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How to Choose Eyeglasses for Your Face

Don't let a nerdy pair of glasses keep you from going out in public -- find specs that complement your face and keep you looking sharp.


  • TIP: Bring a friend along when choosing an eyeglass style for a fresh pair of eyes and a second opinion.
  • Step 1: Pick glasses that reflect your personal fashion sense and sense of style. You wear your glasses every day, so they should not only look great, but reflect your personality, too.
  • FACT: In 1784, Benjamin Franklin invented the first bifocal pair of eyeglasses. His design wasn't changed for 100 years.
  • Step 2: Coordinate your frame color with your skin and eye color. People with fairer skin and blue or light brown eyes look best in black, blue, pink, magenta, or light green frames. People with dark skin and dark eyes look best in gold, copper, red, white and orange frames.
  • TIP: Choose frames that contrast with your shape, and get the correct size in scale with your face.
  • Step 3: Pick heavier frames and rectangular lenses if you have a round face or round features. Go with an oval or round shape and light frames if you have more of a square face and sharp features.
  • Step 4: Go with a retro style or up-swept, angled frames if you have more of a heart-shaped face. This is to draw attention away from your chin and up toward your eyes.
  • Step 5: Determine whether you have a round, square, oval, or heart-shaped face. Knowing your face shape will help you choose eyeglasses that complement your features instead of hiding or exaggerating them.

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