Shades and Shapes

In a previous entry, some basic tips on how to go about choosing and buying shades are given. For this entry, I’m posting some tips on the actual shapes of shades that you should get to complement the shape of your face.

Round Face

If your face is round or a bit full, the goal is to get shades that will make it look longer and thinner. Choose angular styles and deeper and darker colors to give an illusion of a less full face. Lighter colored shades will do the reverse. Shades with thicker frames also complement round faces because it lengthens the face. Avoid round shades that will only make your face look rounder.

Oblong Face

If you have an oblong face, the goal is make it look plumper or fuller to soften the look. Usually, round or square glasses do the trick. You can also wear shades that have more decorative frames to add width to your face.

Square Face

Square faces often have angular jaws and more defined forehead and cheekbones. The goal is to soften the effect of these angles by wearing round shades, regular oval shades or similar types. Never wear shades with square or rectangular frames as these will further highlight the sharp angles of your face. Unless, of course, that is your objective.

Oval Face

Oval faces are often the most versatile as they can go with almost any style of shades. Oval-shaped faces often have higher cheekbones and narrower chins. If you have an oval face, take advantage of it and experiment with trends and styles that will further enhance the proportions of your face. Go wild with the modern fashionable aviator or large round shades or look sleek with classic cat-eye styles. Just remember that the shades you choose still have to match your body colors and your personality for you to carry it well.

Triangular Face

Triangular faces generally have narrow jaws and small chins and wider width in the cheekbone and forehead area. The goal is to soften the look of the upper part of the face with rectangular or octagonal shaped shades.

More tips on the right sunglasses to wear here and there.

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