How to Choose Sunglasses for Your Face Shape

By on April 30, 2012

Sunglasses have become a must accessory for all those, who not only want to protect their eyes from harmful UV rays, but also want to show off their glamorous and seductive side. A real fashioniser should have at least one pair of stylish sunglasses that can be worn while on the beach, at the street or during a cool party. We all know that the hunt for the perfect pair of sunnies is an ongoing battle, thanks to the ever changing trends, your likings, and, most importantly, your face shape. Actually besides the design, various charming embellishments and colors, you should also pay attention to the frames of the sunglasses you are going to buy and pick the ones that will enhance your facial features rather than make you look unflattering and even ridiculous.

How to Choose Sunglasses for Your Face Shape


With so many amazing eyewear styles and trends available nowadays, there is the perfect pair of sunglasses for any face shape. Thus, to look at the best behind your sunnies, make sure to pay particular attention to your face shape, study it and be always right in your choices. To never be mistaken while picking eyewear for you, read these useful style tips on how to choose sunglasses for your face shape.

Round Faces
Girls with round faces seem to live on either end of the sunglasses spectrum – they either look gorgeous or ridiculous, like an early 2000s sunglasses bug. With the widest part of the mug being the cheeks and the length from forehead to chin almost equal in width, round faces have no angles.
To give some length to your round face and make it look thinner, opt for sunglasses with an asymmetric top or bottom or rectangular sunglasses. However, keep in mind that extreme geometrics, like a mega-square or Lennon glasses look super jarring. Sunglasses with a flat bridge look fun. Also make sure to contrast angles with rounder edges.

Sunglasses for Round Face Shape
Heart-Shaped Face
Girls born with a heart-shaped face have a narrow chin and high cheekbones (like Reese Witherspoon). If you belong to this category of girls, try to avoid any heavy frames or overly geometric lines.
The perfect sunnies for heart-shaped ladies come with cat-eye frames, oval or rimless frames. Try to pick glasses that are wider at the top and narrower at the bottom. Sunglasses that feature some detailing or distinctive features, such as brow lines will also look amazing on heart-shaped faces.

Sunglasses for Heart-Shaped Face
Oval Faces
Girls with oval faces are the luckiest ones. They can actually try any pair of glasses, as the trademark of an oval face is near-symmetry (like Megan Fox). While oval-faced girls can experiment with various eyewear styles, they look at the best in oversized glasses with a swooped bridge.
Round and a gently arced bridge, as well as rectangular lenses also look amazing on the oval face shape. You can also try rimless glasses and ones with thinner, more delicate frames. However, try to avoid straight lines, like those found on aviator sunglasses.

Sunglasses for Oval Faces
Oblong Faces
Girls with oblong or rectangular-shaped faces struggle really hard to find the perfect pair of glasses. This face is long with long straight cheekbones (like Rihanna or Liv Tyler). In this case, you should add volume to your face, not length. Like oval faces, oblong faces too look at the best in larger glasses, but unlike those with super symmetric faces, oblong-faced girls should look for softer, less dramatically dipped bridges.
Round-rimmed glasses also look fine for oblong faces. Keep your glasses perched on the apple of the cheek, otherwise your face may dwarf the frames.

Sunglasses for Oblong Faces
Square Faces
A square face is characterized by a strong jaw and a squared-off hairline (like Jessica Simpson). If you have a square face shape, choose glasses that are higher at the top than at the bridge of the nose. Keep in mind that smaller frames can make your head look long.
While these were the basic face shapes, there are also people, who have the combination of shapes and angles. Therefore, try various sunglasses shapes in order to determine which type fits your face shape.

Sunglasses for Square Faces
Other Style Tips for Choosing Sunglasses
Although we all need a pair of neutral sunnies, like black or brown, the latest eyewear trends bring brightly colored frames too, such as amber yellow, hot reds, cobalt blue or oranges.
Before going for a colored frame, decide whether you want them to match or contrast your outfits. If you aren’t that much into dark or mirror lenses, consider what works best for your hair, eye color or which frame complements your skin tone. For example, thick black frames tend to make a sallow skin appear even pastier, while metallic can brighten up the face. Girls with bronze or olive skin tone look good in brown, khaki, green, peach, cream and gold eyewear. Silver, as well as black, blue, red, plum, gray, amber and tortoiseshell sunglasses work well for cooler complexions.
Other than the styles and colors of the sunglasses, pay attention that they provide 100% UVA and UVB protection and filter at least some blue light. Choose lightweight, plastic, shatterproof sunglasses, if you are going to wear them while playing sports. And finally, for extra eye protection, make sure to wear a hat with at least 3-inch brim while in the sun.

How to Choose Sunglasses for Your Face Shape

How to Choose Sunglasses for Your Face Shape

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