TV Segment: Sunglasses For YOUR Face

This segment appears on Great Day Houston on June 5, 2012. Pictures, glasses styles and prices are below.

It’s sunglasses season! What should you look for when choosing sunglasses?

These sunglasses from H&M made a great display at the beginning of the segment. And they're all less than $10!

UV Protection

  • When your’re in the sun, the pupils in your eyes contract to reduce the light that enters your eye. Sunglasses shade your eyes, so the pupil opens wide and over-rides your body’s natural defenses against the damage of UV rays.
  • Choose sunglasses with 100% UV protection. Otherwise you’ll actually allow more damage to your eyes by wearing sunglasses.
  • Look for a label on the lenses of the glasses.


For sports, choose wrap-around styles for a secure fit. Specialized tints to help you see better

  • To see uneven pavements, try a yellow tint,
  • To see balls that can hide in the grass, try a red tint.
  • To see better with water sports, try polarized lenses.

Flatter Your Face

How do you choose sunglasses to flatter your face?

  • In general, if you have an angular face, choose rounded frames. If you have a rounded face, choose angular frames. Here are some more options for specific faces.

Find Your Face Shape

To determine your face shape, pull back your hair, look straight into a mirror at the outline of your face. Ou can even draw the outline of your face on the mirror with an erasable marker to see the shape more clearly.


  • Face is broadest across the cheeks, longer than wide, and tapers toward the forehead and chin.
  • Look for frames that are at least as wide as your temples with oval/walnut-shaped lenses.
  • Model – Kelly Ann
  • Sunglasses: Georgio Armani, $375 (Soper Optical, L.A. Wright, MD, FACS)


  • Face width and length are about the same, with full cheeks, and a rounded chin.
  • Look for angular frames, wide/rectangular lenses, and a clear bridge.
  • Model – ChengJing
  • Sunglasses: Gucci, $375 (Soper Optical, L.A. Wright, MD, FACS)


  • Face is wider at temples and cheeks and narrows at jaw and chin.
  • Look for frames in a color tone similar to skin tone (light colors for fair skin, medium colors for medium skin, dark colors for dark skin) and with rimless lenses.
  • Model – Elvia
  • Sunglasses: vintage frames with new lenses


  • Face is wider at temples and cheek bones and narrows near the forhead and chin
  • Look for rounded frames.
  • Model – Valerie
  • Sunglasses: Classic Aviators $24 (The Limited)


  • Face width and length are about the same, with equal distance across forehead, cheeks, and chin.
  • Look for rounded frames with narrow lenses that are wider than they are tall.


  • Face is narrow at temples and forehead and wider at cheeks and jaw-line.
  • Look for attention-grabbing frames, cat eyes, or details along the top edge of the frames.


  • Face is longer than it is wide, with high cheek-bones, high/broad forehead, and broad jaw.
  • Choose rounded frames with decorative details at the temples, a low bridge, and lenses that are taller than wide.
Thank you H&M, The Limited and Soper Optical, L.A. Wright, MD, FACS for providing the sunglasses for the segment!
Thank you Kelly Ann, Elvia, Chenjing and Valerie for modeling!



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