How to choose glasses to suit your face

Glasses Style Guide

How to choose glasses to suit your face shape?

When choosing a new pair of glasses, it’s important to consider what style best suits your face shape. You will find some frames work better than others, and a lot depends on the shape of your face, your hair colour and your skin tone. So, we’ve put together a bit of a guide to help you choose the right pair of glasses that fit your face shape and complement your hair and skin tone, no matter your style or budget. Firstly, most faces fit into five main categories: oval, square, rectangle, heart or round and our handy glasses style guide below highlights the characteristics of each shape and what you should look for in your perfect pair of frames.

So if your face is…


Well balanced, with slightly wider cheekbones and a gentle narrowing at the forehead and jaw. This shape suits most styles of glasses, so you can afford to be a bit adventurous when it comes to choosing a style of frame. Glasses that are slightly wider than the broadest part of the face are the best choice for oval faces.


Angular lines with equally wide cheekbones, forehead and jaw. Consider oval or round frames, which can help to soften the jaw line and balance the appearance of rest of the face.


A longer, angular face shape, characterised by high cheekbones and a deep forehead. Consider softer shapes, and deeper frames to make your face appear wider and more petite.


This face is widest at the forehead and narrows through the jaw line. Look for bottom heavy frames to add width to the lower face. You can also look for light colours and materials, such as rimless frames, that don’t overwhelm the face.


A shorter face with full cheeks and rounded chin. Angular, narrow frames will add definition and help lengthen the appearance of the face.

Choosing Glasses Based on Hair Colour and Skin Tone

Complexion and hair colour can be a helpful factor when it comes to choosing your perfect pair of glasses. The style and colour of your frames should complement your hair colour and skin tone and not make you look washed out. Here is a quick guide to choosing a pair of glasses based on your hair and skin colour.

If your complexion is…

Fair skin tone

Stay away from bright colours, which can make you look washed out. Try neutral browns, silvers and golds, which will complement your paler complexion. Alternatively, bold dark frames work well for a statement look.

Medium skin tone

You can opt for slightly richer and bolder colours such as dark purples and reds, or even blues and greens, which will work well with your skin tone.

Dark skin tone

If you want to make a statement, metallic or black frames often work well with darker skin tones, or if you fancy something subtler, try burgundy or brown coloured frames.

If your hair is…

Blonde/light brown

Add warmth with browns and tortoiseshell frames. Or go bold with dark and dramatic frames.


Try to complement your natural colouring with warm colours such as copper, gold and browns. Or if you fancy being a bit bold, colder colours like green are a great choice!

Dark brown/Black hair

Count yourself lucky as most colours will complement your dark locks, so if you’re feeling a little daring, dramatic frames will work well, and bright colours will make a strong fashion statement.

Grey hair

Opt for something a little brighter, such as red or navy. Try to avoid browns and yellows which can be a bit draining.