People come in all shapes and sizes, even down to our faces. The right frame for the right face shape can dramatically change your whole look.
How will you know what your face shape is? Easy! Just go in front of a mirror and use an erasable marker to trace the outline of your reflection.
There are 7 basic face shapes, each having different features that would help you narrow down on your choice. It’s all about balance. Find frames that are opposite to your face shape, frames that don’t accentuate your shape but help enhance it. Here are a few tips to remember:
a. Oval – Lucky you! They say this is the best shape to work on because of its natural symmetry and balance. You can literally wear any style with ease and confidence.
TRY: Any Style & Wide frames. Play around with different frames that will suit your personality. Just aim for a frame width that’s just enough to match the widest part of your face.
AVOID: Too Small or Short frames.
b. Round – Most people with round faces tend to look cute and youthful, with its proportional width and length, full cheeks and a soft chin line and forehead.
TRY: Small, Square, Angular frames. Always go for opposite shapes so as not to exaggerate your face shape but help give balance. Rectangular frames can make your face appear longer and thinner.
AVOID: Rimless, Circular Glasses.
c. Square – With a strong jaw, broad forehead, proportional in width and length, this type of face is highly fashionable as you can experiment with round frames like the legendary Harry Potter.
TRY: Soft, Oval or Circular Frames. These help soften the angles of your face. Also, glasses that can sit on the bridge of your nose will help lengthen it.
AVOID: Boxy Frames.
d. Diamond – narrow forehead and jaw line, with wide or high cheekbones; you’re like the opposite of the round face.
TRY: Rimless, Cat-eye or Oval Glasses. Round frames help soften the angles and contour of your face. Plus you get to play around with cat-eyes as they sweep up your face and help emphasize the assets of your face like the cheekbones.
AVOID: Boxy, Wide Frames. Best stay away from frames that could widen your cheeks more.
e. Oblong – More like an elongated version of the oval. Your face would be longer than it is wide.
TRY: Round or Square, Oversized Wide Frames. Like the oval, you can still rock almost any style you want! But make sure that they’re wider than your face and give it more depth. Low-bridged ones can help shorten your nose.
AVOID: Too Small or Short.
f. Rectangular – The length of an oblong but with a strong hot-looking jaw line.
TRY: Curvy, Oval Glasses, Oversized Wide Frames. The wider they are, the more flattering.
AVOID: Rectangle Glasses.
g. Heart (Base-up) or Triangle (Base-down) – This shape can either have a wide forehead but cute and delicate jaw or the opposite.
TRY: Rimless Glasses (for hearts), Cat-eyes (for triangles). You’d look beautiful in thin, light-metal or clear plastic frames as these help balance your forehead. Cat eyes also help sweep it up for triangles.
AVOID: Bold, Over-embellished frames.