How To Choose The Best Sunglasses For Your Face Shape

So you are looking at getting some hot new shades, but you want to make sure you get the best sunglasses for your face shape.

I recently spent the week in California with my boyfriend and his mother. Unfortunately, while we were driving around shortly after we arrived, I sat on my favorite aviators and bent the shit out of them.

Paulina and boyfriend standing in park below Hollywood sign

Ugh…

Of course, I couldn’t spend almost a week in Cali without sunnies(Hell to the No).

I struggled to pick out a new pair, mainly because I decided to splurge and buy my first pair of name brand sunglasses(I ended up with Ray Bans). So I did some research and figured out how to pick out the sunglasses that would look best on me.

Ray Ban Sunglasses

Well hallelujah, I am here to help you determine your face shape to make sure that you get it right and don’t spend that hard earned cash on sunglasses that end up collecting dust on the counter because you just don’t love them.

There are a few steps to finding the best sunglasses for your face shape.

Determining Your Face Shape

First and foremost, when you are shopping for glasses of any kind, you want to make sure that you know what shape your face is in order to get the right fit.

So to do that, pull your hair back and away from your face and take a long look in the mirror. While you are looking, take a minute and find what the widest area on your face is.

Is it your forehead?

Your cheekbones?

Is it your chin?

Chart of the four basic face shapes. Oval, Round, Square, Heart

Oval Face Shape

If your forehead is the widest point on your face, it is generally said that your face shape is oval.

Of course, there are a lot of factors that can affect that but an oval face is characterized as the widest point of the face being the forehead and gradually tapering toward your chin.

Round Face Shape

Now let’s say that your cheekbones are the widest point on your face.

This typically characterizes a round face shape. It’s about as wide as it is long.

Square Face Shape

Is your jaw the widest point of your face?

This suggests that you have a square face shape. A strong jawline is a very common characteristic of a square face.

Determining Your Jawline

Your jawline also plays a substantial factor in determining your face shape. Honestly, if it were as simple as just the widest part of your face, we would all be experts.

Jawline Shapes Chart. Oval, Square, Heart, Round

So… Now we have to take a long hard look at the jawline in the mirror.

Round Jaw

If you have a rounded chin and a soft jawline it is most likely that you have a round face.

Square Jaw

As I said before, if you feel you have a strong, chiseled jawline, you more than likely have a square shaped face.

Pointy Jaw

Lastly, consider if you have a pointy jawline. This is a reliable indicator of a heart shaped face.

Determining The Length of Your Face

The last factor to consider is the length of your face. Is it long or short?

Short Face

If your face is short, say its the same length as width, you definitely have a round or square face shape.

Long Face

If your face is longer than it is wide, your face shape is either heart shaped or oval.

My Determination

After all this crazy research, I determined that I am one of the lucky ones and my face shape is between oval and heart shaped.

Yay!

Determining the Best Sunglasses for Your Face Shape

Now you know your face shape, and it’s time to choose the perfect sunnies. Hell yeah!

I seriously tried on a ton of sunglasses before I chose the Ray Bans that I went with so don’t be afraid to have fun with it!

Sunglasses for a Round Face

So if you have a round face, it’s best to stick with square frames or wayfarers.

The strong lines of these sunglasses will give you more definition and provide balance. Think of contouring your face without the struggle of trying to perfect your makeup.

Sunglasses for a Square Face

Would you like to guess the best sunglasses for your face?

Ding ding ding! Round lenses are the winner!

Think the exact opposite of having a round face with square glasses. The round sunglasses will soften the sharp lines of your face. The trick to this is making sure that they are proportionate to your face.

Sunglasses for a Heart Shaped Face

One of my personal favs, the Aviators, are best for a heart shaped face.

Honestly, who can argue with Top Gun Tom Cruise? I know I won’t.

When you have a heart shaped face, aviators are perfect because the imitate the shape of your face and compliment your shape. Don’t forget to keep them proportionate.

Sunglasses for an Oval Shaped Face

You, my friend, are the lottery winner! With an oval face shape, you can pull anything off.

Since you can wear anything from a trendy cat eye to classic wayfarers, you are the envy of every other face shape(they have definite jealousy issues). As always, keep the sunnies in proportion to your facial features.

For more in-depth information on face shapes click here.

Other Things to Consider When Buying Sunglasses

I’ve always been the cheapass that buys the department store sunglasses and replaces them frequently.

After buying my Ray Ban sunglasses, I will never go back.

Paulina Holding Luna the Yorkie Wearing Ray Bans

Here’s why-

Name Brand Sunglasses VS Cheap

  • Name Brand Glasses have 100% UV protection. You don’t get that guarantee from cheaper sunglasses
  • Name Brand Glasses have better lenses than cheap glasses, whether they are more durable or glass instead of plastic, they tend to hold up better. I have ABSOLUTELY noticed this with the Ray Bans over my cheap old aviators.
  • The construction of the frames is from better materials, so they are more durable than cheap plastic.
  • They have way better clarity.
  • They have a better design, so they tend to be more comfortable.

I will be straight up honest at this point…

I was always the girl that hated spending anything more than $20 on sunglasses, but since I took the plunge and bought the expensive Ray Bans, I couldn’t be more ecstatic with them, and I will never turn back.

If you are considering buying yourself some new sunnies, splurge! I cannot emphasize enough, don’t be afraid to take the plunge and buy the more expensive pair! You can find the Ray Bans I purchased here.

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