How to Find the Right Glasses to Fit Your Face Shape

By Leena Kollar

Some people would argue that wearing glasses makes you look more intelligent. Wearing glasses also adds a personal touch of style to your look. To keep that personal style strong, choose glasses that fit not just your preferences, but also your face shape. Your eyes and features will stand out the most when your glasses complement the shape of your face. Even sunglasses look better when worn in a style that brings out the best in you.

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Show off those peepers with glasses that flatter your face shape.

Heart-Shaped Faces

If you have a heart-shaped face, you have a wide forehead, high cheekbones and a narrow chin. Choose glasses that create a balance between the top and bottom widths of your face.

People with heart-shaped faces look best in glasses that widen the appearance of the chin or shorten the width of the forehead. This can be done by choosing frames that widen at the bottom. Rimless styles are flattering for prescription glasses that you wear every day because they keep your face from looking top-heavy.

When it comes to sunglasses, women might enjoy wearing glasses in a cat-eye style, while men might prefer aviator style glasses. Look for glasses that have more rounded edges for a well-balanced look.

Round Faces

If your face is round, your features are just that -- round and proportional. To flatter a round face, look for glasses with sharp, angular lines to help elongate the face.

Your everyday prescription glasses should have frames that are wider than they are tall, and that add contrast to your round face shape. This can be done by choosing a pair with embellishments, such as bright colors or prints. A clear or contrasting bridge is also flattering, as it makes your eyes look farther apart.

Sunglasses should also follow these guidelines. Both men and women should look for a pair that is rectangle or square shaped, and doesn't have curved features.

Square Faces

A square-shaped face is defined by strong jawlines and a broad forehead. The width and length of the face is generally proportional. The best glasses for a square-shaped face are ones that soften and round out the sharpness of the facial features.

Oval or round glasses help to contrast the lines of a square-shaped face. Curvy lines help the face appear thinner and softer. Glasses in light neutral colors like cream or beige also help to soften the face and work well as everyday prescription glasses.

Create a more balanced look with sunglasses in styles like butterflies a la Jackie O. -- for women -- or aviators -- for men.

Rectangular Faces

If your face shape is rectangular or oblong, it is longer than it is wide. You probably have a long forehead and a long nose. Look for glasses that add width to a rectangular face. Avoid frames with narrow lenses and instead choose larger, circular frames.

To add width to your narrow face, choose over-sized glasses with thicker frames. Decorative elements on the temples of your everyday glasses will make your face appear broader, since they draw attention to the sides of your face.

The same rules apply for sunglasses, but you can play around with the frame shape a bit. Vintage style frames, or ones with sharp angles, give a long face an edge.

Oval Faces

An oval-shaped face has more balanced proportions than other face shapes -- high cheek bones, a gently curved jawline, a narrow forehead and a narrow chin. This means that people with oval-shaped faces have far more choices when it comes to flattering glasses.

The basic rule of thumb for oval-faced glasses wearers is that "anything goes." However, to maintain the natural balance of the face, some style glasses are better than others. Frames wider than the broadest part of the face, as well as butterfly-style and rectangular frames are all worth considering for your everyday prescription glasses.

For sunglasses, consider a pair that covers the entire face, from the eyebrows to the cheekbones.