Specs Appeal: Choose the Best Eyewear for Your Face Shape!

For many of us, the most important aspect of choosing the right pair of eyeglass frames is how they look on our face. Sure there are a million awesome frames out there, and you could try on each and every one in the shop to find out how they all look (we don’t mind!) – but narrowing your choices in advance can save you a lot of time, and maybe a little aggravation. Here are a few tips to make your eyewear shopping experience a fun, relaxing one – and help you in finding your perfect pair of frames!

The Perfect Pair: You & Your Frames

You should consider three key points when choosing a frame that best compliments your unique face:

  1. Eyewear should accentuate your most favourite features. Have blue eyes? Consider a blue frame to match! Deeper complexion? Eyewear with metallic tones can look stunning.
  2. The frame should contrast with your face shape. There are five basic face shapes: square, heart, oval, round, and diamond. Find a frame that best accentuates the natural beauty of your face shape.
  3. The frame size should be in scale with your face size. Eyewear is a fun way to showcase your style, the goal is to find a pair that will compliment – not compete – with your face.

Face the Facts: Your Ideal Eyewear for your Shape

No two faces are alike! Lets take a quick peak at the five main shapes, their characteristics and kinds of eyewear that are most complimentary! Remember, there are all kinds of variations, and you may not fit completely into a single category – this is just our handy guide to help you navigate through the masses of frame styles that are out there in the eyewear universe.

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It’s hip to be square! Square face shapes are usually proportional in length and width, characterized by a broad forehead, strong horizontal jawline and squared chin.

Your Ideal Eyewear

  • Softer shapes, such as oval shapes usually work best for your face shape – think round or oval eyeglasses, in dark or bold colored frames.
  • Look for frames that have more width than depth – narrow oval shaped frames are an excellent choice!
  • Choose frames with corner flourishes or pops of color to soften your sharper features.

Did you know?

Researchers have identified five genes that influence face shape, and there may be hundreds more with small, but influential effects. Environmental factors such as stress, toxins and psychological experiences have also been linked to effecting facial symmetry and shape. Kind of cool, eh?

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Your heart-shaped face is like an inverted triangle, usually a bit longer than wide – and often characterized by a wider forehead, higher cheekbones and a narrow jaw line.

Your Ideal Eyewear

  • To balance your features and add width below your eyeline, choose oval or round shaped glasses.
  • Try a pair with upward curves, or lower temples, they tend to look amazing on this face shape.
  • Thin, light-colored frames that balance a narrower chin are highly complimentary.
  • Avoid exaggerating the widest parts of your face with strong top lines. Think bottom-heavy frames, as they will add width to the narrower, lower parts of your face.

Did you know?

Face-reading experts believe the shape of your face can reveal basic personality traits and determine your overall approach to life. What does your face shape say about you? Well, we’ll have to save that for a new blog post, another day!

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An oval face shape has a lightly curved jawline that is a little narrower than the forehead. Your cheekbones are often high and angled. If you have this face shape, you’re in luck – known for its versatility, just about any frame will work!

Your Ideal Eyewear

  • Considered the most versatile face shape, give any style a try – square or round shapes!
  • Dark or light colored frames are typically very complimentary.
  • The goal is to accentuate a nice contrast to your facial curves.
  • Try a pair of frames that are as wide as, or wider than the broadest part of your face.
  • An ovals biggest downfall is a frame that is too big or too small, throwing off that natural balance of your face.

 Did you know?

High cheekbones (one of the distinct features of an oval face shape) create a “triangle of youth” effect, causing a person to be perceived as more youthful in some facial recognition studies.

face shape eyewear - round


Round faces are about as wide as they are tall. Your shape is characterized by full cheeks, a wider set forehead, and a rounded chin.

Your Ideal Eyewear

  • Round faces are the perfect showcase for square or strong, angular frame shapes that provide contrast to your natural face shape and softer features.
  • Look for a clear bridge that widens the eyes, and high or mid-height temples, which create a longer profile.
  • Yearning for a hint of fun? Try a pair with a slight upsweep at the corners to show off those cheeks and bring focus to your eyes.

Did you know?

Round faces with their softer features that are distinct to this shape, can  make a person appear younger than they are. Hello fountain of youth!

face shape eyewear - diamond


Diamond shaped faces are narrow at the eye-line and jawline. Your cheekbones are often high, dramatic, and the widest point of your face.

Your ideal eyewear

  • Oval and rimless frames, glasses with strong brow lines are often complimentary as they balance and enhance your natural facial features.
  • To highlight your eyes, and compliment your cheekbones, try on a frame with detailing or distinctive brow lines, or try on a rimless, oval or cat-eye shape.

Did you know?

If you have a diamond face, you are part of a highly exclusive and unique club – they are considered to be the most rare face type in the world!

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 The Final Frame: Finding Your Perfect Pair!

Remember, these are not hard and fast rules, but rather handy reference points to guide you through finding the most perfect frames for you! Pick a style that makes you feel great, compliments your own unique look, and is the most practical for your lifestyle. If you are ever unsure of a particular frame, take a selfie or have a friend snap a photo of you in the frames – this can help in making your decision. Aside from appearance, take into consideration your daily activities – what you will be using your eyewear for? We want you to have a pair of frames that are as functional, as they are stylish. We recommend an open mind, while having fun trying on plenty of   different frames – you may be surprised to find a new favourite design!

Be sure to visit us at our wonderful store and studio in beautiful Gastown, Vancouver, British Columbia – we love to help our clients find a new pair of spectacular specs. If you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for off the rack, we offer quality custom design services, too!

Happy face-flattering, frame shopping!

– Sara, and the Eyeland Team



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