The right pair of sunglasses protects you from the sun.
But for style, it’s important you choose the right shape to suit your face.
If you’re lucky enough to have a diamond face shape, this guide contains tips and advice for picking the ideal sunglasses for you.
Let’s dive in.
What is a diamond face?
Diamond face shapes have a narrow forehead with ‘high’ pronounced cheekbones and strong sharp jawline. Your chin is likely to be short and small. Perceived as ‘chiselled’ and very defined, a diamond face shape is considered to be very attractive for both men and women.
Three features of a diamond face
If you're unsure whether you have a diamond face shape, here are some tell-tale signs to look out for.
- Your forehead and cheekbones are roughly the same width.
- Your chin is narrow, short and pointed.
- Your jawline is sharp and defined.
Which sunglasses suit diamond faces?
Diamond faces are incredibly versatile and suit the majority of sunglasses. With your high cheekbones and defined jawline, you can wear any sunglasses style; from angular boxy shades, round frames and even the classic tear-drop Aviator.
Be sure your sunglasses have good eye-coverage and provide proper UV protection. Look for the UV40 or UV400 label to ensure the block-out harmful rays from the sun.
Sunglasses for women with a diamond face shape
The gentle lines of an oval frame help soften your high cheekbones and pronounced jawline, while the lenses will provide ample sun protection for your eyes and skin. Oval frames aren’t as geometric as fully round shades, but are much more forgiving than rectangular ones.
Cat-eye sunglasses are a stylish look for diamond-shaped faces. Their upward ‘flicked’ brow line helps soften your face's angular lines whilst yielding that timeless 50’s look. Due to their dark lenses, you can afford to be bold and brave with cat-eye sunglasses. If you want to make a statement, pastel or transparent acetate colours with colour tinted lenses can look truly fantastic.
Square sunglasses are a ubiquitous shape, easily worn by most face shapes. Boxy frames like these are incredibly versatile and with your diamond face shape, you’ll easily pull these off. For women, oversized square sunglasses can be very flattering as they make your head seem smaller and daintier. Like the large butterfly design, big shades look especially great on women.
Harking back to the 1950’s, round sunglasses are one of the best styles for women with diamond face shapes. Round sunglasses will compliment your pronounced cheekbones and angular jaw. Forever in fashion, circular shades are a timeless look for any outfit or occasion. Choose thick rimmed frames with round lenses and you can wear these shades anywhere, anytime.
Oversized sunglasses are a must-have fashion accessory for women with diamond face shapes. Not only do they provide excellent lens coverage, but they make your face appear smaller and more feminine. Behind a set of huge lenses, your skin and eyes will thank you for that extra protection in years to come.
No matter which style of sunglasses you choose, pick a pair that fits you properly. This means choosing a frame with correct lens width, bridge width and temple length. For a guide on frame sizing, hit the link below.
Sunglasses for men with a diamond face shape
For men with a diamond face shape, Aviators are one of the most popular sunglasses styles. With their classic tear-drop lenses and dominant silhouette, Aviator sunglasses are a classic style you simply can’t get wrong. For day-to-day tasks like driving or weekends away in the sun, large shades like these give ample protection and effortless style. Big and bold, these are perfect for your chiselled features.
Wayfarers have been a style staple for decades. The clean lines and strong shapes are universally flattering, and the classic design looks just as good with a suit as it does with a t-shirt and jeans. For men with diamond face shapes, wayfarers are a perfect choice. These chunky rounded frames help balance your sharp features in effortless style.
With your solid jawline and angular features, your diamond face shapes is the epitome of masculinity. Rectangular glasses can help emphasize your chiselled features with their angular lines and boxy aesthetic. Whether you opt for a classic wayfarer style or something more modern, rectangular glasses are a great way to show off your diamond face shape.
Wraparound sunglasses are usually designed for utility or sports such as fishing, sailing, cycling or manual outdoor work. With a diamond face shape, you’ll have no problem wearing this style of sunglasses due to your defined facial features. Wraparound shades tend to be strongly curved (hence their name) and often come with specific lens tints for certain light conditions.
For a guide to lens tint colours, click here.
Browline sunglasses are characterised by their bold upper half, usually made with chunky acetate. Also known as Clubmaster sunglasses, they have a thin metal rim in the lower half. For your diamond face shape, shades like these are a very stylish look, especially for men. With their rounded rims and mid-century style, browline sunglasses will balance your high cheekbones and pointed chin.
Avoid these 6 mistakes
Sunglasses strike a balance between fashion and function. Whilst they can look great, be sure to avoid the pitfalls of valuing style over substance. Here are six common mistakes to avoid when selecting your new sunglasses.
- Avoid frames that are too narrow. They’ll be uncomfortable to wear and won’t provide you as much protection from the sun. Undersized sunglasses also make your head look larger and can become warped from the stress and strain on your head.
- Avoid frames which have a bridge that's too wide for your nose. They’ll keep sliding down or rest on your cheeks which can get frustrating and even impede their UV protectivity. If you keep having to push your sunglasses back up your nose, your lenses will also get more dirty from natural skin oil and/or sun cream from your hands.
- Make sure your new sunglasses are rated as UV40 or UV400. This means they provide sufficient protection from the sun’s damaging rays. Black market sunglasses may not have legitimate lenses, thus leaving your eyes exposed to sun.
- Darker doesn’t mean more protective. In fact, dark sun lenses make your pupils dilate even more, so it’s crucial your sunglasses are rated as UV protective.
- Avoid frames with cheap metals which can react with your skin. If your budget allows, choose hypollargenic frame materials such as acetate, steel or titanium which are less likely to corrode or cause irritation.
