Have you selected the right sunglasses for your face type?

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By I. Rahumathullah, Managing Director, Maui Jim India

Different people look for different factors while selecting a new pair of sunglasses to protect their eyes. For some the health (or eye protection) quotient of the sun-glass is the top priority; for others it is style and appearance that takes an upper hand. Similarly, people with an eyesight problem are eager to find a good prescription wear for themselves while those operating in high glare conditions such as snow, sea or sand look for mirrored sunglasses to boost protection.

However, very few people factor in their face shape while picking up an eye wear for themselves.

Buying a pair of sunglasses is often a quick spur-of-the moment decision for many. A shortlist of available styles at a store followed by a quick trial in front of a mirror is all most people do. But, a little more understanding about your face shape and how sunglasses can be chosen to complement it can make a huge difference to your appearance.

Is your face small or long or square? Do you ponder over it while buying sunglasses? If not, here is a style guide to help you pick the right sunglasses for your face type:

What is the right sun-glass for your face shape?

Wearing the right sun-glass shape for your face can augment your appearance, accentuate your facial features and provide a sound balance to your face. For example, an individual with a round face must select a frame that helps in off-setting the roundness, rather than perpetuating it. Similarly, an individual who has a small face should better avoid oversized sunglasses as they would tend cover most of her visible facial features. While aviators generally look good on longer faces, square or rectangular sunglasses look best on people who have sharp features and a proportional face.

Let’s go shape by shape

A Round Shape

If you have a round face akin to that of Emma Stone or Mila Kunis, the sun-glass shape that will suit you best is a rectangular frame. Round faces have an equal width and length and rectangular frames tend to make them appear longer, thus off-setting the appearance of roundness to some degree. The rectangular shape also enables your face look slimmer that it actually is by providing the right contrast and shifting the focus from your facial shape.

Therefore individuals who have rounder faces should select angular frames, which help add definition.

A Rectangular Shape

Go for rimless aviator frames. Aviator frames may be the best bet for a longer rectangular face. As they are wide, they make a long face appear shorter and wider. Round sun-glass frames also suit the rectangular face types. People with such a face shape should avoid rectangular eyeglasses as this would make your face look even longer.

Square Face

A square face has a strong jaw, a wide forehead and wide cheekbones. Such a strong set of facial features need sun-glass shapes that can have a softening impact. People with a square face should try round or oval frames that are narrow. They will provide a contrast and will reduce the appearance of strong angles in all fours. It moderates your face shape.

Heart Shape

A heart shaped face is characterized by a wider forehead and thinner jaw line. Since the heart face shape is wide on top and narrow on the bottom, the sun-glass style should match this shape. Narrow frame that are narrower at the bottom look best on such faces. A cat-eyed frame is one such example that complements heart shaped faces. People with heart shaped faces should avoid aviators because they tend to emphasize or underline the shape of your face.

An Oval Face

If you have an oval face, you are the luckiest of them all. Every shape of sunglasses look beautiful on a perfectly shaped oval face, which is well balanced and rightly proportioned. Be it a rectangular frame, a retro square shaped frame, an aviator or a sporty sun-glass, you can go wild and crazy and pick up anything you like.

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