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Question:
 How can I find the perfect pair of sunglasses for my face shape?

Answer: Now that it’s officially spring, the days are getting longer and brighter. And while you may not be ready to break out the sandals and shorts just yet, you’re probably starting to shop for the perfect sunny day accessory—sunglasses. Functional and fashionable, sunglasses not only serve as the perfect shield for sunny days (or those early mornings when you’ve had a late night out), but they’re also the go-to accessory; the perfect finishing touch to your outfit.

From mirrored lenses and flocked frames to oversized aviators and retro cat-eyes, you’ve probably tried every style…well…under the sun. But finding the right pair for your face shape can be just as difficult as finding the perfect jeans. After all, one pair of sunglasses may look amazing on one person, and may appear less than flattering on someone else. You’re in luck, though: we’re here to cut your search time in half with the following suggestions on which frames work best with your face shape:

Round

Round faces work best with angular styles or rectangular frames that elongate the face. You want to find styles that add a little edge to your soft features and balance out your spherical shape. The key is to pick a pair that neutralizes the fullness of your face to add more definition. Enhance those cheekbones with sunglasses that have sharper lines like these Michael Kors Norwich sunglasses in tortoise. For a flattering springtime look, try Ray-Ban wood frame Wayfarers.

Oval

Your face is already naturally balanced with a narrow chin and high cheekbones. The star of the gene pool, those who have oval faces can rock any type of sunglasses as long as they’re proportionate to the face. Because you have the freedom to wear any pair, you can go with the classics or make a big statement, experimenting with patterns and colors. Avoid crazy angles, however, because they can either diminish or swallow the face depending on the style. Cat-eye sunglasses look really great on you, especially when paired with beautiful cat-eye makeup. Frames like ASOS Flat Top Cat-Eye and Cookies N Milk from Urban Outfitters are great for spring.

Square

 

Ah, undoubtedly, one of the most fun face shapes to work with. Your strong jawline, broad forehead and wide cheekbones look great with more striking styles such as cat-eyes, oval and round-shaped frames that contrast and provide balance. Styles like Lauren Conrad’s Myth Framed round sunglasses, MINKPINK Madness sunnies from Urban Outfitters and ASOS Mango opaque large round sunglasses soften the angular lines of your face. Aviators that are more round than square like Thierry Lasry’s aviator style sunglasses are also a good choice.

Heart

For all the heart-shaped ladies, you’ll want to choose sunglasses that draw attention downward and bring balance to your bone structure and pointed chin. Aviators, Jackie O styles and oversized frames are perfect because of their rounded edges. Try Pretty Easy Aviators from Kensie or oversized Balenciaga sunglasses. Rimless and cat-eye styles also complement your angular jawline and highlight your eye area. Sunglasses like ASOS Kitten cat-eye work best for this pretty face shape.

Oblong

This face shape is characterized by its longer length and narrow shape. Find a pair of sunnies with a strong horizontal line, and you’ll balance out that vertical beauty of yours. From modern shield styles like Bobbi Brown’s Joe shield sunglasses to rimmed, oversized versions like Marc by Marc Jacobs’ square sunglasses, these will add a bit of fullness to your face.

The next time you find yourself rushing out the house, you won’t want to leave home without a chic pair of sunnies just right for you and your face shape. Whether you’re a lucky oval or standout square, there are a perfect pair of sunglasses out there that will add a cool element to your look, while at the same time safeguarding those beautiful peepers.