Choosing the Right Eyeglass Frames For Your Face

Eyeglass frame shapesPrescription eyeglasses now come in such a wide variety of colors, materials and frame shapes that it can be daunting to pick the perfect pair. Here are a few points to consider when choosing the best pair of glasses for you, including your face shape, skin tone and lifestyle. ( If you want help selecting the best frame in person, visit our Fort Lauderdale eyecare center ).

The first factor to think about when choosing eyeglasses is your face shape. The shape of your face determines the styles of frames that work best on your face to enhance your features and play down what you don’t like. The four common face shapes are round, square, heart and oval.

Round Face

Round faces tend to have fuller cheeks and softer features with a similar length and width of the face. Squared off or rectangular frames lengthen your face while round and rimless ones exaggerate fuller features.


Square faces feature angular jawlines and larger foreheads. Any harsh angles of your face will be softened by rounded, circular frames. Square or rectangle frames will play up these strong features and may appear too severe.

Heart Shaped

A heart-shaped face has a smaller chin and a wider upper part of the face with high cheekbones and a more expansive forehead. Rounded frames play down a wider forehead and rimless styles create slimming effect across the top portion of the face. Brightly colored or decorative eyeglasses will draw too much attention to your forehead. Simple designs will work better for this shape.

Oval Faces

Oval faces tend to be symmetrical and can wear either rounded or squared off frames. Most frames are universally flattering on oval faces, but it’s best to steer clear of very large eyeglasses that cover too much of your face.

Skin tone can also determine the best pair for you. Warm complexions feature yellow undertones, such as olive skin tones. While black or white frames are too severe, muted neutrals in shades of brown and gold work well.

Cool complexions have pink or blue undertones and similar colors flatter these skin tones. Pinks, blues and grays are flattering while silver and black frames are the best neutrals. It’s a good idea to avoid browns and gold because you can look washed out.

Dark skin tones also look great with a pop of bright color on the face. Neon or bright colors create a contrast that will really make you stand out from the crowd.

Lifestyle plays an important part in picking out the best pair of eyeglasses for you. An active or sporty lifestyle requires durable frames. Nylon and plastic frames are strong yet flexible and lightweight. These pairs are great for sports and durable everyday wear. Metal frames tend to be thinner and may bend. However, they are perfect for casual everyday use, special occasions and less intensive activities.

Eyeglasses are a fun yet practical accessory where an individual can express her individuality and style. Once you have narrowed down the best shapes and frame colors to fit your lifestyle, you can customize your look with a new flattering pair, or several, to meet all of your needs.

Stop by our Fort Lauderdale eyeglasses eye care center and lab at 6201 N. Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308 and we’d be glad to assist you.


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