Eyewear Buying Guide
Step 1: Learn The Face Shape Rules
Your face shape determines your frame shape. Here are some rules to help you determine the best frame shape for your face.
- The Heart Shaped Face
a heart shaped face the forehead and cheekbones
are approximately equal in width with the chin
being somewhat pointed. A heart shaped face is characterized by a wide
forehead, high cheekbones and a narrow chin.
- Your Strategy. Your goal is to make your forehead look narrower and add width to your jaw line. Avoid frames that draw attention to the top of the frame. Aviator and rectangular shapes work well. Try frames with mid to low temples to add balance.
- The Square Face
cheekbones and jaw line are approximately equal
in width in a square shaped face. Other charactersitics include
a strong prominent jaw line, a
square chin and a broad forehead.
- Your Strategy. The goal is to make your face appear longer, with softer curves. Round and oval frames are perfect for creating curves and softening square or angular faces. Frames with higher temples help lengthen the face. Frames should be more horizontal than vertical. Subtle, rimless frames add contrast and visual interest to a strong, square face.
- The Round Face
The round face has forehead,
cheekbones and jaw line of equal width. A round face has equal width and length and is
characterized by soft curves, full cheeks and a
- Your Strategy. The goal is to make your face appear longer and thinner. Wider, rectangular shapes will help lengthen the face. Rectangular styles create balance, add definition and make a round face look slimmer. Glasses with a high temple help to lengthen a round face. Avoid small and round shapes and very large frames which will make your face look rounder.