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Reading Glasses - Charming Frames For Your Shape of Face

Updated on June 16, 2013

As you come of age, you will reach the point of not being able to read small prints - and that is the time you need to consider reading glasses.

When large glasses can go cute!
When large glasses can go cute! | Source

You may opt for a full frame, in which the entire lens is made in the full reading prescription, if you spend a great time concentrating on material close-up. Full frame are generally designed as magnifying eyeglasses. This explains why your reading lenses appear blurry if you try to look up and across the room.

On the other hand, half-eye reading glasses allow you to look down and through the lenses for near work. This type is designed to be worn down the nose, so that you can look up and over them to see in the distance, and then look "down your nose" through the lens when reading.

The Healthy Prescription

Since ready-made readers became popular, people have experimented with fashion by buying ready-made and very cheap reading glasses in different styles, designs and colors allowing one to own several pairs for use in the house, in the car, office, briefcase, purse, and so on.

This truly is a lot of convenience, but the lens prescription in these one-size-fits-all eyeglasses is the same in both eyes. Since not everyone have the same prescription in both eyes, the lenses may be too far off your actual prescription and can result to eye strain, headaches, and even nausea.

When this happens, its your eyes telling you that the location of the optical center of the lenses may not be appropriately customized for you so time to see an eye specialist. If you have entered into your 40's, getting the right prescription for your eyeglasses is one way to care for the aging eyes.

The square- faced Angelina Jolie
The square- faced Angelina Jolie | Source

How to Choose a Charming Frame for Your Shape

For the Square Face

If your face resembles a square, you have a wide forehead and a broad jaw line. Soften your lines by decreasing the perception of a broad jaw. Go with curved, oval or rounded style frames. You may also want to try a butterfly-shaped glasses.

To get softer feminine curves in a square face, ideally-fashionable frames could help reduce the look of harsh angular features, and curved and rounded frames are the best options.

Square-faced celebrities and their frames.

For the Round Face

For full cheeks, scant angles, and roughly equal length and width shape of face, angular or geometric frames are what seem perfect. They create a beautiful contrast that thins and lengthens the face. The goal is to create a longer profile on the face and frames with brow bars that pull the eye upward makes the face appear longer.

People with round faces are often mistaken to be younger than they really are. Why not add that charmingly framed spectacles for a more sophisticated appeal?

Round-faced Kara Tointon looked great in her spectacles.


For the Triangular Face

  • Base-Up Triangle or the Heart-Shaped

This shape has a very wide forehead and tapers down to a narrow chin or jaw. This also is mostly considered the "heart" face. To minimize the width of the top part, rimless or frames which are wider at the bottom will add width below the eye-line to offset the narrow chin. Oval, or frames with a straight top-line or rimless are excellent. Cat-eyes shape also angle outward at the top corner that balance the jawline.

  • Base-Down Triangle Face

This is the opposite to the base up triangle. This shape has a wide chin or heavy jaw which tapers to a narrow forehead upwards. Frames with wide temple edges will emphasize the eye-line and balance the jaw. Square, straight-top, slightly heavy tops, semi-rimless designs or supra are perfect. Cat-eye shapes will also work, but not the low-temple styles.

For Diamond-Shaped Face

This shape has wide or high cheekbones along with a narrow forehead and chin.

The best frame styles will accent the forehead and jaw line while minimizing the temples. Perfect suggestions are top-decorated or heavy on top frames, rimless or supra types, and thick-rimmed rectangular glasses. Although oval and softly-curved squares would soften the contour of the face, make sure the style is not wider than the top of the cheekbones.

Heavy & Thick Rectangular Acetate Frames
Heavy & Thick Rectangular Acetate Frames
Oval-faced Matt Damon can look good in anything
Oval-faced Matt Damon can look good in anything | Source

An Oblong Face

An oval face is known to be the most well-balanced of all that can wear just about any eyeglass frame type. But since fashion always push on compliments, the best style it suggests for the oblong face is one that is round or deep to help shorten and widen the face.

Square or rectangular shaped frames also look good on an oval face. However, try to avoid eyeglass frames with low temples design, they tend to detract from the face's natural features.

Big or Small Frames?

If you're buying the big frame, make sure you look good with it. You might be too obsessed of oversized-framed eyeglasses that it has taken over your pretty face. Some people experience serious sliding of the frames down to the end of their nose, so pick one with a cute narrow pair to make it convenient looking into fresh air and a good size reading area.

