Sunglasses for Your Face Shape

Sunglasses for Your Face Shape

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Before you purchase those Prada shades or take off with a pair of aviators, ask yourself this: “How well do they frame my face?”

Choosing sunglasses based on your face shape rather than what’s trendy can mean the difference between looking hot or not.

Just like the perfect pair of jeans, the right sunglasses play up your best features and downplay your less than perfect ones. “When choosing sunglasses, you need to think about proportion and creating balance,” says Sam Saboura, celebrity stylist and YouBeauty Style Expert.

QUIZ: What’s Your Face Shape?

A general rule: Choose styles that are the opposite of your face shape. For instance, if you have a square-shaped face, opt for round frames to create curves and soften your look.


Most people fall into five different face shapes: Oval, square, round, long or heart. Oval faces are perfectly balanced and are like the universal donor—there isn’t a single frame style with which they’re not compatible. The other face shapes work best with frames that balance out their strongest features.

People with square-shaped faces tend to have a broad forehead, wide cheekbones and a prominent jawline. Sporting frames with some curve appeal, such as round or oval lenses, help balance these strong angles. Round faces have the opposite structure—they are full all the way around and have little to no sharp edges. Angular frames, such as square lenses, flatter and balance a round face.

Long faces are more narrow than wide. Wearing oversized round frames help to create the illusion of a wider, shorter face. Heart faces actually mimic the shape of a heart. They’re wide at the forehead and cheekbones and become narrow at the chin. Frames that broaden a narrow jaw without playing up the width of the forehead, such as aviators, are best bets.

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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.