Summer is in full swing, so why not get stuck into the funky sunglasses trend that is sweeping the globe?  Apart from protecting your eyes from harmful UV rays, sunglasses are also a great way to make a style statement. 

There are so many colours and styles to choose from, so finding a great pair of sunglasses is easy – the hard part is finding the right frames for your face.  Keep these things in mind when shopping for your next pair of shades:

Identify your face shape

The first step in choosing the right frames for you is to identify your face shape: stand in front of a mirror and outline your reflection with an eyeliner pencil.  Stand back and compare the shape you have drawn with one of the shapes below.

OVAL: Oval-shaped vixens rejoice: you have what is considered the most symmetrical face-shape.  This means that you can wear almost any style of frames, so experiment a little: aviators, wayfarers, big, round, or rectangular â?? anything goes.  Look to Courtney Cox for some shades-inspiration.

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ROUND: The frames you choose should make your face look longer and thinner: go for rectangle or angular shapes.  Choose frames that are as wide as the broadest part of your face.  Look to Drew Barrymore for a bright idea.

LONG: Play down the length of your face by wearing frames that have short horizontal and long vertical lines.  You can pull off round and square frames: Liv Tyler will show you how itâ??s done. 

HEART: If you have a heart-shaped face, your forehead is wider than your chin and jaw.  Your goal, therefore, is to draw attention away from your forehead.  Avoid frames that are top-heavy and rather reach for shapes that are fuller at the bottom.  Rectangular shapes, whether sharp or softened, will suit you the most.  Consider Jennifer Love Hewitt the ambassador of all heart-shaped faces.

PEAR: Your face shape is bottom-heavy, with a narrower forehead than chin.  Avoid frames that are fuller at the bottom as you donâ??t want to add bulk to the lower half of your face.  Aviators would look great on you!

SQUARE:  Your aim will be to lengthen and soften your face: choose oval and round shapes with high-set arms.  Whatever you do however, avoid square frames: they will only emphasise your square shape.

The latest sunglasses trends include bold-colour frames, tortoise-shell and retro.

Pippa Lynch Tip: If you are petite, choose lightweight plastics or delicate metals.  The opposite is true if you have a fuller figure.