Sunglasses are a top accessory and when it comes to shopping for them, you want to pick frames that enhance your best facial features -- hence why knowing your face shape is so useful. Grab some lip liner and a mirror, because we have a quick and easy way to help you determine your face shape + choose the best sunglasses for you.
First, pull your hair back and look straight into the mirror so you can see your entire face. Next, use the lip liner to put dots on the mirror around your hairline, jawline, temples and chin. Now connect the dots and see what shape you just created.
- If your face is narrow with a prominent chin, wide cheeks and forehead, then you have a Heart face shape.
- A face with a proportional width and length and a broad forehead and jawline, is a square face shape.
- If your face is as wide as it is long, and widest at the temples and cheekbones, you have a round face shape.
- If your face is about twice as long as it is wide and it's more narrow at the jaw than the temples, then you have an oval face shape.
Keep in mind that your face shape is as individual as you are and no two people are exactly alike. Faces are often a combination of shapes and can fall in between or change a bit as you age or even as you lose or gain weight.
Choosing the right frames for your face is all about balance - so after determining your face shape, choose sunglass styles that balance your face. For example:
If your face shape is rounder, go for the square sunglasses.
If it's more of a square shape, go for the round sunglasses or at least round at the bottom of the frame.
If you have a heart face shape, then choose the styles that are rounded towards the bottom and almost the same width at both the top and the bottom of the frame.
For all our oval face shapes, you're in luck, because pretty much any frame style will suit you.
At Velvet, we have been designing and successfully fitting women for sunglasses and optical frames for years. If you haven't already, be sure to check out our Velvet Style Boxes - a beautifully curated box of three different pairs of sunglasses designed to fit your face shape and your favorite styles. Each is an assortment of female sunglass style, fit, color, and lens variation practically designed just for you.
100% Female, 100% UV Protection since 1999.
Happy sunglass shopping!