How to Choose the Best Glasses for Diamond Face Shapes
April 5, 2023 • 7:43 AM
If you have a diamond-shaped face, you’re in good company with Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Angelina Jolie, Christian Bale, Robert Pattinson, Halle Berry, and more. Who wouldn’t want a face like that?
As with any face shape, though, some frame shapes enhance your facial features more than others. So, what are the best glasses for diamond face shapes?
Let’s define the features of a diamond-shaped face. Then we’ll highlight some of the best frame shapes for you. We’ll also look at where to get your next pair of glasses to suit your diamond face perfectly.
Do You Have a Diamond-Shaped Face?
Often described as the rarest face shape, a diamond-shaped face has very particular, strongly defined features:
- High cheekbones that form the widest part of the face
- A narrow forehead at eye level
- A narrow jawline, which tapers toward the chin
- A forehead and jawline of about the same width
Diamond-shaped faces are similar in proportions to oval faces — usually longer than wide — except they’re more angular. There are also similarities with heart-shaped faces, which have the same wide cheekbones and narrow chin, but diamond faces have a narrower forehead. A diamond face contrasts strongly with a round face that features cheekbones and a jawline about the same width.
To check your face shape, hold your hair back from your face. Then, look in the mirror and trace the contours of your face with your finger, paying particular attention to the comparative width of your jawline, chin, and cheekbones.
Alternatively, you could take a video selfie of yourself and pause it at different places to check your face shape — or simply ask a friend for their opinion.
If you identify with the striking diamond-shaped features above, certain eyeglass frames will complement those.
Best Glasses for Diamond Face Shape
The widest part of your face is around your cheekbones, and the most flattering glasses for diamond face shapes draw the eye to the top part of your face. They create visual balance by adding width across your eyes, softening your more angular features, and slightly rounding out your chin area.
Subtle, detailed styling or decorations on the top or sides of the frame also add the perception of width and draw attention to your eyes. Don’t go too over the top though, or your glasses could look like they’re wearing you rather than the other way around.
Likewise, choose the size of your glasses carefully to ensure they’re proportionate to your face.
These are some of the best glasses for diamond face shapes.
Round Eyeglasses or Oval Glasses
The soft curves of classic round glasses frames contrast with the sharp angles of your face, adding a softness to your defined cheekbones, jaw, and chin. Round glasses can look intellectual, artsy, or retro depending on the frames you choose.
Oval glasses frames — sometimes known as walnut glasses — take things a step further, adding extra width around the eyes to further balance out the diamond shape of your face.
If you’re considering round frames or oval frames, it’s important to try them on first to ensure they’re the right size for your face. If the frames are too big, it could overwhelm your face, and if they’re too small, it may accentuate the angularity of your features more than you’d like.
Try one of these round options:
- The Otis for wider diamond-shaped faces has a keyhole frame to distribute the weight on the side of the nose
- The Soto as a classic option for medium-sized faces, also with a keyhole nose bridge
- The Reese for a snug fit for narrower diamond-shaped faces
- The Twain for extra-narrow faces or for children, also with a keyhole design
The upswept corners of cat-eye frames pull the eye upwards and add width across a narrower forehead. They soften the pronounced angles of your face and accentuate one of your best features: your gorgeous cheekbones.
Some cat-eye styles look bold and dramatic, which may suit you well. If you prefer a more subtle look, consider cat-eye frames in classic tortoiseshell or plain black.
One of these cat-eye styles could be right for you:
- The Wanda for a wider diamond face shape or an oversized look
- The Ella, a fun option for a medium-sized diamond face
Horn-rimmed or Browline Glasses
The strongly accented yet softly curved rims of horn-rimmed glasses also draw the eye upwards. They add weight to the narrower top part of your face, once again creating overall balance.
Browline frames also give the perception of being heavier on top and create a similar effect. Browlines can be semi-rimless or simply a lighter color in the lower section.
Try these Top Frames for a horn-rimmed or browline effect:
- The Tortoise for a classic and timeless look
- The Buffalo Plaid offers intellectual style for diamond-shaped faces
- The Cobalt Split, as an update on an old-school browline design
- The Matcha Split Sun Top, a trendy and fun choice for outdoors
Expand Your Options
Rectangular and square frames aren’t always recommended as glasses for diamond face shapes because their sharper angles can sometimes highlight angular features even further. That said, everyone’s face is unique, and you might find they suit you.
If you’re considering rectangular glasses, aim for frames with corners that are more rounded than sharp to create the balance you need. Also, rectangular frames may work better than square glasses because of their extra width across the eyes.
Give these rectangular styles a try:
- The Kirby fits a wider diamond face shape
- The Casper, with its keyhole bridge, works well for medium-sized faces
- The Finley is a versatile option for medium to smaller faces or for kids
- The Larkin is best for a narrow diamond-shaped face
The Best Sunglasses for Diamond Face Shapes
When you’re looking for sunnies, the same frame shapes still work. You’re simply switching out your clear lenses for the tinted lenses of your choice.
The sun can cause serious damage to your eyes, so look for sunglasses that provide 100% UVA and UVB protection. To reduce the glare further, consider polarized lenses, especially if you spend a lot of time on the road, on the water, or driving or skiing through snowy areas.
And if you tend to bounce inside and outside throughout the day, light-responsive glasses are a great option. Photochromic lenses respond to the brightness of the light around you and automatically darken or lighten accordingly.
Where to Get Glasses for a Diamond Face Shape
For a great selection of glasses for diamond face shapes — and the most versatility you’ll get in a pair of glasses — visit Pair Eyewear. Our range of round, cat-eye, and rectangular Base Frames means there’s something for everyone. We cater to single-vision, multifocal progressive, and reading glasses prescriptions. You can also choose blue-light, light-responsive, or ultra-thin Premium Plus lens add-ons.
Use our Size Guide to pinpoint your best Base Frame size options, then our real-time Virtual Try-on feature to see how they suit your face.
Then — and this is the best part — choose from our wide selection of stunning Top Frames to customize your glasses to your personality and interests. Whether you prefer classic, funky, or down-right out there, you’ll find a Top Frame (or two or three) for you. We even have Sun Tops that turn your regular glasses into sunglasses in moments.
Pair Frames are made from cellulose acetate with polycarbonate lenses. Both of these materials can withstand daily handling and then some. Your Pair is scratch-resistant, and 100% UV protective (whether they’re sunglasses or regular). They also come with an anti-reflective coating that helps reduce glare from all angles.
Keep your glasses even safer with a Pair Glasses Case and, if you want to change your look on the go, an extra Top Frame Case to store your spare Top Frames, ready to switch out as needed.
Pair Eyewear is excellent value, starting at just $60. And to make your life easier, most insurance companies with out-of-network vision benefits will reimburse you for our prescription eyeglasses or sunglasses. Pair also accepts most FSA and HSA cards.
Choose Glasses for Your Diamond Face Shape Today
If you have a diamond-shaped face, the widest part of it is likely to be your cheekbones. Emphasize these while balancing your more angular features with a pair of the best glasses for diamond face shapes.
Although round, cat-eye, or browline frames may be your best options, there’s no need to rule out other choices, like rectangular or square glasses. Just be sure to try them on to check they enhance your face.
Order your glasses for a diamond face shape from Pair Eyewear today. Pair Eyewear is hard to beat with our unique combination of stylish Base Frames and Top Frames to suit your every whim.