Following up from yesterday’s post of inspirational pictures of fly vintage eyeglasses rocked by even flyer women in the “Eye of the Beholder”. Here are some tips as promised on finding the best, enhancing most flattering frame for the shape and features of your face. Shape of my face…what? No idea what the shape of your face is? To find the overall shape of your face, vision.about.com offers a helpful tip in ensuring the easiest way to find your shape. Try tracing the outline of your face using a close up photo (a twist to their suggestion would be to cut your face from the photo instead of tracing) after you have finished tracing or cutting view the outline of the trace and determine the basic shape. So according to the shape of your face below are guidelines in ensuring your best frame possible.

*All information via vision.about.com and Lenscrafter.com

Finding your perfect Fit

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

Oblong

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.

Diamond

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

Triangle

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

Heart-Shaped

Fall in love with your heart-shaped face! A heart-shaped face is characterized by a wide forehead, narrower jaw line, high cheekbones and a narrow chin.

Tips for Choosing Glasses:

  • Butterfly or cat-eye styles are great for balancing a heart-shaped face
  • Round frames in lighter colors balance and soften a wide forehead
  • Frames that are wider at the bottom than the top help offset the narrow chin
  • Cat-eye frames balance a narrower jaw line
  • Eyeglasses with low temples add balance
  • Some frames can exaggerate the widest point of a heart-shaped face, so try to avoid frames that are decorative at the top or that are wider at the top than the bottom

Round-Shaped

Get a good angle on your round face. A rounder face has an equal width and length and is characterized by soft curves with few angles, if any. As a general rule, a balanced face looks best, so people with rounder faces should select angular frames to help sharpen and add definition. Choosing a geometric-shaped frame (rectangular) helps to make the face appear longer and to sharpen features.

Tips for Choosing Glasses:

  • Angular frames with rectangular or geometric shapes create balance and add definition to a round face
  • Rectangular styles make a round face look slimmer
  • Frames that are more horizontal than they are vertical make round faces appear longer and thinner
  • Glasses with high or mid-height temples help lengthen a round face

Square-Shaped

Square-shaped faces are usually proportional in length and width. They are characterized by a strong, prominent jaw line, square chin and broad, deep forehead. Because square faces are so angular, try round or oval glasses to soften and add contrast to the face.

Tips for Choosing Glasses:

  • Round frames are perfect for creating curves and softening square or angular faces
    • Reduce the sharp angles of a square face by choosing soft, curvy frames such as cat-eyes or ovals. Cat-eye frames provide interesting curve and contour to square faces
    • Gently curved oval frames help minimize angles and lengthen a square face
    • Frames should be more horizontal than vertical
    • Subtle rimless frames with soft edges add contrast and visual interest to a strong, square face

Oval-Shaped

Lucky you, ovals are the easiest shape to fit. An oval-shaped face is characterized by balanced proportions, a narrow forehead and jaw line, a chin that is slightly narrower than the forehead, and typically high cheekbones. The balanced proportions of the oval face means they can wear just about any frame shape.

Tips for Choosing Glasses:

  • An oval-shaped face can wear practically any frame, so experiment with a variety of frame shapes to find the perfect look
  • You might want to start with rectangular or butterfly frames
  • People with oval faces often have smaller features, so make sure your frames are in proportion and don’t overpower your face

Oblong

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.

Diamond

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

Triangle

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

Of course there are exceptions to every rule but learning what frames flatter your face shape in general can give you a lead way to finding your perfect frame. Happy frame hunting :)