Saturday, December 10, 2011

Finding the Right Sun Glasses for Your Face Shape

 We all know that finding the perfect sun glasses is like finding the perfect pair of jeans. It can be very tricky and at times, it can be quite tiring. We can't just splurge on different sun glasses if they don't look good on us. We have to find a pair that's both comfortable and appropriate for our face shape.

Before we begin, we should consider three main points when choosing frames for your face shape, according to The Vision Council:
  1. Eye wear should repeat your personal best feature (such as a blue frame to match blue eyes).
  2. The frame shape should contrast with your face shape.
  3. The frame size should be in scale with your face size.
Also, while most faces are a combination of shapes and angles, there are eight basic face shapes: round, oval, oblong, heart, base-down triangle, base-up triangle, diamond and square.

1.) Oval Shape Face
An oval face is considered to be the ideal shape because of its balanced proportions.
(balanced forehead, cheekbones and jaw)
Yes: "Any shape works on you," says Rose. Softly angular frames play up an oval face.

2.) Round Shape Face
A round face has curved lines with the width and length in the same proportions and no angles.
(full cheekbones; narrow forehead and jaw)
Yes: Wide, rectangular frames.
No: Round frames or colored lenses, which exaggerate fullness.

3.) Oblong Shape Face
An oblong face is longer than it is wide and has a long straight cheek line and sometimes a longish nose.
(long face; narrow chin and cheeks)
Yes: Oversize or wrap styles.
No: Frames that are too narrow for your face.

4.) Square Shape Face
A square face has a strong jaw line and a broad forehead, plus the width and length are in the same proportions.
(broad forehead; square jawline)
Yes: Round, oval, cat's-eye
No: Sharp geometric shapes—they emphasize an angular profile

5.) Heart Shape Face
A Heart face has wide forehead and prominent cheek bones with narrowing chin.
(wide forehead and cheekbones; narrow chin)
Yes: Cat's-eye, round.
No: Overly embellished glasses, says David Rose, designer for Salt Optics

6.) For the uncommon Shape of Face

a. Triangular Shape Face 
A base-down triangular face has a narrow forehead and widens at the cheek and chin areas. To add width and emphasize the narrow upper third of the face, try frames that are heavily accented with color and detailing on the top half or cat-eye shapes.
 
b. Inverted Triangle Shape Face
This face has a very wide top third and small bottom third. To minimize the width of the top of the face, try frames that are wider at the bottom, very light colors and materials and rimless frame styles (which have a light, airy effect because the lenses are simply held in place by a few screws, with no surrounding frame material).

 c. Diamond Shape Face
Diamond-shaped faces are narrow at the eye line and jawline, and have broad cheekbones that may be high and dramatic. This is the rarest face shape. To highlight the eyes and soften the cheekbones, try frames that have detailing or distinctive brow lines, or try rimless frames or oval and cat-eye shapes.

I personally belong to the Diamond Shape Face category. Finding the perfect sun glasses is very difficult for me but I meticulously scout each stores and I really take my time. *wink!
When I was younger, I used to feel awkward about my physical features because I always fall into the uncommon if not rare category but my Mom taught me that being ashamed of your features is like being ashamed of your roots. I have learned how to work with it and I'm proud of who I am.  "Be happy and proud of yourself. There's no one else like you in this world."

Learning your face shape is essential so you will be able to narrow down your choices when you go find your perfect pair of sun glasses! What's important is you learn to work with your imperfections and enhance your perfections. Good luck! :)

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