Sunglasses are more than an accessory—they help stave off sun damage from your eyes and the surrounding area. They can also hide the results of a rough night or morning when you couldn't even find 30 seconds to spend with a mascara wand.Of course they are an accessory and one you wear on your face at that. Read on to find out how to find the best sunglasses for your face shape with tips provided by Meira B. Levison, Fashion Stylist at GlassesUSA.com, an online prescription sunglasses store.
Those with heart-shaped faces have a wide forehead but narrow jaw line. The high cheekbones and narrow chin sometimes make for a challenging fit but butterfly and cat-eye sunglasses are perfect for this facial shape.
You can try round sunglasses but stick to lighter colors, it'll soften a wide forehead.
Avoid highly decorated sunglasses - it'll draw attention to the forehead in a negative way.
Smart choice: These iSee 732 Purple have a retro cat eye style made modern by a dark grape exterior offset by the bright orange interior trim.
You can soften a square-shaped face with oval sunglasses or rectangular sunglasses that have rounded edges. Since those with square faces usually have a prominent jaw line and are proportional in length and width, the key is to contrast. Similar to round faces, you want to complement the facial shape and give the appearance of cheekbones, while softening harsh edges on the face. Cat-eye sunglasses not only add a retro-feel but they add a curviness that contours square faces.
Smart choice: Skechers SK4008 Black have an oval shape and feminine feel with blue flowers studded with rhinestones.
Those with oval faces can wear nearly any pair of sunglasses but oval-shaped faces should steer clear of anything box-y or too big! Oval faces are usually fairly symetric but anything too big or too small will throw off the facial shape. Start with rectangular or butterfly-shaped sunglasses.
Smart choice: These Elizabeth Arden EA5108 Black have rectangular lenses that are just the right size. The contrasting brown lenses are flattering on almost every skin color.
Round faces require contouring the face in a way that brings in new angles. This will help - balance the face. If you have a round face, look for angular sunglasses that have a rectangular or geometric shape—these will definitely add definition and balance the face. Additionally, rectangular shapes help thin out a round face while also making them look longer.
Smart choice: These Guess GU6634 Green wayfarer style sunglasses have a dark olive green hue that give the classic style a funkier feel.
Smart choice: X-Ray XR300 Black oversize sunglasses are big enough to make a longer face look more proportional. The small pinkish-purple outline of an "X" at the temple adds interest and a dash of color.