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July 11, 2019

Different Types of Face Shapes

Wondering why the cat-eye glasses look better on display than on your face? The answer could be as simple as the shape of your face. Certain glasses look better depending on face shape, and knowing which frames were designed with your face in mind will help you select more stylish and complementary frames.

What Looks Good on My Face Shape?

Everyone’s face is unique, so it makes sense that some frames are better suited for certain face shapes. Compare your facial features to the following descriptions to find out which shape best describes your face.


Oval Face Shape

Oval face shapes are identifiable by their balanced proportions. With oval faces, the forehead, cheekbones, and jawline are equal in width. Because oval faces are naturally balanced, people with this face shape look great in almost any glasses. Selecting frames that are as wide as the widest part of your face will help maintain balanced proportions.



Square Face Shape

Square faces are defined by a strong jawline and wide forehead with angular cheekbones. These face types are also equal in width and length, giving them a square appearance. Square-shaped faces look best in circular, aviator, or oval frames. Create the illusion of added length by choosing frames that are greater in width than in depth.



Round Face Shape

Round face shapes lack angular definition and are similar to square faces in that the width and length are equal. People with round faces look best in rectangular frames, and they should avoid round or circular frames at all costs, as these only accentuate your already round features. Trying frames with a clear bridge will also help make your eyes pop.



Rectangular face shapes are categorized by a strong jawline and wide forehead, similar to square face shapes. However, a rectangular face is longer than it is wide. Oblong faces are best complemented by triangular, circular, or deep rectangular frames. Choosing glasses that have greater height than width will help balance out your facial features.  

Base-Up Triangle/Heart


Triangle Face Shape

Base-up triangle or heart-shaped faces are wider at the forehead, gradually getting smaller in width and reaching a point at the chin. Heart-shaped faces look best in frames that are either very angular or circular in nature. Glasses with a wider base or rimless frames will accentuate the best parts of your facial features if you have a heart-shaped face.

Tradewinds Eye Care & Optical for Your Frames


Still not sure which frames are best suited for your face shape? The best way to get the most complementary frames for your face is by booking a fitting at Tradewinds Eye Care & Optical. Conveniently located in Davidson, North Carolina, we offer a wide selection of top-quality frames at fair and reasonable prices. Our expert optometrist will guide you through the fitting process, ensuring a perfect, comfortable fit every time.

Book your appointment online today to find the perfect frame fit for your face shape.

Face Shape Guide
Square face
Round face
Oval face
Heart face

A square face has defined angles and balanced lines along the forehead, chin and cheeks. An oval or round frame will complement these strong features and soften them.

The width and height of a round face will be roughly similar. In order to elongate and play down the fullness of the cheeks, select a frame with strong angles and straight lines.

An oval face is defined by higher cheekbones and a chin that is narrower than the forehead. Frames that sweep upward complement the cheekbones and slim down the jawline.

A heart-shaped face has a long, pointed jawline, with the chin being the smallest feature. Over-sized frames complement this shape and balance out the forehead and narrow chin.