How to Find the Best Glasses for Your Face Shape

You want to match your personal style and draw attention to your best features. Here’s how to zero in on that perfect pair.

If you have a round face:

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This face shape is as wide as it is long, with the widest part occurring at the ears, like Selena Gomez, Kelly Clarkson, and Mila Kunis. “If you have a rounder face, a more rectangular, angular shape will add sharpness, highlight your cheekbones, and overall make your face look more contoured,” says Jessica Coppel, vice president of brand management at Coppel highly recommends choosing a frame in a brick-and-mortar store with the help of a knowledgeable optician. “It’s important to try on several styles to find the perfect fit,” Coppel adds. “When a frame fits well, and you look in the mirror, you will be more encouraged to wear glasses all day, optimizing your eyesight. A win for beauty and a win for eye health.” The frames pictured are Chamberlain by Warby Parker. Prefer to order glasses online? You should still try on several styles if you decide to buy glasses online.

If you have a heart-shaped face:

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Often referred to as the ideal shape for a woman, a heart-shaped face includes a more narrow chin that widens along the cheekbone to a fuller forehead. Celebs who rock this face shape include Michelle Pfeiffer, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Claudia Schiffer, and Naomi Campbell. The downside of this feminine face shape is that it’s easy for many sunglasses and eyeglasses to overwhelm individual features. That’s why experts recommend keeping it classic, simple, and understated. “Opt for a frame with a bit of roundness and soft curve,” suggests Wes Stoody, founder of the hipster glasses company Article One. “Upswept cat eyes are great for women with a heart-shaped face,” he suggests. The frames pictured are Valentine by Article One.

If you have an oval face:

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People with an oval-shaped face—that’s roughly twice as long as it is wide, and only slightly narrower at the jaw than at the temples—rejoice! Image and wardrobe stylist and personal shopper Dina Scherer says that basically any type of eyeglass frame will compliment your face shape because of its natural balance between forehead, cheeks, and chin. So why not go big? “This is where it becomes more important to either play up your fun-approachable side by repeating the curved lines of your face with more rounded or curved shapes, or making yourself look more authoritative via the angular shapes,” Scherer says. Like oval-faced celebs Selma Hayek, Julianne Moore, Tina Fey, Kate Middleton, and Jessica Alba, you can also go with oversized. “The width and scale of the glasses will be nicely balanced by the length of your symmetrical face shape,” Scherer adds. The frames pictured are Walsh by Article One. Avoid making these makeup mistakes if you wear glasses.

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