No two faces are exactly the same — each one is comprised of a mix of shapes and angles, soft and hard lines, and most will not fit precisely into a basic shape. Therefore, when using this frame for face shape guide, pick the shape your features most strongly favor.
If you do not know your face shape, glance into a mirror and outline your face directly on the mirror with a bar of soap, dry erase marker, or some lipstick. It always helps to get a second opinion from a family member or friend as well. Is the shape you drew more square (rectangular), oval (oblong), heart (triangular), or round (circular)?
Once you decipher your shape, follow these guidelines to choose the best frames for your face shape. We guarantee you’ll find a pair of reading glasses or sun readers that look beyond perfect on you!
Square Shaped Faces
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Square faces are distinguished by a wide forehead and cheekbones, and a strong, rectangular jaw line. To soften these boxy features, choose glasses with rimless edges or round and oval shapes. Aviator or cat eye style glasses and sun readers add just the right amount of softness to angular faces, too. Use caution when browsing square and rectangular styles, which will only further accentuate the rigid right angles of this face shape.
Oval Shaped Faces
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Oval and oblong face shapes are lucky; they can basically pull off any type of glasses style. Round, rectangle, aviator, or retro square – take your pick! For these face shapes, the most important thing to keep in mind is proportion: Smaller, half frames or rimless readers look best on petite faces, while oversized and full frames are best suited for longer ones.
Heart Shaped Faces
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The heart-shaped or triangle-shaped face is very distinguishable: It’s characterized by a sharp jaw law line and a wide forehead. To balance a pointed chin, choose wide, upswept styles like cat eye and retro square. Keep in mind that oversized and rectangular frames with soft edges look better on heart shapes than perfectly round frames.
Round Shaped Faces
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Since round faces are free of harsh angles, it’s best to add dimension with a pair of boxy full frame or half frame styles, or any rectangular frame for that matter. Oversized frames and sun readers are also the perfect option: They make the face look longer and leaner. Uniquely-angled frames like cat eye and retro square also add definition to soft features — just make sure to avoid rimless and round styles, which will only add extra width and curviness to a circular shape.
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