How to Choose Glasses

How to Choose GlassesChoosing the perfect frames is far from a straightforward endeavour. With celebrities sporting the latest designer and hottest vintage eyewear, and spectacles and sunglasses becoming as much of accessories as bags and shoes, navigating eyewear fashion has become an arduous task. Factor in lifestyle, prescription and face shape, and the choice becomes almost overwhelming.

To get you started, we recommend that you consider the five main face shapes and the frames that suit them:

Square face: Characterised by a strong jaw line and broad forehead, celebrities with this face shape include Demi Moore and Keira Knightley
Frames: Look for slightly curved frames that sit high on the face to minimise the jaw line. Frames slightly wider than the face will help minimise the angular appearance of the face.

Round face: The width and length of the face are in the same proportions. Celebrities with this face shape include Drew Barrymore and Cameron Diaz
Frames: Straight or angular lines, rectangular shapes, and dark colours such as black or tortoise will help minimise fullness and create angles. Avoid square or round shapes.

Oval face: Considered to be the ideal shape because of its balanced proportions, celebrities with this face shape include Jessica Alba and Julia Roberts
Frames: Frames that are as wide as the broadest part of the face keep the natural balance

Oblong face: Longer than it is wide and characterized by a long, straight cheek line and sometimes a longer nose, celebrities with this shape include Sarah Jessica Parker and Gwyneth Paltrow
Frames: Frames should cover as much of the centre of the face as possible to minimise length, so look for frames that are deeper than they are wide. Designs on the temple of the frames also shorten the appearance of the face shape.

Heart-shaped face: Wide in the eye and cheekbones, and narrowing in the chin, celebrities with this face shape include Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Love Hewitt.
Frames: Look for thin or rimless frames with vertical elements. Square bottoms also help to balance out the face shape.

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