When it comes to purchasing sunglasses, considering your face size and shape is just as important as the price range of the glasses itself. Proper fitting sunglasses can give you a stylish look on your own like you’re Elton John or Geordi Laforge.
In order to find the best sunglasses for your face, you will need to measure your face and determine your face shape.
Measure Your Face
Measuring the dimensions of your face will help give you an idea of what size and shape your face is. To measure your face, stand in front of a mirror and follow these steps:
Step 1: Measure Cheekbone to Cheekbone
Place the end of a tape measure just below your eye to find the top of your cheekbone. Measure to the same point on the other side of your face. Write down this number.
Step 2: Measure Jaw Line
Feel below your ears to find the ends of your jawbone. Measure from the end of your jawbone to the other end around the bottom of your face. Write that down too.
Step 3: Measure Face Length
Measure from the center of your hairline straight down over the front of your nose to the bottom of your chin. Write that one down too.
Step 4: Measure Forehead Width
Measure the width of your forehead from one side of your hairline to the other side halfway between your eyebrows and top hairline. Write this measurement down too.
Determine Your Face Shape
Once you have determined the size of your face, the next step is to determine the shape of your face.
These curves are kickin’! The round face has noticeable curves and less defined angles. The ideal eyewear should lack curved features while emphasizing sharp angular lines that will help elongate your face and make it look thinner and sharper. This face group may benefit from high-on-the-temple, colourful frames as well. Rectangle, square, wrap and shield are the keys to round-faced sunglass success.
Square shaped faces—generally about the same length and width across the face—are characterized by a broad forehead and a strong jaw line. People in this category should choose a frame with round or oval shaped lenses that will help round out the sharpness of their features for a more balanced look. Examples of styles that would work well for this face are aviators, butterflies, round or any frame style that favours oval or circular curves. Center or top set temples are the way to go with a square face.
Oval faces have it made because literally every frame looks awesome! Oval faces have gently rounded, fairly even features, and pretty much any shade is going to work well on them. Designer to sport, fashion to function, everything works. Just don’t get huge frames that block out those pretty symmetrical features; choose sunglasses that cover the face from the eyebrows to the cheekbones.
Oblong faces, also called rectangular, are long and narrow with few angles. An oblong face works especially well with oversized sunglasses. Also, larger wayfarer or rectangular lenses and sunglasses with thick frames add width to a long face. Another option is sunglasses that feature tall or deep lenses and vintage style frames because the sharp angles and bold lines will give oblong faces an edge, sharpening otherwise soft features. This group is going to turn heads in wrap, shield, square, wayfarer and rectangle styles. Oblong faces should avoid small frames.
Diamond-shaped faces are characterized by a narrow jawline and forehead with the cheekbones as the widest part of the face. Oval and rimless frames will help compliment wide or high cheekbones. Diamond faces should use frames that feature gentle curves and should not be wider than the wearer’s cheekbones.
Heart-shaped faces, sometimes called triangle, are widest at the temples and narrowest at the chin. Sunglasses that feature wide lower edges with no straight lines along the top work especially well for this facial group because they shift attention downward and elongate the face. Cat-eye styles or glasses that feature rounded edges are ideal for giving the wearer a more balanced look. This face shape will be best served with shield, butterfly, rimless, or aviator styled frames.