Face Shape Guide for Glasses

face-shape-guide-main-faces-glasses

Are you looking for the perfect pair of glasses for your face shape? Whether you have a round, oval or square-shaped face, there’s a pair out there made just for you! Here’s a guide to help you find the perfect frame according to your face shape.

What is my face shape?

Did you know that most people change their eyeglasses approximately every 3 years? When it’s time to get new glasses, you want to make sure you get the shape right! With so many glasses to choose from, knowing what suits you best can really help in bringing out your unique facial contours. 

Many people change their eyeglasses so seldom because of the expected cost in many retail locations. And lens manufacturers feature products can sometimes break the thousand dollar barrier- no wonder most people try to get the most wear out of each pair of glasses they purchase! 

This also can mean it may be an expensive proposition to choose a frame that’s a little out of your “comfort zone”. With our Try On View you can begin to see how that frame may look on you when it arrives and regardless, our 14-day exchange/return policy gives you peace of mind should the glasses arrive and not be everything you’d hoped.

What is my face shape?

In order to choose properly, you first need to identify your facial features. There are 5 main categories of face shapes:

  • Square 
  • Round
  • Heart
  • Triangular
  • Oval

To assess your own facial structure keep reading but remember that this is a guide, not a rulebook- if you like the look of a frame on yourself, own it! Making your own style rules can be a fun and expressive way to show your individual personality and spirit. 

If you’re looking for assistance to achieve a classically good looking pair for your face shape, however, read on for our tips on assessing your own face and choosing a frame that will accentuate the advantages you were born with!

Glasses for All Kinds of Shapes

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.

Once you’ve recognized your face shape, you can find which frame shape will bring a natural balance to your face. This guide will help identify the type of glasses shape you should look at when browsing online or in store.

For a bare bone, just-the-facts assessment, look at your jawline in the mirror. Is your jawline more curved or is it leaning towards the more angular side of things?  For the simplest assessment of your face, decide if your jawline is more “round” or “square”. For a more detailed examination of your facial structure, see below.

Scroll through our guide to know the appropriate glasses for face shapes:


Glasses for Square Face Shape


 

Square Face Shape

Square Face Shape

Square faces often have bold, angular features and cut a clean, straight line from the forehead to the jaw. Rounded and thinner frames that are slightly wider on the side will have a harmonious and natural look on square faces. 

Square-shaped faces will want to choose the opposite shape for glasses such as: 

You will want frames that are proportional to the length and width of your face. Round and oval-shaped frames will soften the hard angles in a square shaped face and add balance. They also suit diamond-shaped faces.

Draw attention away from the angles: The best way to flatter the facial features of a square face is to bring the attention away from the square shape with coloured frames

Sunglasses for Square face shape

If you’re shopping for sunglasses for a square face, choose curved sunglasses designs that are wider – these will help soften sharp angles and balance your cheekbones. And for a bold statement, give cat-eye shades a try.

Shop Glasses for Square Faces >>


Glasses for Round Face Shape


 

Round Face Shape

Round Face Shape

Round faces are all soft curves and smooth lines with a face that is roughly the same width from the jaw up through to the brow. With round faces, the cheeks are usually full and the chin is rounded with very few angles. Unlike some other face shapes, a round face is often very distinguished because it is all about the curves.

Fitting Tips

The most important thing to remember when choosing glasses for round face shapes is to select frames that work to add angles. They look great in bold, angular glasses with clean lines. 

Below are a few tips to keep in mind when you search.

  • Rectangular frames: break up the face structure, which can make your face appear longer and thinner. 
  • Angular and geometric frames: add some sharper, more distinct lines to your face in order to create a balance.
  • Upswept frames such as cat-eye or D-frame: if you have full-bodied curvy cheeks, try to draw attention to them while simultaneously placing the focus on your eyes. 

And if you’re looking for sunglasses for round faces, have a look at our suggestions of rectangular, D-frame, or squared-off cat-eye sunnies. 

