Choosing The Right Sunglasses For Your Face Shape

It’s a hard one to explain. Some pairs of sunglasses suit people perfectly, while others just seem to look all wrong. Much of this is to do with face shape. Sure, sunglasses have the natural use of keeping the sun out of your eyes, but also, they’re supposed to look cool. You want to find a pair that seem to look natural on your face, highlighting your positive features and fitting perfectly without looking too large or small.


Before you do anything, you need to be honest about what shape your face is! Take a look at this handy guide to the best type of sunglasses for each face shape.



Round Face


If your face is naturally round, you should choose wayfarers or another type of square faced sunglasses. The angles help to add definition to your face, giving you faux cheekbones. These act as a great alternative to contoured makeup. The worse shape you can choose is one the mimics your own face shape, so avoid any round styles when you head out on your summer holiday.


Square Face


The general rule of thumb seems to be – go for the opposite style to your face shape with your sunglasses. So, if you have a square face, you’ll want…round sunglasses! Helping to soften your features, round sunglasses provide some balance to your face. Sunglass Picks offers a range of round sunglasses to browse through. The larger your face, the larger the frames of your sunglasses should be. Try to avoid anything too angular which won’t suit your face as well.


Heart Shaped Face


First thing’s first, how do you know if you have a heart shaped face?! Scarlett Johansson is one of the most famous celebs with this face type, and if this is you, go for some classic aviators. Designed so they are wide at the top and gradually taper into the bottom, aviators will mimic your face shape. Also, you could consider some cat-eye shaped frames which also follow this style. If you have smaller features, try to avoid frames which are larger and heavier. The opposite is also true, so if you have larger features, opt for more delicate frames.


Oval Face


Well done, you’ve won the face shape lottery! An oval face gives you more flexibility when it comes to picking the right type of sunglasses for you. You can even mix and match to give yourself a series of totally different looks! The only thing you may want to consider is avoiding frames which are too wide as you don’t want to have a large gap between the sides of your face and your sunglasses.        


Though this gives a general guide, none of these rules are set in stone so it is worth taking some time to experiment with what sunglasses suit your face shape. It’s also worth having a couple of different styles to give you the ability to quickly change your look if you would like to. Remember, sunglasses are all about highlighting the positive features you already have. Oh, and keeping the sun out of your eyes of course…


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