Sunglasses for Round Face Shapes

Sunglasses for Round Face Shapes

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Round faces—think Michelle Williams and Queen Latifah—are full all around and have little to no angles to them, lending a sweet, cherub-like quality to the face.

“The width and length of the face tend to be similar,” says Kristie Whitford, spokesperson for the Vision Council, an organization that represents manufacturers and suppliers in the optical industry.Selecting frames that are the opposite of your face shape adds definition.

“You want to counteract the fullness of the face,” says Whitford. Rectangle- and square-shaped sunglasses add angles to a round face, while wide frames help balance fullness.According to Sam Saboura, celebrity stylist and YouBeauty Style Expert, you can also try frames with contrasting colors or ones with a cat-eye shape to add a visual lift to your round face.

Stay away from frames that are curvy or round, which will add too much curve to a full face.

Here are the best frames for round-shaped faces:

* Rectangular sunglasses, like Natori’s sunglasses (pictured above), available at Zyloware
* Square-shaped sunglasses, such as Gucci’s square sunglasses with vented lenses
* Rectangle-shaped sunglasses, such as Fendi’s rectangle logo sunglasses
* Retro style sunglasses, such as Ray-Ban’s Wayfarers

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Rachel Grumman Bender
Rachel Grumman Bender is an award-winning freelance health and beauty writer and editor. She writes regularly for The New York Times and has written for Women's Health, Yahoo Health, Everyday Health, the New York Post, Cosmopolitan, and many more publications. Rachel has held Health Editor positions at and Cosmopolitan magazine. She earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism at Boston University and her master’s degree in journalism at New York University. She lives in northern California with her husband and her twins.