A great pair of sunglasses can instantly up your look and make you feel like a heroine. Of-course, you do need to know which pair is just perfect for you. When looking for sunglasses you need to remember a couple of things:
The sunglasses should protect your eyes from the sun.
They should suit your face.
You should be able to wear them for many years.
Aim to protect your eyes first and foremost. UV radiation from the sun can damage not only the skin of your eyelid but also the cornea, lens and other parts of the eye. UV exposure contributes to the development of certain types of cataracts, burns, cancers, growths on the eye and possibly macular degeneration.
The colour and degree of darkness in glasses provide have nothing to do with the glasses ability to block UV rays. Look for branded glasses which offer the best protection.
If you want your sunglasses to protect you from eye risks, look for pairs that block at least 99% of UVB rays and at least 95% of UVA rays. Also look for the amount of cover the glasses provide. The glasses should screen out 75 to 90 percent of visible light. Look at how much you can see around the frames––will the glasses let in sun from the top or sides?
Picking out the ideal sunglasses for your face shape isn’t as easy as you might think. There are frames that ideally show off your features and there are frames that… don’t. So how do you know which shades are right for you? First, you’ll need to figure out whether your face is round, oval, heart, or square.
Once you’ve found your face shape, it’s time to start shopping for your perfect shades. To complement your face, the general rule is the that shape of your glasses should be opposite of your face shape.
You have a square face if … you have a strong jaw that’s pretty much the same width as your forehead, and your chin is not too defined. So now look for sunglasses that… have round frames. You don’t have to wear Gandhi glasses but just a soft round one will do.
You have a round face if … the widest part of your face is at your cheeks, and your face is not very angular. A round face has plumper cheeks and chin. Look for sunglasses that… are rectangular, which will give the illusion that your face is more angular than it is. Additionally, they will make your face look longer. Or you could choose polygonal or square sunglasses that have an angle design. Look for thicker frames.
If you have darker skin or hair, you can pull off darker colored and more rectangular sunglasses. If you have lighter skin or hair, stick to browns and yellows with a slight curve to them. Do not wear dark coloured ones as they will over power your face.
You have a long face if … your face is significantly longer than it is wide.Look for sunglasses that… will break up your face, and make your face look more proportional in terms of width to length. Choose larger lenses and the polygonal frame to modify a long face. Popular retro glasses and sports glasses can be considered.
You have a triangular face if … your chin is pointed or defined. Check the width of your forehead compared to your chin: if you forehead is way wider, then you have a triangular face.
Look for sunglasses that… are rectangular in order to balance out the chin to forehead ratio. If you have smaller features, stick with smaller lenses. But if you have more prominent features you can pull off the larger lenses.
Oval face: Choose darker lenses and frames to highlight the contours of the face. Bright colours can also make expressions more vivid!