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How to Choose the Right Glasses for Your Face Shape and Coloring

Updated on June 27, 2016

I love wearing and buying glasses. I think they add personality to your look. If I had my way, I would own several pair dependent on the look I want to show off that day. Not only do you want to reflect your personality in the glasses you choose, but you want to make sure that it looks good with your complexion, hair coloring, eye color, and most importantly your face shape. You want to make sure the whole look is pulled together nicely, so that way people notice you first, your glasses second.

In order to understand what glasses look best on you, you need to know what face shape you are. The best way to do this is by looking in a mirror, close one eye, and trace the outline of your face. You will find your face is either closest to oval, heart, circle, or square shape. As a general rule, you want a pair of glasses that contrast against the shape of your face. On the other hand, coloring should compliment your coloring.

Oval Face Shaped, Julia Roberts


Glasses for Oval Face Shape

If you have an oval face shape you can get away with most any glasses. Often times when wearing glasses we strive to cause our faces to appear more oval in shape and less heart, round, or angular. So when you start with the perfect oval shape, you are not striving to change the appearance of your face.

Oval shapes means that your face is proportionately equal throughout. Your chin is not very narrow, but not wide either. Same with your forehead.

You will want to make sure that your glasses do not overpower your features; therefore. the main thing you want to steer clear of is large frames.Often times a person with an oval face will have smaller features, which means they will want to have smaller glasses that do not overpower them.

Although if you do have an oval face, you will want to wear glasses that are as wide as your widest part of your face, going slightly wider will actually look fine on an oval face.

Famous Oval Faces: Julia Roberts and Beyonce Knowles

Heart Faced Halle Berry


Glasses that Fit a Heart Face Shape

Heart shape faces are much harder to find a pair that matches our features. You will have wider foreheads, narrow chin, and higher cheekbones.

The main goal in a heart shaped face is to minimize the width of the upper portion of your face, as well as offset the very narrow chin.

The styles that would most suit a heart shaped face will have cat eye frame because it will help balance out the narrow chin. Butterfly glasses and round glasses are also good choices.

The ideal glasses will be wider at the bottom than they are at the top, because it offsets your thin chin. Also, you will want to make sure that the glasses go lower, because it will offset your wide forehead. You also want to avoid glasses that are very decorative or wide at the top; while this will only emphasize your already wide forehead and thin chin.

Rimless or very dull colors will suit this face shape, because it takes away the emphasis from the upper portion of your face.

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Famous Heart Faces: Jennifer Anniston, Halle Berry, and David Spade

Round Faced Cameron Diaz


Glasses for a Circle Face Shape

Circle faces usually are shorter than oval faces, but still slightly oval in shape. You will have very soft curves and your face will have very few angular features. Therefore, using angles will actually help add balance to their features. By adding angles in the glasses this will sharpen the persons natural features and add definition.

If you tend to have a chubby round face, then you want more horizontally wide rectangular frames. This will help thin your face, and make it appear longer as well. Also glasses that are slightly higher than the average pair of glasses, around mid to high on the temples. This will help lengthen the face as well. You also want to avoid glasses that are too big for you, as this will only make your face appear even wider.

Round faces usually have eyes that are closer together;therefore, if this is you, make sure you pick out glasses that have a clear bridge over the nose. This will help your eyes look further apart than they naturally are.

Famous Circle Faces: Christina Ricci, Cameron Diaz, and Jason Alexander

Square Shaped Sandra Bullock


Glasses that Look Good on a Square Face Shape

A square shaped face will usually be proportionate in both length and width. Wider forehead and wider chin.

The goal of finding the right glasses for a square faced person is to make the face appear longer, and not so wide, while also minimizing the angles found on the face.

To offset your angular features it is best to use rounder or oval glasses. This will help soften your facial features.Other great glasses would be cat-eye or butterfly frames, because glasses should be more prominent horizontally than vertically. The more narrow the height is, will offset the squareness of your face giving it more of a longer appearance. Subtle rimless frames with soft edges will also soften facial features.

You should also look for glasses that connect at the temples either at the top of the frame or more center set. The lower they are set at the temples will draw attention to your chin, which will only emphasize your broad chin. The higher it is set, will give you more of a delicate look.Another great look is to have a prominent brow bar on your glasses. This will cause your eye to appear higher, and in turn will make your face seem longer.

Famous People with square faces: Brad Pitt, Sandra Bullock, and Demi Moore.

most any as long as they do not overpower your face with size
round, cat eye, and butterfly frames that: avoid decorative at top and should have a wider bottom than top
glasses that have lots of angles such as rectangular glasses
subtle rimless glasses, cat-eye and butterfly glasses

Picking Out The Right Coloring

There are three aspects you should look at when choosing glasses: skin tone, eye color, and hair color.

Skin tone: This is the primary focus in choosing glasses. Matching your skin color will be most important, especially if you like to dye your hair. Everybody is either cool (blue tones) or warm (yellow tone). You will want to match your skin tone with your glasses. For instance, if you are a cool color, than choose cool colors for your glasses.

Eye Color: Matching your eye color can really cause the color of your eyes pop! Like wearing blue glasses with blue eyes, or green glasses with green eyes. This is secondary in importance, so keep in mind your skin tone, before your eyes.

