Choosing the perfect set of frames to compliment your face is one of the most important considerations when selecting the right kind of glasses for you. Everyone's face shape is different and the shape of your face will ultimately determine the type of styles that will suit you best.
Use the super handy guide below to find out what face shape you are and what style of frames will suit you best. Choosing frames shouldn’t ever be just about comfort and functionality; these accessories need to sit perched on your face all day long so it's super important that they enhance and compliment your features rather than masking them. Whether you have a classic 'oval' face or angular ‘square’ shaped face, choosing the right frames will not only enhance your own personal style but will make you look and feel fabulous too.
Characteristics: heart shaped faces are characterized by a wide forehead, narrow jaw line, high cheekbones and a narrow chin.
Celebrities with heart-shaped faces: Justin Timberlake, Victoria Beckham, Michelle Pfeiffer, Ashley Judd, Naomi Campbell.
Looks to Try: thin simple designs, either round or rectangular which are a little wider to compliment your eyes. Also try frames with emphasis on the lower, outer corners which will help broaden the chin.
Looks to Avoid: frames wider than your temples or those with an exaggerated upward and outward sweep. These styles will only accentuate a broad forehead and emphasise a narrow chin so try to avoid frames that are overly decorative or wider at the top than at the bottom.
Characteristics: oval-shaped faces are characterized by their balanced proportions. Oval faces have a narrow forehead and jaw line and a chin that tends to be slightly narrower than the forehead, accompanied by typically high cheekbones.
Celebrities with Oval faces: Will Smith, Uma Thurman, Wentworth Miller, Elle MacPherson, Tyra Banks, Jude Law, Owen Wilson.
Looks to Try: rectangular frames with soft edges work really well to compliment oval face shapes. Oval-shaped faces are fortunate that they can wear practically any frame, so feel free to experiment with a variety of frame shapes and styles to find the perfect look for you.
Looks to Avoid: people with oval faces often have smaller features than those with other face shapes so try to avoid glasses that are too small, too large or too angular as they can make the face look unbalanced and out of proportion.
Characteristics: square faces are generally proportional in length and width with the forehead, cheekbones and jaw generally about the same width and typically accompanied by quite a dominant jaw.
Celebrities with Square faces: Katie Holmes, Matt Damon, Sandra Bullock, Charlie Sheen, Demi Moore.
Looks to Try: small oval glasses to soften the jaw line. Semi-rimless frames are ideal for square face shapes as they can soften square facial features. Other great options are round or oval glasses which soften and add contrast to the face.
Looks to Avoid: avoid frames that are too square, too angular or droopy-shaped as they will only exaggerate the square facial features. To enhance a square face try narrow frame styles, frames that have more width than depth, and narrow ovals which will make the face look longer and soften the angles.
Characteristics: tend to have a slightly wider forehead than chin with a roundness of the jaw.
Celebrities with Round faces include: Elton John, Jack Black, Kate Winslet, Christina Ricci, Drew Barrymore.
Looks to try: round face shapes look better with more rectangular and angular shaped frames as they draw attention to the eyes and the top half of your face, reducing the overall roundness of your face.
Looks to Avoid: round faces should almost always avoid round frames. Round frames will only exaggerate the roundness of your face and as a general rule of thumb your eyewear should contrast, not mimic your face shape.
Confidence is Key: wearing glasses is no reason to shrink away from the spotlight. If you have to wear glasses then rock them with confidence and pride, and certainly make no apologies for the fact that you look super spectacular in your hot new frames.
Match your Hair Colour: don’t forget to match your hair colour to your frames too. Matching your frames to your hair colour can be just as important as matching them to your face shape so make sure your choice works with your hair colour too.
Fair: If you have fair hair it’s always a great idea to go for frames in soft pastels, or transparent or metal frames which won’t overwhelm your face.
Dark: Black or brown hair on the other hand look simply stunning with dramatic frames in a colour which contrasts to your hair.
Accessorize: take the opportunity to turn your specs into part of your overall look and style. You’re your specs work for you, not against you. Make your specs a key accessory to your overall look and avoid fashion choices which detract from your frames, turn your frames into the ultimate fashion accessory for your face.
And remember your frames should always reflect your personality so make sure to have fun when choosing a style that works for you. Experiment with a variety of shapes and styles and keep in mind that personal style will always triumph over a trend, so if you love it, rock it, and wear those specs with pride!
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