By Dhiya Bisyarah
From square faces to heart types, here’s a rundown of the best sunglasses for various face shapes.
The saying “good things come in small packages” ring especially true for accessories, more specifically sunglasses. While they sometimes take the backseat, sunglasses are high-impact and a great accent to an outfit. During the free-spirited 2000s, celebrities and socialites gravitated towards oversized sunglasses that cover half the face. Comparatively, generation Z have made irregular and ultra-micro frames trendy and desirable. Whatever the case, it is important to ensure the right type of frames fit your face.
All shapes are beautiful, but an oval face is defined to be the most balanced among others. An oval face is defined by four characteristics: a face longer than it is wide, balanced cheekbones, a slimmer jawline and symmetrical with no sharp angles. Essentially, the length of the face is more than its breadth.
Most sunglasses match well with oval faces, so choosing the best pair would be of little to no problem. However, sunglasses with rounded and curving lines, such as retro oval frames and aviators, add softness to the face. Otherwise, a statement cat-eye or Wayfarer shape will bring out natural angles. Experimenting will bode well for oval faces too – think novelty shapes like micro sunglasses or pastel versions to tastefully accessorise.
Square faces typically consist of a strong jaw, broad forehead and straight cheeks. It is quite similar to the round face, but has more angular features. Celebrities blessed with square faces include Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Aniston, Sandra Bullock and Renee Zellweger.
To soften the angular features, opt for frames that bear soft, thin lines and curves. Some foolproof options include aviators that are classic and timeless, as well as round or oval frames similar to the ones popularised by Harry Potter and John Lennon. These should balance the prominent facial features beautifully.
Similar to Eva Longoria, Gwyneth Paltrow and Mary-Kate Olsen, heart faces are characterised by a wide forehead, prominent cheekbones, and a pointed chin. Sometimes, the heart face is also known as a “v-shaped” face. The best frames to go for would include those that elongate the face and slightly widen the jaw. To achieve more contrast, consider smooth, rounded contours. If all else fails, a cat-eye frame will do all the magic
Cat-eye frames sweep the face upwards and give the illusion of a narrower forehead, while balancing a sharper jawline. Other alternatives include rectangular frames to distract the wider forehead, and add a bit more volume to the lower half of the face. Additionally, oval and circular styles can contrast the sharp features of the face while softening angular lines.
Those with circle faces on the whole look youthful, bright and approachable. The jawline is soft and less defined than a square face, and is gentle because of fuller cheeks.
To define the face, more angular and geometric frames would be the most attractive. Rectangular and square frames add sharper, more distinct lines that altogether create balance. With a strong outline, these angular frames can make faces appear longer and slimmer.