How to Choose the Best Glasses for Your Face Shape (Bonus: We have an app for that!)

Last Updated on February 22, 2023 by amy

Particular eyeglasses look better on specific face shapes. Depending on the look you’re going for with your glasses, you may want to find out the shape of your face first.

Face shape and size are vital in finding the right glasses that look fantastic on you. You might look like a bug if you pick glasses too large for your face. Or, on the flip side, if you choose eyeglasses that are too small, you might get called beady eyes!

The Basics

There are four basic face shape types. It’s important to know what shape your face is to select a complementary frame. These categories or face types are not hard and fast set rules but reference points to help you find the frames that look best on you.

The four face shape types are:

  • Oval
  • Square
  • Round
  • Heart shape

Oval Face Shape

Oval face shapes are characterized by being longer than they are wide. Typically this face shape is symmetrical, but the wrong frames may elongate the length of your face even more. In this case, you’ll want to choose frames that are a bit larger to break up the length of your face. Darker frames that add angles are also suitable. If your face is angular, look for frames with softer shapes.

Square Face Shape

If your face has well-defined angles in the forehead, cheeks, and jawline, then your face is probably a square face shape. This face type is very angular, from the cheekbones to the jawline. You’ll want to avoid glasses with hard lines because they make your face look boxy. Look for a frame that is wider than the widest part of your face. It will help provide proportional balance. Also, consider going for a low-profile pair of glasses defined at the top and draw the eye away from your jawline.

Round Face Shape

A round face type has more balanced features. The cheekbones rest higher than the middle of your face, and the chin is slightly narrower than the width of your forehead. Many frames look great on a round face shape and avoid matching the shape of your face by wearing rounded frames. The general rule is to go for frames opposite your face shape—something like upswept corners may be an excellent choice.

Heart Face Shape

If your face is shaped more like an upside-down triangle, you may have a heart-shaped face. This face type is characterized by a broader forehead, narrow jawline, and chin. You’ll need to find a shape of eyeglasses that balances your features. To minimize the width at the top of your face, look for a frame that will widen the look of your face near the bottom. Oval and round shapes are fantastic for heart-shaped faces. Also, glasses with a broader bottom help to bring balance.

Face Size

In addition to face shape types, you’ll also want to consider the size of your face. There’s a science behind measuring your face to ensure that eyeglasses complement your appearance.  

Find Your Face Shape and Size

Check out our guide here on how to measure the fit of eyeglass frames or use our Virtual Try On Studio to precisely measure your face right at home. Your facial measurements will be translated into determining your face shape and size needed to order your perfect pair of glasses.