We’re starting a new series Find My Shape, to help you find the perfect glasses to suit your face shape. In our first instalment, we highlight the different face shapes and how to find yours!

Buying glasses is already a struggle at the best of times, what with a wide range of styles, shapes and colours to choose from. But we’ve vowed to make the experience a whole lot simpler. How you ask? By giving you a comprehensive list of face shapes and the style that makes them look 100.

How to find your face shape

Heart? Diamond? Oval? The world of face shapes is a vast one with Rounds, Oblongs and Triangles used to describe faces. If you’re not sure of your shape, we have a great hack for you. To find yours, take a photo of yourself facing the camera. Trace the outline the edge of your face to see the shape. If you don’t have a camera, simply trace the outline of your face with an erasable pen (or even some lipstick!). Just make sure you’re able to wipe it off afterwards.

Now you know your shape, it’s time to know which styles suit you best. We’ve selected the five most common face shapes.

Heart-shaped faces have a broad forehead and wide cheekbones that narrows down to a small chin.

Most shapes suit you but make sure you choose frames that will contrast and balance your face shape, not mimic it. Round and rectangular frames will do this as well as rimless styles.

Must try: Bottom-heavy frames

Avoid: Pilot frames


Oblong faces are longer than they are wide and have a long straight cheek line.

Look for frames that have more depth than width to offset the length of your face. Decorative details and contrasting temples will add width to your face.

Must try: Wide pilot style and square frames

Avoid: Rectangular and narrow frames


Oval faces are well balanced and softly rounded, with a forehead slightly wider than the jaw and high cheekbones.

Keep your true oval shape and look for styles that are as wide as the broadest part of your face.

Must try: All styles

Avoid: Narrow frames


Round faces are fairly short with a wide forehead, often with full cheeks and a rounded chin.

Creating angles that will flatter and balance out the roundness of your face with sharp-edged frames.

Must try: Rectangular and narrow shapes

Avoid: Small round, oversized frames


Square faces have a broad, deep forehead, wide jaw line and square chin.

Elongate your face, lengthen the nose and soften your jawline with round frames.

Must try: Round and oval frames

Avoid: Thin angular and square frames

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Watch our video with blogger, Kate Winney as she demonstrates how to find your face shape and which frames will work for you.

Now you’ve seen the list, it’s time to shop some great frames. Not seen your face shape? For more on finding the perfect pair check out our Face Shape Help Guide over on Glasses Direct.

Make sure you check back next month when we’ll be talking about the best frames for oblong-shaped faces!

Top image: Carson Arias