Frames, Lens & Face Shapes Guide Why do I need sunglasses?

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Choosing Sunglasses

Frames, Lens & Face Shapes Guide

Why do I need sunglasses?

We know that the sun's rays can cause damage to the skin so we take precautions in the form of sun cream and sun Clothing. The sun's rays can also damage our eyes so you should always wear sunglasses to protect the eyes from premature ageing and illness. Foster Grants sunglasses are fitted with UV400 lenses to block out harmful rays and provide adequate levels of protection, as well as making you look good at the same time!

Which sunglasses provide the best protection for my eyes?

Always look for the British Standard EN 1836: 2005 and the CE mark. All Foster Grant® sunglasses are manufactured to meet these guidelines as a minimum standard to give you 100% protection from UVA rays that tan the skin and speed up premature ageing and UVB rays, responsible for sunburn and damaging our eyes. All Foster Grant sunglasses are fitted with UV400 lenses and offer the highest level of protection from the sun.

Are the more expensive sunglasses better quality?

Not necessarily, just make sure they meet the required standards as above. You can be confident when purchasing a pair of Foster Grant sunglasses as all styles have UV400 lenses, provide maximum UV protection and meet the EN 1836: 2005 standards.

Which style best suits my face?

Always try on a number of styles to see which look the best and feel the most comfortable. Want some help? follow our tips for the best results.


YES - The best styles for people with a broad forehead, wide cheek bones and small chin are without doubt delicate ovals, that are rounded or squared off at the outer edges and narrow frames that are no wider than the temples. Bottom-heavy frames will add width to the chin and lower part of the face.

NO - Avoid heart shaped styles as they echo the shape of the face along with decorative temples that draw attention to the upper face.

YES - You should always look for wide, large frames that extend slightly beyond the temples or have decorative temples to give the impression of a shorter face. Soft rectangles and squares are also good for long faces but not small square styles.

NO - Stay away from short frames as they emphasise a long face and also small frames that have no proportion.

YES - For those of you with a full rounded face where proportions are the same, choose slightly angular styles like soft squares, swept up cat eye shapes, slightly elongated ovals and rectangles, all of which will make the face appear longer and thinner and sharpen facial features. Straight temples at the top will add length to the face.

NO - Steer clear of small round glasses that make your face appear rounder or very large styles that shorten your face

YES – If you have a broad forehead or angular face, we recommend finer frames and oval styles that soften the jaw line, rounded shapes with a straight top and styles with centered temples.

NO - Keep away from square, geometric styles and those that are wider than the face. Also avoid colour at the bottom of frames and temples that are low-set.

YES – People with an oval face are lucky as the balanced shape allows wear of most frame styles, either round or rectangular. