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Fit Well Chosen Eyewear Enhances Appearance

 The most flattering frame for YOUR face:
Oval The Oval face is considered to be the ideal shape because of it's flattering proportions. The chin is slightly narrower than the forehead, and the cheekbones are typically high.

Do: Choose frames that keep the oval's natural balance.
  • Select frames that are as wide or wider than the broadest part of the face.
  • Keep frames in proportion to the face.
Don't: Choose frames with low or "dropped" temples, which will unbalance the face.
Tip: It is common for people who have a classic oval face to have small features. The goal is to keep the face in balance. Ensure the frame is in proportion, and doesn't overwhelm your features.

Round  A round face is just that - full and possessing curvilinear lines, with the width and length in the same proportions and little to no angles. 

Do: Choose frames that make the face appear longer and thinner. 
  • Slightly angular frames will narrow a round face.
  • High or mid-height temples help to create a longer profile.
  • A clear bridge to widen the eyes.
  • Try coloured temples and frames that are wider than they are deep add width.
Don't: Choose excessively rounded or square styles, which will exaggerate facial roundness.
Tip: Metal frames with adjustable nosepads will keep lenses from resting on the fuller cheeks.

Oblong The oblong face is longer than it is wide, and has a long straight cheek line and sometimes a longer nose. To create an illusion that the face is less long, the oblong face needs a frame that is deeper than it is wide. 

Do: Choose frames that "break" the length of the face, making the face appear shorter and wider.
  • Frames should have a top-to-bottom depth.
  • To shorten the face, try round, deep, or low-triangle shapes, or frames with strong horizontal lines.
  • Decorative, contrasting temples can add width to face.
Tip: A low bridge can help shorten the nose and low or "dropped" temples can help a long face appear shorter.

Heart  (or Base Up Triangle) The heart-shaped face has a very wide forehead and high cheekbones. The face narrows gradually to the chin. 

Do: Minimise the width of the top of the face. Frames should add width below the eyeline to offeset the narrow chin.
  • Try frames that are wider at the bottom.
  • Low temples will add balance.
  • Other choices include aviator, butterfly or low-triangle styles. Frames with rounded tops and square bottoms will also work.
  • Very light colours and rimless styles are also effective.
Don't: Choose frames that are decorative or heavy at the top.
Tip: The heart-shaped face is a very difficult face shape to fit, because almost any pair of glasses will add emphasis just where you won't need it. Rimless frames are an excellent choice.

Triangle  (Base Down) The triangular face has a narrow forehead that widens at the cheek and chin areas.

Do:Choose frames that add width to the forehead while softening and and narrowing the appearance of the jaw, chin, and cheeks. 
  • Frames should accent the eye area and be wide enough to balance the jaw line.
  • Frames should be slightly top heavy; bottoms should angle inward.
  • Try square, straight-top aviators, semi-rimless (no rim on the bottom half), or any eyewear with emphasis on the top half of the frame.
Don't: Choose low-temple styles.
Tip: Try frames that are heavily accented with colour and detailing on the top half, or try cat-eye shapes.

Diamond  Diamond-shaped faces are narrow at the eye and jawline, with a small forehead and chin. The cheekbones are often high and dramatic. This is the rarest face shape. 

Do: Choose frames that widen the forehead and jaw, and minimise the temples.
  • Select frames that are heavy on top.
  • Frame sides can be straight or rounded. Rimless frames can be a good choice.
  • Square frames or frames with a straight top and curved bottom will also work. 
Don't: Choose lowered temple frames.
Tip: To highlight the eyes and bring out the cheekbones, try frmaes that have detailing or distinctive browlines, or try rimless frames or oval and cat-eye shapes.

Square  A square face is characterised by a strong jaw line, a broad forehead and a wide chin and cheekbones. The width and length are normally proportioned to one another.

Do: Choose frames that make the face look longer and soften hard angles.
  • Gently curved narrow styles will minimise angles and lengthen the face. 
  • The frames should be wider than the widest part of the face.
  • Frames should be more horizontal than vertical
  • Select frames with weight on top.
  • Try oval shapes with temples in the centre. 
Tip: Usually it is better to avoid a frame that is flat on the bottom, as this will mirror the face shape. Instead, look for a rame that has some curve or uplift to draw attention away from the jawline.


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