There’s nothing like topping your tan up in the sunshine to beat the winter blues. Just think, whilst everyone at home is shivering in their bulky coats and jumpers, you’re sipping cocktails in a bikini. Bliss. But before you get too smug, it’s worth getting your holiday wardrobe right or those poolside snaps will end being a thumbs down rather than like-worthy. Apart from your swimwear and sandals, sunglasses are probably THE most essential item in your beach bag. So, read on to find out what shades work best for your face shape.

Your Face Shape

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Round Face

Your forehead, cheekbones and jaw are equal in width with a soft, rounded jawline and full cheeks. Celebrity Matches: Kate Winslet and Jennifer Lawrence. Must-Have: For a more defined look, your fuller cheeks and softer jawline will benefit from square frames to contrast with the roundness. Rectangular frames or wayfarers are your best bet as wider, angular frames will help create the illusion of sharper cheekbones. Must-Not: Stay away from rounded frames – these will emphasise your facial structure and make it seem rounder. Circular frames, especially retro style sunglasses with coloured lenses, are a definite no-no.

Square Face

Like round face shapes, your forehead, cheekbones and jaw are similar in width. The difference? You have a strong, horizontal jawline with defined, angular features. Celebrity Matches: Angelina Jolie and Keira Knightley. Must-Have: To complement your angles, go for round, oval or cat-eye frames that extend past the widest part of their face. Must-Not: Square or boxy frames are not your friend, these will exaggerate the shape of your face rather than flatter.

Heart–Shaped Face

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Wider at the forehead, your face tapers down to a slightly pointed chin. Celebrity Matches: Scarlett Johansson and Cheryl Cole. Must-Have: Cat-eye, Aviators and rounded frames are your ideal choices as they balance your broader forehead and narrow chin. Must-Not: Oversized or Embellished frames that overwhelm your delicate features.

Oval Face

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Is the length of your face 1 1/2 times the width of your face with a soft jawline? Well, aren’t you lucky! If you’ve got an oval face shape, you can pull off ANY style of sunglasses. Celebrity Matches: Jessica Alba and Katy Perry. Must-Haves: Whatever catches your eye! Wayfarers, cat eyes, round, aviators Must-Nots: As your face shape can carry off anything, think of your features and avoid anything that overpowers them. With this handy guide, you’ll look extra-chic with some essential protection for your eyes. Now, pass us a Sangria, you’re good and ready for some serious sun worship!