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How to Choose the Right Glasses for Your Face Shape and Coloring

Angela is an avid reader who studied English Literature in college. She has a passion for the written word and loves literature.

Glass shapes that look best on you heavily depend on your face shape.

Glass shapes that look best on you heavily depend on your face shape.

Glasses are fun to buy and wear. A good pair can add personality to any look, which is why it is important to choose a pair that reflects one's own personality and looks great with one's complexion, hair color, eye color, and most importantly, face shape. The ideal pair of glasses will pull a look together—so others notice the beauty of the person first, and the glasses second.

In order to choose the glasses that look best, it's important to know how to determine face shape; this will inform which specs look best on you. The best way to do this is by looking in a mirror, close one eye, and trace the outline of your face. The shape drawn on the mirror will be either closest to oval, heart, circle, or square. As a general rule, a pair of glasses should contrast the face shape, while also complementing one's coloring.

Oval

most any as long as they do not overpower your face with size

Heart 

round, cat eye, and butterfly frames that: avoid decorative at top and should have a wider bottom than top

Circle 

glasses that have lots of angles such as rectangular glasses

Square 

subtle rimless glasses, cat-eye and butterfly glasses

Oval-Shaped Face: Julia Roberts

Glasses That Look Good on a Oval-Shaped Face

Someone with an oval face shape can get away with most any glasses. When choosing specs, it is ideal to choose a pair that give the face an oval appearance rather than heart, round, or angular, which is why those with natural oval faces are so blessed when choosing the perfect frames.

An oval appearance to the face means that is proportionately equal throughout. The chin is not very narrow nor wide, along with the forehead.

It is important that the eyeglasses do not overpower facial features; therefore it is best not to choose large frames, especially for those with smaller features, which is common with oval shaped faces. Unlike those with other shaped faces, an oval-faced person can wear a pair that is slightly wider than the widest part of the head. Others should avoid wearing glasses too wide.

Famous oval faces: Julia Roberts and Beyonce Knowles.

Heart-Shaped Face: Halle Berry

Glasses That Look Good on a Heart-Shaped Face

Heart-shaped faces are much harder to find a pair that matches their features. The forehead is wider, with a narrow chin, and higher cheekbones. The main goal when choosing specs is to minimize the width of the upper portion of the face, as well as offset the narrow chin.

The styles that would most suit a heart-shaped face are cat eye frames because it will help balance out the narrow chin. Butterfly glasses and round glasses are also good choices.

The ideal glasses will be wider at the bottom than they are at the top because it offsets the thin chin. Also, the glasses should set lower, in order to offset a wide forehead. Decorative or frames that are wide at the top will emphasize an already wide forehead and thin chin.

Rimless or very dull colors will suit this face shape because it deemphasizes the upper portion of the face.

Famous heart faces: Jennifer Anniston, Halle Berry, and David Spade.

Circle-Shaped Face: Cameron Diaz

Glasses That Look Good on a Circle-Shaped Face

Round faces usually are shorter than oval faces, but still slightly oval in shape with very soft curves and very few angular features. Therefore, using angles will actually help add balance to their features. By adding angles in the glasses this will sharpen the person's natural features and add definition.

Those with chubby round cheeks want more horizontally wide rectangular frames in order to help thin the face and make it appear longer as well. By wearing frames that are slightly higher, which set around mid to high on the temples will help lengthen the face.

Glasses to avoid are ones that are too big because it will cause a rounder appearance. Round faces have eyes that are closer together; therefore, make sure to pick out glasses that have a clear bridge over the nose. This will help the eyes look further apart than they naturally are.

Famous circle faces: Christina Ricci, Cameron Diaz, and Jason Alexander.

Square-Shaped Face: Sandra Bullock

Glasses That Look Good on a Square-Shaped Face

A square-shaped face will usually be proportionate in both length and width: a wider forehead and wider chin.

The goal of finding the right glasses for a square-faced person is to make the face appear longer, and not so wide, while also minimizing the angles found on the face.

To offset the angular features it is best to use rounder or oval glasses. This will help soften facial features. Other great glasses would be cat-eye or butterfly frames because these are more prominent horizontally than vertically. The more narrow the height is, will offset the squareness of the face giving it more of a longer appearance. Subtle rimless frames with soft edges will also soften facial features.

Glasses that connect at the temples or at the top of the frame, as well as those more center set, are good choices. The lower they are set will draw attention to the broad chin. The higher it is set, will give a more delicate look. Another great look is to have a prominent brow bar. This will cause the eye to appear higher, and in turn, will give a longer appearance to the face.

Famous people with square faces: Brad Pitt, Sandra Bullock, and Demi Moore.

Picking Out The Right Coloring

There are three aspects one should look at when choosing glasses: skin tone, eye color, and hair color.

Skin tone: This is the primary focus in choosing glasses. Matching skin color will be most important, especially if one likes to dye your hair. Everybody is either cool (blue tones) or warm (yellow tone). It is important to match skin tone to the color of the shades. For instance, a cool color skin tone should choose cool colors.

Eye Color: Matching eye color can really cause the eye color to pop! Like when someone wears blue glasses with blue eyes or green glasses with green eyes. This is secondary in importance, so keep in mind skin tone, before eye color.

Hair Color: Hair color can also be either warm colors or cool colors; for instance:

  • Cool - strawberry blond, platinum blonde, black with a blue tint, white, salt-and-pepper as well as "dishwater" brown
  • Warm - golden blond (more of a yellow tint), flat black, brown with a golden hue, red hair that could be defined as a carrot-top, and "dirty" gray.

