It can often be confusing finding the right pair of glasses for you. How do you choose? Whether it’s to try on lots or ask a friends advice, it’s also helpful to take your face shape into account.

Don’t worry if you’re not sure what yours is. Simply take a photo of yourself directly facing the camera and use a piece of tracing paper to outline the edge of your face. If you don’t have a camera, why not look in the mirror and with an erasable pen (or even some lipstick), trace the outline of your face. 

Once you’ve worked it out, here are some handy tips on finding the right frames for your face.

Oblong

An oblong face is narrow and has a straight cheek line.

To offset the length of your face, look for frames that have more depth than width. Decorative details and contrasting temples will add width to your face.

We recommend:

Choose glasses that contrast with your narrow face by looking for wide and boxy shapes.

Try to avoid:

Too narrow frames will accentuate your face shape. It’s better to find a style that gives you balance.

Diamond

Diamond-shaped faces are narrow around the eyes and jaw, and often have high cheekbones.

This is quite a rare face shape. The best frames for you are those that’d balance to your face, something that accentuates the eyes.


We recommend:

Semi-rimless glasses in either rectangular or oval shapes.

Try to avoid:

If you go for narrow frames though, this will only increase the diamond shape of your face, creating less balance.

Square

Square faces have a broad forehead, wide jaw line and square chin.

It’s important with this face shape to make your face look longer and soften your jawline.


We recommend:

Round and oval frames will always add length and soften up your features.

Try to avoid:

Boxy or square frames will only accentuate your face shape.

Heart

Heart-shaped faces have a broad forehead and wide cheekbones that narrow at the chin.

People with heart-shaped faces are lucky as lots of frame shapes will suit you. 


We recommend:

Try to balance out the top of your face with bottom-heavy glasses or try some rimless frames to accentuate your natural face shape.

Try to avoid:

Aviator or semi-rimless glasses.

Triangular

Broad forehead and wide cheek bones that narrow to a small chin.

The bottom of your face is the widest and the top is fairly narrow.


We recommend:

Look for glasses that are wider at the bottom, are mono-colour and light in material.

Try to avoid:

Frames that wider at the top, two-tone frames.

Oval

Oval shaped faces are well balanced and softly rounded.

Pretty much all frame shapes will suit you, lucky you!


We recommend:

You can try lots of different shapes on, hooray! Why not take some pictures and send them to a friend or family member for advice.

Try to avoid:

Try to fid frames that balance your face shape, nothing too narrow.

Round

A rounded face often has full cheeks and is not as long as an oval face.

Embrace angles and edges off boxier shapes to balance the roundness of your face.


We recommend:

Rectangular, square and narrow shapes will give you the illusion of a longer face.

Try to avoid:

Round frames will only make your face look rounder, so steer clear.