What are the best glasses for my face shape?

Eyeglass face shapes

Ever wondered why those perfect glasses looked great on the shelf, but not so much when you put them on? Don't feel bad about it, it's probably because they are the wrong style for your face shape. While I tell a lot of my patients that there is a lot of trial and error, most of it does boil down to our facial chemistry.

In total there are 6 different recognized face shapes (at least for the purpose of picking out your perfect frame). The first thing to do is to figure out which one you fit into:


Heart: Prominent forehead, high cheekbones, narrow chin.

- Frames to choose: Circular. Geometric. Frames with a wider bottom.

Wide bottomed-frames balance and complement the inverted triangle nature of the heart shaped face


Oval: Face is longer than it is wide, jaw and forehead are rounded, no sharp angles to the face.

- Frames to choose: Square. Oval. Wider around the eye.

Eyeglasses in striking shapes, hues and materials, for example, aviators glasses with upswept corners, accentuate cheekbones and make them look more contoured.


Round: Face is equal in length and width, cheekbones are prominent, face is circular.

- Frames to choose: Angular frames. Rectangular full or semi-rimless.

Angular frames in bold colors will contrast the face to balance out the rounded features.


Square: Face is as long as it is wide, jawline is large and prominent, chin is square.

- Frames to choose: Oval. Round. Dark upper rims/lighter lower rims.

Non-square eyeglasses bring out the eyes while extending the appearance of the face, pulling away from the face shape's angled structure.


Triangle: Forehead is narrow, cheeks are wide, and broad jawline.

- Frames to choose: Wider top frames. Cat eye. Circular. Geometric.

Wider top glasses compensate for the appearance of a slimmer forehead.


Diamond: Narrow forehead, prominent cheekbones, narrow diamond chin.

- Frames to choose: Cat eye. Oval. Rectangular.

Delicate frame angles bring out the eyes and cheekbones, making the narrow forehead and jawline less conspicuous.


I hope this was useful to you! Come and stop by if you are interested in buying some new glasses, I would love to look after you.

David Greening David Greening, ABOC, BS(HONS) Ophth. Dispensing David is our resident optician, and has been in optics since 2002. He attained his Bachelor of Science degree in Ophthalmic Dispensing in Kent, England (2014). He has extensive experience, having managed his own practice for many years prior to arriving at Astorino & Associates Eye Center. He is a licensed American optician (ABOC) and is well-recognized for his quality of service, attention to detail, and patient care.

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