Pick the Right Pair of Shades for Your Face

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We’ve all often fretted over the exact frame of sunglasses that would do wonders to our appearance. A few are lucky to have spotted the right piece early on, while the rest of us are faced with this dilemma more often than not.

2 general tips are-

  • The size of your sunglasses has to be proportional to the size of your face. Small face, small glasses; large face, larger glasses.
  • Usually, the frame shape should be the opposite of your face shape.

These are only general guidelines and do not apply to everyone.

Here’s a compilation of the common face types-

The Oval Face

Proportional features, balanced forehead, cheekbones and jaw. Often described as harmonious or classical.

Frames suitable: This face looks good in almost all kinds of shades. Geometric, rectangular and square shapes look very good since they provide an angular edge to your soft looks.

Avoid: Too large frames.

Famous faces: Julia Roberts, Beyonce Knowles.

The Square Face

Broad forehead, wide cheekbones, strong jaw line, square chin.

Frames suitable: Oval, round and cat eye frames suit such a face as they reduce the angles and trim down the angular profile.

Avoid: Extreme geometric and square shapes.

Famous faces: Sandra Bullock, Demi Moore, Brad Pitt.

The Round Face

Full cheekbones, narrow forehead, round chin and a few angles. The length and width of the face are almost proportional.

Frames suitable: Frames such as horizontal and rectangular kind make the face appear thinner and longer. The geometric and angular patterns sharpen the features.

Avoid: Round, small frames.

Famous faces: Cameron Diaz, Christina Ricci.

The Oblong Face

Long face, narrow shape, longer than it is wide. Big forehead, high cheekbones, long nose, narrow chin.

Frames suitable: Tall frames, oversize, wrap styles, broad, square shapes.

Avoid: Small, narrow frames.

Famous faces: Sarah Jessica Parker.

The Diamond Face

Dramatic cheekbones, narrow forehead, eye and jaw line, angular features.

Frames suitable: Oval frames will maintain the balance in between the features and soften the contours of the face. The cat eye shades will highlight the cheekbones, adding definition to the face.

Avoid: Narrow frames.

Famous faces: Madonna.

The Heart-shaped Face

Broad forehead, wide and prominent cheekbones that narrow down to a small chin.

Frames suitable: Round frames to soften the forehead, cat’s eye sunglasses and bottom heavy frames.

Avoid: Over embellished frames and top heavy styles.

Famous faces: Halle Berry, Drew Barrymore.

The Triangle Face


Wide forehead, narrow jaw and tapered eye line.

Frames suitable: Metal frames with rimless bottoms, cat eye shades angling outward at the top corner will soften the angles.

Avoid: Out of proportion narrow frames.

Famous faces: Keith Urban, Renee Zellweger.