Copyright - Visual Effects Optometry - 2011
frame selection
The Square Shape Face

A strong jaw line, a broad forehead, and a wide chin and cheekbones
characterize a square face. Width and length have the same proportions
or are equal size.

Frames should make the face look longer.
- Gently curved narrow styles will minimize squareness and add length
- Frames should be more horizontal than vertical
- Try oval shapes with temples in the center
The Oblong or Rectangular Face

Because it is longer than it is wide, the oblong face needs a frame that is
deeper than it is wide to shorten the face or to create the illusion of a shorter
face. Frames should break the length of the face, making the face appear
shorter and wider.

- Frames should have top-to-bottom depth
- To soften the face, try round, deep, or low-triangle shapes, or frames with
  strong vertical lines
- A low bridge will also shorten the nose
The Base-up Triangle or Heart Shaped Face

This shape has a very wide forehead and high cheekbones. Face narrows
gradually to the chin. Frames should add width below the eye line to offset
the narrow chin.

- Very light colors and rimless styles are very effective
- Try frames that are wider at the bottom
- Other choices include aviator, butterfly, or low-triangle styles; frames
  with rounded tops and squared bottoms will also work
The Oval Shape Face

Because of its mostly balanced proportions, the oval face is considered to be
the ideal face shape. The chin is slightly narrower than the forehead, and the
cheekbones are high. Frames should maintain the oval’s natural balance.

- Select frames that are wide or wider than the broadest part of the face.
- Keep frames the same proportions as the face
- Follow your brow line, don’t let eyewear create a new expression
The Round Shape Face

A round face is just that - full, with few angles. Width and length in the same
proportions or equal.

- Slightly angular, narrow frames will lengthen the round face
- Avoid excessively rounded styles, which will exaggerate curves
- The frames should be wider than they are deep