How to Pick the Perfect Sunglasses for Your Face Type

The summer cannot pass without you getting yourself a pair or two of sunglasses. They are more than just an accessory. They protect your eyes from harmful radiation and reduce fatigue. Sunglasses have the power to make you look good and add harmony to your overall image provided that you choose those that fit your face type.

Before you even pick the sunglasses for your face type, you must know what type of face you have. To determine the type of your face, you will need any of these items: a washable marker, lipstick, some soap, or a pencil. While you are standing at arm’s length in front of the mirror, trace the outline of your face on the mirror surface. Start with your chin and end with your hairline. Step back and look at the resulting shape. That is your face type.

The perfect sunglasses for different face types

  1. Round faces

A round face is one whose length and width are almost identical with a small rounded chin with no sharp angles. For such a face, sunglasses are used to visually lengthen the face. This requires glasses with dark frames with a width that is greater than the height.

The best sunglasses for round face include:

  • Pointed, rectangular, square glasses
  • Cat’s eyes
  • Butterfly
  • Aviators
  • Wayfarers

Avoid glasses with round glasses, round frames, sharply defined edges, colored lenses or those covering the eyebrows.

  • Oval face

Oval faces have a greater length than width with a rounded chin. The purpose of sunglasses for an oval face is not to disturb your face’s harmonious proportions.

The best sunglasses for oval faces include:

  • Rectangular, oval, round frames
  • Butterfly
  • Aviators
  • Cat’s eyes

Avoid glasses with sharply defined edges, narrow frames and those that appear too massive or too wide.

  • Square face

Square faces have an almost identical width and length with a broad an angular chin and a straight hairline.

Suitable sunglasses include:

  • Large glasses
  • Frames with equals width to your face
  • Colored frames
  • Oval, round, teardrop frames
  • Frameless glasses
  • Cat’s eyes
  • Aviators

Avoid glasses with square, small or narrow frames or sharp corners.

  • Rectangular face

Rectangular faces have a length greater than the width and the chin is broad and angular. The aim of sunglasses is to make the face appear broader.

Suitable glasses include:

  • Large-framed glasses
  • Aviators
  • Round-framed glasses

Avoid glasses with narrow frames, small glasses and those with bright, colorful frames.

  • Heart-shaped face

A heart-shaped face has a greater length than the width with the chin being the narrow part of the face and the forehead as the widest. Heart-shaped faces look like inverted triangles. Sunglasses are to help balance out the upper part of the face by making the lower part look bulkier.

Suitable sunglasses include:

  • Rounded or round glasses
  • Small frames
  • Aviators
  • Wayfarers
  • Frameless glasses
  • Bright or neutral-colored frames

Avoid glasses with large, heavy frames, sharp and pointy outlines, covering the eyebrows, butterfly glasses, cat’s eyes and glasses with brightly colored frames.

Sunglasses should flatter your face and make you look good. Choose sunglasses that are perfect for your face type.

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