How to Choose the Most Flattering Frames for Your Face

Choosing new frames for your eyeglasses can feel overwhelming. After all, you wear them every day, so you want them to be flattering and demonstrate your style. With so many brands, shapes, and colors to consider, where do you even start?

Accent Vision Specialists in Santa Fe, New Mexico, has been fitting patients with eyeglasses for a long time. We’re sharing some professional tips to help you choose the perfect frames to flatter your face. 

Consider your facial shape

Faces come in all shapes and sizes, and the trick for choosing flattering frames is to look for frames that are the opposite of your features. If you have a round face, angular frames provide better balance while round frames accentuate the roundness of your face. 

This rule applies to oval and angular face shapes, too. If you place oval frames on an oval face, you won’t balance your features as attractively as geometric styles. Follow these guidelines to choose frames that fit your face shape best:


Oval faces usually have balanced facial proportions, so consider angular frames that are as wide as or wider than the broadest part of your face. Stay away from frames that are narrow or too deep to avoid throwing off your natural symmetry. 


Round faces are nearly as full as they are tall and have curved lines with no angles. You can make your face look longer and thinner by selecting angular frames or frames that are slightly wider than they are deep. You should also stay away from rimless, round, and small frames as they’ll accentuate the curves of your face. 


Diamond-shaped faces have narrower forehead and jawline, with high, dramatic cheekbones. You can accentuate your eyes to your eyes and soften the angles of your face with cats-eye or rimless frames. On the other hand, boxy, narrow frames overpower delicate features. 


If you have a square face, your facial width and length have similar proportions. You have a strong jawline and broad forehead. You can soften the angles of your face and make it look longer with narrow frames or oval shapes. 


Heart-shaped faces are wider at the top and middle but narrow at the chin. You can add balance for the lower half of your face, with frames that are wider or heavier at the bottom. You might also find rimless or thin frames flattering. 

Select a color palate the flatters your skin tone

Depending on your skin tone, different color families will complement your look. The wrong color can make you look washed out or pallid. Everyone’s skin tone, or complexion, falls into three categories:

If you have a neutral skin tone, you’re in luck. You can wear just about any color, including black and metallic shades. 

Warm skin tones

If you have a warm skin tone, you should consider frames in other warm color families, such as:

If you need inspiration, imagine the colors of autumn. If you’re feeling bold, you can also choose bright jewel tones. Pastel colors and white frames won’t complement the natural glow of your skin. 

Cool skin tones

If you have a cool skin tone, think of wintery colors including:

Black frames are a dramatic choice for cool skin tones. Black won’t make you look washed out, and provides a versatile option, regardless of your personal style.

Ask for help

If you wear glasses every day, you might want to invest in more than one pair, so you have options if you want to change up your look. You might also need frames to go with more formal looks for special occasions as well as a fun everyday pair to express your personality. 

You can choose glasses that perfectly compliment your features when you consider your facial shape and skin tone. Our team can help you pick out frames and make a decision that will leave you feeling confident and attractive.

If you’re in the market for new glasses, call our office or schedule an appointment online today. 


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