A bold testament to our individual uniqueness is the fact that everyone’s face is different. The shape of our faces a lot of times determines the types of style that suit us, and what styles won’t fit just right. By taking into account the shape of your face, you can confidently select glasses with styles that look great on you. With our guide about face shapes you can easily determine what face shape you have, and what type of glasses will enhance and complement your looks rather than making you look goofy. Choosing a frame that complements your face shape is one of the most important considerations when shopping for glasses.

There are a few simple guidelines to help identify the general shape of one’s face and the types of frames are most likely to fit, so you can narrow down the pool in some simple steps

Here we list seven basic face shapes, and which glasses styles works best with those shapes. Whether you have a classic ‘oval’ or a less common ‘diamond’ face shape, the right pair of glasses can enhance your style and make you look and feel fabulous!

Oval

An oval face with a rounded chin and forehead is the ‘ideal’, as this shape has balanced proportions. Oval faces have gently rounded, fairly even features, with the forehead being slightly wider than the jaw. Because the general rule is to go for frames that are shaped the opposite of your face shape to maintain this natural balance, frames that are as wide as or slightly wider than the broadest part of the face are the best choice. Alternatively, sunglasses that cover the face from the eyebrows to the cheekbones that are not too deep or narrow also suit an oval face. However, ovals are lucky in that almost any frame design will suit them.

Rectangle

Typically, your face is very angular from your cheekbones to your jawline. You may have a longer face with a square chin, deeper forehead, longer nose or square jaw, and a longer nose length. Large, square frames suit rectangular faces best, helping to make the face appear shorter and more balanced. Frames that are wider than the widest part of your face will help balance the proportion of a square face. A frame with a low bridge will help to shorten the appearance of a longer nose, balancing the face and giving the overall appearance of a shorter, more defined line.

Heart

Heart-shaped faces, sometimes called triangle, are widest at the temples and narrowest at the chin. The best frames minimise the width of the face’s top and bring the overall look back into balance. Frames that are wider at the bottom will help to achieve this, placing greater emphasis on the lower half of the face. Cat-eye styles or glasses that feature rounded edges are ideal for giving the wearer a more balanced look. Consider small square or rounded frames to achieve more balanced proportions for the whole face.

Diamond

The diamond shaped face is the rarest of face shapes, and is defined by a narrow forehead, wide cheekbones and a narrow chin. Oval and rimless frames will help compliment wide or high cheekbones. Diamond faces should use frames that feature gentle curves and should not be wider than the wearer’s cheekbones. Alternatively, try rimless frames or oval shapes, which will also draw more attention to the eyes. Diamond shape faces look particularly good in dramatic, outsize frames.

Round

A circular face with full cheeks and a rounded chin. The round face shape needs a frame design to make it appear narrower and longer. The width and the length of a round face are proportionally similar, with no angles for definition. The aim is to lengthen and give more definition to the face shape, as well as widening the eyes. Angular, narrow frame styles will help to lengthen the face. A clear bridge will help draw emphasis to the eyes and frames that are more rectangular and wider will balance the shape of the face, providing more definition.