Just like the others, it is a good idea to match.

Final Thoughts

When buying glasses, there are many things to keep in mind, when deciding whether they are the right pair, whether it be face shape or coloring. Most importantly, choosing the perfect spectacles should be fun, and make someone feel beautiful after their purchase!

© 2010 Angela Michelle Schultz

Comments

prince bethel from Africa on November 14, 2014:

This is quite interesting. There are actually glasses that fit the shape of ones face. Nice hub!

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on May 20, 2014:

Glasses make me look older as well. Although, when you are older, it can hide your wrinkles and make you appear younger

weirdo on May 19, 2014:

I wished I saw this before I got my first pair of glasses a couple days ago I look like I'm 50 now!!!

Avinesh Prahladi from Chandigarh on November 07, 2013:

I really liked your hub. I also choose glasses as per my the shape of my face . This certainly adds on to your overall look.

FullOfLoveSites from United States on July 09, 2013:

Lucky with those who have oval faces. They can wear whatever type of glasses they want. Same for the hairstyles -- the people with oval faces can wear any type of 'do's. Thanks for posting! :)

laraib on July 21, 2012:

a person who wear glasses can become a heart surgeon?

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on June 20, 2012:

I'm so glad I could have helped!

Gail Sobotkin from South Carolina on June 20, 2012:

Thanks for sharing this useful information on how to choose glasses that complement different shape faces.

I like that you also included a video.

Voted up, useful and interesting.

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on July 10, 2011:

Thanks for all three of yours inputs!

wosnky on July 04, 2011:

A pair of Snglasses is a must-have in hot summer! Amazing hub!thanks for sharing such informative and fantastic post..

http://www.oakley-sunglasses.uk.com/

luminita1977 from New York on January 11, 2011:

Good article,thanks

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on July 19, 2010:

Thanks so much flighhigh!!

flighhigh from Beijing on July 19, 2010:

Thumbs up!!

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on July 18, 2010:

Good luck on your search for the right glasses. I know I will be going to pick out a new pair soon. :)

pinkhawk from Pearl of the Orient on July 17, 2010:

wohh this is cool and useful! ^.^... Now I have an idea.. thank you for these information..^.^

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on June 20, 2010:

I can get that. I think a lot of people look like bugs in the wrong pair of glasses. :) I have a really hard time finding glasses that fit my face. For me a lot of it is a coloring issue, but the shape is also a big deal.

Springboard from Wisconsin on June 19, 2010:

Picking out the right pair of sunglasses for me is an absolute must. For whatever reason I have a very small head/face...

SOMETHING is small, so the smaller the lens the better, let's just put it that way.

There was one pair I had that I didn't think looked too bad. Though a co-worker said to me one day in the breakroom, "Saw you pull out of the parking lot the other day."

"Yeah?" I said.

"I thought a bug was driving your car."

I smashed them first thing when I got home with a hammer. True story. :)

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on June 14, 2010:

Thanks Pamela. I know, buying glasses is fun, but sometimes very frustrating!!!

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on June 14, 2010:

Hey glassvisage, thanks!! I think we both might fall under the heart shapes! Although I see you don't have to wear glasses. LOL! But at least if you buy sunglasses you will know what works best for you!!!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on June 13, 2010:

What a great topic for a hub. I think you wrote a very helpful hub as getting glasses that look good on you is stressful to me. You gave some great tips.

glassvisage from Northern California on June 13, 2010:

What a great idea for a Hub! This was very useful. I didn't notice all of these face shapes! Thanks for this.

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on June 11, 2010:

Yes, edguider you are one of the lucky ones. The reason behind that is because the goal is to make your face look oval which is why other glasses look better on different faces. So if you start with oval, you don't really need to change anything!

edguider on June 11, 2010:

I have the Oval Face Shape so next time I need to get my new glasses I have more options :)

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on June 11, 2010:

Thanks Lotuslove. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Sarika Mehra on June 10, 2010:

THIS IS REALLY WHAT MAKES EVERY BODY THINKING ,GREAT HUB !

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on June 10, 2010:

Well Dave, I can honestly say I will thank the heavens the day I can toss out my glasses, but for now, I have to make do with what I have. It's easier to be happy with what I have to wear, than resentful, so what can I say. LOL. I have trouble with contacts, but really they aren't all that bad. I'm curious though, what kind of illness did you have as a child?

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on June 10, 2010:

Dallas, I hope to someday get that as well, but that's true you still have to wear sunglasses, making this information not obsolete. I have to admit, I don't have nearly as much trouble finding sunglasses that loog good as opposed to glasses, but since I can't eever wear contacts anymore, I don't wear sunglasses like I used to.

Dave Mathews from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA on June 10, 2010:

Angela thank you for this. I have to wear glasses for reading and I hate every second of it, but it has become a necessity so I can see the small print. I thought of those plastic thingies some people stick in their eye, those contact lens thingies, but the thought of having something even close to my eyes like that scares the heck out of me as I temporarily lost my sight through a childhood illness, so excuse me if I do not share your enthusiasm for all of this.

Dave.

Dallas W Thompson from Bakersfield, CA on June 10, 2010:

I had laser surgery... However, I wear sunglasses on occasion. Great hub. Informative and well researched.

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on June 09, 2010:

I hope to someday have the surgery so I don't need glasses, but for now, I am having fun picking out glasses.

Mentalist acer from A Voice in your Mind! on June 09, 2010:

A very useful Hub as I wear reading glasses!

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