Shop Glasses for Round Faces >>


Glasses for Heart Face Shape


 

Heart Face Shape

Heart Face Shape

Heart-shaped faces are widest at the brow, narrowing down through to the chin with high cheekbones. This face shape can be either long or round and often gives the owner a sweet and cheerful look. 

This is typically thought of as the most versatile of all the face shapes. They look great in winged-out frames that jut out slightly wider than their forehead and rounded bases to balance and complement their features such as: 

  • Bottom-heavy frames: If your chin is especially narrow, you may wish to create a bit more width. 
  • Frame with low-set temples: If you’re conscious of your forehead’s width, choosing this style will draw attention downward, emphasizing the lower part of your face.
  • Oval-shaped frames: if you have a pointy chin by selecting an oval frame shape works wonders for drawing attention upward toward your eyes.
  • Light-coloured or rimless frames: minimize the look of glasses on your heart-shaped face by selecting a style with an unobtrusive frame.

Shopping for sunglasses that’ll suit your heart face? 

Find frames that are proportionate to your face by looking for styles that have a deep base and subtle wingtips that are slightly wider than your forehead. Aviators and D-frame sunglasses are great options.

Shop Glasses for Heart-Shaped Faces >>


Glasses for Triangle Face Shape


 

Triangle Face Shape

Triangle Face Shape

Triangular faces are widest on the bottom, narrowest on top. So you want to find a mirror-opposite frame: bold on top, light on the bottom. With a mix of round and angular shapes such as the following will particularly fit triangular faces:

  • D-frames 
  • aviator 
  • cat-eyes glasses 

And if you want to make a bolder statement, a round style offers an interesting juxtaposition to angular features.

Are you in search of sunglasses for a triangle face shape? 

Balance your features with a pair of sunnies that are the complete opposite in structure; look for designs that are widest at the top and narrowest at the bottom, like cat-eye sunglasses or D-frame shapes. Sunglasses with a wider or bolder browline will draw attention away from your jawline and elongate your forehead.

Shop Glasses for Triangle Faces >>


Glasses for Oval Face Shape


 

Oval Face Shape

Oval Face Shape

People with oval faces fit with most frame shapes. With a narrower forehead and slightly narrow chin, oval is considered the most universal face shape — so have fun with the latest trends because most work for you. 

This, however, doesn’t mean that you can pick up any frame off the shelf. A frame should emphasize the strong points and deemphasize the weak points of your face so that your face looks perfectly balanced. For an oval face, it means emphasizing the natural balance of the face and adding angles to its soft curves.

Look for a frame that is as wide as the widest part of your face, which is the area around the eyes. In this respect, the most suitable eyeglasses frames for oval faces are:

  • square, 
  • rectangular or 
  • geometric shapes.

Looking for sunglasses for your oval face? 

You can have a little – or a lot – of fun with your eyewear choices! You can dare to be bold with a statement-making style, like a fierce cat-eye or an edgy pair of aviators. If you’d like to keep it classic instead, you’ll love our iconic D-frame sunnies.

Shop Glasses for Oval Faces >>


 

Perfect Pair of Glasses

Ready to Find Your Perfect Pair of Glasses?

Now that you know how to find the right glasses for your face shape, you’ll be able to find a pair that will look harmonious and will bring a natural balance to your face. Each collection of glasses offers frames for round, oval, square, triangular or heart-shaped faces. And it’s also valid for sunglasses!

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

Our special features will help you find glasses for small faces, large forehead or high cheekbones! Just select your face shape and get a curated collection of frames that will best suit you. Or dive into browsing our extensive selection of frames. Choosing a pair of glasses has never been this easy!

Shop With Face Shape Guide >>

Shop all glasses >>

Shop Sunglasses >>

9 Comments

  • Reply August 15, 2016

    TheFred

    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:

      https://www.coastal.com/help#contact-and-hours

      Thank you again.

  • Reply May 30, 2017

    LNWeaver

    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

    Shirley

    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:

      http://bit.ly/2FVdjvc

      Thanks,

      Sarah

  • 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:

      https://www.coastal.com/thelook/how-to-find-perfect-pair-of-glasses/

      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.

      Thanks,

      Sarah

Leave a Reply