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