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Nowadays, the range of stylish and attractive frames for glasses is very wide. The first rule of choosing the right frame is choosing what you like and makes you feel confident. One of the ways to search for a suitable frame that emphasizes the best facial features is to choose a frame in accordance with the shape of the face, skin tone and fashion trends. This article will help you choose the frame for your beautiful face, so that new glasses accentuate its best features!

How to determine your face type

Take a washable marker, lipstick, soap, or pencil. Stand in front of the mirror at arm's length. Without deviating, outline the contour of the face, starting from the chin and ending with the hairline. Take a step back and look at the resulting shape.

The task is to visually lengthen the face, so choose frames of a dark color. They narrow the face and bring it closer to the oval. To balance the proportions of your face, choose a frame with a width greater than height.

Suitable for round face shape:

  • Pointed, rectangular, square glasses.
  • "Feline" frames.
  • Butterfly glasses.
  • Glasses with narrow nose bridge.
  • "Aviators."
  • "Wifarers."

Not suitable for round face shape:

  • Round glasses.
  • Narrow frames.
  • Glasses with sharply defined angles.
  • Glasses in the form of geometric shapes.
  • Color contact lenses.
  • Glasses covering the eyebrows.

How to determine the shape of the face?

As you remember, with the definition of the types of shapes we had a lot of questions, because we are all different, unique, and more often represent a mixed type.

With the shape of the face the same story. But still, we need certain guidelines in order to have something to build on. If, as we know, the Hourglass is considered to be the ideal type of figure, then the oval is considered the perfectly proportional shape of the face. Indeed, for this face shape, the easiest way to choose a hairstyle, glasses and hats is a great choice. But this does not mean that other forms of the face cannot look beautiful and harmonious.

First, let's talk a little about proportions and ideal, because this is exactly what we will strive for with framing ourselves (hairstyle, headgear, glasses, make-up, jewelry). As with the help of clothes any type of figure we strive to bring closer to the classic type X, so with the help of accessories and hairstyles we will strive to bring the shape of the face to the oval.

So, the oval is taken as the standard of a person with ideal proportions, since it differs in especially smooth outlines and balanced individual parts.

Conditionally divide the face into 3 parts. The first part is the BC segment in the figure (from the hairline to the eyebrow line), the second part is the CE segment (from the eyebrow line to the base of the nose), and the third part is the EF segment (from the base of the nose to the chin). A person with perfect proportions has almost equal values ​​for all three segments. And if you draw an imaginary horizontal line through the middle of the pupils, then ideally such a line will divide the face into two equal parts (segments AD, DF).

On an ideally proportional face, the segment OR (the width of the base of the nose) is approximately equal to the segment KL (the distance between the inner corners of the eyes).

All this information is taken into account by makeup artists when choosing makeup. When the shape of the eyebrows is adjusted, the ideal arrangement of the eyebrow relative to the nose is also taken as a rule (in ideal proportions, the eyebrow originates above the OK point, that is, if you draw a straight line from the corner of the base of the nose up through the inner corner of the eye). And the “perfect eyebrow” ends above the OP point (this point is formed if you draw a straight line from the corner of the base of the nose through the outer corner of the eye).

Although knowledge about face proportions is important to us both with proper makeup and eyebrow correction, let's get back to the shape of the face.

So, how can you determine the shape of your face?

There are several ways. The first way is visual.

To do this, completely remove the hair back (you can pull it in a ponytail or wrap a towel around your head), stand in front of the mirror, remove your glasses (if you wear them), abstract as much as possible from your facial features, look through them, paying attention only to the shape the face itself. And now, getting to the mirror as close as possible, cover one eye and, starting from the top, try to draw as accurately as possible the outline of the reflection of your face in the mirror, lipstick or a cotton swab, dipping it in wet soap.

Now you need to step back a couple of steps and see what happened. Verify what you see in the mirror with a short profile:

“Is the height of your face equal to the width, or is the height greater than the width?”
- According to the results of the picture on the mirror you have a wide chin and a narrow forehead, or vice versa, a narrow chin and a wide forehead?
- Look at the lines that you drew: is the line soft throughout, or does it become straight in some places (above or closer to the chin)?

Based on the results of the answers and the resulting contour, look at what shape your face is closest to.

The second way is accurate mathematical calculations. It is difficult for humanities, but nevertheless, this method is also used.

