How to select the perfect pair of sunglasses for your face shape
As the sun starts to peek its cheery face through the clouds, you’ll be excited to bask in its glimmering glow. Whether you head to the beach, pull up a seat in the park or just fancy a stroll outside to soak in the beaming rays, there’s one thing you can’t be without. That’s right, a perfect pair of sunglasses.
As the ultimate summer accessory, sunglasses make a sunny style statement whilst combining fashion and essential eye protection. And you’ll need a fab pair to wear for celebrating Shades Day on Friday 17 May – our national fundraising and awareness day when we encourage everyone to wear a pair of shades, whatever the weather!
But just as challenging as it can be to pick where you want to go in those sunny, summer months, it can be just as overwhelming to choose the perfect frames as well as making sure they contain a whole host of factors from UV protection to polarisation. You’ll also want to make sure they fit your face perfectly, so the only thing you need to worry about is what ice cream to get.
Check out our handy guide to help you choose the perfect pair of sunglasses to suit your own individual face shape.
Take your face measurements
To help you gain an idea of the size and shape of your face, you’ll need to start by measuring your face. Grab a tape measure, stand in front of a mirror and follow the steps as below. Make sure you write down each individual measurement:
- Place your tape measure just below one eye and take it to the same point on the other side of your face to get your cheekbone to cheekbone measurement.
- Find the end of your jawbone, just below your ears, and measure from one side to the other, dragging the tape measure around the bottom of your face.
- To get your face length measurement, place your tape measure on your hairline and drag it down over your nose all the way down to the bottom of your chin.
- Lastly, you’ll need to measure the width of your forehead. Take your tape measure from one side of your hairline all the way to the other side.
Work out your face shape
Once you’ve written down each measurement, compare these against each other and take a look out our handy face shape categories below to work out your own face shape.
Once you’ve found your face shape, it’s time to find the best sunglasses style to fit and frame your face to show off those features!
Round races can rejoice as they embrace curvy lines with slightly less defined angles. Equal in length and width, round faces tend to have the following features:
- Soft/gentle angles
- Full cheeks
- Delicate features
Round faces should steer clear of curved frames and instead look for styles that accentuate angles and sharp lines. Your ideal eyewear will help to make your face appear, longer and thinner.
Do: Select square shapes, cat-eye frames and classic Wayfarer styles, to help add angles to your face. Go for colourful styles that sit high on the temple.
Don’t: Opt for round shaped sunglasses as these will highlight your round features.
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Square shaped faces are usually identified as having a prominent forehead and super strong jawline with the following features:
- Equal in length and width
- Angular chin
It can be difficult to find styles to suit, but square face shapes should look for a frame to round off their shape and soften their natural angles.
Do: Select shapely frames, from round to oval and cats eye to butterfly styles. A good option can be semi-rimless sunglasses, as these can help to soften your jawline and flatter the face’s angular shape.
Don’t: Choose overly boxy, square or rectangular sunglasses. These will add in extra angles and throw your face off balance.
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As the most common and versatile of all face shapes, If you’ve been blessed with an oval face shape, you can relax a little, as there are plenty of styles to suit your face shape. Typical features include:
- Wider forehead than your chin
- High cheekbones
- Balanced measurements
Even though you pretty much have your pick of the sunglasses bunch, it’s best to follow a few rules to make the most of your shape.
Do: Go a little wild. You can afford to experiment with colour and unusual shapes. Boldness is your friend. On the whole, go for sunglasses which are slightly broader than the widest part of your face.
Don’t: Pick rectangular frames. If you want to add in some angles, give square frames with rounded bottoms a try.
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Heart shaped faces are the envy of many. Also known as the inverted-triangle, features include:
- Wide forehead
- Narrow or pointy chin
- High cheekbones
You will likely have a pointy chin and killer set of cheekbones, as this shape is wider at the forehead, narrowing towards the jawline.
Do: Try on light-coloured frames for size and opt for any style that takes attention away from your forehead. Pilot styles and sunglasses with exaggerated bottoms are also super flattering on this face shape whilst round frames help to soften your cheekbones.
Don’t: Select a small pair of sunglasses as this will make your face appear larger than it is, achieving the opposite look to what you want.
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Once you’ve found your perfect pair of sunglasses, don’t forget to take a snap and share it on social media for Shades Day, taking place on Friday 17 May 2019.
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