Face Shape: Round
Goal: Balancing out the face’s unusual proportions and adding definition.
Mezzmer says…“Square and rectangular frames bring some angularity to the face and downplay the jaw. Plastic frames of a dark color, like black or tortoise shell, further accentuate the face’s natural lines. Also, thin metal frames with a prominent bridge draw attention to the center of the face and away from the round sides of the cheeks.”
Face Shape: Oblong
Hallmarks of an oblong face: Longer than it is wide, with a slightly more exaggerated length than an oval face. Also, prominent cheekbones, a high forehead, and balanced features.
Goal: Shortening the face’s overall appearance.
Mezzmer says…“Round and square frames accentuate an oblong face’s balanced features. An accented top rim or decorative detail at the temple can further break up a face’s long, straight lines and add width.”
Face Shape: Heart
Hallmarks of a heart-shaped face: It has many varieties and can be similar to round or oval faces.
Goal: Balancing out the face’s unusual proportions.
Mezzmer says…“Look for oval-shaped or square frames with curved edges, which can help give a narrow jaw a broader look. Also, thin frames made of light metal or clear plastic can help draw focus to the eyes and away from the prominent chin.”
Face Shape: Diamond
Hallmarks of a diamond face: Broadest at the cheekbones and narrow at the forehead and chin. The narrow eyeline and jawline and small forehead tend to emphasize prominent cheekbones and angular features.
Goal: Balancing out the features.
Mezzmer says…“Glasses for this face shape should be no wider than the cheekbones and versions with soft curves, such as ovals, help to even out the face’s overall appearance.”
The solution: “To add width to the brow, choose frames with color or decoration on top of the frame. Glasses with upswept, cat-eye frames and rimless versions emphasize cheekbones. Solid choices are the Corsair and the Halliday (onEunice).”
Face Shape: Square
Hallmarks of a square face: Fairly symmetrical features, with the forehead and jaw approximately the same width.
Goal: To soften the features and lengthen the face’s appearance.
Mezzmer says…“Look for frames that sit high on the bridge of the nose. These lengthen the face and draw focus away from the sharp, square jawline. Thick plastic frames can make a square face appear bulky, so aim for slimmer frames that achieve a more subtle effect, like theCorsair (worn by Klassy).”
Face Shape: Oval
Hallmarks of an oval face: Longer than they are wide, with balanced features and a slightly rounded jaw. Forehead, chin, and jaw are all proportionate.
Goal: Keeping the face from looking drawn of over long.
Mezzmer says…“Look for frames with a strong bridge that draw focus to the center of the face. Larger frames, cat-eye versions, and more eccentric and whimsical pairs work very well.”