Best Sunglasses for Small Faces

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For those with smaller faces, finding a pair of sunglasses that fits well and looks good can be a difficult task. Several styles that look good on others can drown out your features. Some frames won’t even stay on your face without slipping down your nose.

But don’t worry. With a little help you’ll be able to find the right sunglasses for your petite face. In this guide we’ll cover a few technical details that will help you understand what to look for. Then we’ll provide a list of the top sunglasses for small faces.

How to Measure Your Face

Measuring your face will give you a better idea of what size sunglasses will work for you. It’s actually quite a simple process. All you’ll need is a flexible tape measure.

Then take these 5 measurements (be sure to write them down in millimeters):

1. Forehead Width. Measure the widest part of your forehead, from hairline to hairline.

2. Cheekbone Width. Measure the width of your cheekbones, starting from your hairline above your cheekbone to the same point on the opposite side.

3. Jawline Width. Start measuring just underneath your ears at the base of your jaw. Run the tape measure along the edge of your jaw until it reaches the middle of your chin. Then multiply this number by two for the full measurement.

4. Face Length. Hold the tape measure at the center of your hairline and stretch it to the tip of your chin.

5. Pupillary Distance. Find a hard ruler for this one and stand about 8 inches from a mirror. Hold the ruler across the bridge of your nose. With your right eye closed, line up the 0 line of the ruler in the center of your left pupil. Then, open your right eye and close your left eye. Without moving the ruler, check for the line that falls directly over the center of your right pupil. Most people will have a pupillary distance (PD) of 54-74 mm.

The widest part of your face will determine your face shape as well as your face size. Narrow faces typically range between 110 mm and 125 mm in their measurements. These are the people that typically have the most difficult time finding eyewear that fits. 

A petite face may also be short from top to bottom. This may affect the frame style you decide to go with. But the most important measurements will be your face width and pupillary distance. This will help you find frames that fit your face measurements. 

Measuring Sunglasses

There are five measurements that sunglasses manufacturers may provide:

1. Frame Width. This measures from one corner of the frame to the other. Any extra hinge pieces or temple extensions are counted in this measurement.

2. Lens Width. Also called “eye size,” this is measured from one outermost edge of a single lens to the other.

3. Bridge Width. Bridge width, or bridge size, is the distance between the two lenses.

4. Lens Height. Sometimes referred to as “B size,” this is the vertical measurement of the lens at its tallest point.

5. Temple Length. Temple length, or temple arms, is the sum of two measurements. The first is from the temple where the arm connects to the frame to the arm bend. The second is from the bend to the tip of the arms. Add these together for the temple length.

Ideal Sunglasses Size for Petite Faces

Use these numbers as a guideline to find sunglasses that are should fit petite faces better:

Frame Width: 123 to 131 mm

Lens Width: 47 to 52 mm (Round frames: 45 to 48 mm)

Bridge Width: 16 to 20 mm (Round frames: 16 to 22 mm)

Lens Height: Rectangular: 28 to 32 mm; Square: 32 to 39 mm; Oval: 30 to 32 mm; Round: 35 to 41 mm

Temple Length: 130 to 145 mm

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Tips for Buying Sunglasses for Small Faces

Rectangular, oval, and classic cat-eye sunglasses are top choices for small faces. Square and round sunglasses also can work, but sometimes the lens size is too big. Rimless and semi-rimless frames are also great, non-obtrusive options. 

Frames to Avoid

The advice usually given to people with small faces is to avoid:

  • Tall lenses
  • Oversized frames
  • Aviators
  • Thick frames

Taller lenses can make your face seem even smaller than it is, and thicker frames can cover up too much of your face. However, there’s no reason you can’t experiment with these shapes and sizes.

The current fashion trends favor bigger, taller lenses. This means that many stores aren’t carrying as many short rectangular or oval frames. However, it also means that you can probably pull off slightly taller frames, since these are currently in fashion.

Top Women’s Sunglasses for Small Faces

Warby Parker Robbie Sunglasses

Warby Parker Robbie

  • Premium polarized lenses made with CR-39
  • Prescription sunglasses are made with polarized polycarbonate lenses
  • Made from stainless steel and custom cellulose acetate
  • Lenses block 100% of UVA and UVB rays
  • Anti-scratch coating included
  • Eligible for Home Try-On Program
Warby Parker Wright Sunglasses

Warby Parker Wright

  • Made from hand-polished cellulose acetate
  • Premium polarized lenses made with CR-39
  • Prescription sunglasses are made with polarized polycarbonate lenses
  • Includes scratch-resistant lenses that block 100% of UV rays
  • Eligible for Home Try-On Program
Warby Parker Durand Sunglasses

Warby Parker Durand

  • Made from hand-polished cellulose acetate
  • Premium polarized lenses made with CR-39
  • Prescription sunglasses are made with polarized polycarbonate lenses
  • Includes scratch-resistant lenses that block 100% of UV rays
  • Eligible for Home Try-On Program
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Top Men’s Sunglasses for Small Faces

Barkley Warby Parker Sunglasses

Warby Parker Barkley

  • Made from hand-polished cellulose acetate
  • Premium polarized lenses made with CR-39
  • Prescription sunglasses are made with polarized polycarbonate lenses
  • Includes scratch-resistant lenses that block 100% of UV rays
  • Eligible for Home Try-On Program
Durand Warby Parker Sunglasses

Warby Parker Durand

  • Made from hand-polished cellulose acetate and stainless steel
  • Adorned with wraparound hinges in polished metal
  • Eligible for Home Try-On Program
Warby Parker Robbie Sunglasses

Warby Parker Robbie

  • Premium polarized lenses made with CR-39
  • Prescription sunglasses are made with polarized polycarbonate lenses
  • Made from stainless steel and custom cellulose acetate
  • Lenses block 100% of UVA and UVB rays
  • Anti-scratch coating included
  • Eligible for Home Try-On Program
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