Face Shape and Eyeglass Frames
There are 7 different types of face shapes:
• Heart (Base up triangle)
• Triangle (Base down triangle)
Round faces are easily defined as being as wide as they are long, with a non-angular jaw line.
Do: The ideal shape for round faces is an angular frame. Aviators and square frames look best on round faces.
Don't wear circle frames. They are the arch nemesis for those with a round face.
Oval faces are a proportional oval shape. They are also the most desirable face shape, because almost all frame shapes look great on them.
Do: Keep a balanced emphasis on all your features to keep the proportion.
Square shaped faces simply mean they are as wide as they are long, with a strong angular jaw line.
Do: Try to lengthen and soften your face by wearing frames that are opposite your face shape. Circular frames, like aviators or oval shaped glasses, do a great job of softening your sharp features.
Oblong faces are rectangle shaped. They are longer than they are wide, but angular none the less.
Do: To shorten some length, try to find frames that have more depth than width and decorative temples that will balance your face by adding width.
Heart (base-up triangle) shaped faces usually have a wider forehead that leads down to a narrow chin. Because this type of face shape naturally emphasizes your temples, frames that draw attention to the lower part of your face work best for heart shaped faces.
Do: Try rimless frames. If you want rims, try frames that are wider at the bottom. Lighter colors work best.
Diamond shape faces are probably the rarest face shape. With a narrow forehead, wide cheek bones that descend to a narrow chin, you want to try and highlight your eyes, while softening your cheekbones.
Do: Look for frames that are heavier on top. Cat eye frames or semi-rimless that draw attention back to your brow line are ideal.
Triangle (Base-down triangle) can easily be identified by the cheek and chin areas being wide and the forehead being narrow. Like the diamond face shape, with a base-down triangle, you want to try to bring attention back towards the upper part of your face to balance out your features.
Do: Try cat-eye shaped frames, or semi-rimless. Also frames that are heavily decorated and detailed on the top half would work well, too.