The day before I turned 30, my eye doctor recommended that I trade in my reading glasses for progressive lenses, which would improve both my near- and far-vision as well as my ability to read road signs while driving.
Thus began my now ten-year relationship with spending most of the day wearing pink glasses. My prescription has largely remained unchanged during that time, thus I still have several extra pairs of glasses.
The issue? I have a type, just like my favored dog breed (two-time Chihuahua owner here!). I’m a creature of habit, and I have more pairs of tortoiseshell spectacles with oval frames than I’d like to confess.
How to choose the ideal eyeglass frames
I spoke with Erin Chaput, who oversees Liingo Eyewear’s marketing and product development since I desired a change at the age of 40. According to Chaput, people’s top request while looking for the ideal frame is assistance in determining their facial shape. While knowing if you are heart-shaped or an oval is helpful, Chapt has another bit of advice.
Regardless of facial type, Chaput stated to Shop TODAY, “We encourage people to appreciate wearing what they love to wear.” “If your features are more rounded yet you adore a round frame, go ahead and rock it, we advise. However, we also know that some wish to draw attention to particular aspects while still discovering something they adore.”
How to assess the shape of your face
Hearts, circles, squares, and ovals are the four face forms Chaput focuses on in her work at Liingo, and each has frames that are perfect for those qualities.
Chaput has a novel suggestion for determining your face form.
Looking in the mirror and drawing the outline of your face with some cheap lipstick or cream eyeshadow is extremely enjoyable and a little more involved than measuring your face with a measuring tape, she said. The shape in the mirror will help you find some direction, so do that.
For each face shape, Chaput provided Shop TODAY with tips on how to pick the ideal frames, as well as some explanations for why.
Heart-shaped face frames
Chaput advises against “very large frames” and frames with an “extremely heavy bottom” for persons with heart-shaped faces.
Chaput instructed, “We want you to concentrate on rounder oval spectacles that don’t give you as many hard lines. When you have a heart-shaped face, your chin is slightly more chiseled, and this assists soften any hard lines.
Frames for faces with a circle form
Chaput said, “For this, we would like to avoid anything that is too little. “In general, we also want to stay away from big, deep, or spherical frames to prevent striking our cheekbones. This is since your glasses will glide up and down on your face as you smile.”
According to Chaput, this face shape is ideal for geometric frames that counteract facial roundness as well as frames with an enormous cat eye and a flat bottom.