Faces, like bodies, come in a variety of different shapes and the quest for the ultimate in flattering frames can be an uphill struggle. So, how to find your perfect match?
Which Glasses Suit You?
The main rule is simple: avoid the same shape of frame as your face, e.g. if you have a round face, don’t choose round frames, while square or angular faces should steer clear of square or angular frames.
Do you have an oval face? (i.e. vaguely egg-shaped)
You’ll look good in just about any frames because there’s no pronounced forehead or jaw to work around. Try angular or rounded aviator shapes, or John Lennon-style wire frames. The only ones to sidestep are those that don’t feel comfortable or simply look odd.
Do you have a square face? (i.e. strong, angular – or short and wide)
This face looks best with thin frames in oval or round shapes, which give a slightly softer, more rounded appearance to the jawline. Frames to avoid are those that emphasise squareness.
Do you have a round face? (i.e. short and fairly wide with full cheeks and a rounded chin)
The right shape will slim down the appearance of your features: choose angular frames – cat’s eye, rectangular, square shapes. Frames to avoid are small and circular, or else very large, both of which will make the face look rounder.
Do you have a long face? (i.e. high-cheekboned, often with a deep forehead and a strong, sharp or chiselled jawline)
Look for wide, large frames that counteract the face’s narrowness. Frames with a strong top bar or rounded ‘owl’ shapes can work well. But steer clear of small, square styles.
- If your eyes are close-set, avoid big frames as they’ll emphasise the fact.
- If you have a long nose, be careful of glasses with high ‘bridges’, as these will emphasise the length of your nose. A high bridge can give length to a short nose.
- Eyes should appear in the middle of the lens, to avoid looking cross-eyed.
- Eyebrows should line up perfectly with the top bar of the glasses; if they’re higher or lower you’ll look double-browed.
- Glasses shouldn’t touch your cheeks.
- Choose frames which fit comfortably and are the right width for your face; opticians can do a lot to make glasses fit better.
- If your glasses leave pinch-marks on the nose, they’re too tight. You can probably get them ‘eased’ at the optician’s.
Glamour and glasses
- Glasses call for an eye make-up rethink.
- If your prescription is for nearsightedness, your eyes will seem to recede a bit behind spectacle lenses. So accentuate them by using a pale, neutral shadow on eyelid and browbone; contour with a slightly darker shade in the crease and follow with liner (on top lid only) and mascara.
- Specs for farsighted women exaggerate everything – even make-up mistakes! – and eyes can seem to protrude. So play eyes down with a genuinely shadow-coloured eyeshadow – soft brown or perhaps a greenish-grey – with a darker shade in the crease. Avoid light, bright or shiny shadows.
- Since frames cast shadows on the face, use concealer – a shade lighter than foundation or skin tone – to camouflage any circles.
- Wear quite a strong-coloured lipstick, so your glasses don’t overpower your other features.
- Eye make-up is hard enough to apply at the best of times, but when you can’t see a thing without your specs it becomes a nightmare. Try using a shaving mirror that will magnify your face. Cut the end off your make-up brushes and slice eye pencils in half, so you can get closer to the mirror.
- Avoid liquid liner unless you feel naked without it; a pencil is easier to control. But if you like liquid, use the brush to feel your way along your upper lashes and then switch to a pointed sponge-tipped applicator to trace over the liner with a shadow in the same colour, smudging the line to make it look more natural.
TIP large and/or wraparound frames help protect the sensitive skin around your eyes from sun-induced wrinkling and lines.