- Keep your sunglasses in their case. This prevents lens scratches and prevents your frame from being crushed or sat on. The cleaner your lenses, the better they will perform. For a guide to cleaning your sunglasses properly click here.
What face shape do I have?
Your face shape is characterised by your forehead, cheeks, jaw and chin. Round faces generally have wide foreheads and full cheeks. Square faces have a wide forehead and jaw. Long or diamond faces shapes have high cheekbones, defined jaw and pointed chin.
Key things to look for
- Forehead: Is it narrow, wide or somewhere in between?
- Cheekbones: Are they pronounced or soft?
- Jawline: Is it defined?
- Chin: Is it pointed or rounded?
Once you've looked at your overall facial proportions, compare them to the descriptions of the different face shapes below. If you're unsure, don't hesitate to ask a friend or family member for their opinion.
Oval: Your forehead is slightly wider than your jaw. Your high cheekbones are softened gently which makes your face oval in nature.
Round: You have a wide forehead with soft facial features. Your cheeks aren’t particularly defined and you may even have dimples.
Square: You have an equally wide jaw, forehead and cheekbones which gives your face a boxy appearance.
Long: You have an equally wide forehead and cheekbones a long chin and a narrow appearance to your head.
Heart: Your broad forehead and wide cheek-bones lead gradually to your narrow chin. Your hairline is V-shaped, otherwise known as a widow's-peak.
Diamond: A narrow forehead, high cheekbones, and a tapering chin characterize a diamond face shape. The facial contours are widest at the cheeks and taper down to a small chin.
Celebrities with diamond face shapes
There are a variety of celebrities who have a diamond face shape, from Hollywood A-listers to supermodels. As this face shape is considered as one of the most attractive, here are a few famous faces for your optical inspiration.
One of the most famous faces in the world, Angelina Jolie has a classic diamond face shape. Her broad forehead and small chin perfectly balance her prominent cheekbones and angular jawline.
Another gorgeous diamond-faced celeb, Blake Lively's sunglasses style is always on point. Seen in the image above, she wears these subtly cat eyed sunglasses which are perfect for her diamond face shape.
As a runway model and Victoria's Secret Angel, Karlie Kloss knows a thing or two about fashion. She wears ovular sunglasses which contrast her high cheekbones and defined jawline.
Australian model Miranda Kerr is another diamond-faced beauty. Her choice of round sunglasses work perfectly with her strongly defined jawline for a soft, balanced look. Round shades like these are ideal for a diamond shaped face.
One of Hollywood's most handsome men, Brad Pitt has a classic diamond face shape. His broad forehead, small chin, strong jawline and angular cheekbones work perfectly with these classic double-bridge Aviators.
Ideal for his narrow head and high cheekbones, Ryan Gosling wears these stylish full-rim acetate Aviator sunglasses. Unlike wire sunglasses, acetate frames like these are more impactful due to their chunky nature. If you like big and bold sunglasses, thick frames like these are the way to go.
From his days as a soccer star to his current status as a fashion icon, David Beckham is always looking sharp. See above, his choice of classic Wayfarer sunglasses suit his head shape perfectly. With their rounded rims and timeless style, sunglasses like these are ideal for his sharp jawline and high cheekbones.
Nothing beats a pair of classic wire-rimmed Aviators, especially for men. What better example of this than Zac Efron in these Randolph USA sunglasses with their gold rims and dark polarised lenses. If you spend long sessions near the pool or by the beach, polarised lenses help to block glare and reduce eye strain.
Do round sunglasses suit diamond faces?
Round sunglasses suit diamond face shapes very well. The circular lenses contrast your high cheekbones and defined jawline which visually ‘balances’ your face. With sharp facial contours, round sunglasses are an excellent and timeless style of frame.
Is diamond shape face good?
‘Diamond’ is one of the most desired facial shapes and is considered as very attractive for both men and women. When choosing spectacles or sunglasses, a diamond face shape is very versatile and suits the majority of eyewear styles, round or square. The only drawback of this face shape is the increased likelihood of wrinkles due to a low fat percentage around the eyes and cheeks.
Should sunglasses cover eyebrows?
For maximum sun protection, most sunglasses will usually cover your eyebrows. Large sunglasses with big lenses help minimise sun exposure to your eyes and skin, therefore the frame will likely reach above your brows and cover them.
But what about spectacles? Should they cover your eyebrows? Click here for guide on the do's and don'ts.
Depending on their style, sunglasses will ideally stop unfiltered sunlight from entering from above or from the sides of the frame. Recreational sunglasses are much flatter than strongly-curved sports sunglasses, therefore they’re less effective at stopping ‘light leak.’
Why is a diamond face shape rare?
Round, oval and square face shapes are the most common, whilst the diamond face shape is the rarest. A narrow forehead and chin characterize the diamond face shape with pronounced ‘high’ cheekbones. Diamond face shapes are widely considered the most desirable and suit the majority of spectacles or sunglasses styles.
Because of the angularity of your facial features, many sunglasses and eyeglasses will suit you very well as they tend to have rounded lower rims where they overhang your cheeks.
Are diamond face shapes long?
Diamond face shapes look long due to their high cheekbones and defined jawlines. Due to their rather skeletal aesthetic, diamond faces have a lengthy ‘chiselled’ appearance compared to other face shapes.
- Know your face shape
- Find the correct size of sunglasses
- Always check for proper UV protectivity
- Choose frames with hypoallergenic materials
- Bigger sunglasses give better protection
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