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Choosing glasses for your face shape

Understanding the fundamentals of face shape and proportion is the first step in selecting eyewear that helps you look your best.

While most faces are a combination of shapes and angles, there are seven basic face shapes. Below are descriptions of these face shapes and guidelines for which types of frames work for each.

Round
A round face has curvalinear lines with the width and length in the same proportions and no angles.
Make the face appear longer and thinner. Look for angular, narrow frames that will lengthen the face; high or mid-height temples, which help create a longer profile; a clear bridge that widens the eyes; colored temples to add width; and frames that are wider than they are deep, such as an octagonal shape.
 


Square
A square face is characterized by a strong jaw line and a broad forehead. Width and length are in the same proportions.
Your goal should be to make the face look longer and soften the angles. Look for curvilinear, narrow styles that soften facial angles; frames that are wider than the widest part of the face; frames that have more width than depth; narrow ovals are an excellent choice.
 


Oval
The oval face is considered to be the ideal shape because of its balance proportions. The oval face is neither curvalinear nor angular.
Your goal should be to keep the oval's natural balance. Look for frames that are as wide as, or wider than, the broadest part of the face; almond or walnut-shaped frames that are neither too deep nor too narrow so that they do not upset facial balance.
 


Oblong
The oblong face is longer than it is wide and is characterized by a long, straight cheekline and sometimes a longer nose Your goal should be to make the face appear shorter and more balanced.
Look for frames that have top-to-bottom depth such as rounder P-3 shapes; decorative or contrasting temples that can add width to the face; a low bridge to shorten the nose.
 


Diamond
Diamond-shaped faces are narrow at the eyeline and the jawline. Cheekbones are frequently high and dramatic. The diamond is the rarest face shape.
Your goal should be to highlight the eyes and bring out the cheekbones. Look for frames that have detailing or distinctive browlines. Rimless frames, ovals or cat-eyes are all excellent choices.
 


Base up triangle
The base up triangle face has a very wide top third and small bottom third.
Your goal should be to minimize the width of the top half of the face. Look for frames that are wider at the bottom half of the frame. Very light colored and materials are effective, and rimless styles are an excellent choice.
 


Base down triangle
The base down triangle face has a narrow forehead that widens at the cheek and chin areas.
Your goal should be to add width and emphasis to the narrow upper third of the face. Look for frames that are heavily accented with color and detailing on the top half; flattering, cat-eye shapes would be a good choice.
 



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