How to Choose the Right Eyeglasses for Your Face?

One of the fun parts of wearing prescription glasses is the process of selecting the most flattering frames for your face. After the eye exam and all the testing, you can sit back and enjoy perusing the stylish options. At Kalamazoo Ophthalmology, we encourage our patients to take their time trying on every option possible. We want you to love the way you look as you view the world. So, how to choose the right eyeglasses for your face?

The most important factor in choosing the right eyeglasses for your face is keeping in mind your eyeglasses are an extension of your personality. The same way you choose your clothes, your eyeglasses are another accessory to highlight your individual aesthetic. There really is no wrong option, but your face shape, skin tone and lifestyle can all contribute to your decision making. Knowing how to pair your face shape to your style of glasses will accentuate your best features while softening angles like a prominent jawline or wider forehead. For every face shape, there are complimentary looks that will fit your face while providing a balance of dimension and variation. Face shapes are round, oval, square, triangular and heart shaped. Tracing your face in a mirror with a dry-erase marker is the simplest way to determine your face shape. From that point, you can narrow down which options will help you look your best. Some glasses even provide a slimming effect and bring symmetry to your facial characteristics. 

The right eyeglasses will enhance your look. Round faces benefit from square or rectangular frames that tend to be wider than the face. The contrast will make a round face appear leaner and longer. Round faces may want to stay away from rimless and rounded frames that accentuate the circular look. For those with an oval face shape, opt for frames that have a strong bridge, are wider than the broadest part of the face and are geometric in shape. Avoid overly large frames that take up a lot of space on the face as it will throw off the natural balance of your features. Square face shapes should select frames the opposite of their face shape. Consider round, angular or boxy frames that rest high on the bridge of the nose as the square shape is longest and most proportional to the forehead and jawline. Triangular or diamond face shapes have a wider forehead, angular cheeks and a narrow chin look great in cat eye or oval glasses that accentuate the cheekbones. Boxy or narrow frames will do the opposite and draw attention to narrow features instead of enhancing them. Finally, heart shaped faces need frames that strike a balance between forehead width and a narrow chin. Frames with embellishments will draw attention to the forehead area but round or square frames with curved edges will redirect focus to other features. 

After choosing the shape that suits your face best, consider the colors of frames that most closely resemble your skin tone. An easy reminder for how to choose the right eyeglasses for your face: frame shape should be opposite of your face shape and color options with similar undertones to your complexion will be most favorable.

Come in soon to try on the latest trends in frames. Schedule your appointment at Kalamazoo Ophthalmology at 269-329-5860 or WEBSITE.