Small is suitable if you're the type who keeps the head "still" and only your eyes move or flick from the stuff you're working on then to another direction, but not if you always move your head with your eyes. It's a common problem if you are an eye mover as it is your natural tendency to look from desk to screen (if working on a computer) and back again. You will find your self looking under your glasses when you look down at your desk. This will make you move your head which you may find inconvenient and you will not be happy with your glasses.

Three Basic Things to Remember

If we really like some sense of fashion, understanding the experts' advice would help us choose the right frames that best complement our natural features. Here are what I believe the top things to remember:

  • Our eyes should be set at the center of the frame. Of course!
  • Let's go for frames proportionate to the size of our face. Smaller frames still are best for smaller faces, while larger frames for larger faces.
  • The most fashionable tip - frames should always contrast the shape of our face.

As a rule of thumb with eyeglasses, choose a frame shape that offsets the shape of your face.


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    • Tonipet profile imageAUTHOR

      Tonette Fornillos 

      6 years ago from The City of Generals

      Hello my little Johannie-bunchy! You are my model, go to my "Kids Playtime Just Like When We Were Small" and you'll see your picture there :=) See I got you all here. Thank you for leaving me a lovely comment! Keep it up I love you! God bless you always :=)-Mommy Net

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      6 years ago

      hi mommy net,

      i like your hub. i hope you will use my picture as model someday.......

    • Tonipet profile imageAUTHOR

      Tonette Fornillos 

      7 years ago from The City of Generals

      Hi spy. Pick the frame you think offsets the shape of your face, you'll love the contrast:=).... Happy shopping... it's so nice you've made it by. Blessings and all!

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      Life Under Construction 

      7 years ago from Neverland

      Hello Tonipet. I always wanted to get glasses but i cant choose what will be perfect for my face..thanks for this hub.

    • Tonipet profile imageAUTHOR

      Tonette Fornillos 

      7 years ago from The City of Generals

      Hi Jean, greetings!

      I can relate on how you feel about those small prints that begin to look like shadowy ants, haha, I was there. I hope those drugstore glasses were your actual prescription so just a good and healthy start.

      Did you know that angular spectacles are considered a combination of classic and new day elegance? You got it right, in fact, I've been saving up for one. I lost my rectangular reading glasses a month ago so a good timing to get a new one with an angular frame, I'm excited.

      Let's be careful with those extra huge-size frames as we might end up looking like baby boomer owls :=) just kidding. A pumpkin?... that is so funny Jean. Thanks for the laugh. Goodluck to your new reading glasses, let's wish each other to look our best! Thank you and cheers!

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      Jean Bakula 

      7 years ago from New Jersey

      Hello Tonipet,

      I'm just getting to the age now where small print is hard for me to see. I have a round face, and have experimented with drugstore glasses for awhile now. You are accurate, I've decided that the angular or geometric shapes do look best. I just have to make sure they are not too big for my face. I always thought it was as hugely round as a pumpkin, but apparently my features are a tad smaller than I thought :). Nice job.

    • Tonipet profile imageAUTHOR

      Tonette Fornillos 

      7 years ago from The City of Generals

      Hello Aleena. Glad to know the hub has helped you decide which frame suits you best. With today's wide range of pretty eyeglasses to choose from, some of us tend to end up wearing the "wrong" one. I think it's most ideal to listen to experts' advice if we want that perfect look. I have a sort of round and square face which is also confusing, so I'd always go for something with contrast. A butterfly-shaped dark shaded sunglasses and a rectangular-framed reading glasses are perfect and uniquely fashionable... giving me a matrix look! :-)

      Thanks for dropping by. I wish you that summery look in your new glasses! Keep up!

    • Aleenabroonee profile image


      7 years ago from California

      I am thinking to buy suitable frame of glasses for me but very confused for the suitable shape means what shape will suite to my face. But as i came to your hub my all confusion get away so thanks for sharing this useful information here.

    • Tonipet profile imageAUTHOR

      Tonette Fornillos 

      8 years ago from The City of Generals

      I'm glad you found the hub useful daisyjae. I'm sure you'll look more chic and trendy your friends will do the same. I too plans buying something new, something I learned from my own hub, really fun! Thanks for the vote and all the best. Cheers!

    • daisyjae profile image


      8 years ago from Canada

      I'm about to get somenew glasses so this hub is really useful to me. Voted up.


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