Choosing the right frames can change your entire face, but finding eyeglass frames that fit your shape and proportions isn’t always easy.

The perfect pair of glasses will depend on a few things. You want to find a complimentary balance between your facial features and the shape/size of your frames, so think opposites; if you have soft curves and few angles, you’ll want to add definition with angular glass frames, and if you have strong or prominent features, you’re going to want to try on frames that are soft and rounded.

It’s really all about finding a nice balance, so here are some tips for matching the right frame shapes with your facial features. Even if your face shape doesn’t fit perfectly into one of these categories below, find the closest match and experiment!

Top to bottom: Warby Parker, Ray Ban, Prada


Round – Rectangular frames will help to sharpen the soft curves of a rounded face. Frames with sharp angles will also help to lengthen the face and a clear bridge will widen the eyes. Try to pick frames that are more horizontal than vertical, and avoid anything too circular or oval.

Top to bottom: Ray Ban, Ralph Lauren, Warby Parker


Square – Round or oval eyeglass frames will soften and add contrast to strong facial features. A cat-eye will help to contour, and subtle rimless frames with really soft edges will add contrast to otherwise prominent features. If you choose a pair with a forgiving upper edge, it will help divert attention from a strong jaw line.

Top to bottom: Kate Spade, Calvin Klein, Coach


Heart – This one is a bit tricky, but a little experimentation will help you find the perfect fit. Have fun with variety and try to find balance by avoiding frames that are too top heavy with decoration and width. You want a clean, simple temple along the sides as well. Something airy and rimless will lighten up wider portions, or butterfly and cat eye frames would work well, too.

Top to bottom: Takumi, Burberry, Juicy


Oval – The balanced proportions of an oval face make it a shape that works well with most frames. A good rule of thumb is to find a pair that is as wide as the broadest part of your face, or try walnut-shaped frames that aren’t too narrow. Just make sure to stay away from frames that are too large for your facial features, especially if yours are on the smaller side.

Regardless of your face shape, something you should always check when trying on a pair of glasses is where the center falls: your eyes should always be centered in the frame with the temples level. Whether you wear glasses daily or only for necessary occasions, I hope these tips help you find the perfect frames that will make you feel comfortable and beautiful. Good luck!

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Photo credits: My Virtual Makeover

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