Here Comes the Sun: Find the perfect shades for your face shape

Beauty through Style & Fashion

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Since one size definitely does not fit all in the world of sunglasses, customize your perfect pair with these steps:

Step One: Discover Your Face Shape

Heart aka Diamond

Looks Like: Broad forehead, angular cheeks, narrowing chin.

Shade Suggestions: To add width to the bottom of your face, choose a style with a heavy lower edge, such as frames with a rounded top and square bottom.


Alicia Sunglasses, $24.95, available at Altar’d State; Lucy Sunglasses, $24.95, available at Altar’d State; Miley Sunglasses, $24.95, available at Altar’d State.

Oval

Looks Like: Long face tapering at the chin and forehead.

Shade Suggestions: Lucky girl, almost any frame shape will flatter your symmetrical face. For fun, rock a cute wraparound.

Elton Cateye Sunglasses, $24.95, available at Altar’d State; Wrap Around Glasses from Innovation Story Cherish Waste, $49.99, available at H&M; Charlotte Sunglasses, $24.95, available at Altar’d State.

Square

Looks Like: Equally strong forehead and jawline matching your cheekbones.

Shade Suggestions: Try an oval or round shape to balance out your defined jaw. Experiment with the classic “Jackie O.”

Brenda Sunglasses in Tort, $24.95, available at Altar’d State; Givenchy 50mm Round Sunglasses, $119.97, available at Nordstrom Rack; Blake Sunglasses, $24.95, available at Altar’d State.

Round

Looks Like: Curved forehead and cheeks with no angles.

Shade Suggestions: Wider frames with rectangular styles or soft edges can help define and sharpen, so select styles slightly wider than the broadest portion of your face.

Willow Sunglasses, $24.95, available at Altar’d State; Audrey Sunglasses, $24.95, available at Altar’d State; Realm Sunglasses, $24.95, available at Altar’d State.

Step Two: Match Your Skin Tone

Fair

Shade Suggestions: Lightweight frames with soft colors, like rose. Tortoiseshell and brown also look spectacular. Avoid blue tinged frames that may wash you out.

Valentina Sunglasses, $24.95, available at Altar’d State; Celebrity Round Sunglasses in Plum, $24.95, available at Altar’d State; Brenda Sunglasses in Grey-Tort, $24.95, available at Altar’d State.

Medium

Shade Suggestions: Metallics (bronze, silver, gold) enhance your golden hue. Stay away from black, which can seem too heavy.

Tailwind Sunglasses in Taupe, $24.95, available at Altar’d State; Madelyn Sunglasses in Beige-Gold, $24.95, available at Altar’d State; Harvard Yard Sunglasses, $24.95, available at Altar’d State.

Dark

Shade Suggestions: Choose sunglasses in metallic or amber. Blacks also look stunning, but be careful, they can sometimes blend into your skin tone too much.

Jori Sunglasses, $24.95, available at Altar’d State; Addilyn Sunglasses, $24.95, available at Altar’d State; Le Specs Air Heart 51mm Sunglasses in Caramel Khaki, $69.00, available at Nordstrom.
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