11 sunglasses tested on four different face shapes

It's coming up to holiday season, so if you're anything like us, buying a brand new pair of sunglasses (or three) is going to be pretty high on your new season shopping agenda.But with so many different kinds of frames on offer, it's hard to know which shapes will suit your face and which will make you look like a bug-eyed alien.Which is why we've taken a load of different sunglasses and tested them on four of the main face shapes; square, circle, heart and oval to show you exactly how some of the most popular styles will look.Plus, we've spoken to Vision Express' Laura Morland, to explain why some frames suit some faces better than others.

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AviatorsAviator sunglasses tested on four different face shapes

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Sunglasses, £117, RayBan at Sunglasses Shop

Best for: Oval

Laura says: "The Aviator is a classic 'all-rounder' which makes it a popular choice for most face shapes. The oval face shape looks best in them because of the width the frames adds to the face."

Cat eyeCat eye sunglasses tested on different face shapes

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Sunglasses, £162, Prada at Sunglasses Shop

Best for: Square

Laura says: "These cat-eye sunglasses work best on the square face because they place emphasis on the eyes and the rounded bottom softens the jawline. 

"The narrow bottom of the frame is too tapered for the heart-shaped face, causing an imbalance with the proportions."

Classic blackBlack oversized sunglasses on four different face shapes

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Sunglasses, £74, DKNY at Sunglasses Shop

Best for: All

Laura says: "Another versatile style, adding width to the oval and square face shapes without being too round or angular to unbalance the proportions of circular and heart-shaped faces."

RetroPink retro sunglasses on four different face shapes

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Sunglasses, £203, Miu Miu at Sunglasses Shop 

Best for: Circle

Laura says: "These are a great statement frame. The angular shape provides definition to the circular face shape and the unusual shape and texture should always be worn with pizzazz!"

HeartHeart-shaped sunglasses on four different face shapes

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Sunglasses, £16, The Mix 

Laura says: "These heart-shaped sunglasses are made to stand out but are a difficult shape to pull off. Just make sure you wear them with lots of personality!"

GeometricGeometric sunglasses tested on different face shapes

Shelly Vella

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Sunglasses, £55, Vow London

Best for: Oval

Laura says: "The mid-bridge of these sunglasses help to balance the length of the oval face shape and the large shape adds width to the face."

SportyBest sunglasses for different face shapes: sporty

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Sunglasses, £116, Carrera at Sunglasses Shop 

Best for: Heart

Laura says: "These sunglasses look best on heart-shaped faces because the width at the bottom of the frame helps to balance the proportions of the face."

Classic WayfarerDifferent sunglasses tested on different face shapes: wayfarer

Shelly Vella

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Sunglasses, £100, Ray Ban at Sunglasses Shop

Best for: Circle

Laura says: "This is a great, classic shape that suits most face shapes. It looks especially good on circle faces because the width and squareness of the frame balance the proportions, providing more definition."

OversizedSunglasses tested on different face shapes: oversized

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Sunglasses, £116, Vow London 

Best for: Oval

Laura says: "The large angular shape of these sunglasses adds definition to the oval face and shortens its length."

ClubmasterDifferent sunglasses tested on different face shapes: clubmaster ray ban

Shelly Vella

Sunglasses, £113, Rayban at Sunglasses Shop 
Best for: Circle

Laura says: "Another pair of classic sunglasses from Ray-Ban which looks good on most face shapes. The squarer shape looks great on a circular face, however the bridge sits too high on the oval face and broadens the nose."

Large roundSunglasses tested on different face shapes: round

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Sunglasses, £180, Taylor Morris
Best for: Square

Laura says: "These large round sunglasses soften the strong angular jawline of a square face shape and ultimately make the face look longer. Circular face shapes should avoid them as they achieve the opposite effect."

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