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Glasses For Small Faces: A Guide


Wondering if you need glasses for small faces? Well, have you ever been shopping for glasses and found that no matter how many pairs you try on, you still end up looking like you have massive bug eyes? Glasses that just drown your features, overpower your face and slide off your nose? If you can relate, you most likely have a narrow face, and would certainly benefit from buying glasses for small faces.

There are plenty of brands that now manufacture glasses specifically for narrow face shapes. This means that you can pull off the most stylish of looks and be bang on trend with your eyewear, no matter your face shape and size.


How Should Glasses for Small Faces Fit


Comfort is the number one factor here. The aim of glasses for small faces is to provide a better, more secure fit, without compromising on comfort. So when you try on a pair of glasses for small faces, make sure they feel secure without squeezing your head just behind your ears. 


Glasses for small faces are designed to have a shorter lens width, shorter temple arms and a narrower bridge frame. See more about glasses frames here.


Many people with a narrower face shape resort to wearing children’s sunglasses. However, this often involves temple arms that are just too short. Glasses for small faces are therefore the perfect solution, offering frame arms that are slightly longer than those on kids eyewear. 


How to find out if you need glasses for small faces


There are a few different ways to find out if you need this kind of spectacles 


Option 1) Find out what size your current glasses are. Take a look at the inside of the glasses frames, and note the numbers that appear. Read on to find out what the measurements mean. Then once you wear your current glasses, add on a few millimetres to the measurements if you feel they are too tight, or reduce the number if they are too large. For more information on finding glasses measurements, read our article here.


Option 2) Take a ruler or flexible tape measure. To find your face width, stretch the measuring tool from temple to temple. Next, repeat the action across your jaw line. This starts roughly an inch below your ear. Pick the larger of the two measurements: this is your face width. Now you need to find your face length. Go from your chin to the middle of your hairline. And here comes the maths: divide your face height by your face width. If you have a narrow face, your face height will be over 1.5 times the width.


Option 3) If you already know your eye and bridge size, the process is considerably more straightforward. Simply follow this equation:


Eye size + bridge size = frame size


Eg. 47mm + 21mm = 68mm


Average Frame Sizes


In general, spectacles will look their best when the total width of the face matches that of the glasses frames. When considering glasses for small faces in particular, it is actually not a problem if the frame size is equal to, if not wider than the face width. This means that you should not worry if your glasses frames extend beyond your temples by about 3mm on each side. What this does is widen the appearance of the face, which creates a sense of balance with the length of the face.


For average face sizes, the frame width is generally 138mm wide. In contrast, a narrower face will require a frame width of nearer 126mm, which is quite an important difference. Here are some typical measurements for glasses for small faces. If you find your own face measurements within these figure ranges, you might want to consider wearing glasses for narrow faces.


Total frame width: 123-127mm (114-122mm for properly petite faces)


Lens width: 47-50mm (45-46mm for really small faces)


Bridge width: 16-20mm (15-16mm for the narrowest of faces)


The lens width quoted here will offer a narrow fit in the majority of frame shapes. However, round frames are an irregularity. Round frames tend to have slightly wider bridges and more petite lenses. On average, 43-48mm represents a typical lens width in round glasses for small faces. As a consequence of the smaller lens size, the bridge size will be 2 or 3mm wider than that of other frame shapes.


Check That Your Stylish Glasses for Small Faces Fit You Well


To put it simply, glasses for small faces that fit properly will have frames that closely match the width of your face. In addition, the bridge will sit comfortably on your nose, and your eyes will be perfectly centred in the middle of the lens.


Those are the basics. Next you want to double check that the glasses fit securely on your face. Test this by shaking your head to and fro, and tilting it up and down. If the glasses slide down even a fraction, these are sadly not the glasses for you. The issue will only worsen over time, and get especially bad in warm weather.


