Here’s the truth about face shapes: almost nobody is a perfect heart, circle, square, or any other narrowly defined category. Most faces are a combination of a few different shapes: rounded chins and tall foreheads, angular features and tapered jaws, and so on.
Trying to pick just one stock image out of a lineup can feel impossible. What you want is the shape that looks the most like yours — even if your chin is a little more pointed than the “typical” oval, or your forehead a little wider than the “usual” inverted triangle. These are all just guidelines to help you determine how to balance and complement your features, not unbreakable rules.
With so many glasses to choose from, knowing what works best can really help in bringing out your unique facial contours. If you have an oval, round, heart, triangle or square shaped face, this face shape guide will help in letting you know which glasses to focus on when shopping.
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Oval is considered the most universal face shape — so have fun with the latest trends because most will work for you.
Heart shape faces are widest at the brow, narrowing down through to the chin. They look great in winged-out frames that jut out slightly wider than their forehead and rounded bases to balance and complement their features.
Looking for more information on how to find your perfect pair of glasses?
Our Ultimate Guide to Finding the Perfect Pair of Glasses provides more information on tailoring your frame to ensure the perfect fit, shopping by frame type, and tips for complementing your eyewear to your hair and eye color, and skin tone.
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Originally published November 2013. Updated March 2017.