Hair Color: Hair color can also be either warm colors or cool colors; for instance

Cool - strawberry blond, platinum blonde, black with blue tint, white, salt-and-pepper as well as "dishwater" brown

Warm - golden blond (more of a yellow tint), flat black, brown with a golden hue, red hair that could be defined as a carrot-top, and "dirty" gray.

© 2010 Angela Michelle Schultz


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      prince bethel 2 years ago from Africa

      This is quite interesting. There are actually glasses that fit the shape of ones face. Nice hub!

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      Angela Michelle Schultz 2 years ago from United States

      Glasses make me look older as well. Although, when you are older, it can hide your wrinkles and make you appear younger

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      weirdo 2 years ago

      I wished I saw this before I got my first pair of glasses a couple days ago I look like I'm 50 now!!!

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      Avinesh Prahladi 3 years ago from Chandigarh

      I really liked your hub. I also choose glasses as per my the shape of my face . This certainly adds on to your overall look.

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      FullOfLoveSites 3 years ago from United States

      Lucky with those who have oval faces. They can wear whatever type of glasses they want. Same for the hairstyles -- the people with oval faces can wear any type of 'do's. Thanks for posting! :)

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      laraib 4 years ago

      a person who wear glasses can become a heart surgeon?

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      Angela Michelle Schultz 4 years ago from United States

      I'm so glad I could have helped!

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      Gail Sobotkin 4 years ago from South Carolina

      Thanks for sharing this useful information on how to choose glasses that complement different shape faces.

      I like that you also included a video.

      Voted up, useful and interesting.

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      Angela Michelle Schultz 5 years ago from United States

      Thanks for all three of yours inputs!

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      wosnky 5 years ago

      A pair of Snglasses is a must-have in hot summer! Amazing hub!thanks for sharing such informative and fantastic post..

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      luminita1977 6 years ago from New York

      Good article,thanks

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      Angela Michelle Schultz 6 years ago from United States

      Thanks so much flighhigh!!

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      flighhigh 6 years ago from Beijing

      Thumbs up!!

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      Angela Michelle Schultz 6 years ago from United States

      Good luck on your search for the right glasses. I know I will be going to pick out a new pair soon. :)

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      pinkhawk 6 years ago from Pearl of the Orient

      wohh this is cool and useful! ^.^... Now I have an idea.. thank you for these information..^.^

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      Angela Michelle Schultz 6 years ago from United States

      I can get that. I think a lot of people look like bugs in the wrong pair of glasses. :) I have a really hard time finding glasses that fit my face. For me a lot of it is a coloring issue, but the shape is also a big deal.

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      Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin

      Picking out the right pair of sunglasses for me is an absolute must. For whatever reason I have a very small head/face...

      SOMETHING is small, so the smaller the lens the better, let's just put it that way.

      There was one pair I had that I didn't think looked too bad. Though a co-worker said to me one day in the breakroom, "Saw you pull out of the parking lot the other day."

      "Yeah?" I said.

      "I thought a bug was driving your car."

      I smashed them first thing when I got home with a hammer. True story. :)

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      Angela Michelle Schultz 6 years ago from United States

      Thanks Pamela. I know, buying glasses is fun, but sometimes very frustrating!!!

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      Angela Michelle Schultz 6 years ago from United States

      Hey glassvisage, thanks!! I think we both might fall under the heart shapes! Although I see you don't have to wear glasses. LOL! But at least if you buy sunglasses you will know what works best for you!!!

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      What a great topic for a hub. I think you wrote a very helpful hub as getting glasses that look good on you is stressful to me. You gave some great tips.

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      glassvisage 6 years ago from Northern California

      What a great idea for a Hub! This was very useful. I didn't notice all of these face shapes! Thanks for this.

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      Angela Michelle Schultz 6 years ago from United States

      Yes, edguider you are one of the lucky ones. The reason behind that is because the goal is to make your face look oval which is why other glasses look better on different faces. So if you start with oval, you don't really need to change anything!

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      edguider 6 years ago

      I have the Oval Face Shape so next time I need to get my new glasses I have more options :)

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      Angela Michelle Schultz 6 years ago from United States

      Thanks Lotuslove. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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      Angela Michelle Schultz 6 years ago from United States

      Well Dave, I can honestly say I will thank the heavens the day I can toss out my glasses, but for now, I have to make do with what I have. It's easier to be happy with what I have to wear, than resentful, so what can I say. LOL. I have trouble with contacts, but really they aren't all that bad. I'm curious though, what kind of illness did you have as a child?

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      Angela Michelle Schultz 6 years ago from United States

      Dallas, I hope to someday get that as well, but that's true you still have to wear sunglasses, making this information not obsolete. I have to admit, I don't have nearly as much trouble finding sunglasses that loog good as opposed to glasses, but since I can't eever wear contacts anymore, I don't wear sunglasses like I used to.

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      Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Angela thank you for this. I have to wear glasses for reading and I hate every second of it, but it has become a necessity so I can see the small print. I thought of those plastic thingies some people stick in their eye, those contact lens thingies, but the thought of having something even close to my eyes like that scares the heck out of me as I temporarily lost my sight through a childhood illness, so excuse me if I do not share your enthusiasm for all of this.


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      Dallas W Thompson 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      I had laser surgery... However, I wear sunglasses on occasion. Great hub. Informative and well researched.

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      Angela Michelle Schultz 6 years ago from United States

      I hope to someday have the surgery so I don't need glasses, but for now, I am having fun picking out glasses.

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      Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      A very useful Hub as I wear reading glasses!

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