How to choose the right sunglasses for your face shape

As well as protecting your eyes from the sun’s rays, sunglasses are every summer’s most stylish accessory. But finding the right sunglasses for your face shape is no mean feat – with so many different shapes and styles available, it can be difficult to work out which pair will best suit you.

To save you the guess work, we asked Sona Thakerar, award winning optometrist and founder of independent eyewear boutique Aston & Woods, for her top tips.

The best sunglasses for heart-shaped faces

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Do you have a broad forehead and wide cheekbones that narrow into a small and delicate chin? Then, just like Reece Witherspoon, you have a heart shaped face. Considered to be one of the most desirable face shapes, those with heart faces should choose glasses that compliment it rather than disguise it.

When choosing glasses for heart-shaped faces, the goal should be to balance the width of the top of the face and to broaden the appearance of the chin. Look for frames that are wider than your forehead such as cat-eye shapes – these will also compliment the natural existing angles of your bone structure.

Avoid aviators if you don’t want to emphasise the shape of your face. If you wish to soften your look, choose frames in light colours or with detailing like tortoiseshell.

Ralph RA5245 Women’s Cat’s Eye sunglasses, £109, John Lewis

Henrietta sunglasses in tortoise, £140, Finlay & Co

Lady Luck sunglasses, £45, Quay Australia

The best sunglasses for square faces

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Square face shapes tend to have angular features, meaning that the most flattering sunglasses with soften these by introducing gentle curves and giving the face length. Round and oval frames are best chosen for their feature-softening properties. Opt for oversized and add a pop of colour for a dramatic effect.

Avoiding trying on sunglasses that are boxy in shape, as these will only exaggerate your face shape.

Rebecca round sunglasses, £12, Accessorize

Prada Black Pr 13us oval sunglasses, £217, House of Fraser

Bingfield sunglasses, £125, Cubitts

The best sunglasses for long faces

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’To give a long face a sense of balance, seek out glasses that add width with a chunky square or oversized round style. A pastel colour will add a feminine touch.’

Gucci Round-frame Web-striped sunglasses, £260, Matches Fashion

Pink square sunglasses, £87, Bimbay Y Lola

Giana tort sunglasses, £15, Skinny Dip London

The best sunglasses for round faces

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Rounder faces tend to have softer features and a gentle jawline, meaning they need to create balance when choosing sunglasses. Stick to glasses with a rectangle shape or more angular details to give you definition.

Avoid round or oversized glasses as these will make your face look rounder and your features appear smaller.

Justin Classic sunglasses, £118, Ray Ban

Gold rectangle pilot sunglasses, £8.99, New Look

Quay Australia Champagne ‘Something Extra’ square sunglasses, £40, Debenhams

The best sunglasses for oval faces

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Many people consider oval faces to be the ideal shape, because they have the most balanced proportions. If you have a narrow forehead, high cheekbones and a narrow chin then you have an oval shaped face. Lucky you! Oval faces can wear almost all sunglasses styles and shapes. You can pull of trendy cat eyes, aviators and even round John Lennon glasses – take your pick.

Your main concern should be the sizes and proportion to your features. If you have smaller features, avoid thick, large frames that will overwhelm your face. For larger features, pick oversized and fuller frames.

Orange Alannah oval sunglasses, now £15 (was £45), Oliver Bonas

Le Specs The Prince aviator-style gold-tone mirrored sunglasses, £65, Net-a-Porter

Rae Round Preppy sunglasses, £15, Monsoon