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Choosing Eyeglass Frames that Suit Your Face

Choosing eyeglass frames that suit your face can be a bit challenging especially when you have so many to choose from at the eye clinic. How do you select the most appropriate style for you? Here is a general guide.

For oval-shaped face

An oval-shaped face has slightly wider cheekbones and a gentle narrowing at the forehead and jaw.



  • Geometrically square or rectangular frames.
  • Bold-shaped frames that maintain the balance of your face.
  • Frames with upswept corners.

Avoid oversized glasses or very circular (rounded) ones. They will take away your face’s natural symmetry.

For heart-shaped face

A heart-shaped face is widest at the forehead and gradually narrows through to the jaw (like an inverted triangle).


Choose frames with

  • Low-set temples (handles)
  • Heavier bottom.
  • Round or slightly curved-edged

Avoid frames with

  • Embellished tops
  • Very dark colours
  • Decorative temples
  • Heavy browline

For round-shaped face

A round face has softer angles with slightly wide cheekbones and an equally wide forehead and jaw.



  • Rectangular, super oversized, bold and angular-shaped frames.
  • Square, browline semi-rimless, cat eye frames.

Avoid thin and small frames. They’ll make your facial structures bulkier and draw more attention to your wide forehead and jaw.

For square-shaped face

A square face has more angular lines with equally wide cheekbones, forehead and jaw.



  • Frames that sit high up on the bridge of your nose.
  • Either round or oval-shaped glasses to balance the face and make it look slimmer.
  • Curvy frames. They are best at balancing your features.
  • Thinner metal frames that blend in easily, in simple colours such as bronze, silver and gold to soften your features.

Avoid box-shaped glasses and thick, acetate frames.

For triangle-shaped face

A triangle-shaped face is widest at the jaw and gradually narrows through to the forehead.



  • Frames that are wider at the bottom. They will be very good for you.
  • Frames with very light colours and materials.
  • Rimless frame styles.

Avoid frames that are wide at the top and those with a bold upper and light lower rim.

For diamond-shaped face

A special, and often rare face shape, a diamond-shaped face is characterized by a narrow forehead and hairline with a narrow and sometimes pointy chin. The cheekbones are the widest point of the face and are very prominent. It features straight lines at the temples and jawline.



  • Wide frames.
  • Top heavy frames such as semi-rimless styles. They will be a great contrast with the pointy chin.
  • Upswept styles like the cat eye to emphasize your cheekbones.


  • Narrow frames. They don’t match broad cheekbones and narrow eye lines.
  • Thin rimmed, or small rounded frames
Originally published as a Facebook Post for the 2018 #EyecarengChallenge