The summer heat is in full swing, and we’re sure that you’re reaching for your favorite pair of sunglasses. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a guide to finding the perfect pair of sunglasses for your face shape to help you look and feel good all summer long.
If you have a heart shaped face, your most distinguishing features are high cheekbones, a narrow chin and broad forehead. Look for sunglasses that are bottom heavy to add width to the lower part of your face and create balance to your face overall, such as aviators or oversized frames. You want to mimic the shape of your face to bring out your best features, so avoid top heavy sunglasses and decorative frames. Think: Reese Witherspoon, Halle Berry and Leonardo DiCaprio.
Square shaped faces have strong features – a prominent jawline, wide chin, a broad forehead and wide cheekbones. To balance out those features, navigate towards cat-eye sunglasses, oval or round frames, and neutral colors. Avoid square frames and bold colors and patterns on the bottom rim. Celebrities with square-shaped faces: Olivia Wilde, Rihanna and Brad Pitt.
For a round face, you want sunglasses that make your face look long and thin, so your frames should be wider than they are deep. Some good style ideas are cat-eye, rectangle or a pair of retro shades like wayfarers. Try to avoid small frames and round sunglasses. Inspiration: Emma Stone, Kelly Clarkson and Kanye West.
Oval faces are considered the ideal face shape, because they have the most balanced proportions – narrow foreheads, high cheekbones and narrow chins. Pretty much any pair of sunglasses flatter an oval face. Some experts note that the top of the sunglasses shouldn’t cover your eyebrows, and the bottom of the frames shouldn’t sit on your cheeks when you smile. Think: Kate Middleton, Beyonce, Jude Law and Keith Urban.
Tips from the pros at Uptown Eyes:
- Never be afraid of color! No matter what face shape you have, a pop of color is a fun way to add personality to your sunglasses. Yellows, oranges and pinks look best on olive skin tones, while blues, purples and reds compliment neutral or fair skin tones.
- Make sure your sunglasses have 100 percent UV protection. What’s the point of sunglasses if they aren’t going to protect your eyes?!
- Square shapes are classic. They can fit almost all face shapes. Plastic acetates are typically lightweight and comfortable. While metal frames are very durable, and the nose pads allow it to be adjusted for many different bridge types.
- Invest in polarized lenses to decrease glare. This is especially helpful if you spend a lot of time around water.
- Never leave your sunglasses in a hot car. The heat exposure can destroy the lenses and can cause the plastic frame to warp and melt.
- The more coverage from sunglasses, the less sun damage inflicted on the eyes. Consider buying oversized glasses to help cut down on UV exposure.
For more tips, visit Uptown Eyes and let them help you pick out your perfect pair!