine your face shape by simply looking in the mirror.

Whether your facial features lean towards round, oval or square or rather diamond or heart, have no fear, there’s something for every silhouette. Keep reading to find out how to determine which face shape applies to you and which glasses complement your facial features!

Glasses for Round Faces

The round face is one of the most common shapes. It’s characterized by rounded features and its lack of angular points. If your bone structure doesn’t have a lot of angles, the facial lines are soft and curvy, and your cheeks are fuller, you probably have a round face.

Choosing glasses for your round-shaped faces should focus on taking attention away from the fullness of the face & contour it by adding new defined lines to your look. Choose frames that are well defined, like cat-eye shapes or square wayfarers. Rectangular & angular shapes will add sharpness, highlight your cheekbones, and overall make your face look more contoured.

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Glasses for Oval/Oblong Faces

Oval faces have a slightly elongated shape with a slightly narrow chin and cheekbones placed a little higher on the face. If your face seems evenly proportioned with a softly curved jawline, count yourself lucky because you likely have an oval or oblong shape.

They are the easiest to pair because they virtually look good with everything! But the most sought after frames for oblong faces are geometric ones like square or rectangular in wider, oversized silhouettes as they highlight the natural balance of your face. With an oval face, you’re safe to experiment with whatever you want, be them quirky colors or textures, thick rims, or distinctive frame shapes.

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Glasses for Heart-Shaped Faces

If your visage is like a base-up triangle, then you’re more than likely to have a heart-shaped face. Characterized by a wider forehead that narrows down to a pointed chin, and high and well-defined cheekbones, this silhouette gives you a very cheerful and ladylike appearance.

When it comes to picking your eyewear, your goal is to create balance by drawing attention to the top of your face and adding width to your chin. Round and oval-shaped glasses like a modified wayfarer, and even rimless glasses are especially flattering if you want to soften your angular lines. Look for winged-out frames that jut out slightly wider than your forehead and stay clear of top-heavy, oversized frames and frames with decorative designs, and opt instead for a pair that is thin, light and soft-edged.

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Glasses for Square Faces

Square faces are characterized by equally wide jaw, cheekbones, and forehead. Unlike with other face shapes, your cheekbones are not placed higher on your face but stay in line with your other facial features, and you are the only one to have a strong horizontal jawline that exudes confidence and no-nonsense.

Due to its geometrical traits, square-shaped faces should go for thinner frames in rounder that are slightly wider than their cheekbones. Along with rimless or semi-rimless silhouettes, they will soften the angular points and create a beautiful contrast to highlight your natural beauty. For balance, make sure they are wider than your cheekbones If you feel like adding length to your face, pick glasses that sit high on the nose.


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Glasses for Diamond-Shaped Faces

If round-shaped faces were the most common face shape, diamond-shaped are the rarest. Recognizable by wider cheekbones and narrower forehead and jawline, diamond-shaped faces brighten up when accessorized with glasses that draw attention to your eyes, eyebrows, and forehead.

Round and oval frames with a strong browline or pointed temples are your best option as they’ll help balance your facial traits by giving it a softer look. However, cat-eye glasses work just as fine, the slightly upward design giving the illusion of a wider forehead. If you want to flaunt your best asset – your cheekbones, feel free to go rimless.

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Glasses for Small Faces

Besides face shape, people with small faces need to add this criterion to the mix, making their eyewear shopping experience even more difficult. They should lean toward smaller glasses that don’t swallow up their faces, which usually, come in rectangular, oval, and cat-eye shapes. Square and round frames can work too, but depending on your particular facial features, they may be too big vertically.

Thinner rims, be them acetate or metal, are the most flattering, but with correct sizing, you can nail thicker rims as well. If you prefer more lightness and less material to cover your face, you can go all the way with rimless and semi-rimless and still look at your best.


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Glasses for Big Faces

If you fit into this category you’ve probably encountered some difficulties in finding the perfect pair of glasses. It’s simple: look for frames that are equally sized to your face, wider, bigger. Oversized and thick-rimmed frames are your go-to criteria when picking eyewear, whether it’s eyeglasses or sunglasses. Avoid at all costs narrow frames unless they are bigger vertically.

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Closing thoughts

Choose an eyewear pair that will not only balance your features, but also complement your personal style, a pair that you’re going to feel comfortable and, more importantly, confident wearing.

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Each style has different variants, so it’s a matter of trying on the style you like and checking out different models. If you really love aviator or cat-eye glasses, but you’re afraid of how they’ll sit on you, try on different pairs of the style, smaller or larger. Some are rounder, whereas others have more of a square shape, so there’s a match for everybody!

Our virtual try-on frames app is here to help. Click on the “Virtual try-on” button, take a picture or upload a one from your computer or Facebook account, then off you go – try on the pairs that you want. Better yet, come to our NY store and play with the frames yourself.

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