Get the Right Sunglasses for your Face Shape
We’ve all heard it, and maybe you’ve even spoken it. “I just don’t look good in sunglasses.” But we’re here to tell you that you’re wrong! We're sorry you had to find out this way. But, we know that you are probably just wearing the wrong sunglasses. When sunnies shopping, most people tend to go for the general shapes or even the “on-trend” fashion pair that you saw your favorite celeb sporting. Unfortunately, finding the perfect pair of sunglasses takes a little more foresight. Not to worry- just use our simple guide to find your face shape and find the sunglasses you were born to wear.
How do you determine your face shape?
An easy method to determine your face shape is as simple as grabbing a mirror and marker and outlining around your hairline and jaw.
Dry erase marker
Your beautiful face
Grab your dry erase marker, find a mirror, and pull your hair back away from your face.
Hold or look at your mirror level with your face.
Outline around your face from your chin to your hairline, paying attention to angles.
Compare the shape you made with the face shapes: round, oval, heart, or square.
What sunglasses should you get?
There are four basic face shapes, each one with a distinctive defining feature. The sunglasses that each face shape needs typically balances out those features. So, as a rule of thumb, if your features are very soft you are looking for an angular or square frame. If your features are more angular, you are looking for rounder styles. Read on below for more specifics on each of the four faces shapes.
If your face has softer angles with slightly full cheeks and an equally wide forehead and jaw, you have a round face. Round faces typically have a rounded chin and are equal in length and width.
Round faces with curved featured benefit greatly from adding angles! Look for shades that are rectangular, angular, or square.
Round Faces Should Look For:
Men: Square, Wayfarer, Straight Top
Women: Square, Oversized, Angular Cat Eye
Oval faces have very slightly wider cheekbones and gentle narrowing at forehead and jaw. Oval faces are typically very balanced and are longer than they are wide.
If you have an oval face, you are pretty lucky. Oval faces look good in just about anything! When picking out styles, just keep the proportions of your face in mind and avoid picking large, blocky frames that cover your features, or tiny frames that are too small for your face.
Oval Faces Should Look For:
Men and Women: Anything! Square, Aviator, or rounded
Heart faces are also sometimes called triangle faces because they are widest at the forehead and gradually narrows through to the jaw. Cheekbones on heart faces are often high.
Heart faces benefit from by choosing frames to help elongate their look. Shades that are wider on the top than they are on the bottom are perfect for this. Frames with a straight-across top should be avoided. Cat-eye, rimless frames, aviators, and shield styles can help.
Heart Faces Should Look For:
Men: Browline, Retro Wayfarer, Sporty Wrap or Shield Style Frame
Women: Browline, Cat Eye, Aviators
Square faces have more angular features along with equally wide cheekbones, forehead, and jaw. The jawline on a square face is also often very well-defined.
Since square faces have those well-defined features, shades that are rounded can help to balance the look. Rounded or glasses with rimless edges are popular choices for squares.
Square Faces Should Look For:
Men and Women: Circle, Browline, Aviator
Define your Style
With your new-found face shape knowledge, go forth and find some sunnies! Just one style of sunglasses can have thousands of variations, so take a deep breath and dive in to finding a pair that is uniquely you. Don't be discouraged if you can't find a pair that is the whole package, either. Fuse is your ally in amping up your style. So you can go out and find your perfect frame and take it to the next level by replacing the lenses with some from Fuse's line of 54+ color and lens options.
Nervous about bending or breaking your new purchase? Just use the Fuse Lenses Concierge Program to send in your frames and we will happily custom create and install your dream lenses!