Perhaps the biggest obstacle when buying glasses online, is working out which kinds of glasses will suit you. If you’re considering buying a new pair of reading glasses or sunglasses, then it might really help you to consider matching the shape of your reading glasses to the shape of your face. There are countless variations of faces, but it is possible to group most of them into a few basic groups. Once you know which group you belong to you’ll be able to order a pair of reading glasses or sunglasses online and be confident that they will suit your face.
What Shape is Your Face?
Perhaps the best way to figure out the rough shape of your face is to draw around its outline on a mirror using a crayon, lipstick, or anything else oil-based that will be easy enough to clean off afterwards. Draw around the outline of your face, down along the jawline and up along the hairline. This can be tricky to do on your own, so you may want to ask a friend to help. The shape on the mirror will be a little uneven and of course it won’t be exactly like any of the following geometric shapes, but it will look slightly like one of them:
Once you have an outline, it’s also a good idea to measure how wide and tall your face is as this information can help you work out if your face is rectangular instead of square, or round instead oval.
Now that you know your approximate face shape and your face’s measurements, you can choose the right reading glasses or sunglasses for you…
Reading Glasses and Sunglasses for Round Faces
You have a round face if it is as tall as it is wide and it tapers a little at your forehead and your chin. The overall shape is closer to a circle than anything else. Having a round face does not mean you are holding any extra weight; it’s just the shape of your face. In fact, there are some great looking celebrities with round faces:
Women: Mila Kunis, Charlize Theron, and Emma Stone
Men: Kanye West, Elijah Wood, and Matt Damon
If you have a round face, then the best shape of glasses for you are square and angular glasses that bring sharper lines to your round features.
Reading Glasses and Sunglasses for Oval Faces
Your face is oval if it is a little taller than it is wide and it tapers a little at your forehead and your chin. If you have an oval face then you’ve won the face-shape lottery because it is widely regarded to be the most attractive and versatile of all face shapes and any reading glasses or glasses should suit you. The following celebrities have oval-shaped faces:
Women: Julianne Moore, Selma Hayek, Beyoncé
Men: Jude Law, Idris Elba, and George Clooney
Reading Glasses and Sunglasses for Square Faces
Your face is square if it is as tall as it is wide and it is at its widest at both your hairline and your jawline. This angular face shape usually looks defined and striking, but the sharper lines can sometimes be a little too extreme. As such, look for round, oval, and curved reading glasses and sunglasses as their round edges will balance out your features nicely. The following celebrities have square faces:
Women: Emily Deschanel, Lucy Liu, and Raven Simone
Men: Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Michel Fassbender
Reading Glasses and Sunglasses for Rectangular/Oblong Faces
Your face is rectangular or oblong if it is much taller than it is wide. If your face is oblong, it will have a round, slightly tapered jawline and hairline. If your face is rectangular, it will have a wider jawline and hair line, as well as sharper, more angular features. The main thing to look out for with rectangular and oblong faces is that you do not wear small reading glasses or sunglasses as these will make your face look even smaller by contrast. And as with round and square faces, it’s important to balance out your features with the opposite shape. Wear larger round glasses if you have a rectangular face and larger square/rectangle glasses if you have an oblong face. The following celebrities have oblong or rectangular faces:
Women: Hilary Swank, Rosario Dawson, and Liv Tyler
Men: Ben Affleck, David Beckham, and Morgan Freeman
Reading Glasses and Sunglasses for Triangular Faces
You have a triangular face if its widest point is your hairline and its narrowest point is your chin. This makes a slightly top-heavy shape with a pointed chin and draws people’s attention towards your chin. To balance out your features its best to wear top-heavy glasses and sunglasses as they pull people’s attention up from your chin to your eyes. So, look for Aviator, cat-eye, and Clubmaster styles, as they all pull the focus to the top of your face. The following celebrities have triangular faces:
Women: Jennifer Love-Hewitt, Chloe Moretz, and Tyra Banks
Men: Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, and Mahershala Ali
Reading Glasses and Sunglasses for Diamond-shaped Faces
You have a diamond-shaped face if its widest point is your eyeline or cheekbones and it tapers significantly at your forehead and your chin. Essentially, a diamond-shaped face is like a triangular face, only with a slightly tapered forehead that creates a rough diamond outline. For diamond-shaped faces it’s best to draw attention to your eyes by opting for rimless or semi-rimless styles, as well as cat-eye and oval shapes. The following celebrities have diamond-shaped faces:
Women: Viola Davis, Rihanna, and Halle Berry
Men: Johnny Depp and Jesse Eisenberg
And that’s it for this guide; I hope it has helped you figure out your face shape and that you find the perfect pair of sunglasses or reading glasses for your face. If this guide has inspired you, then check out our reading glasses and sunglasses collections.