How To Choose The Right Sunglasses For Your Face Shape

Written by Shivani K  • 

These days,sunglasses are considered to be more than just a protectivesummeraccessory for the eyes. They protect our eyes from harmful radiations, they reduce fatigue, and they give us a great look! The only issue with sunglasses is about choosing the right one that suits our face type. We sure do have plenty of options when it comes to sunglasses – aviators, wayfarers, nerd-styled, the sports versions, etc.

While picking up sunglasses for yourself, you need to keep a couple of things in mind – the quality, the color, and the most important factor of figuring out whether or not it suits your face shape.

When you pick a pair ofsunglasses, it’s necessary to match the shape of the sunglasses with what’s suitable for your face so that you can accentuate your look positively. A wrong pair of sunglasses can make you look funny and you definitely don’t want that kind of embarrassment, do you? So, if you’re someone who goes bonkers while choosing the right sunglass for yourself, we’ve jotted down some sound advice for you. Take a look-

Figuring Out Your Face Type

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This would be the first step to figure out what kind of sunglasses suit you. And it’s not a tough task, people. All you need to do is try to identify a rough shape of your face by standing in front of a mirror. If that doesn’t yield you the result, just ask your friend to tell you how your face looks. Or an even better option would be to click a selfie and then deduce the shape for yourself.

To make things even easier, we’ve listed down the types of faces, their features, and what type of sunglasses would suit the face type. Let’s have a look at them.

Round Faces

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The main indicator of a round face is that the height and width of the face are the same. A rounded chin and lesser pointed angles are the features of this face type.Therefore, the task here is to choose a pair of sunglasses that will make your face look lengthier.

What Is Suitable:

  • Glasses which are square, rectangular, and pointed
  • Butterfly glasses
  • Cat-eyed glasses
  • Wayfarers
  • Aviators

What Isn’t Suitable:

  • Narrow frames
  • Glasses with colored lenses
  • Glasses with sharp edges
  • Glasses which cover the eyebrows

Oval Face

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The widest part of their faces are the cheekbones. The length of the face is greater than the width. The forehead’s width is slightly greater than the width of the jaw line.

Therefore, the trick here is to pick glasses that won’t disturb the harmonious balance of the facial features.

What Is Suitable:

  • ateyes glasses
  • Butterfly glasses
  • Aviators
  • Glasses which are as wide as the face

What Isn’t Suitable:

  • Narrow frames
  • Glasses which are massive
  • Glasses that have sharp edges
  • Glasses which are too wide

Square Face

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Just like the dimensions of a square, the height and width of face is equal for a square shaped face. Such faces have a straight hairline too. The jaw, cheekbones, and forehead are all of equal length.

Square faces have pointed dimensions. Therefore, one needs to opt for sunglasses that will soften down the edgy sides of the face.

What Is Suitable:

  • Glasses that are large
  • Aviators
  • ateyes glasses
  • Glasses that have colored frame
  • Glasses which are round, tear-dropped shape or even oval shaped
  • Pick glassesthat have aframe just as wide as your face

What’s Isn’t Suitable:

  • Frames which have sharp corners
  • Frames which are narrow, petite, and small
  • Glasses whose width is wider than your own face

Rectangular Face

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The length of the face is greater than the width of the face. The jaw, cheekbones, and forehead are of equal length. Hairline is straight and chin area is broad.

The aim here needs to be to pick a pair of sunglasses to make your face look broader. Opting for frames which are transparent and in sync with your skin tone is an ideal way to go ahead.

What Is Suitable:

  • Glasses which have round frames
  • Glasses with large frames
  • Aviators

What Isn’t Suitable:

  • Small glasses with narrow frames
  • Bright colourful frames

Heart-Shaped Face

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Very much like the shape of a heart, the face is narrow towards the forehead and wider towards the chin. The trick is to create an illusion in the vice versa manner. Opt for frames that have larger upper angles.

What Is Suitable:

  • Bright decorated glasses which are round
  • Frameless glasses
  • Aviators
  • Transparent lenses which are cat-eye shaped

What Isn’t Suitable:

  • Dark or tinted glasses with transparent lenses
  • Frames which are rectangular or square
  • Frames which are small or narrow
  • Glasses which are square-shaped at the lower part

Bonus: How To Test Your Sunglasses For UV Protection?

  1. You need a UV Flashlight. Go to a semi-dark room and shine the flashlight on a currency notes so that you can see the elements of the note only visible in UV light.
  1. Now, shine the lights directly through the glasses. If you can’t see those elements now, then your glasses are UV protected.

We’re sure that now you know how to pick a pair of sunglasses that will complement not just your face type, but also your overall personality. Which type of face are you? Let us know in the comments below.

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