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Since summer is neeearly here, we're getting excited about our wardrobe updates.

Soon our jumpers, hats and scarves will be replaced by skirts, sandals and sunnies. Hurrah!

Along with Stella & Dot's new SS16 collection, co-founder Blythe Harris has created a chart to show you how to find the perfect sunglasses for the shape of your face.

Between heart, oval, square and round-faces, there's a style for everyone so there's no need to try on endless amounts of sunnies and ask your mam if "this style suits?… Or this one… OR this one…"

You'll now be able to find your perfect pair in a flash… Now, all we need is the sun to stop hiding from us!

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While most people don't have distinct face shapes (you could have a mix of a square and round or oval and diamond-shaped face), some people do have one that you can clearly recognise. 

"Your face shape tends to reveal your basic personality and your overall approach to life," says Jean Haner, an expert in face reading and the author of The Wisdom of Your Face. 

Jean spoke to Cosmopolitan and explained the most common face shapes and what they say about you, based on her studies in 3,000-year-old reading techniques derived from Chinese medicine. 

Interested? Then, read on. 

Rectangular Face Shape

This shape of face is squared off at the forehead and chin. People with this type of face are really good thinkers and value logic; but they often over-think.

They are usually the planner in a group of friends but don't talk much about their feelings. However, they do like to stay in shape as they have to work off whatever is going on inside their heads. 

 

Rounded Face Shape

A round face usually has a wide hairline and fullness below the cheekbones. This type of face usually means you're a people person who is very kind and giving, and you always put others first. 

But sometimes, you put other people first too much and then you tend to not get what you need in the relationship. 

 

Diamond Face Shape

This type of face is pointed toward the forehead and chin, and wide around the middle. This shape typically means that you like to take control and want things done a specific way. You are also very detail-orientated and produce a great quality of work.

You can communicate well with others but can also be harsh and sharp in your words too. 

 

Oval Face Shape

An oval face is more longer than wide and the jaw is smaller than the cheekbones. This shape means you always know the right thing to say and you make other people feel comfortable and welcome.

That said, sometimes you can be too focused on saying the right thing and worry about what others think of you too much. 

 

Pear or Triangle Face Shape

This face shape is narrower at the forehead and wide around the jawline. It usually means that you take charge in most situations, and the smaller your forehead is at the top, the more control you want to have. But, because you are always so driven, you end up successful. 

 

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We’ve all gotten bored of our current hairstyle and thought a change of fringe would make the world of difference and we’re right it does, but not always in the best way!

Before rushing out to update your look with a fringe upheaval, have a quick read through our guidelines to ensure your new bangs get people talking…for all the RIGHT reasons.

The easiest way to figure out the perfect fringe for you is to determine your face shape, so read on, girls!

Oval
Girls with oval-shaped faces are fortunate because they can rock pretty much any type of fringe. Some people have all the luck! The important thing to remember in this case is to match your fringe to your hairstyle, but a long thick fringe is considered most flattering.

Round
Girls who have naturally round-shaped faces, like Mila Kinus and Christina Ricci, are advised to stick to wispy or long side-swept fringes as they will elongate the face and give the illusion of a more oval-shaped face.

Square
A- listers like Angelina Jolie and Demi Moore are known for their strong angles, so you're in good company! Softening a square-shaped face is easily done with a long side-swept fringe. This type of fringe will perfectly balance out hard edges and the lack of curve in the face shape. Sorted!

Heart-shaped
Heart-shaped faces are best suited to fringes with long layers that frame the face or a blunt fringe across the eyebrows. Think Taylor Swift or Lea Michele for this one.

Anyone can wear a fringe, it's just a case of doing your homework before you make the plunge! However, if you're currently suffering through a major fringe mishap, remember the wise words our friend Jenny of Sabrina the Teenage Witch fame taught us: "Hair grows. Hair grows. Hair GROWS!"

Ah, the wisdom.

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The sun is finally out, and the perfect pair of summer shades is a must!

You can rock any style of sunnies (aviator, oversize, wayfarer, cat-eye) so long as you pick a pair with the right ones for your face shape.

Heart Shaped Face

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A heart-shaped face, like Hayden Panettiere’s, is characterised by a wide forehead, narrower jaw line, high cheekbones, and a narrow chin.

Sunnies that will suit you: Go for cat-eye shaped sunglasses – they’ll accentuate your face shape the best. You also want shades that add width to the lower part of your face, so bigger styles work well but avoid anything that sits high and wide.

 

Square Shaped Face

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A square-shaped face, like Lea Michele’s, is usually proportional in length and width. It’s characterised by a defined jaw, square chin and a broad forehead.
Sunnies that will suit you: Try oversized round glasses—they’ll highlight your best features.

 

A Round Shaped Face

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A round face. like Kirsten Dunst’s, has an equal width and length and is characterised by soft curves with few angles.
Sunnies that will suit you: Those with rounder faces should go for angular frames, which help add definition. Look for more horizontal styles to sharpen the face and add extra length with upswept frames.

 

Oval shaped faces

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An oval-shaped face, like Zoe Saldana’s, is the easiest one to find shades for. It’s characterised by balanced proportions, a narrow forehead and jaw line, a chin that is slightly narrower than the forehead and typically high cheekbones.
Sunnies that will suit you: Any style, lucky you!

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Knowing your face shape is as important as knowing your body type. If you don’t know the shape of your face, you won’t know the type of hairstyle that will accentuate your features.

The easiest way to determine your face shape is to pull your hair back, take a hard look in the mirror and examine the widest part of your face.

Oval

  • Your forehead is a tiny bit wider than your chin.
  • The length of your face is about one and a half times its width.

Round

  • The length and width of your face are more or less the same.
  • You have prominent cheeks.

Square

  • You have a square shaped jaw and chin.
  • Your jaw line is nearly the same width as your forehead.

Oblong

  • Longer than an oval face shape and not as wide.
  • You may have a pointy chin.

Heart

  • You have a narrow jaw and pointy chin
  • Both your cheekbones and forehead are wide.

Diamond

  • Your cheekbones are the widest part of your face.
  • You have a narrow jaw line and forehead.
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