Nothing Shady About It: The Best Sunglasses for Your Face Shape

Sunglasses are every girl's essential summer accessory, for practical reasons like hiding that sunny glare on the beach, secretly checking out that hottie on the boardwalk, masking your I-just-rolled-out-of-bed look, or looking super #trendy while out and about. Whatever your reason, your shades accompany you everywhere, so it's important to have the right ones for your face shape — and HC has consulted the pros to find out which ones work best for you!

Heart-Shaped Face
Broad forehead and higher, defined cheekbones that taper into a small chin.

For a heart-shaped face, fashion stylist Elizabeth Kamm recommends thin frames, like wire ones, which she says, "balance the face very well and draw focus to the cheekbones, rather than overwhelming and hiding them." To avoid narrowing the jaw and chin and exaggerating the top of the face, Kamm suggests staying away from very round styles — instead, bottom-heavy frame shapes such as aviators will help add width to the lower half of the face.

Get The Look:

Icon Eyewear 'Helen' Aviator Sunglasses, $12, Nordstrom
Vintage Tinted Aviator Sunglasses, $17,
Jeepers Peepers Aviator Sunglasses, $33,
MARC by Marc Jacobs Thin Square Plastic Sunglasses, $98, Bergdorf Goodman

Oblong Face
Narrow, longer face with a tall forehead.

Wider, oversized frames are perfect for those with an oblong face shape, as they help break up the length of the face. Adorned temples not only add interest to the look, according to celebrity stylist Colin McDonald, but also add width to the face. Kamm notes that styles that are turned up in the corner, such as cat-eye shades, put width above the eyes — and they’re super glamorous, so they can be dressed up or down!

Get The Look:

Retro Sunglasses, $6.95, H&M
Oversized Cat-Eye Sunglasses, $15.50, American Eagle
Primrose Oversized Sunglasses, $32, Topshop
Steve Madden Cat-Eye Sunglasses, $36, Victoria's Secret

Round Face
Full cheeks with a circular face shape and rounded chin.

Contrast a soft jawline and create flattering angles with angular or geometric sunglasses, which Kamm says are "really cool right now." This style will help draw the eye up, which gives the illusion of narrowing the forehead. 

Get The Look:

Pentagon Frame Sunglasses, $9.99, Urban Outfitters
Super Cat-Eye High-Pointed Sunglasses, $9.99,
Jeepers Peepers Square Neon Sunglasses, $29.10,
Vogue 4 Sunglasses, $45, American Apparel