Sunglasses are more than fashionable shades worn by celebrities to shield them from the prying eyes of the paparazzi.
In fact, sunglasses are an important accessory to guard your eyes from harsh ultraviolet radiation.
From sun-clips worn over prescription frames to designer eye protection covered in Swarovski crystals, sunglasses are mandatory year-round protection for sun worshipers, beach-lovers, and fashionable women.
Here’s how to find the perfect pair of sunglasses that’ll complement your natural face shape without sacrificing your sense of style.
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Get maximum eye protection
Love the look of a dark and mysterious lens? Of course, you do.
But the darkness of the lens has little to do with protecting your eyes from the sun’s rays. Look for pairs of sunglasses that specifically say that they absorb 100 percent of harmful UVB and UVA rays.
Locate your preferred lenses
Sunglasses are divided into four distinct categories of lenses: polarized, mirrored, photochromic and gradient.
- Polarized lenses are the preferred lenses for people who participate in sports and long-distance driving. Polarized sunglasses help to reduce the sun’s reflective glare off horizontal surfaces such as oceans, lakes and snow-covered surfaces.
- Mirrored sunglasses are identified by the silvery-reflective nature of their lenses and are worn in conditions where bright light and intense heat are normal. Mirrored lenses also reduce the effects of infrared radiation.
- Photochromic lenses are light sensitive. Once the wearer of photochromic lenses steps into direct sunlight, the lenses darken in response to the ultra-violet sun rays.
- Gradient lenses are dark at the top and gradually become clear at the bottom.
Find the right fit
So while its, great to buy sunglasses online, you’ll need to try them on your face to see if you have the perfect fit. The trick:
If you can fit your two fingers between the arm of the glasses and your face –you need a smaller frame. The best pair of sunglasses will fit firmly across the bridge of your nose.
Pick a pair of sunglasses that complement your face shape
To determine your natural face shape before you buy your next pair of sunnies, pull the hair off your face with a large headband, or place it in a tight ponytail.
What are the Best Sunglass Styles for your Face Shape?
When buying sunglasses, remember — opposites attract. The best pair of sunglasses will give a stark contrast between your face shape and the shape of the sun shades.
- HEART FACE SHAPE: If you have a narrow chin and a wide forehead you are a heart-shaped beauty. Choose eyeglasses and sunglasses that are round and have a cat’s eye shape.
- OBLONG FACE SHAPE: For plus size beauties with a long face and narrow cheeks and chin, over-sized frames and wrap styles look best. Unleash your inner Jackie O with large frames that flatter your face beautifully.
- OVAL FACE SHAPE: If you have the perfectly balanced jaw, cheekbones and forehead you’ve won the eyeglasses lottery. You can wear any shape of shades from angular to square. Remember to choose a pair of shades that complement your skin tone too!
- SQUARE FACE SHAPE: Plus size women with a square jawline and broad forehead look best in round and oval frames. Avoid geometric and angular shapes that emphasize your angular and strong profile.
- ROUND FACE SHAPE: With a narrow forehead and full cheekbones, the best sunglasses for your face shape are wide and rectangular. Steer clear of colored lenses and round frames which will exaggerate the fullness of your face shape.
Women’s Sunglasses Do’s and Don’ts
- Avoid buying sunglasses from street vendors and unauthorized sellers to ensure that your sunglasses are regulated by the FDA and provide optimal levels of UVB protection.
- If you are concerned whether your sunglasses are adequately protecting your eyes from the sun, your optometrist can verify the quality of your lenses and their UV strength. To keep sunglasses in shape, stop wearing them on the top of your head.
- Your child’s eyes are not immune to damaging UV rays. Select sunglasses for your children that have maximum UVA and UVB protection.