The Best Sunglasses For Your Face Shape

When you’re constantly being watched, sunglasses give you a small sense of anonymity. Historically, they serve as a celebrity’s shield against the flash of the paparazzi. And, while we’re not being asked for our autograph on our morning coffee run, we love to rock the oversized sunnies all the same — and, we can learn a thing or two about picking the right pair of frames from the sunglasses savants themselves.

The right pair of shades can be transformative: You can channel mystery with Audrey Hepburn-esque frames, adventure with classic aviators, and whimsy with some kooky cat-eyes. And, if you find that one perfect style that matches your face shape, magical things happen. After all, Audrey Hepburn is almost synonymous with the now-legendary Oliver Goldsmith pair she wore in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Nowadays, the equally iconic Beyoncé is partial to a good cat eye. There’s simply no turning back once you find a frame that works. Ahead, see six different examples of face shape and frame style matches made in sunglasses heaven — and ways to shop them.


Diamond-Shaped Face: Rihanna

Rihanna’s oval vintage Versace sunglasses might not be everyone’s cup of tea. But, the sleek horizontal lenses flatter a narrow diamond-shaped face. Although, let’s be honest: Everything looks good on Rihanna.

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Round Face: Olivia Palermo

Olivia Palermo rocked these Dior shades at Fashion Weeks across the globe — possibly because the round lenses match her round face shape. The aviator-oversized sunglass hybrid not only complement her features, but also add some edge to the blogger’s outfit.


Heart-Shaped Face: Taylor Swift

Taylor’s in tune with what works with a heart-shaped face: Not only are the side-swept bangs working well, but the classic Ray-Ban wayfarers rest perfectly on the widest part of her face. They’re also in line with Taylor’s vintage-inspired aesthetic. But, wayfarers are a universally flattering frame — for almost any face shape and outfit.


Oblong: Jessica Alba

“Oblong” means you have a long and narrow shape. So, Jessica Alba goes for an oversized look so as to not make her face appear any longer. And, mirrored lenses are the easiest way to go incognito. Alba’s bright Westward Leaning frames are doing a pretty good job at hiding the starlet.

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Rectangle-Shaped Face: Jessica Biel

There’s a reason why aviators are a classic choice. Much like Taylor Swift’s wayfarers, they’re incredibly versatile. And, the smooth, curved shape make them a solid option for people with a longer, angular face, like Jessica Biel.


Oval Face: Eva Mendes

Oval-faced folks look good in most frame shapes and sizes — lucky for them. Eva goes for the classic celebrity sunglasses style: round and oversized. They shield you from the sun, from paps, and from any chance of being spotted — that is, unless she walks into Starbucks with Ryan Gosling and their baby in tow.

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