It is necessary to make 4 measurements, as in this photo, record the results and analyze them.

If distance 2 is 55–90% of distance 4, then most likely the shape of the face is a rhombus, oval, heart, triangle (V) or trapezoid.

If distance 2 is approximately equal to distance 4, then the shape of the face is a square or a circle.

If distance 2 is 50% or less of distance 4, then the shape of the face is elongated or rectangle.

If the distances 1, 2, 3 are approximately equal, then most likely the shape of the face is a square, rectangle, or elongated.

If distance 2 is greater than distances 1 and 3, then the shape of the face is a rhombus, circle or oval. And if distance 1 is greater than distance 2 or equal to distances 2 and 3, then the shape of the face is a heart or a triangle (V).

If distance 3 is greater than distances 1 and 2, then the shape of the face is a trapezoid.

Face shape

What are the forms of the face?

The main forms are distinguished: oval, circle, square, triangle. And derivatives: rhombus (diamond / diamond), heart (pentagon), oblong / elongated shape (derived from an oval). Also, face shapes are conventionally divided into two groups - round (soft) and angular (sharp).

Let's get to know more about different face shapes.

Oval (soft, round face that does not have straight lines)

The length of the oval is slightly larger than the width. The width of the forehead is slightly larger than the width of the jaw, the chin is slightly rounded, the widest part of the face is the cheekbones. The oval shape of the face resembles an inverted chicken egg.


Most frames are oval. The main task when choosing a frame is to maintain harmonious proportions of the face.

It is better if the width of the frame is equal to the widest part of the face or slightly wider, and the top line of the spectacle frame coincides with the line of the eyebrows. If you have soft features, try to choose frames of a smooth shape, rounded, without sharp corners. If facial features are sharper, then strict, laconic frames will suit more.

In order not to violate the ideal proportions of the oval shape of the face, avoid too massive and too small frames.

For an oval face shape:
- Butterfly glasses,
- Rectangular, oval, round frames,
- “Aviators”,
- "Feline" frames.

Not suitable for oval face shape:
- Too massive frames
- Too wide frames - ideally, the width of the frame is equal to (or slightly wider) the widest part of the face, and the top line of the frame coincides with the eyebrow line.

Circle (soft, rounded face shape that does not have straight lines)

The length and width of the round face are almost the same, the chin is rounded, the hairline has rounded, smooth contours. The cheekbones are the widest part of the face.

When choosing glasses for a round face shape, you should pay attention to the frames that visually lengthen the face and make it the closest to the shape of the oval.

Avoid glasses in a round frame, prefer a frame with straight lines, sharp and sharp angles (square, rectangle, triangle).

Visually balance the proportions of your face that frame, in which the width prevails over the height. The dark frame visually narrows the face, and this is exactly what we need.

Take a closer look at the frame, in which the upper corners rise up to the temples.

For a round face shape fit:
- Glasses with a square shape, a frame with straight lines,
- "Feline" frames
- Butterfly glasses, glasses extended to the sides,
- Frames with a narrow jumper,
- Glasses with thin arms,
- Bright frames or frames with decor,
- Glasses with high arms,
- Trapezium glasses,
- Frames with an emphasis on the top line of glasses,
- Glasses equal to the width of the face, or slightly wider.

Not suitable for round face shape:
- Round glasses,
- Narrow frames
- Wide jumper,
- Low located temples of glasses.

Heart (soft, round face that does not have straight lines)

The heart-shaped face has soft lines, the face gradually narrows from the forehead to the chin, cheekbones are usually prominent. The length of the heart-shaped face is greater than its width, the chin is the narrowest part of the face, and the forehead is the widest part (or of the same width as the cheekbones).

For a heart-shaped face fit:
- Rounded frames, round glasses,
- Small frames
- narrow jumper,
- Low set temples,
- Focus on the bottom line of the glasses,
- Rimless glasses,
- “Aviators”,
- Glasses in light neutral tones.

Not suitable for a heart-shaped face:
- Heavy, large frames,
- "Feline" frames
- Butterfly glasses, drop glasses,
- Wide jumper,
- Focus on the side of the glasses,
- Square glasses,
- Sharp forms of glasses,
- Vivid colors of frames,
- Glasses covering the eyebrows.

A little confusion often occurs when talking about the face shapes “Inverted Triangle” and “Heart”, because the heart is usually called a triangle for convenience. But there is a significant difference between these two forms of face.

