How to Choose Sunglasses for Your Face Shape Infographic

Most of us associate sunglasses as an essential accessory for summer and toss them away once autumn arrives.  But the truth is, sunglasses are not just a seasonal trend, they’re an all-year-round must! No matter where you live or what the weather conditions are, wearing sunglasses is necessary each time you go outside. And with the treasure trove of brands, designs, and colors available, sunglasses have become a year-round trend!

So, how do you know which sunglasses are right for you? Determining your face shape is the first step. If you are not confident on your decision, ask a friend or look in the mirror. Once you’ve found your face-shape, then you can begin to pick sunglasses that’ll complement your features. Here’s a guide to finding the perfect pair of sunglasses for your face shape.

Sunglasses for Oval Faces

oval face sunglasses guide

An oval face has slightly wider cheekbones and a gentle narrowing at the forehead and jaw. It means you can pull off just about any look when it comes to sunglasses. Rectangle frames are often chosen for their horizontal orientation to provide balance. Upswept styles are suitable for complementing high cheekbones. So, if you’re planning to spend lot of time beachside, or want some quiet time for yourself, find the shades that fit you best.

Sunglasses for Round Faces

round face sunglasses guide

Characterized by soft and contoured features, round faces generally have a width and height that are roughly equivalent. There are a lot of ways to show off your style with a nice pair of shades. Whether you’re heading towards a beach or going for a drive, geometric shapes such as angular, square, and rectangle shapes will give your face a more extended, thinner look. It’s time to offset your contours and gain an elegant edge with deep and bold colored sunglasses to add definition and minimize fullness.

Sunglasses for Square Faces

square face sunglasses guide

If your face shape is square, then your bold features make you a real head-turner. Characterized by a distinctive look with a prominent forehead and a strong jawline, a square face shape makes you a perfect candidate for a variety of sunglasses. Try curvier frames such as round, oval, cat eye, butterfly, and semi-rimless to accentuate your eyes and playfully balance a striking jawline. Aviators also work great but be sure to wear small ones for delicate features and large ones for stronger features.

Sunglasses for Heart Faces

heart face sunglasses guide

A heart-shaped face typically means that you’ve got a broad forehead and a narrow jawline. You can elongate your look to even out proportions with the right pair of frames. Style consultants recommend light-colored frames with thin temples or frames with exaggerated bottoms for heart shapes. 



If you have a flatter nose bridge, try finding sunglasses with higher nose pads. This will prevent your whole sunglasses from moving up and down whenever you smile. The higher nose bridge also sits on your face a lot more comfortable as it still gives your face dimension. If your sunglasses sit too close to your face, it will make your face look a little wider. If your sunglasses sit too close to your face, it will make your face look a little wider.


If you are looking for a pair of sunglasses you could wear every day, go for one that contrasts your natural face shape. For example, if you have a rounder face, angular sunglasses can slim down your face. If you have a square or rectangle face, rounder glasses give you the illusion of a more defined face.


Sunglasses allow you to experiment practically. Don’t create boundaries and rules or just follow trends when you can experiment and develop your style. As mentioned before, your goal whenever you build an outfit is to “create contrast, not conflict.”


The worst thing about wearing makeup is when the mascara smudges everywhere on the sunglasses’ lens. However, if you spend more time curling your lashes while wearing a little less mascara, it would create fewer mascara smudges. If you still want bold, dramatic lashes, try going for a natural falsie. The falsie will not smudge against the glasses as well!


Wearing sunglasses could hide and flatten your whole face if you allow it to. Therefore, lightly contouring the nose will allow you to still keep the definition of your face while wearing shades.


Because you are wearing sunglasses, you can still go crazy with your makeup. The sunglasses should empower you to feel confident in whatever makeup, outfit style you can wear.


Overall, the sunglasses should be another tool to feel beautiful. Just because you can experiment with style does not mean you have to. Think of your sunglasses as just another way to express yourself.

Now that you know your face shape and the best sunglasses to consider, it’s time to get to work and find the perfect style for yourself.

Did you know that June 27 is National Sunglasses Day?

National Sunglasses Day is celebrated annually to remind everyone that wearing sunglasses is not only fun and fashionable, but also a necessity to protect the eyes from the sun’s UV rays.

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