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

Updated on March 23, 2018
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Glasses are fun to buy and wear. A good pair can add personality to any look, which is why it is important to choose a pair that reflects one's own personality and looks great with one's complexion, hair color, eye color, and most importantly, face shape. The ideal pair of glasses will pull a look together—so others notice the beauty of the person first, and the glasses second.

In order to chose the glasses that look best, it's important to know how to determine face shape; this will inform which specs look best on you. The best way to do this is by looking in a mirror, close one eye, and trace the outline of your face. The shape drawn on the mirror will be either closest to oval, heart, circle, or square. As a general rule, a pair of glasses should contrast the face shape, while also complementing one's coloring.

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

Oval-Shaped Face: Julia Roberts


Glasses That Look Good on a Oval-Shaped Face

Someone with an oval face shape can get away with most any glasses. When choosing specs, it is ideal to choose a pair that give the face an oval appearance rather than heart, round, or angular, which is why those with natural oval faces are so blessed when choosing the perfect frames.

An oval appearance to the face means that is proportionately equal throughout. The chin is not very narrow nor wide, along with the forehead.

It is important that the eyeglasses do not overpower facial features; therefore it is best not to choose large frames, especially for those with smaller features, which is common with oval shaped faces. Unlike those with other shaped faces, an oval faced person can wear a pair that is slightly wider than the widest part of the head. Others should avoid wearing glasses too wide.

Famous oval faces: Julia Roberts and Beyonce Knowles.

Heart-Shaped Face: Halle Berry


Glasses That Look Good on a Heart-Shaped Face

Heart-shaped faces are much harder to find a pair that matches their features. The forehead is wider, with a narrow chin, and higher cheekbones. The main goal when choosing specs is to minimize the width of the upper portion of the face, as well as offset the narrow chin.

The styles that would most suit a heart shaped face are cat eye frames 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 the thin chin. Also, the glasses should set lower, in order to offset a wide forehead. Decorative or frames that are wide at the top will emphasize an already wide forehead and thin chin.

Rimless or very dull colors will suit this face shape, because it deemphasizes the upper portion of the face.

Famous heart faces: Jennifer Anniston, Halle Berry, and David Spade.

Circle-Shaped Face: Cameron Diaz


Glasses That Look Good on a Circle-Shaped Face

Round faces usually are shorter than oval faces, but still slightly oval in shape with very soft curves and 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 person's natural features and add definition.

Those with chubby round cheeks want more horizontally wide rectangular frames in order to help thin the face, and make it appear longer as well. By wearing frames that are slightly higher that set around mid to high on the temples will help lengthen the face.

Glasses to avoid are ones that are too big, because it will cause a rounder appearance. Round faces have eyes that are closer together; therefore, make sure to pick out glasses that have a clear bridge over the nose. This will help the eyes look further apart than they naturally are.

Famous circle faces: Christina Ricci, Cameron Diaz, and Jason Alexander.

Square-Shaped Face: Sandra Bullock


Glasses That Look Good on a Square-Shaped Face

A square-shaped face will usually be proportionate in both length and width: a 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 the angular features it is best to use rounder or oval glasses. This will help soften facial features. Other great glasses would be cat-eye or butterfly frames, because these are more prominent horizontally than vertically. The more narrow the height is, will offset the squareness of the face giving it more of a longer appearance. Subtle rimless frames with soft edges will also soften facial features.

Glasses that connect at the temples or at the top of the frame as well as those more center set are good choices. The lower they are set will draw attention to the broad chin. The higher it is set, will give a more delicate look. Another great look is to have a prominent brow bar. This will cause the eye to appear higher, and in turn will give a longer appearance to the face.

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

Picking Out The Right Coloring

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

Skin tone: This is the primary focus in choosing glasses. Matching skin color will be most important, especially if one likes to dye your hair. Everybody is either cool (blue tones) or warm (yellow tone). It is important to match skin tone to the color of the shades. For instance, a cool color skin tone should choose cool colors.

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

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.

Just as the others, it is a good idea to match.

Final Thoughts

When buying glasses, there are many things to keep in mind, when deciding whether they are the right pair, whether it be face shape or coloring. Most importantly, choosing the perfect spectacles should be fun, and make someone feel beautiful after their purchase!

Questions & Answers

    © 2010 Angela Michelle Schultz


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        prince bethel 3 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 3 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 3 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 4 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 4 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 5 years ago

        a person who wear glasses can become a heart surgeon?

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        Angela Michelle Schultz 5 years ago from United States

        I'm so glad I could have helped!

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        Gail Sobotkin 5 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 6 years ago from United States

        Thanks for all three of yours inputs!

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        wosnky 6 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 7 years ago from New York

        Good article,thanks

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        Angela Michelle Schultz 7 years ago from United States

        Thanks so much flighhigh!!

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        flighhigh 7 years ago from Beijing

        Thumbs up!!

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        Angela Michelle Schultz 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 years ago from United States

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

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        Angela Michelle Schultz 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 years ago from United States

        Thanks Lotuslove. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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        Angela Michelle Schultz 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

        A very useful Hub as I wear reading glasses!