Perfect sunglasses: How to know what works for your face (and 9 pairs to get)

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Save face this summer.

If 2020 was the year of staying inside and wearing face masks, 2021, with the pandemic receding into the distance, feels like the advent of venturing out and rocking sunglasses.

But how do you find the perfect pair of shades for your newfound sunny outlook on life?

Style expert Denise Caldwell recently spoke to Good Morning America about how to find the perfect pair of sunglasses for your face shape, noting that it can be like “Spanx for the face” because the right “silhouette and style will balance your features and flatter your face.”

Ultimately, the best sunglasses shape for you is the one you feel best in, but if you’re not sure where to start, consider the advice below!

Round frames are particularly flattering on square faces

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“A round design will make your cheekbones pop and compliment your chin,” said Caldwell. You can go full-on John Lennon or opt for a subtler clubmaster shape with angular styling on the upper rim but a round lens on the bottom.

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Get the GEELOOK oversized round mirrored sunglasses for $13.99.

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Get the Ray-Ban Rb3716 Clubmaster sunglasses for $120.40.

Square frames are particularly flattering on round faces

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Caldwell pointed to the angles in a square frame, sharing that they can “compliment both your hairline and jawline creating symmetry.” Square sunnies are a statement piece, so go oversized with the classic shape or lean into a chunkier frame.

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Get the Heat Wave visual vise sunglasses for $45.

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Get the GRIFISIA square oversized sunglasses for $11.99.

Aviators are particularly flattering on heart-shaped faces

Eva Longoria wearing aviator sunglasses Photo credit Al Bello/Getty Images

“This style gives you a little edge mixed with classic, just think Tom Cruise in ‘Top Gun,’” said Caldwell of the forever-cool (and now presidential!) sunglasses. Because of their metal frame, when you pick a pair think of the type of jewelry you gravitate towards and let that dictate your decision.

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Get the Ray-Ban Rb3025 classic mirrored aviator sunglasses for $112.70.

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Get the SOJOS classic aviator sunglasses for $13.99.

Cat-eye frames are particularly flattering on oval faces

Rihanna wearing cat-eye sunglasses Photo credit Rob Kim/Getty Images

You’ll be the cat’s meow with these sunglasses that have managed to stay trendy since the 1930s, gracing the faces of starlets from Marilyn Monroe to Rihanna. Is it too much to pair with winged eyeliner? Absolutely not, the more flair the better!

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Get the SOJOS two-pack of cat-eye sunglasses for $16.99.

Wayfarers are particularly flattering on oval faces

Matthew McConaughey wearing wayfarer-style sunglasses Photo credit Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

The Blues Brothers, James Dean, Bob Dylan, the list goes on for famous faces that have pulled off the effortlessly suave style of wayfarers. Get the classic black frames or spring for a pop of color, you can’t go wrong with this classic.

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Get the Ray-Ban Rb2140 original wayfarer sunglasses for $176.

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