How to Choose the Best Sunglasses for Your Face Shape

09.02.2021

DO YOU HAVE SUNGLASSES? HOW COMFORTABLE ARE YOU WEARING THEM? 

Some people dislike wearing this summer accessory because they can’t choose a type that suits them and feels good sitting on their nose. The main reason for wearing sunglasses is to protect your eyes from harmful UV radiation. Others wear them to enhance their overall image. What about you? You need to consider the shape and size of your face before purchasing a pair of sunglasses. These factors will help you find the best pair of sunglasses for your face shape, giving you the stylish look you deserve. We will show you how to choose frames of high-quality, and the rules for wearing sunnies appropriately, without embarrassing yourself. 

HOW TO MEASURE YOUR FACE

Before buying a pair of sunglasses, you need to gauge the dimensions of your face. This might seem silly at first but has impressive advantages for your style. The measurements will give you an idea about the shape and size of your face, and help you choose the correct frames for your features. You can get the dimensions by simply following these steps:

 

  1. Stand in front of the mirror and measure the distance between the tip of the right and left cheekbone. You can get this figure by placing the tape measure below one eye and running it across the face to the other side.

  2. You need to get the measurement of your jawline. The jawline starts just below your ears – you can feel it with your fingers. Run the tape measure from ear to ear, along your jawline, to measure its length and perceive its shape.

  3. The length of your face is equally important. It’s the distance between the center of the hairline down to the bottom of the chin.

 

These three measurements determine the shape of your face. Every aspect of your visage can be measured like so.

 

SUNGLASSES FOR DIFFERENT FACE SHAPES

Our faces come in all kinds of shapes and sizes, all equally beautiful. While each is very unique with distinctive features, you can find the general shape of your face. It’s time to choose the frames that will perfectly complement your face. We’ve gathered a few helpful tips you can use to pick the most flattering shades.

 

Round shape: The round face is symmetrical, as it is equal in length and width. It is shorter and broader with a low rounded hairline, rounded jawline, and a sharp chin. People with a round face have fuller cheeks and ears.  If this is your shape, you should wear sunglasses that visually lengthen the face. Pick the ones with dark frames that will narrow your face. These will also help shape the round face by bringing its contours closer to the oval shape. The aim is to balance your face, and the most suitable sunglasses are greater in width than height. This embellishment adds a visual lift and makes you look chic. The best sunnies for the round face have a square or rectangular-shaped frame that is perfect for your cute face. Read more here.

Heart-Shaped: The heart-shaped face has a narrow, pointed chin, a wider forehead and cheekbones, creating a lovely visage resembling a heart. This shape is best fitted with smaller or cat-eye frames. You can soften the lower part of your face and accentuate the area around your eyes by acquiring a pair of sunnies with a lighter colored frame. The best sunglasses are with rimless, butterfly, cat-eye, or aviator frames.

Square shape: the square face is similar in width and length. The square shape is defined by a strong jawline and broad forehead. More so, you have a square face when the sides of your cheeks are straight while the jawline is slightly angled with a minimal curve. Hence, you need big sunglasses that are not too angular to avoid further sharpening the lines of your face. You can wear round, aviator, cat-eye, and butterfly frames.

Oval shape: the oval face is defined by a tiny forehead and a curved chin. The face has fairly even features, creating a very lovely, natural look. This is a well-balanced shape that fits with almost every single style of frames. However, you need to take skin tone and hairstyle into consideration. You can go for big sized, dark frames, as they will complement the cheekbones of this face shape. All types of frames are suitable for the oval face.

Oblong shape: the oblong face has a rectangular shape that is long, yet narrow with few angles. The jawline, cheeks, and forehead have the same width while the chin has a slight curve. This look does well with oversized sunnies with thick frames that emphasize the width of your face. Go for larger rectangular or wayfarer lenses. Another option is picking vintage style frames with dark lenses due to their bold lines and sharp angles. These shades give your face an edge. Make sure to avoid small frames.

Diamond shape: the diamond face is emphasized by a narrow forehead and jawline with wide, high cheekbones and a pointed chin. The only difference between a heart and a diamond-shaped face is the narrower hairline. Oval and rimless frames are ideal for this face shape. The glasses should feature round frames with gentle curves that are not wider than the wearer’s cheekbones.

