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Eyewear 101: Determining the Best Frame for Your Face Shape

June 11th, 2014

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Tired of having to try out all the different types of eyeglass frames at the mall? Glasses come in different shapes and sizes, so it’s really no surprise that you’re having a tough time deciding which one suits you best. After all, not only are they there to help you see better, they can also be used to enhance your facial features.

Knowing your face shape is the best way to distinguish which sort of frames would be perfect for you. The easiest way to determine this is to stand in front of a mirror, then outline the reflection of your face using a lipstick or a temporary marker. Study the outline and decide which shape resembles it most. Now that you know your face shape, here are some tips on finding the right glasses for your face shape:

 

Round

UNIQUE VISION | Round Face Shape

Round-shaped faces have full cheeks, a soft chin line and a wide forehead. It is proportional in width and length. This type of face is all curves, hence wearing strong and angular frames will add definition and balance to your face. Make sure to avoid circular glasses because this will only make your face appear more round!

Square

UNIQUE VISION | Square Face Shape

This type of face shape has a strong and distinct jaw line. It also has proportional width and length in addition to a wide forehead. Avoid using box-looking or rectangular frames. Rather, lessen the edginess of your face by wearing frames that contrasting your features; round frames would complement and even soften such strong features.  Choose frames that sit high on the bridge of your nose to create the illusion of having a longer face.

Diamond

UNIQUE VISION | Diamond Face Shape

A diamond-shaped face has a narrow forehead and jawline, and is perhaps the rarest one of all. Cat -eye frames that sweep up would look great you, as they will emphasize the height of your cheekbones rather than the width of your cheeks. Oval-shaped frames will also look good on you, as it would lessen the pointiness of your chin. Avoid box-type or straight frames since this will make your cheeks look wider.

Oblong

UNIQUE VISION | Oblong Face Shape

This type of face is longer than it is wide — oversized glasses that are wider than your face would look great on you as it would balance the width of your face with its length. Avoid glasses that are too small or narrow horizontally, because this will only make your face appear slimmer and longer.

Rectangle

UNIQUE VISION | Rectangle Face Shape

Like the previous type, a rectangular face is also longer than it is wide. However, it has a strong and angular jaw line. Use curvy and oval glasses to soften the sharp contours of your face. Wide glasses would complement your narrow face; the wider the glasses, the better. Avoid rectangular frames.

Oval

UNIQUE VISION | Oval Face Shape

If you have an oval-shaped face then consider yourself lucky! This is the most ideal face shape, as it is slightly rounded but well-balanced, and is the easiest to find frames for. You can pull off frames in any style or design.

Remember, choosing a frame is all about balance. The more angular your face shape is, the rounder the glasses you should choose. Likewise, the rounder your features are, the more angular your glasses should be. Forget worrying about looking bad in glasses, all you have to do is find a pair that flatter your features and you’re golden!

 

 

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