Frame Selection

Frame Selection Tips from Our Elko Optometrist

At Total Eyecare, we know eyeglasses don't just correct your vision; they also influence your face, fashion, and lifestyle. When you come to our patient center for eyecare services, you shouldn't have to choose between seeing better and looking better. After your Elko optometrist determines the right prescription and lenses for your eyes, we'll help you complete the look with designer frames. Learn some helpful frame selection tips to make sure your new eyeglasses are the perfect fit in every way.


Frame Shapes for Your Face Shape


Eyeglasses are an opportunity to highlight your best features. To complement your face, choose frame shapes that contrast with your face's natural shape. This balances your proportions, lines, and curves instead of exaggerating prominent features. If you're not sure how to judge your face shape, your Elko optometrist can help. Your face falls into one of the following categories:

  • Square – equal length and width, prominent jaw and forehead, sharp angles
  • Oblong – more length than width, long cheeks and nose
  • Round – equal length and width, narrow eye line, soft curves
  • Heart – wide forehead, narrow chin and jaw
  • Oval – more length than width, balanced features, curved lines
  • Triangle (base-down) – narrow forehead, prominent chin and jaw, full cheeks
  • Diamond – high cheekbones, narrow eyes and jaw
Select Your Frames


A square face is often characterized by a strong jaw line, a broad forehead, and a wide chin and cheekbones. The width and length of the face are close to being equal. Frames should be selected to make the face look longer and to soften the square angles of the face. Choose frames that are slightly curved (like an oval shape) and that have more horizontal than vertical real estate.


The oval face is identifiable by its balanced proportions. The forehead is slightly wider than the chin and cheekbones are high. Frames should complement the natural proportions of the oval. Choose frames that are wide or wider than the broadest part of the face and that follow your brow line. Often, diamond or rectangular shapes work best for oval shapes.


Although fairly similar to an oval shape, an oblong face is longer than it is wide. The ideal frames will shorten the face by creating a break in the length of the face. Choose frames that have depth and a low bridge to shorten the nose. Try frames that are round, deep, have low-triangle shapes, or that have strong vertical lines.


A round or full face is characterized by having the same width and length. For round faces, frames that add length to the face often work best. Frames that lengthen the face are typically angular, narrow and are wider than they are deep. It is best to avoid round style frames as these will exaggerate the roundness and curves of the face.


A heart shaped face looks like a heart or a triangle with the point facing down. The forehead is very wide and cheekbones are high while the face narrows towards the chin. Counterbalance the narrow chin by choosing frames that are wider at the bottom. Generally, light colored and rimless frames work best, although aviator, butterfly and low-triangle styles also work well.


A base-down triangle face has a narrower forehead with full cheeks and a broad chin. To offset a broad chin, select frames that widen at the top. Great selections include frames that have heavy color accents and detail on the top part of the frames. Cat-eye shapes also work well to add width and emphasize the narrow upper part of the face.


A diamond shaped face is often characterized by high, dramatic cheekbones with a narrow eye line and jaw line. This shape is the rarest of all the shapes. Oval frames that are soft in style typically work best to highlight the eyes and cheekbones. Select frames that have detailing, distinctive brow lines, are rimless or a cat-eye shape for best results.

  • Round Rectangle (Wire) Rounded Square Square
  • Modified Oval (Wire) Rectangle Cat Eye Squared Cat Eye
  • Oval Modified Round Modified Oval Wayfarer
  • Aviator

Your frames should off-set your most prominent features and add any length and width you lack. For example, if you have a square face with strong angles, choose narrow, rounded frames to lengthen your face and soften your lines. Oval frames are a great choice, because they have more width than depth and complement your jaw and forehead.

If your forehead is wider than your jaw (heart shape), contrast your proportions with frames that are wider at the bottom and have thin, light rims. If you have a narrow forehead but wide cheekbones and a prominent jaw, opt for the opposite frame style: top-heavy and colorful. Cat-eye and aviator frames accentuate narrow eyes and balance bottom-heavy faces.

Matching Your Frames

Black, brown, and plain metal frames are versatile accessories that complement most wardrobes, but frames should also complement your complexion, hair, and eye color. Today's glasses manufacturers offer more colors than ever.

Your personal coloring will determine the most flattering frames. If you have green eyes, green frames will accentuate each iris and make your eyes "pop". If your skin is light with blue undertones, browse frames in shades of blue, purple, and gray. If you have warmer or darker skin with yellow or red undertones, try frames in gold, bronze, brown, and other warm shades.

Explore Your Frame Options in Elko, NV

Visit Total Eyecare today to browse all your frame options in Elko, NV. Our office is next to Great Basin College, in a convenient location just off I-80. Make an appointment or stop by to explore our wide range of eyeglass and sunglass frames.

Give us a call today at 775-475-4822!