Different sunglasses look better on different faces. Sure, you could try them all out until you find one that works, but if you need a little help, here’s an infographic that’ll help narrow it down for you.
It’s simple: first, you determine your face shape by tracing it in a mirror and comparing it to the shapes on the infographic. Then refer to the second half, which lists your face shape and the sunglass styles that match. It even explains why those sunglasses are a good fit for you, which is good to remember if you’re ever out without the guide on hand.
With that, you’ve narrowed it down from way too many options to just a handful, which makes this process a lot easier. The Sun Authority also has an interactive guide at the link below, so check that out as well if you’re interested.
- You want to find a pair that complements your face shape. The general rule is the that shape of your sunglasses should be opposite of your face shape.
- You want to invest in pair with a classic shape so that you can wear them for many years.
We’ve put together a guide based on these two rules to help find the perfect pair for you.
Things to Consider
These are the most important factors to consider when purchasing sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun:
Make it 100 percent.
The single most important thing to look for when buying sunglasses to protect your eyes is a sticker or tag indicating that they block 100 percent of UV rays. However, fewer than half of people buying sunglasses bother to check whether the lenses protect the eyes from ultraviolet light.
Bigger is better.
The more coverage from sunglasses, the less sun damage inflicted on the eyes. Consider buying oversized glasses or wraparound-style glasses, which help cut down on UV entering the eye from the side.
Conventional glass lenses are durable and scratch-resistant for lasting performance. Polycarbonate sunglasses are usually made of the same highly durable material used in aircraft windshields. If you are looking for exquisite optics with extreme durability, we suggest choosing polyurethane as it also provides effective UV protection. For a budget-friendly solution, our reliable optometrist may suggest going with acrylic lenses.
Colors and coatings.
Sunglasses come in a variety of colors and coatings. Gray and green hues are good at cutting down light intensity while maintaining your sharp vision. Brown and yellow colors, on the other hand, can enhance depth and contrast perception. Rose hues reduce blue light penetration, while blue lenses are mainly chosen for their aesthetic benefits.
Cost shouldn’t be a factor.
Sunglasses don’t have to cost a lot of money to work well. Less expensive pairs marked as 100 percent UV-blocking can be just as effective as pricier options.
With that, you’ve narrowed it down from way too many options to just a handful, which makes this process a lot easier.