Face shape is not everything

Recently I was watching a morning news program and they were featuring a new line of eyewear.  In this segment, they were commenting that if you are one face shape, you should wear this shape of eyeglass frames and so on.  The only problem this creates is “how do you know what your face shape is?”

In 2007, when I created my training program, Be Spectacular, I would spend a considerable amount of time in my workshops teaching face shape characteristics and then how to determine face shape.  What I realized working with humans is that they have many different “perceptions” of what they are seeing.  Then a time-consuming debate occurs trying to find the “right” answer before we even start to find the right style of eyeglass frame.

While I think it important to consider face shape as an overall generalization, I believe that we need to take a closer look at your facial features.

What do you love on your face?  It is your eyes, cheeks, nose?  Once we know the best feature, then we can fit the frame to enhance that feature.  For example, if you have large eyes, choose a frame that arches up on the top to open up the eye area.  Also, be sure the frame is as wide as the widest part of your face so the eyes are not cut off horizontally.  If the frame is not wide enough you will add weight to the cheeks.  Think of it like wearing a pair of pants that are one size too small: not good, right?

If the cheekbones are your best feature then best to avoid a rectangular shape.  The flat line on the bottom will cut off the cheeks.  Opt for an upswept shape to accentuate this area.

Instead of spending time determining if you are Square, Oblong or Heart, simply start to look at balance and proportion on your face.

3 Tips:

1.  Be sure your glasses are the right size for your face.
2.  Have the frame open up your eyes.
3.  Love your LOOK!