If the frames pass this test, they can move on to the next round! In this next step, you want to be 100% sure that the glasses fit comfortably on your head, and don’t feel too tight. If the frames put any pressure on the point behind your ears, you will inevitably suffer from headaches. This would stop you wearing the spectacles for long periods of time. One way to check this when trying the frames on, is to see if there are any red marks or a hint of indentation behind your ears when you remove them. If you do find such a mark, choose a different pair.


Yet another checkpoint before buying glasses for small faces, is how flush they are to your face. Consider whether your eyelashes are touching the lenses. You need to ensure that your eyes can move freely, without your lashes coming into contact with the glasses. At this point, it is important to bear in mind that your prescription lenses will be thicker than the test pair.


One final pointer to take into account before settling on a pair of glasses for small faces, is where they sit on your face. Make sure that the frames rest on the bridge of your nose, rather than on your cheek bones. If the frames move as you switch between facial expressions, the glasses don’t fit you correctly. 


The Aesthetics of Glasses for Small Faces: Men & Women


Hopefully you find a few pairs that meet the measurement criteria and pass all the good-fit tests. Once that task is accomplished, you can consider the frame design that will be most flattering for your narrow face. 


People with smaller faces often find that more delicate frames, including those made of metal or thin acetate, are more flattering. Such frames tend to complement their more petite features and narrow face shape. 


Another thing you may find with glasses for narrow faces, is that the narrow frame draws more attention to your eyes. It is therefore recommendable to find an acetate frame, the colour of which matches your eyes. This will make your eyes really stand out, and make the glasses look perfectly natural on your face.


For those with a narrower face, it is also worth considering browline glasses. This frame design tends to have much less material on the lower half of the frame. As a result, your delicate features won’t appear overpowered by an excess of material.


A common dilemma when purchasing glasses for small faces is that with a narrow face, it is easy for the face to look pinched. However, this issue can be safely avoided if you make sure that your glasses frames are wider than your face width. The key is to disregard any frames that are narrower than your face.


A good option for small and narrow faces is to go for clear frame glasses. These will blend in with your facial features and add a subtle classiness to your look.


Best Glasses Shape for Small Faces


Here are some quick tips to find the frames that complement your face shape. Find your face shape with the helpful guide here.

  • Long face shape:

- Short frames will make your face appear overly long

- Find frames with more height, in a square or round shape

- Thicker frames with longer lenses or aesthetic embellishments will help widen your face

  • Short face shape:

- Long frames will cause your face to look swamped in the glasses

- Go for shorter frame shapes like rectangular or oval

- Avoid oversized or aviator frames, these would accentuate the short face shape

- Err on the side of caution when it comes to extra thick frames, as these could make your face look even smaller

  • Pear-shaped face:

- Go for frames that are heavier on the top, such as browline glasses.

  • Round face shape:

- For round faces we recommend more angular glasses frames with plenty of character

- Square frames with bold colours will project a look of total confidence

  • Square face shape:

- As an exact opposite to round face shapes, balance a square face with round frames for a softer look.

  • Diamond or Heart-Shaped face:

- Take the focus off the pointed chin with a pair of browline glasses frames


Prescriptions with Glasses for Narrow Faces:


Glasses that fit you properly are essential to ensure your prescription lenses do their job. Your eyes must be centred in the lenses to guarantee clarity of vision. It is also worth noting that the smaller your lenses, the less noticeable thick prescription lenses will be. 


As a general rule, positive prescriptions result in larger looking eyes. Therefore, those with higher prescriptions should be careful of looking “bug-eyed” as a result of thicker lenses. On the other hand, high negative prescriptions can cause the lenses to peek out at the side of the frames. To help remedy this combination, avoid rimless glasses for small faces.

To find your perfect pair of petite glasses frames, browse our website. There are reading glasses for small faces, blue light glasses for small faces, safety glasses for small faces, even fashionable glasses for small faces. All are available at excellent prices, for both men and women. And of course, don’t forget that we offer a 24 month warranty, price match guarantee, and 100 day returns.

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