Face Shape Guide for Glasses


Here’s the truth about face shapes: almost nobody is a perfect heart, circle, square, or any other narrowly defined category. Most faces are a combination of a few different shapes: rounded chins and tall foreheads, angular features and tapered jaws, and so on.

Trying to pick just one stock image out of a lineup can feel impossible. What you want is the shape that looks the most like yours — even if your chin is a little more pointed than the “typical” oval, or your forehead a little wider than the “usual” inverted triangle. These are all just guidelines to help you determine how to balance and complement your features, not unbreakable rules.

With so many glasses to choose from, knowing what works best can really help in bringing out your unique facial contours. If you have an oval, round, heart, triangle or square shaped face, this face shape guide will help in letting you know which glasses to focus on when shopping.








Looking for more information on how to find your perfect pair of glasses?

Our Ultimate Guide to Finding the Perfect Pair of Glasses provides more information on tailoring your frame to ensure the perfect fit, shopping by frame type, and tips for complementing your eyewear to your hair and eye color, and skin tone.


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Select your face shape and get a curated collection of frames that will best suit you, or dive in to browsing our extensive selection of frames.

Originally published November 2013. Updated March 2017.


  • Reply August 15, 2016


    It’s somewhat subjective as to what are the “perfect” glasses for each face.

    None of this explains why, several years ago, everyone, male and female, was wearing those scrunched up “Tina Fey” glasses, which looked good on no one, including Tina Fey. In fact, they were the only choice available at many stores. I thought that was the worst fashion fad since enormous shoulder pads on women. I couldn’t wait for it to pass.

    • Reply September 1, 2016

      Sarah Arboleda

      Hi TheFred,

      Fashions definitely come and go with time. Only a decade ago, big chunky plastic frames seemed unusual and now they’re the norm — and they’ll surely be seen as outdated and unusual soon enough again.

      Shapes are always a good guideline, but style, fashion, and taste always have a role to play as well.

      Thank you for sharing your comment!

  • Reply August 17, 2016

    larry williams

    Congrats! If there were 100 eyewear companies lined up to choose from, I would do without glasses rather than choose you because of the rude, obtrusive way your ad keeps poppping up on my FB page. I don’t even wear eyeglasses and your ad continually, bombards me over and over daily. I would advise friends against dealing with you for the same reasons but probably don’t haveto as they get hit with the same pop=up. I type this to you as I cannot find a way to “unsubscribe” from your garbage

    • Reply September 1, 2016

      Sarah Arboleda

      Hi Larry,

      Thank you for sharing your concerns. We understand and respect the frustration regarding the cookie-based ads that follow customers from site to site.

      These ads auto-populate based on the sites you’ve recently visited. If you don’t want to see particular ads, you can always re-set them by clearing your cache and cookies. This process can differ depending on your browser, and whether you’re using a Mac or PC, but the usual method is as follows:

      Press CTRL-Shift-Delete if on Windows (PC), or Command-Shift-Delete on Mac. This should open a window that prompts you to clear your browsing data. If you don’t want to lose any saved passwords, you can often choose just to delete your browsing and download history. Once cleared, the cookie-based ads should change depending on the next few sites you visit.

      We hope this was helpful.

      If you have any further questions, our Vision Care representatives are always on hand to talk or chat you through any concerns you might have.

      To give us a call, dial 1-866-333-6888. For e-mail, you can contact us at info@coastal.com. And for live chat, contact us through the blue tab on our Contact page located here:


      Thank you again.

  • Reply May 30, 2017


    I didn’t know that your face could have a combination of types in it. I think my face is mostly square since it has angular lines with equally wide cheeks and jaw. My vision has started to go as I get older, so I have to get glasses. I’ll look for a frame that’s slightly rounded since you said that will soften angular features.

  • Reply November 21, 2017


    I have a frame that I already like that is frameless around the lenses. Can I still use it and buy lenses?

    • Reply February 6, 2018

      Sarah Arboleda

      Hi Shirley,

      At this time we don’t offer a service to add lenses to an existing pair, but you can definitely buy any of the rimless glasses we currently have available.

      We have our currently selection here:




  • Reply February 26, 2018

    Wanda Perciful

    Does the color of frames complement the color of your eyes?

    • Reply March 5, 2018

      Sarah Arboleda

      Hi Wanda,

      For more on color matching with glasses, I’d recommend reading this article:


      The short version is that it typically follows the rules of color-opposites.

      If you have green eyes, purple frames can be a great choice to highlight them. If you have blue eyes, then the orange inflections in a pair of tortoise frames are perfect. Brown eyes look great with black, etc.

      If you have any additional questions about style, we’d love to hear from you again. You can always give us a call at 1-866-333-6888.



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