How to Pick the Perfect Sunglasses by Face Shape to Look Cool!

Why do celebrities and influencers always wear sunglasses? It’s not just to protect their eyes from the sun or hide from the public! They know the right pair of sunglasses are the ultimate accessory to elevate their style and make them look fabulous!

Choosing a modern, on-trend style is important, but so is picking the perfect sunglasses for your face shape. Not sure how to do that? Check out my handy Sunglasses by Face Shape Style Guide that walks you through it.


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How do I Choose the Right Sunglasses for my Face?

If you want to look cool in sunglasses, you need to understand the unique lines and angles that make up your face. Is your face round or square, long or short? Full or narrow? Since we all have different face shapes, some styles of sunglasses will suit you more than others. The first step to looking “wow” in sunglasses is identifying your face shape.

How Do I Find my Face Shape?

If you don’t know your face shape, it’s pretty straightforward to figure out. All you need to do is use a measuring tape to measure the length and width of your face. These measurements will help you determine which face shape category you fall into. Although everyone’s bone structure is unique, most faces fall into four general categories: round (circular), square (rectangular), oval (oblong), or heart (triangular). Don’t have something to measure with?

  • A Quick Trick:

Stand directly in front of the mirror, and pull loose hair away from your face. Using a washable utensil—lipstick, soap, or a dry-erase marker will work—trace the outline of the shape of your face on the mirror’s surface. Take a step back, and try to match the outline of your face shape with the one most similar to yours. Or….

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  • Use an App to Find Your Face Shape

If you’re struggling to figure out your face shape, there are a few apps you can download on your phone to help you determine that. Simply go to the app store and type in “face shape.” Then download the app. Make sure to pull your hair back,  stand somewhere with good lighting, and look straight ahead. Once you have your face shape, you can delete the app.


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Are You a Round Face Shape?

Round faces are characterized by a smooth, circular shape free of harsh angles. Your jawline is round and full, your face is about as broad as it is long, and your rounded cheekbones are the widest part of the face. If you’re using measurements, your two measurements should nearly match up. Meaning the length of your face is similar to the width.

Are You a Square Face Shape?

A square face shape is distinguished by a broad forehead and square, strong jawline, with the forehead, cheekbones, and jaw being the same width. The sides of your face are straight, and your hairline is most likely straight. For a square face, you might have similar measurements as someone with a round face, but the angles of your face are sharper and straight rather than soft and rounded.

Are You an Oval Face Shape?

For oval and oblong faces, (mine is oval), your face is longer than wide with a softly rounded jawline and hairline. Your face is free of harsh angles and is widest at the cheekbones. Ovals have a more narrow face. Your measurements will show that your face is longer than it is wide.

Are You a Heart Face Shape?

Heart and triangular face shapes are characterized by a broad forehead, long, pointed jawline, and narrow chin. Heart shape faces resembling an inverted triangle. Your forehead is the widest part of your face or the same width as your cheekbones; your chin is the narrowest part. Heart-shaped faces are sometimes characterized by a widow’s peak, but you can still have a heart-shaped face without a widow’s peak.


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How to Pick the Perfect Sunglasses By Face Shape

Now that you’ve determined your face shape, it’s time to find the perfect sunglasses to complement it. Here’s which sunglasses look best on which face shape.

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Best Sunglasses for Round Face

Know that opposites attract. Stick to sunglasses with angular lines to balance out your naturally soft round features. Sharp, square-angled frames like classic Rayban Wayfarers look great. A  fun pair of square sunglasses or rectangular frames work well too. Vintage-looking cat-eye shapes will also add definition to delicate features. You’ll want to steer clear of round or oval shapes, which will only add extra width to a round face shape.

Best Sunglasses for Square Face

Square faces call for softening up harsh angles. Combat boxy silhouettes with curvy shapes like oval glasses or always-in-style aviators. Your best bet is a pair of round sunglasses. Cat eyes and trendy rimless frames will also soften square faces. If you’re feeling fun, feel free to play around with oversized frames. Steer clear of frames that are too small, as they will get lost on a square face.

Best Sunglasses for Oval Face

Oval faces are the envy of all other shapes because they can wear just about any frame style!  Oval and oblong faces do need to keep proportion in mind. Petite oval faces should stick with chic smaller frames, while longer, broader ones can experiment with oversized styles. The oval shape can pull off aviator and wayfarer styles as well.

Best Sunglasses for a Heart Face

Frame styles that sweep upward naturally soften the severe jawline of a heart or triangle face shape. Popular cat-eye sunglasses and angular wayfarer frames make a fashion statement and highlight this face shape’s gorgeous cheekbones. Fun, angular shades are the perfect pair of sunglasses for someone with a heart-shaped face, giving off an alluring, playful vibe.

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Rules were Meant to be Broken

When choosing sunglasses by face shape, please remember that personal style also comes into play.  For example, you may prefer a trending shape, even if it is not recommended for your face shape. It’s fine to go ahead and wear this style of sunglasses if you want to make a style statement!  Choosing the perfect sunglasses by face shape is just a starting point to help you look your best, but in today’s world, there are no hard and fast rules for which sunglasses you can and cannot wear!


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Oversized Cat’s Eye Sunglasses are Trending!

How Should Sunglasses Fit?

Generally,  eyewear should fit snugly but not too tight. Sunglasses should not be digging into your temples when you smile, and your frames shouldn’t crush your cheeks. If they do, you might need to choose a different frame shape. Overall, your sunglasses should feel comfortable and protect your eyes. Although the style is important, UV protection is key when selecting a pair of shades.

Should I Wear Oversized Sunglasses?

Oversized sunglasses (larger than traditional sunglasses) are a trendy fashion accessory that make you look instantly chic.  You don’t have to worry about them overwhelming your face because they come in many different sizes and frame thicknesses. You’ll find a wide range of oversize sunglasses styles, from round to cat’s eye to rectangular, to suit every face shape. I own a few pairs, and when I want a really glamorous look or a more fun look, I reach for my dramatic oversize shades! I’m wearing them above.

I hope this handy guide helps you feel confident about how to choose the perfect sunglasses by face shape. Sunglasses that flatter your facial features will enhance your style, boost your confidence and make you look fabulous at any age. Don’t be surprised if you get mistaken for a glamorous celebrity or social media influencer! (Lol!)

Check out these 50+ influencers in their favorite sunglasses here!

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