Many Factors Help You Find Your Frame Shape
Buying a good pair of eyeglasses is an investment and something that many people struggle with. Not only are there a seemingly endless number of options out there when it comes to the style of your frames, but you also have to think about what works for you. The first place you should start when shopping for glasses is by looking in the mirror. Is your face oval-shaped, heart-shaped, or oblong? If you aren’t sure, don’t worry. We’ll talk more on this later. By taking the time to determine your face shape, you will be able to narrow down your choices.
Many different factors will determine what type of glasses work best for you. The shape of your face is just one of them. Don’t be overwhelmed with the idea of picking out new frames; we can help. With a little bit of research on your end, you will be better prepared to pick out the frames that meet your budget, add to your style, and complement your face shape.
Our guide aims to help you find the best glasses fit for you. No longer will you have to worry about how the frames sit on your face or whether they are too big or too narrow. After you’ve read through the below article, you should have a better understanding of what types of frames work best for the specific face shapes and skin tones. As always, if you have any additional questions or would like our help finding the perfect frames, give us a call and schedule an appointment. Our experienced McKinney eye care specialists are here to help. We will make sure you walk out of our doors with confidence in your new frames.
What is My Face Shape?
If you are unsure of your shape, don’t worry! Although some people may know their face shape, others struggle with this. For some, it is quite obvious that their face is square or round-shaped, but others have features of both.
The seven primary shapes are as follows:
- Oval Face Shape – This is the most proportionally balanced shape. Typically, individuals with an oval shape have a slightly curved jawline and is a bit narrower than the forehead. If you have this shape, you will have the most options when it comes to picking out frames.
- Heart Face Shape – People with a heart-shaped face usually have a wider forehead and middle face with a narrower chin and jawline. The cheekbones are usually a bit more prominent in people with a heart face.
- Round Face Shape – If you have a round face, your face is often as wide as it is long. The cheekbones are usually less prominent because of the curved lines of the face.
- Square Face Shape – Individuals with a square face usually boast a broad forehead and wide, angular jawline. Brad Pitt is a perfect example of someone with a square face.
- Diamond Face Shape – If you have high and prominent cheekbones, a narrower forehead, and an angular jawline, your face is diamond-shaped. This is the rarest shape of them all.
- Pear Face Shape – A wider jawline and chin with a much narrower forehead usually determines a pear face shape. These people usually have less prominent cheekbones than other face shapes.
- Oblong Face Shape – As you can imagine, an oblong face shape is typically longer than it is wide. These individuals often have a straight cheek line that is longer than most.
Now that you know the most common face shapes, take a look in the mirror to determine your own. Before we look at which frames are best for each shape, let’s briefly talk about skin tone and the color of your eyes and hair.
What About Skin Tone and Eye Color?
The shape of your face isn’t the only thing to take into consideration when shopping for the perfect frames. Skin tone can also play a role in how good – or bad – a pair of frames look on a person. Skin tones are usually categorized as warm or cool, whether your skin is light or dark. Individuals with cool skin will have blue or pink undertones, whereas those with a warm complexion offer notes of yellow.
While eye color isn’t the most important factor when picking out frames, it is something to think about. Do certain frame colors bring out your eyes, or do they mute them? Before making your final decision, make sure you think about your skin tone, eye color, and hair and how they will look with your new specs.
How to Select the Right Frames
With the information above, hopefully, you were able to figure out what shape of your face is. Let’s now go over the best style of frames for each of the primary face shapes mentioned earlier:
- Oval Face Shape – As we talked about earlier, the majority of glasses frames will look good on people with oval faces. However, if you want to maintain the balance of your face, opt for frames that are a little wider than the face. Think rectangle, square, or browline frames that aren’t too deep.
- Heart Face Shape – If your face is heart-shaped, you should reduce the appearance of a wide forehead. Look for frames that are thin or even rimless, as you don’t want them to appear too heavy or cumbersome. Rectangle, round, and geometric frames are usually good options for these individuals.
- Round Face Shape – Women with a round face should gravitate towards bold styles of frames – rectangle, square, or round. Men will look good in rectangle, square, or aviator frames since these offset the roundness of this face shape.
- Square Face Shape – People with this shape want frames that will soften the face, which means narrower styles that are wider. Think browline, cat-eye, or round frames for women, and rectangle, oval, or browline styles for men.
- Diamond Face Shape – If your shape is the rare diamond, look for frames that add softness or volume, depending on your features. Oval, round, and cat-eye styles are all great options.
- Pear Face Shape – For pear-shaped faces, you want to go with frames that will bring balance. Aviators are a great, safe option, as are browline and oval styles that give more depth to the narrow forehead.
- Oblong Face Shape – If your face is long, try frames that are striking and offer depth. Think contrasting colors and styles that will create structure.
Now that you know how to pick out the right frames for your shape and skin tone, the fun can begin. Here at First Eye Care McKinney, we offer a wide range of designer frames and others for every budget. Our talented team of eye care specialists can help you pick out the best frames for your needs and will also go over other options such as frame materials and lens coatings. If you are ready to dive in and find the perfect frames for your face and lifestyle, give First Eye Care McKinney a call today!