Glasses Face Shape: Determining The Best Glasses for Your Face Shape

Learning how to choose the right prescription eyeglass frames may seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be this way. There are several ways to determine which frames will flatter your face and embody your personality and style. 

To help you through the process, we’ve created a comprehensive guide that will help you choose frames based on your face shape, skin tone, hair color, and more.  

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Different face shapes for glasses

When shopping for eyeglass frames, the best place to begin is to determine your face shape. The easiest way to find this out is by tracing your face on a mirror with a dry-erase marker. 

Learning your face shape is crucial because there are frames that complement every shape. Certain frames can help balance out your features, such as slimming or accentuating some aspects of your face. 

For those of you with oval faces, lucky you! This is the only face shape that looks great in most frames. 

So, let’s look at the different face shapes and your best options for each:

Round Face

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Woman sunglasses shapes for round women face type. Various forms of summer glasses for round face. Fashion collection. Vector set.

Your face is round if it’s proportional, where both the length and width are equal. 

Here are the best frames for a round face:

* Rectangle

* Square

* Aviator

* Geometric glasses

Square Face

If your face is proportional but longest on your jawline and forehead, then you have a square face. 

Woman sunglasses shapes for square women face type. Various forms of summer glasses for square face. Fashion collection. Vector set.

These are the best frames for a square face:

* Round

* Cat Eye

* Wayfarer

* Aviator

* Browline glasses

* Oval

Triangular Face

Woman sunglasses shapes for different women face types – square, triangle, circle, oval, diamond, long, heart, rectangle. Various forms of summer glasses. Vector icon set. All glasses are transparent.

A person with angular cheeks, a narrow chin, and a broad forehead are said to have a triangular face. 

When shopping for eyeglass frames for a triangular face, opt for these shapes:

* Round

* Cat Eye

* Wayfarer

* Square

* Aviator

* Geometric

Heart Shaped Face

heart shaped face
Woman sunglasses shapes for v-triangle women face type. Various forms of summer glasses for v-triangle face. Fashion collection. Vector set.

To determine if your face is heart-shaped, see if you have a wide forehead, round cheeks, and a narrow chin. 

Heart shaped faces are among the hardest of all face shapes to find eyeglasses for, so be sure to stick with one of these frame shapes:

* Cat Eye

* Rectangle

* Wayfarer

* Browline Oval

Heart shaped faces do not work well with heart shaped glasses frames.

Oval Face

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Woman sunglasses shapes for oval women face type. Various forms of summer glasses for oval face. Fashion collection. Vector set.

An oval-shaped face is proportional and narrows at the chin and forehead. As we mentioned, this face shape can pull off every eyeglass frame including:

Bug Eye Glasses

Butterfly Glasses

Half Frame Glasses

Want to know what color frames to get? Check out our glasses color guide.

How to Choose Glasses Based on Your Face

First and foremost, you should choose glasses based on what you like. If you have a pair of frames you already like, you can always select vintage frames with the same shape. But for people who are new to wearing glasses or are looking to branch out into a new style, it can be a good idea to start your search based on your face shape:

  • Glasses for Round Faces – A round face has a rounded chin and forehead, and the cheekbones are the widest part of the face. Because the angles on round faces are soft, contrasting rectangular frames with bold lines often look best. The sharp corners add distinct lines. You can also try cat eye glasses if you have particular full cheeks.
  • Glasses for Heart-Shaped Faces – Heart faces have wide foreheads and narrow chins. This shape looks good with many glasses shapes. Glasses with thick bottom frames, half-rim glasses, or lower set temples, like Windsor glasses, will draw focus away from your broad forehead and balance your face. Vintage rimless glasses or clear frame glasses will look less obtrusive.
  • Glasses for Square Faces – If you have a square face, your face has straight sides and is about as wide as it is long. Rounder glasses can help soften the angles, so search for oval glasses, vintage round glasses, Windsor glasses, or ovoid glasses. Cat eye glasses that are slightly wider than your face can add dimension.
  • Glasses for Diamond Faces – Diamond-shaped faces have narrow foreheads and chins, and wide, high set cheekbones. Since these faces tend to be angular, round glasses or oval glasses often work well.
  • Glasses for Triangular Faces – A triangular face has a wide chin and narrow forehead. Glasses that are wide at the top and narrow at the bottom will balance this out, so we recommend cat eye glasses for women or aviator glasses. Round glasses also offer strong visual contrast to a triangular face.
  • Glasses for Oval Faces – An oval face is long with a tall forehead, chin and forehead that are roughly the same size, and the widest part of the face at the cheekbones. Almost any glasses will work with an oval face shape, especially angular frames like square glasses, rectangular, or vintage octagonal frames. Cat eye glasses or other styles that have thick tops, like browline or horn rimmed glasses, can offset the smooth lines of your face.
  • Glasses For Long Faces 

Once you have decided which glasses frames you are looking for, look through our inventory of vintage and retro glasses at Eyeglasses Warehouse. We offer an extensive selection of vintage eyeglasses in all shapes, sizes, and styles.

Find glasses that complement your face shape at Eyeglasses Warehouse. If you’re exploring eyewear based on face shape, discover the versatility and flattering appeal of “Rimless Glasses.” Immerse yourself in the details that make rimless frames a perfect match for various face shapes. Trust Eyeglasses Warehouse for quality eyewear, including rimless glasses that enhance your unique features.

Need help placing an order? Check out our guide on how to order glasses online, and some more on how to choose lenses for your frames.