Glasses for Your Face Shape

Oval – Mainly balanced proportions and is considered to be the ideal face shape

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Most frame shapes will work for the oval shape

Keep frame proportions for width and height

Oblong – Thinner and longer with the sides of the head more parallel than the oval face shape

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Vertically tall frames to help create a shorter face

Temples attached lower on the front

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Small, out-of-proportion frames

Short frames that make the face look longer

 Heart Shaped – A broad forehead and wide cheekbones narrowing to a small chin

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Rimless unobtrusive frames

Narrow and rounded frames that soften the forehead

Lighter colours

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High temple attachment frames

Decorative temples that broaden the upper face

Round – More circular than the oval face with full cheeks and rounded chin

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High temples attachment ( Frames)

Angular/geometric shapes that sharpen features

Upswept frame styles to draw attention to top of the face

Shallow rectangular shapes that will make the face look longer

Frames with little or no colour on the lower rim

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Round Frames

Large frames that shorten the face

Square – Face is wider and shorter than normal, with a broad forehead and square chin

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Narrow Frames

Oval and round shaped frames

High temple attachment (frames)

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Rectangular or geometric shapes that emphasize facial angles

Temples attached lower on the front (frame)

Triangle – A narrow forehead gradually widening at the cheeks and chin

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Fit the overall frame size to the widest part of the face

Dark and bold frame colours

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Narrow frames that widen the jaw

Temples attached lower on the front (frame)

Diamond – Narrow forehead and a small chin with wide cheekbones

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Oval or rounded frame shapes

Rimless unobtrusive styles

Upswept styles

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Narrow frames

Quick Tips for Choosing an Appropriate Frame:

  • The frame shape should contrast with the shape of the face.
  • The frame should be in the same scale as the patient’s face size.
  • The frame should balance an individual’s proportion.
  • Use the seven basic face shapes as a guide.
  • Identify proportions by analyzing face shape.
  • Choose a frame that enhances the patients features.