Pick The Best Frame That Fits Your Face Shape
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Every face is different, and that’s why you have to be careful when picking out a pair of glasses.
The best frames for face shape depend on the individual picking them, as there is no one-size-fits-all solution.
There are, however, some rules to follow when picking out a frame that suits you.
According to The Vision Council, there are three rules to look for when picking the best frames for your face shape:
- Eyewear should repeat your personal best feature (such as a blue frame to match blue eyes).
- The frame shape should contrast with your face shape.
- The frame size should be in scale with your face size.
The second point is important, because there are seven basic face shapes that can be matched with appropriate frames once you determine what face shape best describes you.
An oval face is considered to be the ideal shape because of its balanced proportions.
To keep the oval’s natural balance, go for eyeglass frames that are as wide or wider than the broadest part of the face, or walnut-shaped frames that are not too deep or too narrow.
Probably not exactly what Nirvana was singing about in “Heart Shaped Box”, this face shape is also called a “heart shape”.
Typical base-up triangles have a very wide top third and small bottom third.
To minimize the width of the top of the face, try frames that are wider at the bottom, very light colors and materials and rimless frame styles These have a light, airy effect because the lenses are simply held in place by a few screws.
An oblong face is longer than it is wide and has a long straight cheek line and, sometimes, a longer nose.
To make an oblong face appear shorter and more balanced, try frames that have more depth than width, decorative or contrasting temples that add width to the face, or a low bridge to shorten the nose.
Square faces have strong jaw lines and broad foreheads, with an equal-sized width and length.
In other words, it’s the classic action hero facial structure.
The best frames for this face shape are narrow frame styles and those that have more width than depth.
It’s only fitting that diamond-shaped faces are the rarest face shape.
They can also be a girl or guy’s best friend if accentuated correctly.
Diamond-shaped faces are narrow at the eye line and jawline, and have broad cheekbones that may be high and dramatic.
To highlight these features, specifically the eyes and cheekbones, try frames that have detailing or distinctive brow lines.
Rimless frames or oval and cat-eye shapes also do the trick.
A round face has curved lines with the width and length in the same proportions and no angles.
To make a round face appear thinner and longer, try angular narrow eyeglass frames to lengthen the face.
Also effective are clear bridges that widen the eyes, and frames that are wider than they are deep, like rectangular-shaped frames.
A base-down triangular face has a narrow forehead and widens at the cheek and chin areas.
To add width and emphasize the narrow upper third of the face, as opposed to the bottom two thirds, try frames that are heavily accented with color and detailing on the top half.
Cat-eye shapes are also effective here.