Every person has unique face shapes, hair colours, eye colours and skin tones. As a result different people can be suited to very different shapes, colours and styles of glasses. See below for our Dispensing Opticians and Optical Assistants professional view on what styles suit different people best.
According to the Vision Council there are three points to consider when choosing new spectacle frames:
Different face shapes suit different frame shapes. Before choosing a frame look at this and it will help with what will fit best and look good.
Square faces are strong with well defined angles in the jawline, cheeks and forehead. This is defined by the chin and hair line being of equal width to the temple. The most suited frame shape for this shaped face would be oval. A curved shape will give the face a longer look. This effect can be further improved by having a rimless or supra frame as these offer a softer finish. Square faces – We are aiming to make the face look longer and to soften the features. Narrow frame styles suit this face shape. The frame should have more width that depth.
The face is longer than its width. Square and round frames will be best suited to this face shape.
Oval faces are defined by the balanced features. The chin is slightly narrower than the forehead. These people are lucky as most frame shapes will suit their facial features. This is due to the face being in proportion at all levels. Wide frames suit this face shape. Avoid frames too narrow or too deep.
Round faces are a soft circular shape. The width and length are usually equal. These are as long as they are wide. This face shape would suit shallow rectangle frames. Half rimmed rectangle frames can give this face shape a longer look. Narrow angled frames lengthen the faces appearance. Wider frames but not too deep give the face a slimming effect.
Heart faces have a broader forehead but a narrower chin and jawline. Oval shaped frames best suit this facial shape. This shape gives the chin a wider look. Full rims are best for this face shape and heavier styled frames. Heart faces need to make the forehead look smaller by trying frames that are wider at the bottom. Lighter colours will also help. Due to rimless being softer and lighter, they would also be a good type of frame for this face shape.
Skin tones play a big part in choosing new glasses.
The Vision Council has three recommendations:
Cool complexions have blue and pink undertones in the skin. Olive skin is considered cool due to its mixture of yellow and blue.
Warm complexions have peach and cream or yellow tones in their skin.
Cool complexions are best suited to gold, copper, orange, cream, red, blue and bronze.
Warm complexions are best suited to black, blue, jade, plum and bright pinks/purples.