Choosing sunglasses color and shape

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Sunglasses can make you look like a person of mystery as well as protect your eyes
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Who IS that behind those Foster Grants?

There is something mysterious about a man or a woman in a pair of sunglasses and even more so if they are wearing drop-dead gorgeous sunglasses. You do not have to part with a fortune to get a good-looking pair of sunglasses; however, to show them off to their best advantage, as well as showcasing your face, you need to take several things into consideration, starting with the shape of your face and your skin and hair coloring when choosing sunglasses color and shape.

A face that is square and angular is the same width at the forehead as it is across the jaw line and the cheekbones. Your objective is to minimize the wideness of your face so choose a pair of sunglasses - or sunglass readers - that adds length to your face.

A rounded style frame will soften the squareness of your face and a pair of sunglasses that features frames that are not as wide as the widest part of your face will also minimize the angularity of your face. The rounded frames will detract from your broad jaw line.

Those of you who have round faces, which means the vertical width of your face and the horizontal width are the same and there are no angles to your face, should choose sunglasses that are angular or straight, which will de-emphasize the roundness of your face. Your face will look thinner and longer as a result of choosing this type.

Oval-faced individuals can wear just about any type of sunglasses color and shape; however, the size of the frame should be proportionate to your face. Do not go too small or too wide. Those with oval faces have symmetrical, well-proportioned faces. Their jaw tapers evenly to the chin.

Diamond-faced individuals may want to opt for rimless sunglasses or oval shaped sunglasses. A diamond shaped face features a pointed chin, narrow forehead and jaw and broad cheekbones.

A person with a rectangular face looks very similar to a square faced person; however, the face length is greater than the width. If you have this type of face, choose sunglasses that widen the face while simultaneously shortening the face. A round frame would be flattering.

If your face shape is an inverted triangle, this means that your face is widest at the forehead and narrower at the cheekbones and even narrower at the chin. Choose a frame that broadens the lower part of your face and which balances the entire face. Rimless styles are good for those with inverted triangular faces as are those sunglasses with low temples.

The best type of sunglasses for someone with a triangle face will emphasis the top part of the face, which requires strong frames, and de-emphasizes your wide chin.

The rule of thumb is choosing a pair of sunglasses that is the opposite of your face shape. If you have a round face, go with an angular pair of sunglasses; if you have an angular face, so with round frames. However, if you want to draw attention to the fact that your face is quite small, wearing huge sunglasses will definitely emphasize the smallness. Choosing sunglasses color and shape will depend on if you are trying to conceal or de-emphasize a certain part of your face or put it on display, showing it off.

Consider your complexion when choosing sunglasses. Are you warm toned or cool? If you are warm, choose a frame that is either cooper, gold, camel, peach, khaki, warm blue, fire engine red or blond tortoise. If you are cool, go with a frame that is blue-gray, demi amber, jade, pink, plum, rose brown or black.

Give ample consideration to the color of the lenses in your sunglasses. Your eyes need protection from ultraviolet rays.  Amber, orange and yellow lenses are a good choice for overcast days but not so great on a bright day. These colors allow some light to pass though the lens.

Purple or blue lenses will give you good protection, although not quite as good as a dark lens would. Many sunglasses wearers find blue and purple lenses soothing. A copper or brown lens is good for driving because they increase color contrast and cut glare as well as sharpen imagery.

The most popular color in lenses include green, smoke and gray because they shield your eyes from bright light yet the colors that you see will look natural.

Lenses that are nearly black provide the best protection if you have light sensitive eyes. Vermilion or rose lenses make contrast and definition in high glare scenarios more pronounced.


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