What's your face shape?
How to determine your face shape
Have you ever tried on your friend's sunglasses and wondered why they look great on them but not quite right on you? That's because not every pair of sunglasses suits every face due to the variety of different face shapes and features. From round to square, to diamond to triangle, we'll show you how to determine your face shape so you can find the best style to complement your shape.
Take a photo of your face front-on with your hair pulled back. On your computer, phone or a printed out copy, mark the top, bottom and sides of your face with dots and draw lines to connect them. Otherwise, you can face a mirror front-on and take notice of the shape of your jawline, forehead and cheekbones to determine which shaped face you have. Below you'll find an explanation of each shape and why some sunglass styles will suit more than others.
Recommended styles for each shape
Oval Face Shape
Your face is longer than it is wide, your cheekbones are the widest area on your face.
Lucky for those with oval faces, most sunglasses complement your shape due to your symmetrical features. With a highly versatile face shape, people with oval faces can wear anything from square to round sunglass styles, however, try to avoid any style that overshadows your natural features like frames that are too big or wide, along with extra narrow frames that will accentuate your longer facial features.
Square Faced Shape
You have a wider forehead and jawline with cheekbones at an equal width.
With a squared jawline and forehead, people with this face shape should aim to contrast their facial features rather than mimicking them. Round or oval sunglasses will balance your face without accentuating your strong features, aviator styles with rounded edges will also look great against a square face shape.
Round Face Shape
You have a wider forehead and cheekbones with a rounded jawline.
Similar to those with a square-shaped face, people with round faces should avoid styles that will mirror their features. Sunglasses that are elongated, or cat-eye shaped styles, will make the face appear slimmer and more defined through sharp edges of the frame.
Heart Faced Shape
Your forehead is wider than your jawline. Your chin is pointed, and you might have a widow’s peak.
The aim for a heart-shaped face with a narrow chin and a broad forehead is to pick styles that will emphasise and balance the lower part of your face. Rectangular sunglasses that extend beyond the forehead can make it appear narrower, while rounded frames will soften the sharp angles of your face. Aviator styles that are bottom-heavy tend to flatten angular chins while balancing your features.
Triangle Face Shape
You have a narrow forehead with a wider jawline that could be squared off or with a flat chin.
With triangle face shapes, you want to find sunglasses that will balance your face while minimising your bottom-heavy jawline. Styles with more going on up top like Clubmasters, Wayfarers and cat-eye styles will help highlight dimensional symmetry. Try to avoid small frames and instead go for regular to oversized sunglasses with upswept angles.
Diamond Face Shape
Your forehead and jawline are equally narrow, with your cheekbones as the widest area on your face.
People with diamond face shapes should aim to accentuate their cheekbones, making them one of the few face shapes that can pull off tiny and petite sunglass styles, this is because their smaller shape will match the natural highpoints of the face. If you have a diamond face shape, you're one of the lucky ones that can pull off fashion-forward cat-eye and tiny rounded sunglasses.