The right specs can be your best beauty asset. See how to pick the best glasses for your face shape.
Widen an Oval Face
Skinny rims can make a narrow mug seem stern. To soften things up, choose glasses with extra deep rims, so they cover more real estate. “Opt for frames that go just beyond temples. The added width will help fill out a sharp face,” says Larry Leight, founder and creative director of Oliver Peoples in Los Angeles.
Downplay a High Forehead
An elongated upper deck can look stark, especially if you want to wear a slicked-back ‘do. Rather than resigning yourself to a lifetime of bangs, try frames that sit high up on your face and cover your eyebrows, Leight suggests. They will help close the distance between the top of the frames and your hairline.
Soften a Strong Jaw
If a prominent chin is drawing focus away from your brilliant baby blues, browns or greens, pick up frames with rounded curves or embellished rims, preferably accented with a bright color or detail along the brow line. Steer clear of spectacles with hard 90-degree angles; they’ll emphasize the pointiness of a chiseled jawbone.
Beef Up Disappearing Brows
Fake fuller brows and direct all eyes to your face by getting brow-line-style frames. The specs feature a thick plastic top line or have gradient shading. (The color of the rims fades from dark at the top to light on the bottom.) Choose frames that mimic the contours of your brow bone to bring even more attention to your peepers.