The heart-shaped face is derived from a triangular shape. The heart is a softened triangle shape, with a softer and more rounded line of the cheekbones and forehead. The “heart” has prominent cheekbones, a refined chin, and the forehead is often wide (wider than the “Inverted Triangle”).

For comparison: here is the face shape “Heart”:

And this is the shape of the face Inverted Triangle:

The "Triangle" has a powerful, rough chin and a forehead tapering to the hairline.

When choosing the "Heart" frame, you should pay attention not to visually increase the upper part of the face, and the "Triangle", on the contrary, - the lower one.

Recommendations for Inverted Triangle:

Choose a frame so as not to focus on the massive chin. To do this, select glasses with a wider upper part (feline, geometric, "Aviators"). Half-rimmed glasses are also suitable, where the lower rim is missing or transparent. You can select a frame in which the eyebrow line is underlined in dark or bright color.

Some classification systems distinguish pear-shaped (trapezoidal) face shape. In this form of face, the jaw area is much wider than the forehead. The chin is massive, the length of the face is slightly larger than the width.

This face shape is quite rare, so you can periodically see photos of celebrities with this type of face in other classifications, in particular under the “Inverted Triangle” type. This often happens because when choosing frames for both types of faces, you should be guided by the rule: "Distract attention from the heavy lower part of the face."

For a trapezoid / pear-shaped face suitable:
- Wide frames
- The top of the glasses is bulkier than the bottom,
- Rimless glasses,
- Colored frames
- "Feline" frames.

Not suitable for trapezoidal / pear-shaped faces:
- Narrow, small frames,
- Square or rectangular frames (they give the face sharpness and rudeness).

Square (sharp face shape, length and width of the face are almost the same)

The square shape of the face is characterized by wide cheekbones and an angular, wide chin. Cheekbones, forehead and jaw of the same width, the line of the jaw is square. As a rule, the hairline is almost straight.


When choosing glasses, you should avoid square-shaped frames, as well as miniature models of frames.

Visually balance the proportions of the square shape of the face with rounded frames (round, oval). They will soften angularity, give softness to the face. The Aviators model looks good.

For a square shape of the face fit:
- Big glasses,
- Round, oval, drop-shaped frames,
- "Feline" frames
- Butterfly glasses,
- “Aviators”,
- Glasses with decorations / patterns on the upper edge, on the sides and on the arms,
- Rimless glasses,
- Glasses with colored frames,
- The width of the frame should be equal to the width of the face.

Not suitable for square face shape:
- Square frames with clear geometric shapes,
- The glasses are small, narrow, miniature,
- The frame of the glasses is wider than the face.

Rectangle (sharp face shape, face length greater than its width)

The rectangular shape of the face has an angular and wide chin, cheekbones, jaw and forehead of the same width. Just like a square shape, a rectangular face has straight and clear borders. Usually the hairline is straight.

For a rectangular shape of the face fit:
- “Aviators”,
- Round frames,
- Large frames.

Not suitable for rectangular face shape:
- Small frames
- Narrow frames.

Elongated shape (elongated, oblong)

The length of the face significantly exceeds the width, the lines are angular, the chin is slightly rounded. High forehead, cheekbones, forehead and jaw of the same width.

The task of choosing a frame is to visually reduce the face and smooth, soften the corners.

For an elongated face shape:
- Large, wide frames
- “Aviators”,
- Square frames,
- Oval, round, rectangular frames,
- Colored, bright frames.

Not suitable for elongated face shape:
- Rimless glasses,
- Small frames
- Narrow frames.

The length of the face is slightly larger than the width. The chin is pointed. The widest part of the face is high cheekbones. The contours of the forehead and chin are conical in shape. The narrowest parts are the forehead and lower jaw. The hairline is often uneven.

The task is to visually narrow the cheekbones and expand the forehead to bring the face shape closer to the oval ideal.

For a diamond-shaped face fit:
- Square and oval frames,
- The frame is the same width as the cheekbones (not wider!),
- “Aviators”,
- Soft forms, smooth lines of frames: round,
- Frames slightly widened downwards
- The bottom of the rimless glasses.

For a rhomboid shape, faces do not fit:
- frames with sharp corners,
- Frames wider than the cheekbones,
- Miniature, narrow frames.

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