Eye Candy! Match Your Frames To Your Face Shape With This Guide

If all of the cool new eyewear hitting the market is any indication, the geek-chic-glasses trend isn't going away any time soon. But that doesn't mean you should throw just any 'ol pair of specs on your mug. With so many face shapes out there — from ovals and hearts to squares and diamonds — there are some solid rules for picking the most flattering frames for your profile. Wanna know what they are? We recruited local glasses e-retailer Mezzmer to tell us their must-read secrets for choosing the perfect eyeglasses. Then we put the company's advice to the test on six local cuties with a variety of face shapes. The result: geek-meets-gorg! So, whether you have perfect vision or an actual need for optical assistance, you need to click through this spec-tacular guide.
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Face Shape: Round

Hallmarks of a round face: "Round doesn't equate to fat," says Mezzmer. "Many round faces are quite angular and thin."

Goal: Balancing out the face's unusual proportions and adding definition.

Mezzmer says..."Square and rectangular frames bring some angularity to the face and downplay the jaw. Plastic frames of a dark color, like black or tortoise shell, further accentuate the face's natural lines. Also, thin metal frames with a prominent bridge draw attention to the center of the face and away from the round sides of the cheeks."

The solution: Bold and beautiful wonders like Mezzmer's Palmspring or Red Sky (worn by Christine).

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Face Shape: Oblong

Hallmarks of an oblong face: Longer than it is wide, with a slightly more exaggerated length than an oval face. Also, prominent cheekbones, a high forehead, and balanced features.

Goal: Shortening the face's overall appearance.

Mezzmer says..."Round and square frames accentuate an oblong face's balanced features. An accented top rim or decorative detail at the temple can further break up a face's long, straight lines and add width."

The solution: This all-in-one retro-cool Dockside design, worn by Kristen. Mezzmer also suggests the Nightdriver.

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Face Shape: Heart

Hallmarks of a heart-shaped face: It has many varieties and can be similar to round or oval faces.

Goal: Balancing out the face's unusual proportions.

Mezzmer says..."Look for oval-shaped or square frames with curved edges, which can help give a narrow jaw a broader look. Also, thin frames made of light metal or clear plastic can help draw focus to the eyes and away from the prominent chin."

The solution: "A boxy and semi-transparent option like Town Hall (worn by Jessica) or the thinner King."

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Face Shape: Diamond

Hallmarks of a diamond face: Broadest at the cheekbones and narrow at the forehead and chin. The narrow eyeline and jawline and small forehead tend to emphasize prominent cheekbones and angular features.

Goal: Balancing out the features.

Mezzmer says..."Glasses for this face shape should be no wider than the cheekbones and versions with soft curves, such as ovals, help to even out the face's overall appearance."

The solution: "To add width to the brow, choose frames with color or decoration on top of the frame. Glasses with upswept, cat-eye frames and rimless versions emphasize cheekbones. Solid choices are the Corsair and the Halliday (on Eunice)."

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Face Shape: Square

Hallmarks of a square face: Fairly symmetrical features, with the forehead and jaw approximately the same width.

Goal: To soften the features and lengthen the face's appearance.

Mezzmer says..."Look for frames that sit high on the bridge of the nose. These lengthen the face and draw focus away from the sharp, square jawline. Thick plastic frames can make a square face appear bulky, so aim for slimmer frames that achieve a more subtle effect, like the Corsair (worn by Klassy)."

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Face Shape: Oval

Hallmarks of an oval face: Longer than they are wide, with balanced features and a slightly rounded jaw. Forehead, chin, and jaw are all proportionate.

Goal: Keeping the face from looking drawn of over long.

Mezzmer says..."Look for frames with a strong bridge that draw focus to the center of the face. Larger frames, cat-eye versions, and more eccentric and whimsical pairs work very well."

The solution: Several frames suit oval faces, just make sure the frames aren't wider than the widest part of the face. Angela (pictured) likes Mezzmer's classic Subway design.

Photographed by Molly DeCoudreaux

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