What frames suit your face shape?

For most people, how their eyeglasses look on their face is a very important issue. Unless you wear contact lenses your eyeglasses are generally on your face every waking moment. And lets be honest we have all seen people who are wearing less than flattering eyewear.

Nobody wants a piece of apparel (eyeglasses) placed on their most prominent and visible feature (their face!) without complementing that feature to the highest level. And yet we see people do this day in, day out.

This guide will help you eliminate that risk and feel confident that you are selecting the right frames to try on the next time you are purchasing glasses.

Correctly Matching Eyeglass Frames to Your Particular Face Shape

There are three logical steps that your should consider carefully when selecting an eyeglass frame:
  1. Eyewear should accentuate your best feature (such as a hazel frame to match hazel eyes).
  2. The frame shape should contrast with your face shape.
  3. The frame size should be in scale with your face size.

The variation in the human face can be distilled down into seven basic face shapes: round, oval, oblong, base-down triangle, base-up triangle, diamond and square. These face shapes can then be used in correctly select complementing eyeglasses.

Below is a description of the seven basic shapes, and a description of what frame shape matches that particular face shape.


Description of face type : A round face has continous curvature with very few angles and is as wide as it is long.

Contrasting fame type : Narrow angular frames (wider than they are deep) with a clear bridge to widen the eyes. Rectangular frames as an example.

Benefit : Makes face appear thinner and longer



Description of face type : An oval shaped face is considered to be the ideal. It posesses very balanced proportions.

Contrasting fame type : A frame that is wider than the widdest part of the face.

Benefit : Maintain the oval’s naturally balanced look.



Description of face type: An oblong face is longer than it is wide and has long straight cheeks and occasionally a long nose.

Contrasting fame type: Frames that are deeper than they are wide and possible large and decorative arms (temples) to make the face appear wider

Benefit: Makes face appear shorter and more balanced


Base-Down Triangle

Description of face type: As the name suggests the base-down triangle has a very narrow fore-head and broadens considerably with cheeks and jaw.

Contrasting fame type: Frames that are very colourful or decorative on the top half. Or cat-eye shaped frames that draw attention away from the bottom half of the face.

Benefit: Adds more volume or emphasis to the upper third of the face, there by balancing the face in its entirety

Base-Down Triangle

Base-Up Triangle

Description of face type: This face type has a very large top third (big fore-head) and rapidly reduces towards the bottom of the face.

Contrasting fame type: Frames that are more prominent or wider at the bottom will draw attention away from the upper part of the face. Also choose very light colours and possible rimeless frames.

Benefit: Makes the face appear less v-shaped and more balanced

Base-Up Triangle


Description of face type: This is a particularly rare face shape, narrow foreheads and jawlines gives way to broad cheekbones

Contrasting fame type: Choose frames with dominant brow ridges and distinctive patterns. Cat-eye or oval shaped lenses can also be useful.

Benefit: Accentuates the eyes and de-emphasises the cheek bones.



Description of face type: This face type has a broad fore-head and a strong jawline. All lines on the face are in proportion and it is very angular.

Contrasting fame type: Choose frames that are narrow, that is possess more width than depth. You can also choose frames that are narrowly oval.

Benefit: Reduces the angularity of the face and makes it appear longer.



Three Vision Council Keys to Colour Analysis

  1. There are 2 colour bases for everyone: cool (blue-based) or warm (yellow based).
  2. Colour base brings out the best in each person’s looks.
  3. Personal colouring and eyewear should be complementary.

Three Main Color Palette Determining Factors

  1. Skin tone can either be cool based or warm based. The cool complexion has blue or pink undertones while those with a warm complexion have a more softer or yellow cast look. Olive skinned persons are generally considered cool whereas fair skinned people tend to have more warm colours
  2. Eye colour -given their many colours that can vary from violet to blue-grey to brown or black, the colours of the eyes can either be cool or warm. However they are a secondary factor in considering the overall colour palette of a particular person.
  3. Hair colour because of the many shades hair comes in, it can be either cool or warm depending on its dominant colour. Strawberry blonde, white, platinum, blue-black or auburn hair is considered cool while golden blond, brown-gold, red or brown-black is warm.