Summer is almost upon us, cue cheers of hooray everywhere, and with that comes the need to invest in new sunglasses. It’s incredibly important to protect your eyes from the harmful UV sun rays but that doesn’t mean you should compromise on looking great. You don’t even have to spend a fortune on sunglasses to look bang on trend – the secret is in choosing a pair that suits your face shape. So read on to find out how to choose the best sunglasses for your face shape this year.
- Heart-Shaped Face
Characterised by a wide forehead, those with heart-shaped faces will have a narrower jaw line, high cheekbones and a narrow chin. If this is you, then the best style of sunglasses to accentuate your face shape is a pair of cat-eye shaped sunglasses. Try to avoid styles that are very wide as this can make your chin look very pointy and imbalance your facial proportions.
- Oval-Shaped Face
If you’re lucky enough to have an oval-shaped face, you’ll be pleased to know that it is the easiest one to find sunglasses for. It is characterised by balanced proportions, a narrow forehead and jaw line, a chin that is slightly narrower than the forehead, and typically high cheekbones. If you have an oval-shaped face, you can choose any style of sunglasses, but make sure that the size of the frame is in proportion to your face.
- Round-Shaped Face
A round face is equal in length and width, and the main feature is soft curves with few angles, if any. If you have a round-shaped face, the ideal shaped sunglasses for you are those with angular frames to help add definition. Rectangular frames are the safest bet, while deep colours like black and tortoise shell can also help to visually balance your face.
- Square-Shaped Face
Usually proportional in length and width, a square-shaped face is characterised by a defined jaw, square chin, and a broad forehead. Those with square-shaped faces should try round glasses to highlight the facial features in the right places. Aviators are a good shape – just make sure that the top of the frame sits high enough on the face to downplay the jaw line.
- Triangular-Shaped Face
Defined by a broad forehead, triangular-shaped faces are narrow at the mouth and chin. To help balance out the bottom portion of the face, you should opt for frames with a thin rim and vertical lines. What’s more, if your face is triangular-shaped, make sure that the frames do not sit too high on the face otherwise they will accentuate the forehead.
When you’re choosing sunglasses, it’s not just about the shape of your face. You should also consider your skin tone, to help you select the pair of sunglasses that best suit you.
- Pale Skin
Those with pale skin should opt for lightweight frames with a touch of subtle colour like rose or amber. While tortoiseshell frames suit those with fair skin, you should try to avoid darker versions as they can drain colour from your cheeks.
- Dark Skin
If you have an olive complexion or Asian skin tone, the best colours for you are metallic shades, such as gold or silver. Clear also works well but you should avoid black as it can be too heavy.
- Dark/ African Skin
As with olive and Asian skin tones, those with dark complexions suit metallic and amber frames. If you want to be a bit bolder and plan to go on a party-style holiday, very bright neon frames complement your complexion wonderfully.
Guest post contributed by Lauren Belfield, an avid fashion blogger with a love ofand frolicking in the summer sun!