Glasses for your Face shape

All the glasses-wearing people can attest to the fact that glasses are bothersome.We aren’t as laser- eyed as a normal person and contacts are eek-worthy. So, we choose the lesser of the two evils. But on the bright side, glasses are now treated as an accessory.You know,we HAVE seen those gorgeous Deepika Padukone Vogue Eyewear photoshoots.

Has anyone ever said to you, ” You look so good in those glasses! ” or maybe, you have gazed at your reflection in the mirror and thought your face looked weird in those new glasses?. Just as a hairstyle or a makeup trick can be classified on the basis of your face shape, the same holds true for glasses as well. A (insert) face shape +Appropriate glasses = a flattering look. There is no hard and fast rule as to the ” Perfect glass ” for a particular face shape, however, this article is an attempt to offer you an understanding of your face shape and a starting point for your ”  perfect glass ” quest.

It is generally considered that there are 7 types of face shapes.

1. Oval face

The oval- shaped face is what people revers as the ideal shape, because this shape is almost perfectly proportional.


Common features: The jawline is less prominent and a bit more narrow than the temple line, the cheekbones are prominent, and the chin is oval-shaped rather than pointy. Basically, the face gradually narrows down.

What to wear and what not to wear: Almost any type of frames can be worn, although wayfarers look the best or the gently rounded and the square shaped lenses.  Avoid oversized or sharp-edged, square lenses as,  it may look too harsh for the face shape.

 A wayfarer
A wayfarer

2. Heart face

This shape is thus named due to its similarities to the heart shapes in the traditional Valentine’s day card.


Common features: The forehead is wide, chins are smaller or narrow and sometimes, even pointy as the face shape narrows downwards. The jawline is non-prominent since,  the jawbones slope significantly.

What to wear and what not to wear: Try rimless glasses with light colors for a contrasting, airy effect or frames that are wider at the bottom. This will add width to the bottom portion of your face.  Avoid aviators, frames that are wider at the top or semi-rimless glasses as it emphasizes the wider part of the face.                                                                                              .

A red Rimless eyewear
A red Rimless eyewear


3. Diamond face

This face shape is defined by its strong bone structure.


Common features: The cheekbones are the widest part of this face shape. They protrude, hence, giving the diamond shape. It is accompanied by a thinner forehead,  but the forehead is wider than the chin. The chin is either a narrow, pointed chin or a somewhat rounded chin. A long jawline that narrows down, this shape is  slender and noticeably longer than wider.

What to wear and what not to wear: Distinctive brow lines, rimless, oval or up- swept frames like cat eye is the best to emphasize and soften the cheekbones. Avoid narrow glasses as the cheekbones would be more prominent.

A yellow and black cat eye glass
A yellow and black cat eye glass

4. Triangle face

Also known as the pear-shaped face because of its narrow top and a heavy bottom part .


Common features: A distinctive broad face, wide and square jawline with a narrow temple line. The cheekbones are really prominent hence, the pear shape appearance.

What to wear and what not to wear: The goal here,  is to add width to the  upper part of the face, so aviators are considered the best. Also, semi- rimless glasses with a distinctive  brow bar that would draw attention away from the chin. Avoid narrow, rectangular framed glasses.

Semi-Rimless glass with a distinctive brow line
Semi-Rimless glass with a distinctive brow line

5. Round face

Round face is considered a heavy set but youthful- looking face shape.


Common features: The width and length of the face is equal i.e. the temple line and the jawline are of the same proportions. It has soft features like a rounded jaw rather than an angular jawline and the cheekbones are the widest.

What to wear and what not to wear: The best type of glasses for this shape are the ones with rectangular frames,  as it balances out the face shape. Frameless glasses are also really attractive on this type of face shape. Avoid lenses that are too thin, which will make the face appear larger.

Rectangular-framed glass
Rectangular-framed glass

6. Oblong-shaped face

It is a very uncommon, but an attractive face shape.


Common features: The face is longer than it is wide. This shape is of generally two types: rectangular (forehead or jawline is squared) and oval (edges of the face are rounded). Typically, the face has no rounded cheeks rather, the sides of the face are straight or narrow. The jaw is quite angular , but this shape sometimes features a pointed  chin.

What to wear and what not to wear: Wear wider glasses, aviators to make the face appear shorter. To add some width to the face through the temples, decorative and contrasting frames can be worn. Avoid narrow, rectangular or short- framed glasses .

Contrasting caramel and green eyewear
Contrasting caramel and green eyewear

7. Square face

This face shape is considered to be a manly shape  and quite unattractive for woman, however that is just a myth. It is a beautiful feminine shape too.


Common features: Square face does not narrow much from the forehead to the cheeks and from the cheeks to the jaw line. It features an angular jaw and a squared forehead.

What to wear and what not to wear: Glasses with oval or rounded frames are the best for square-shaped faces, to soften the angles of the face and to make it appear longer. Splashes of pop colors can also be considered to divert the attention away from the angular jaws. Avoid straight edged-geometric frames as it will only make the face appear more angular.

A rounded shaped glass
A rounded shaped glass


Summing up, the trick regarding the choice of a particular type of glass for your face shape, which is different for everyone is: to contrast. More the contrasts , more is the symmetry.

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