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I have a confession to make…I’m terrible at buying sunglasses. I have this thing about my nose, and I always feel like I’m just not a sunglass person.

So I’ll go on holiday, and then be completely jealous that all of my friends are wearing sunglasses and I’m squinting and getting wrinkles from the sun being constantly in my eyes.

One thing which scared me recently, was reading about a woman in England who lost her right eye from wearing sunglasses which didn’t actually give her any protection from the sun. Often when I do buy sunglasses I’ll only spend a few dollars, which this woman says caused her cancer, as she incorrectly thought she was protecting her eyes.

This is why it’s important to ensure you’re buying your sunglasses from a reputable shop or website like My Glasses Guru, and that they offer full UV protection. Along with ensuring that you’re protecting your eyes, here are some other things to think about when you’re buying sunglasses for your holiday:

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Your Face Shape

Your face shape should greatly influence the pair of sunglasses you buy. A pair may look great on your friend and terrible on you, or vice versa, and it’ll often be because you have completely different face shapes. If you’re not sure which face shape you are, there are websites which will use your webcam to determine which shape of face you have so you can know what style of sunglasses will suit you best.

Round faces should stick to colourful frames and those which are high-on-the-temple, while square faces should choose a frame which has either oval or round shaped lenses which help to balance out sharp features.

People with oval faces are lucky as every frame looks amazing. Just try not to get huge frames which can block out your features, and choose sunglasses which are covering your face from your eyebrows to your cheekbones. If you have a heart-shaped face (sometimes also called triangle) your face is widest at your temple and narrows down at your chin. Glasses which have rounded edges or cat-eye styles work well to balance out your face.

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Price

While sunglasses can be a great investment, since a good pair will last you years and it’s a good idea to pay more for glasses which offer UV protection, there’s also no need to go crazy. Websites like My Glasses Guru offer designer sunglasses for a good price, which is the best of both worlds.

Brand

If you have a particular brand you love, there’s no reason to not stick to it with your sunglasses, as long as you find a pair which suit your face shape and don’t break your budget. I personally adore Burberry sunglasses, while Chanel and Dior are popular with many of my friends. While it’s easy to get swept away in the world of sunglasses, if you’re spending a few hundred pound it’s a good idea to avoid anything too “trendy” and go for a pair which is classic and will still look great next season.

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