How to Choose the Perfect Pair of Glasses
Looking for a new pair of glasses? You want to find a pair that helps you look your best, but picking the right pair for your face isn’t always easy. Thankfully, there are some quick and easy ways to figure out exactly which frames are perfect for you! We’ve put together a comprehensive guide to discovering which kind of glasses best suit your face and how to rock them like never before!
Do You Know Your Face Shape?
Your face – you’ve probably seen it in the mirror before, or maybe when flipping through your tagged photos on Facebook, but do you know what shape it is? Generally, there are seven different types of face shapes that your face probably fits into: circle, square, heart, oval, pyramid, upside-down pyramid, and diamond.
The quickest way to find out which of these categories you fall under is by taking a photo of yourself (much like one of the aforementioned tagged Facebook photos) and tracing out your face shape. Got it? Okay, now does that shape look like a circle, square, heart, oval, pyramid, upside-down pyramid, or diamond?
This type of face shape is known as circle or ‘round’, referring to a face with near equal length and width. If your face has full cheeks, a rounded jaw line, and softer features, then you probably fit into this category. The best type of glasses to pair with a rounder face shape is usually rectangular frames. The hard lines of a strong-angled pair of glasses will perfectly offset your face’s natural curves and bring a sense of balance that really lets your eyes and smile shine through.
A square face shape usually means that your features have stronger angles and a distinctive symmetry with high cheekbones and an equally wide forehead and jaw. The best style of frames for this face shape are usually rounder glasses. Much like the circle face type, you want to compliment your natural features instead of overpowering them.
Choose a pair of thin-framed glasses with circular or cat-eye frames to smooth out your angles and slim out your bone structure. Square face types have a hardness to their features, so you want to do your best to find a pair of glasses that add an element of softness to your face.
If you have a wider forehead with high cheekbones and a narrow jawline, then you probably have a heart-shaped face. The most important thing with a heart face is choosing glasses that balance out the many different widths of your face. The actual shape of the frames isn’t as important for this type, but instead thicker, stronger glasses can really bring a sense of symmetry to your look.
An oval face shape is usually distinguished by higher cheekbones, a narrow jawline, and an overall sense of balance to the angles of the face. Your forehead might be a bit wider than your jaw, but it should be generally about the same size. With an oval face type, there are actually a wide selection of different frames that can really work. Since oval’s boast a very balanced set of facial angles, they can pull off most types of glasses.
A pyramid face shape usually has a strong jawline with a narrower forehead and a wider set of cheeks. The most important thing to keep in mind for this face shape is choosing a pair of glasses that widen your features where they narrow out in the upper part of your face. Really loud, vibrant glasses or ones with strong angles like cat-eye lenses can help compliment your face’s natural structure.
Contrary to the pyramid face shape, the upside-down pyramid means that your face starts off wide at the forehead and progressively gets narrower. Try to choose a lighter pair of glasses with very soft angles to ease your face’s transition from wider to narrower. You’ll really want to choose a pair of glasses that blend in – nothing too loud, thick or colorful.
The strongest feature of a diamond face shape is usually very high or wide cheekbones with a narrow jaw and forehead. Since the middle of the face is widest with this face type, you’ll want to choose glasses that either blend in with your natural brow line or are very light and minimalist. The key is to choose frames that don’t emphasize your powerful cheek structure, but instead soften it and draw it inward.
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