How to choose glasses to suit your face

When choosing glasses, it’s important to consider what style of frame best suits your face shape. You will find some frames work better than others, and a lot depends on the shape of your face, your hair colour and your skin tone.

So, we’ve put together a bit of a guide to help you choose the right pair of glasses that fit your face.

Oval

Face characteristics

  • Well balanced face
  • Slightly wider cheek bones
  • Gentle narrowing at the forehead and chin

 

Glasses characteristics

This shape suits most styles, so you can afford to be a bit adventurous. Frames that are slightly wider than the broadest part of the face are the best choice.

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Rectangular

Face characteristics

  • Slightly longer angular face
  • Strong jaw line
  • High forehead

 

Glasses characteristics

If you have a rectangular shaped face you should consider softer shapes, and deeper frames this will make your face appear wider and shorter.

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Square

Face characteristics

  • Angular jaw lines
  • Equally wide cheek bones, forehead and jaw
  • Only slight curves to the face

 

Glasses characteristics

For square face shapes we suggest you consider oval or round frames. These frame shapes will soften the jaw line and balance the rest of the face.

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Heart

Face characteristics

  • Broad forehead and brow
  • Narrows through the jaw line
  • Sometimes referred to as upside down triangle

 

Glasses characteristics

Look for frames with detailing on the lower portion to add width to the lower face. Or light colours and materials, rimless frames work well.

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Round

Face characteristics

  • Soft jaw line
  • Equal dimensions through the brow and jaw line
  • Widest point of the face is the cheek bones

 

Glasses characteristics

For round face shapes we suggest you look for angular, narrow frames, which will add definition and help lengthen your face.

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Additional features to consider

IF YOUR COMPLEXION IS…

Fair skin tone
Try neutral browns, silvers and golds, which will complement your paler complexion. Alternatively, bold dark frames work well for a statement look.

Medium skin tone
Opt for slightly richer and bolder colours such as dark purples and reds, or even blues and greens.

Dark skin tone
If you want to make a statement, metallic or black frames often work well with darker skin tones, or if you fancy something subtler, try burgundy or brown coloured frames.

IF YOUR HAIR IS…

Blonde/light brown
Add warmth with browns and tortoiseshell frames. Or go bold with dark, dramatic frames.

Red/Auburn
Complement your colouring with warm colours such as copper, gold and browns.

Dark brown/Black hair
Count yourself lucky as most colours will complement your dark locks, so if you’re feeling a little daring, dramatic frames will work well.

Grey hair
Opt for something a little brighter, such as red or navy. Try to avoid browns and yellows.