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Choosing a spectacle frame to suit the shape of your face

Many people choose contact lenses over spectacles. They consider it to be more natural and in many ways more comfortable. Many may even think spectacles will hamper their personal looks. If this prevents you from wearing a spectacle, you might want to know that if properly selected, a spectacle frame can actually improve ones facial structures. When a frame is selected keeping in mind ones facial shape, one can compensate for their not so perfect facial construction.

Oval face: The oval face is the ideal face with perfectly balanced proportions. An oval face is one in which the chin is slightly narrow than the forehead and the cheekbones are fairly high. Any shape of frame looks good on an oval face. While choosing a frame for this type of face, you want to choose one that preserves the natural balance of the face. However you can try for spectacle frames that are as wide as (or wider than) the broadest part of the face, or walnut-shaped frames that are not too deep or too narrow.

Round face: A round face has curvilinear lines with the width and length of the face in the same proportions. a frame that makes the face appear longer and thinner is desirable.
To make the face appear thinner and longer, try angular narrow spectacle frames to lengthen the face, a clear bridge that widens the eyes and frames that are wider than they are deep, such as a rectangular shape.

Square face: A square face has a strong jaw line and a broad forehead, plus the width and length are in the same proportions. Here your face can be enhanced by opting for a frame that makes your face appear longer. To make the square face look longer and soften the angles, try narrow frame styles, frames that have more width than depth and narrow ovals.

Heart-shaped face or a triangle face: A heart-shaped face has a very wide top third and a very small bottom third. To minimize the width of the top of the face, try frames that are wider at the bottom, very light colors and materials and rimless frame styles.

Oblong face: The long face is longer than it is wide and has a long straight cheek line and sometimes a longish nose. To make the face appear shorter and more balanced, try frames that have a top-to-bottom depth, decorative or contrasting temples that add width to the face or a low bridge to shorten the nose.

Diamond shaped: this type of face is considered to be rare. A diamond shaped face is characterized by small forehead and chin. The eye line and jaw line are narrow and the cheekbones are often high and striking. A frame that widens the forehead and jaw and minimizes the temples is the perfect choice. Frames that are heavy on top but that do not have lowered temples are recommendable. So are rimless frames and square frames with a straight top and curved bottom.

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