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The Best Eyewear for Your Face Shape

Whether choosing eyeglasses or sunglasses, your face shape should be the biggest factor in choosing just the right look for you. Of course, you’ll also want to make sure that the eyeglasses themselves fit comfortably and that your prescription provides the perfect vision correction.

Determining Your Face Shape

face with glassesThere are two primary ways to determine your face shape. The first is to use a mirror and trace around your reflected face with a bar of soap or dry erase marker. Step back, and you’ll get a much better idea of your face shape.

For those more inclined to measurement, you can also take four measurements using a tape measure:

  • Width—just below your eyes from one side of your cheekbone to the other.
  • Length—from the top of your forehead to your chin.
  • Jaw–from your jaw bone just under your ears, around the bottom of your face to the other side. 
  • Forehead—halfway between your hairline and your eyebrows, measure the width of your forehead.

Comparing those measures should give you a good idea of your face shape from the options listed below. For example, if your face width is much smaller than the length, you’d fit in the oblong face shape.

Glasses That Fit Your Face Shape 

Here are the seven different types of face shape and our brief thoughts on what works for each type.

  • Oval. Look for frames that match the width of your face or that are slightly wider. Almost any frame will suit the balanced proportions of an oval face shape.
  • Oblong. This face shape is similar to the oval face, but longer. Ideal frames shorten the face by creating a break. This is best done with round and deep lines.
  • Round. The best frames for this shape are angular and narrow to lengthen the look of your face. Rectangular shapes work best.
  • Square. Wide frames with short depth can help make your face look longer and soften some of the angles. Avoid square shaped frames as they will look out of balance.
  • Triangle or Heart-Shaped. This face shape has a broad forehead and small chin. Small square or rounded frames along with light colors and materials, or rimless frames, would fit this face type best.
  • Pyramid or Base-Down Triangle. This shape has a narrow forehead with wide cheeks and chin. Cat’s eye frames and frames detailed on the top half help bring balance to this face shape.
  • Diamond. This shape works best with frames that have distinctive brow lines or cat’s eye shapes.

If you’d like further insight, try the entertaining YouTube video The Best Glasses for Your Face Shape or check out this superb Pinterest board. Even better, try our animated frame selection application.

Balancing Fashion and Function

Fashion can be a key criterion for your selection, but don’t forget about the functionality of your glasses. It needs to include vision correction. It also needs to take into account your lifestyle. If you’re spending most of your time in front of a computer screen, that needs to be taken into account for your lens prescription as well as how your frames fit. 

So, fashion can be fun but you also need to take into account that your glasses are designed to correct your vision.

Vision Source Plano, We Can Find the Right Glasses for Your Face

You can give this a great deal of thought, including mirror tracing and measurements. However, you need to try eyeglass frames on and see first-hand how they look on your face, no matter your face shape.

That’s where Vision Source Plano comes into play. We have all the latest frames from the best eyeglass makers. Plus, we have decades of experience helping patients find exactly the right glasses for their face, their lifestyle, and for their personal sense of fashion.

Let’s get started. Use our contact form or call us at 972-612-2099.

Disclaimer: The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions. 

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