How to find the best sunglasses for your face shape

With summer approaching, it’s time to switch up your winter wardrobes for denim shorts, floral dresses and of course your trusty sunglasses.

When it comes to finding the perfect pair of sunglasses we need to consider a shape that flatters our face while looking stylish, it can be a tough decision to make. However, an expert from Vision Express explained how to find your ideal partner in no time.

Dan McGhee, Director of Ophthalmology at Vision Express, says, “Finding the perfect fitting pair of glasses can be tricky. The sunglasses should distribute the pressure evenly across the nose, the width of the head and the ears, which means you’ll avoid pain behind the eyes and the red marks often found on the top of the nose. “

“Make sure the width of the frames is no wider than the width of your face at the temples.”

Dan McGhee, Director of Ophthalmology at Vision Express, explains how to find your perfect sunglasses

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Dan continues with “The top of your frames shouldn’t go past your brow line and the bottom edge of the frames shouldn’t rest on your cheeks or they’ll start to rub against your skin and cause irritation.”

A final key tip is to make sure you choose frames with lenses that offer 100% UV protection to prevent any damage to your eyes over time.

Following that, Dan then broke down the top five face shapes—Oval, Round, Heart, Diamond, and Square—so you can easily identify yours and shop ASAP.

Oval face shape

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New Look is selling a sunglasses multipack for just £11.99

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“With a rounded chin and forehead, your face proportions are perfectly balanced. This means that most frame shapes will look great on an oval face, which usually appears longer than it is wide.”

“To maintain that natural balance, choose frames that are as wide, or slightly wider, than the widest part of your face. Also consider oversized or bold shapes, such as aviators,” says Dan.

We love these aviator style sunglasses from the New Look brand where you don’t just get one but two so you always have a spare pair on hand.

square face shape

Thin metal frames work best for square faces
Thin metal frames are best suited for square faces to soften the look

Round metal sunglasses, Marks and Spencer, £15 here

“In an effort to soften your strong jawline and elongate your face, opt for narrow frames with more width than depth, especially oval and round styles.

“You should avoid square styles, which will look out of balance with the rest of the face. And instead of darker acetate frames, maybe opt for metal frames with a thin profile.”

These classic round sunglasses from Marks and Spencer are not only a must-have style, but they’re also a close dupe to one of Ray Bans’ signature styles.

Round face shape

These clear acetate sunglasses are lightweight and available in three different colors
These transparent acetate sunglasses are ultra light and are available in three different colors

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Rectangular Acetate Frame Sunglasses, Mango, £17.99 here

“With characteristic full cheeks and a rounded chin, the goal when choosing frames for a circular face is to create as much definition as possible. To make your face appear narrower and longer, opt for angular frame styles and narrow.

“A clear bridge will also help highlight your eyes, while more rectangular and wider frames will balance out the shape of the face.”

This rectangle style from Mango comes in three different colorways, black, lime green and this stunning light orange hue.

Diamond face shape

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You can never go wrong with a pair of cat eye style sunglasses

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“Diamond shaped faces are narrow at the eyes and jawline, and have wide cheekbones which can be high and dramatic. You want to make sure you draw attention to the eye area as this will provide more breadth and balance to your face.

“Choose very chunky styles like semi-rim, rectangular, and oval frames. Raised frames like cat’s eye will emphasize and soften your cheekbones, but remember to avoid narrow frames.”

We love the contrasting corner details on these pastel shades which add an extra touch of character to the frames.

heart face shape

These shaded blue sunglasses also come in shaded pink
These blue shaded River Island sunglasses are also available in shaded pink

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Gradient blue tinted cat eye sunglasses, River Island, £16 here

“A wide forehead with a narrow chin defines this face shape, so choose frames that elongate your gaze, direct the attention downward, and even out the proportions.

“Go for clear or rimless glasses, or, to widen the lower part of your face, thick-bottomed frames. Rounded frames or cat-eye styles are also a good choice.”

These shiny ombre sunglasses from River Island combine the rounded style with an outline of the cat-eye silhouette, perfect if you don’t want a full cat-eye shape.

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