05 Oct Selecting the Right Glasses for Your Face Shape
Once someone begins wearing glasses, it’s expected that a new style is chosen every three years. When selecting your new glasses, there are many factors to consider, such as your face shape, skin tone, eye color, and hair color. Here at Art of Optiks, we pride ourselves in offering patients an outstanding assortment of eyewear collections, so you can find a frame that makes you feel confident. Your glasses become a large part of your everyday wear, meaning our team knows the importance of quality eyewear designs.
What Face Shape Do I Have?
There are many different facial features and shapes, meaning everyone is different. This is the beauty of the variety of styles, sizes, and shapes of frames available on the market today. If you’re looking for a more eccentric option, there are even luxury frames that incorporate precious materials such as metal, wood, and even bone. Since glasses were invented, manufacturers have worked to design and create ranging styles, so those in need of vision correction can find a pair that is not only comfortable but complements their facial features. Whether you’re a new glasses wearer or upgrading your current pair, determining your face shape comes first in choosing the right frame style. You can easily identify your face shape by looking at a mirror and studying your unique features.
Additional Details to Keep in Mind
Along with your face shape, there are a few other details you should account for when choosing your new frame. Each of the items listed below will affect the type of frame you choose as you want a style that adds to your look rather than taking away or becoming distracting.
- Skin Tone: There are many different skin tones and are commonly described as cool or warm. A cool complexion consists of blue or pink undertones. A warm complexion consists of yellow undertones. In some instances, warm and cool complexions combine like olive skin, which has blue and yellow undertones.
- Eye Color: Aside from choosing a frame that complements your skin tone and hair color, another essential detail to consider is your eye color. There are many different variations of eye color, ranging from blue to brown to hazel.
- Hair Color: Your hair color is also considered warm or cool. There are many different hair colors, from strawberry blonde and blue-black to golden blonde and gray. It’s essential to find a frame color that compliments your hair color.
You have probably heard the term “baby face” at some point, and even as adults, it seems there’s always a few friends or family members that fall into this category. “Baby faced” individuals have a round face that features soft curves, smooth lines, and fullness that makes them look younger than they are. Those with round faces are encouraged to choose frames that offset your face shape’s uniformity and add subtle sharpness. Your new frame should highlight your eyes and cheekbones. A few of the best frame shapes for round faces include:
Individuals with oval-shaped faces have access to many different frame styles as many look outstanding and complement the oblong shape well. An oval face shape is known as one of the most balanced face shapes as the cheekbones are typically slightly wider than the forehead and jaw. Individuals with an oval face shape can wear bold frame shapes that are somewhat wider or as wide as the broadest portion of your face. It’s recommended for these individuals to avoid narrow frames. A few of the best frame shapes for oval faces include:
Those that have a strong jaw and broad forehead have a square face shape. Another easy way to identify a square face is when the width at the top and bottom of the face is almost equal. Individuals with square faces are recommended to choose glasses that sit high on the nose and add length. Square faces usually look better with round frames as angular frames add unnecessary shape to an already strong angled face. If you’re hoping for a frame style that will make your face look thinner or more elongated, paying attention to the frame’s width at the broadest part of your face is the key. A few of the best frame shapes for square faces include:
- Rounded Wayfarer
A heart-shaped face may seem unique, but it’s more common than you may think. Individuals with this face shape can easily be identified by one sweeping curve from the forehead to the jawline. The eyebrow area is usually the widest and gradually narrows, making the jaw the slenderest part. Those with a heart-shaped face usually have prominent cheekbones and a pointed chin. When it comes to choosing frames for a heart-shaped face, surprisingly, numerous options work well. However, individuals are encouraged to avoid frames that are oversized or have multiple design elements. A few of the best frame shapes for heart-shaped faces include:
- Rounded Square
- Rounded Wayfarer
Finally, diamond-shaped faces usually are narrowest at the forehead and jawline while the cheekbones are broad and high. Individuals with a diamond-shaped face are encouraged to choose frames with many design elements or that have bold brow lines. Frames that accentuate your brow and temples help soften the often-harsh angles of a diamond-shaped face. A few of the best frame shapes for diamond-shaped faces include:
- Rimless or semi-rimless
Choose a Frame That Accentuates Your Style
Whether you’re new to wearing glasses or updating your existing pair, choosing the frame that fits your face shape, and complements your features is necessary. The eye doctors and technicians at Art of Optiks are available to help you during your comprehensive eye exam, so you have an expert opinion. Choosing a new glasses frame can be overwhelming, but rest assured, our team is here to guide you through the entire process. Schedule your comprehensive eye exam today to begin seeing clearly while remaining fashionable.