Fashion for your face

MIRANDA LIKEMAN
Last updated 05:00 15/07/2013

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Just like our bodies, faces come in many different shapes and sizes.

Determining your facial shape, and understanding which optic styles look best on you, is the quickest way to achieving an instant makeover.   

Square

Square-shaped faces have a strong jawline, broad forehead, wide jaw and a square chin. Brad Pitt and Katie Holmes are examples of celebrities with square-shaped faces. Curvy styles, especially classic ovals, will lengthen the face and downplay the sharpness of the jaw. Avoid angular frames and those with colour emphasis on the bottom rim.

Triangle

If you have a wide jaw and narrow forehead, you probably have a triangle shaped face. Justin Timberlake, Keith Urban and Jennifer Aniston are great examples.  Bold, strong shapes that are top heavy are the best style of glasses for you, as they accentuate the eye area and downplay the jawline. Try styles like cat eyes or aviators, and metal frames with rimless bottoms. Steer clear of small, narrow frames, heavy nose bridges and square shapes.

Round

Round faces are pretty easy to spot, with broad foreheads, full cheeks and a curved chin; think Gerard Butler, Eva Mendes or Catherine Zeta-Jones. Consider angular or geometric styles to draw attention up to the top half of the face. Look for something equal to, or slightly wider, than the broadest part of your face, or anything that draws attention away from the sides. Avoid small, oval or round frames, which can make your face look rounder.

Oval

Those who are lucky enough to have an oval face like Will Smith, Halle Berry and Sarah Jessica Parker look great in most styles. Evenly proportioned and softly rounded, oval faces are longer than they are wide and have balanced features. The oval-shaped face can wear almost any frame, so experiment with modern geometric shapes that add angles. Just be sure to steer clear of anything wider than the broadest part of your face.

Heart

Heart-shaped faces like Reese Witherspoon’s or Scarlett Johansson’s are the most feminine of all, featuring a wide forehead, high cheekbones and a delicate, narrow chin.  If this describes your face, aim for bottom heavy frames in thin, light metal or clear plastic frames without decorative detail on the temples. Stay away from cat-eyes or wraparounds that are wider at the top, as these will reflect the face shape rather than balance and contrast it.
 
Rectangle

Longer and more tapered than a square, the rectangular face is defined by a shape that is longer than it is wide with angular features such as high cheekbones, a longer nose and a tall forehead. If, like Teri Hatcher, Mila Jovavich and Liv Tyler, you have a rectangular face shape; consider a wide frame with an accented top rim, all over colour or decorative temples to add width. Avoid small, square shapes that accentuate facial length.

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