How To Choose The Best Frames For Your Face

Face shapes to help identify what style of glasses work best for you

Article at a Glance: 

  • Glasses come in many different sizes and shapes; the key to finding the right glasses for you is to determine what shape your face is.
  • The most common shapes for faces include round, square, heart, diamond, and oblong. 
  • Typically, people’s faces aren’t just one shape but rather a couple of different shapes put together. 
  • Below is a helpful guide that outlines which frame shapes are best for different face shapes. We’ve also included a list of TrueDark® eyewear options for each face shape that you can choose from.

Mirror, mirror on the wall…You have probably seen or heard that the best way to determine which eyeglass frames are ideal for your face is based on geometric shapes.  The truth is: most people’s faces aren’t perfectly shaped like a heart, circle, square, or any other strictly defined category.  Most faces are actually a combination of a few different shapes: rounded chins and tall foreheads, angular features and tapered jaws, and many other magnificent features that make each person unique.

So many shapes, so many frame styles, so confusing!

The goal is to find the shape that looks the most like yours even if your chin is a little more pointed than the typical oval, or if your forehead is a little wider than the typical inverted triangle. These are all just guidelines to help you determine how to balance and complement your features.

With so many frame styles to choose from, knowing what works best can really help bring out your unique features and attributes. Whether you have an oval, round, heart, diamond, or square-shaped face, this face shape guide helps you choose the glasses that are best for you!

Glasses For Oval Faces

Glasses for oval faces can own almost any aesthetic. People with oval faces have evenly proportioned features which gives them the most style options to choose from. They can experiment and be as adventurous as they want!

Face Shape Guide for oval faces

Step in front of the mirror and check yourself out. Oval face shapes are characterized mostly by a softly curved jawline. Plus, the width of your forehead should be just a bit wider than your chin, with your cheekbones usually placed just a little higher on the face.

TrueDark® product suggestions for oval faces:

Glasses For Square Faces

When it comes to choosing stylish glasses, people with square faces have the chance to be bold and expressive. The key is to search for glasses with round frames.  Round frames are perfect for adding contrast to your strong face shape and jawline and can balance out your most striking facial features.

Face Shape Guide for square faces

Step in front of a mirror and check yourself out. From the top, people with square faces have broad foreheads that are wider from side to side. Their cheeks are not angled and placed higher like on other faces but remain in line with the other features on their face. Lastly, a clear sign is the shape of the chin. A square face’s most prominent characteristic is a strong horizontal jawline.

TrueDark® product suggestions for square faces:

Glasses For Round Faces

The key to finding the perfect eyewear is all about creating contrast and balance between your face shape and the frame you have chosen. For round faces, fashion experts from around the world agree that rectangular and square frames will keep you looking sharp and stylish.  Your search should start with a frame that features a strong, angular structure.

Face Shape Guide for round faces

People with round faces have a fuller shape to their cheeks, which often gives them a more youthful appearance. They also have foreheads that are wider at the top rather than narrow. Another telling feature is that near the bottom of the face, people with round faces usually have rounder chins than other face shapes. In some instances, a more subtle jawline is also a sure sign that you do indeed have a rounded face.

TrueDark® product suggestions for round faces:

Glasses For Heart-Shaped Faces

Finding the right pair of eyeglasses for your heart shape face may feel daunting, but we have the inside track on how to find a frame!  Whether you are looking for men’s or women’s eyeglasses, the best glasses for heart-shaped faces are rectangle, oval, or wayfarer. Heart-shaped faces feature curved lines and elegant angles.

Face Shape Guide for heart faces

Standing in front of a mirror, use your fingers to trace the outline of your face.  Heart shape faces are widest at the forehead, have high cheekbones, and taper down to a narrow chin.  This face type has a mixture of curves, angles, and lines. That means some faces are rounder and more heart-shaped, while others are more linear and angular, much like an upside-down triangle.

TrueDark® product suggestions for heart-shaped faces:

Glasses For Diamond Faces

For diamond-faced individuals, fashion stylists recommend eyeglasses that contrast or soften the angles of your face — including oval, rectangle, and horn-rimmed frames.  Oval glasses help soften the strong, angular features of your face.  Glasses with a rectangular frame shape offer contrast to your facial features, while horn or cat-eye eyeglasses extend beyond your brow to help bring more balance to the structure of your face.

Face Shape Guide for diamond faces

The best way to tell is to take a selfie and trace the outline of your face.  If the shape you drew is wider in the middle than at the top and the bottom, you have a diamond-shaped face. The angles and lines created by your facial features work well with more curved frame shapes. You can also try out some more daring styles, like eyeglass frames with strong brow lines or more pointed temples.

TrueDark® product suggestions for diamond-shaped faces:

Glasses For Oblong or Rectangle Faces

Due to the length of your face, you want frames that will make your face appear a little wider and shorter. Square frames with some detail in them or even some color in the top half will do just that. You may even choose wide glasses with curvy edges as they will also make your face look wider. 

Face Shape Guide for rectangle faces

Rectangular faces are typically associated with having a higher forehead, and angular edges usually represent this shape. A rectangle face shape is quite symmetrical in that the width of the forehead, jawline, and cheekbones are almost the same. The jaw area has more of a squared-off shape and the length of the face is longer than the width, just like a rectangle. The overall symmetry of the face will appear monotonous and consistent. The jaw area has more of a squared-off shape and the length of the face is longer than the width.

Oblong faces are very similar, but they have a rounded jawline, while rectangles have a square, angular jaw.

TrueDark® product suggestions for diamond-shaped faces:

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