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Choosing Eyeglasses

Which Eyeglasses Suit Your Face?


Updated June 15, 2010

When choosing eyeglasses, keep in mind that the frame should enhance the shape and features of your face. Before trying on a pair of eyeglasses, determine the overall shape of your face. The easiest way to find your face shape is to trace the outline of your face using a straight-on photo. After tracing, study the outline and determine the basic shape: is it oval, round, oblong, square, diamond or triangle? Choose a contrasting shaped frame to complement the shape of your face.


Almost any frame will complement an oval-shaped face. Experiment with the latest trends to see what styles look best.


Choose a geometric-shaped frame (rectangular) to make the face appear longer and to sharpen features.


Widen and shorten an oblong face by wearing frames that do not extend beyond the widest part of the face. Decorative temples also add width to a long face.


Reduce the sharp angles of a square face by choosing soft, curvy frames such as cat-eyes or ovals.


Try rimless frames or soft ovals to minimize the width of the temples and to highlight the eyes.


Soften a narrow jawbone by accentuating the eyes. Try frames that angle out at the top corners or styles with rimless bottoms.

Remember that frame size should be in proportion to face size. Smaller frames are better for smaller faces, while larger frames look best on larger faces.

When selecting new eyeglasses, remember that proper fit is essential. To help find the perfect fit, consider these tips:

  • The frame should follow your eyebrow closely.
  • Your pupil should be in the center of the frame.
  • The frame should feel comfortable, without pulling or pinching your face.
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