TIPS FOR BUYING THE BEST SUNNIES

Now that you learned all about the best frames for every face shape, you need to consider other factors, not just concerned with style, but also health and safety. Don’t forget – the main reason for wearing sunglasses is to protect your eyes and skin from the sun.

 

UV Protection 

Make sure your shades are always equipped with 100% protection from UVA and UVB rays. The lenses should be able to block UV wavelengths up to 400 nanometers.

People under 18 should take special care to regularly wear sunnies, since their eyes absorb more UV rays compared to adults. Beware! – exposing your eyes to UVA and UVB rays can lead to photokeratitis, cataracts, and macular degeneration.  

Lens Color

The UV protective coating can be easily observed – darker lenses are generally more suitable than their lighter counterparts. Opting for gray-tinted lenses reduces the overall brightness, but doesn’t distort color perception. Amber lenses are another option for settings with less light. They may also improve depth perception. 

The choice of lens color should be focused around your daily activities. For instance, copper, dark amber, or brown lenses are perfect when going to the beach, as they reflect more light. Go for the orange or yellow lenses when skiing, because they increase contrast as well as reflect the sun rays bouncing off snow. Rose or amber lenses are ideal for partially cloudy days because they also increase contrast. However, these will distort color perception.

Quality

Consider buying only the best sunglasses with UV protection for shielding your eyes. Some sunglasses have really dark lenses but offer no relevant filters with UV protection. This type is not helpful at all because it only blocks the visible light and not UV rays. Polarized glasses are the best since they block all horizontal UV rays. They are perfect for people that like fishing, skiing, or driving. Polarized lenses are made to reduce and block the light that reflects of the road, snow, and water. You can also opt for lenses with anti-reflective (AR) coating, which blocks the light that reflects off the surface of your lenses.

Size

Choosing larger frames is always great because they cover a greater area of your face. The wraparound lenses are better since they block rays from the sides, and help you protect both your eyes and sensitive skin, prone to photoaging. 

 

Different Types of Lenses

We’ve already covered different lenses suitable for various activities. The question that might arise in your mind is how to decide which lenses are suitable for your eyes. It’s recommended that you consult your optician for expert advice before choosing the best sunglasses.

 

RULES FOR WHERE AND WHEN TO WEAR SUNGLASSES

Wearing sunglasses indoors and when interacting with others is a big no-no. Most people consider such an approach extremely rude, and may even request the offending party to remove the shades when talking. The following are social rules to respect when wearing sunglasses in order to avoid embarrassment and preserve your image.

  1. Sunglasses should only be worn outside – that’s their purpose after all. The only reason for wearing them inside or during social events is a medical condition. Kindly apologize to your associates, and explain why you have to wear them.

  2. Wear them while driving and enjoy conversations with other occupants in the car. Keep your eyes on the road!

  3. It’s recommended to remove sunglasses when conversing with friends outdoors. However, things are different during many activities because you have to protect your eyes from the sun. Remove them briefly when you begin conversing to allow eye contact, then continue wearing them for the remainder of the event. 

  4. It’s very disrespectful to wear sunglasses indoors, especially when visiting. You’re unable to establish eye contact and convey your emotions, which is sure to rattle any host. It makes you seem supercilious, unapproachable and dishonest. 

  5. You must also remove the shades before engaging in any business conversations and dealings, whether indoors or outdoors. Suggest moving to a shady location to avoid excessive sunlight.

  6. Etiquette demands that you remove sunglasses when dining and to not place them on the dining table. 

  7. Remove reflective or mirrored sunglasses during social events, because they are distracting and might reflect the sun into the eyes of others. 

  8. Some people love placing their sunglasses on the top of their heads. This fad may be considered inappropriate, not to mention the lenses are likely to get dirty due to various hair products. It’s best to safely store your sunglasses in a purse or case.

  9. Don’t clean your lenses when sitting at a dining table – instead, wipe them before leaving home, in your car, or restroom.

  10. No matter how you feel, it is considered rude to ask others to clean their glasses or remove them when talking to you. Some people are so used to wearing shades, they might not even realize they still have them on.

 

CHOOSE YOUR LOVE; LOVE WHAT YOU CHOOSE!

The quote above is something to live by. Our choices define our style. Feel free to disregard every tip and simply pick the shape of sunglasses that you LOVE. 

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