Choose the right sunglasses

DID you know that sunglasses have the power to transform the mood of an outfit?

Sun glasses may be small yet their shaded appeal is undeniable.

Expert says that picking the right sunglasses require practice and patience unfortunately mistakes are common when hunting down the most flattering pair.

This week we will look at how to choose the right sunglasses that suits your face.

Here are some tips by website www.viva.co.nz

How important is face shape when choosing the perfect pair of sunglasses?

Matching your face shape to your favourite designer style is essential. There are four basic face shapes — square, round, oval or heart. Once you find your face shape, finding the perfect pair of sunglasses is very straightforward.

Simple guidelines to help you meet your sunglasses match

Square-shaped face

Square-shaped faces have a strong jawline and equally broad forehead, with predominantly straight lines from top to bottom.

* Pick frames that are slightly rounded at the edges to soften and balance features.

* Get frames that sit high enough on the face to downplay the sharpness of the jawline.

* Steer clear of square or rectangular shaped frames, which will exaggerate the squared jaw and brow lines.

Round face

Round faces have soft curves with similar width and length.

* To downplay the roundness, select frames with straight or angular lines (such as rectangle or square frames).

* Deep colour such as black or tortoiseshell also minimises fullness.

* Thin metal frames are another flattering option because they focus attention away from the sides of the face.

Oval face

Oval faces are longer than they are wide and have balanced features.

* The oval-shaped face can wear almost any frame style as long as the frames are no wider than the broadest part of the face.

* Frames should cover as much of the centre of the face as possible in order to minimise length. Avoid frames that are too narrow as it makes the face appear longer.

* Square or rectangle oversized plastics work best.

Heart-shaped face

Heart faces are broad at the forehead and cheekbones, and narrow at the chin. With its delicate jaw, this face shape is the most feminine of all.

* To broaden the appearance of the chin and draw more proportion throughout the face, try thin, light metal or clear plastic frames that have broader bottom halves.

* Stay away from big, heavy glasses, which will draw attention away from the best features.

* Avoid wrap-arounds.

Mistakes people make when choosing sunglasses?

* Choosing a pair that doesn’t suit your face shape. Sometimes your favourite pair isn’t necessarily the perfect fit/size for you.

* A secret tip that many people don’t realise is that you can get your glasses adjusted in store to be shaped and set perfectly to fit your face.

* Having just one pair of glasses is, of course, a huge mistake. A fresh pair of frames can absolutely transform your style from day to day.

Top tips for caring for your sunglasses?

* Use a microfibre cloth and lens cleaning solution to care for your glasses. This ensures that you are not scratching your sunglasses when you clean them.

* Never leave your sunglasses in the car. The heat built up in the car can adversely affect your sunglasses.

* Use the case — a case protects the sunglasses and ensures that they aren’t scratched when in your handbag.

Aside from looking great, why is wearing sunglasses important, especially as we age?

With summer fast approaching, now is the time to add sunglasses to your slip, slop, slap routine.

Ocular problems such as cataracts, pterygia, macular degeneration and skin cancer of the eyelids (90 per cent of all skin cancers occur above the neck and up to 10 per cent of all skin cancers occur on the eyelids) are caused by prolonged UV exposure, so covering up your peepers with some sexy shades on a daily basis is imperative to keep your eyes in good shape.

Sunglasses stop you from squinting.