How to Pick Sunglasses for Your Face Shape

It might seem surprising to talk about sunglasses at this time of year but there are many good reasons to do so. First of all, they make a fantastic gift and secondly, many people are planning a Winter sun break. Also, did you know that some eye specialists recommend wearing sunglasses all year round? This is in order to protect your eyes from UV damage that can ultimately lead to macular degeneration and increased sensitivity to light. There’s an important factor to consider when buying shades, which is how to pick sunglasses for your face shape. If you get it right, they will enhance your best features and minimize any features you’re not keen on. The first step in choosing the right glasses is to work out your face shape – here’s how.

Work out Your Face Shape

Look in the mirror and using a bar of soap, trace the outline of your face. Is the shape round, square, heart shaped or oval. Sunglasses for wide faces will have a different shape to frames for a round face. If you’re still struggling to work it out, you can actually measure your face by using a flexible tape measure or your fingers. For example, a round face has a similar width to length, whilst an oval shaped face is long and slim with a slightly narrow chin. A square face generally has a wide forehead and defined jawline, whilst a heart shaped face is considerably narrower at the chin than the forehead.

How to Pick Sunglasses for Your Face Shape

Round Face Shape

With a soft, narrow jaw and forehead, round face shapes generally have full cheekbones and a similar height and width to their faces. Add definition to the facial features by picking a geometric style that will elongate and shape. Frames with a wide brow line will also work wonders.

Pick the right glasses for a round face shape

Best Sunglasses for a Round Face:

Square or wide frames or angular shapes to give definition. These Céline Stella sunglasses have a graduated lens which helps balance your features. They are from Fashion Eyewear, the online designer glasses, sunglasses and prescription sunglasses specialist. There’s a 14 day returns policy so that you can get a refund if your frames don’t suit you, as long as you leave the security tag on. Their designer sunglasses are already at unbeatable prices but for an extra treat, read further down…


Circular frames, particularly small ones and coloured lenses.

Celine sunglasses from Fashion Eyewear, LondonOval Face Shape

Characterized by a face that is longer than it is wide, with a gently rounded jaw, those with oval face shapes can get away with almost any sunglasses style. Having said that, it’s important to consider the size of your face when choosing sunglasses. Those with petite oval faces will be overwhelmed by thick frames. Make sure that frames are no wider than your cheekbones for good balance, but consider rectangular styles for added interest.

Best sunglasses for an oval face shape

Best Sunglasses for an Oval Face:

Whatever takes your fancy, with a preference for gently angular styles.


Low-hanging arms that are likely to elongate the face further.

Stylish Fendi sunglasses - love these oversized shades!Square Face Shape

With a defined jawline and broad forehead, square face shapes can pull off quite a few looks. Curvy frames such as cat’s eye or round styles like aviators will give balance and draw attention to your eyes.

How to pick the best sunglasses for your face shape - for example for a square face shape

Best Sunglasses for a Square Face:

Semi-rimless, cat’s eye, oval and round frames that extend past the face.


Angular, geometric styles.

Round sunglasses for your face shapeHeart Face Shape

Recognizable by a broad forehead and cheekbones combined with a slender, pointed chin, the heart shaped face should seek out sunglasses that complement their features. Aviators and sports frames are a good choice as they minimize the width of the forehead. Be careful not to overload the face with a heavy frame if you have a small face.


Pick the best glasses for your face shape - heart face shape

Best Sunglasses for a Heart-Shaped Face:

Cat’s eye, oval and round shapes with light coloured frames or in a semi-rimless style. Aviators, wayfarers and sports frames can be very flattering as a general rule. These beauties are by Bulgari and available at Fashion Eyewear. They have a huge selection of brands including Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci and Ray-Ban. Many are available as prescription sunglasses and they offer free worldwide delivery on orders over £120. Use our code, luxury15, to get an extra 15% off until 24 November 2017.


Heavily embellished frames.

Pick sunglasses for your face shape - cat's eye frames for oval face shapeTips For Choosing Sunglasses

  • An important style consideration is to choose sunglasses that will complement your usual hair style. For example, if you have long wavy hair then that will already help to soften your features whilst short hairstyles may require sunglasses that counterbalance very defined features.
  • Select sunglasses that work with your hair colour – blue and gray frames work well with blonde hair, green will complement red hair and black or blue tends to go with black hair.
  • Make sure your eyewear has the CE mark or BS EN 1836:2005, in order to protect your eyes from UV light.
  • Consider polarised lenses that block any reflective glare from surfaces such as water and snow.

We hope you’ve found our guide on how to pick sunglasses for your face shape helpful.
What is your favourite style of sunglasses?

How to Pick Sunglasses for Your Face Shape

  • This is so helpful!

    Beauty Candy Loves

    • Suze

      I’m glad you found it useful, Candice

  • Rebecca U

    This is really useful. I have a square face shape and need large ones for sure – wayfarer style or cat eye are my go-tos 🙂

    • Suze

      I’m such a fan of cat eye sunglasses too!

  • Erin Ek Rush

    Really helpful post. I have a round face and some frames just make my face look more round!

    • Suze

      I know what you mean, round frames don’t really suit me either!

  • Thanks for the tips on what to look for to protect our eyes from UV light, very helpful. Love the sunshine-filled imagery in this post!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

    • Suze

      It’s so important to protect our eyes, isn’t it! Wishing I was back in the sunshine today

  • Hayley Rubery

    Loved this post lady – some great tips! I have no idea when it comes to sunglasses and just end up trying 194782752 pairs on so I’ll be sure to remember this post next time I’m shopping for some!

    Hayley xo

    • Suze

      So pleased it’s helpful, Hayley! Have a great week ahead

  • This is such a useful post Suze – love it! I have an unhealthy obsession with sunglasses…I have around 10 pairs all of which are completely different. You’ve given me a great excuse to go and shop for some more geometric style sunglasses 😉

    • Suze

      Ha ha, I’ve got quite a few too! Hope you find some cool geometric ones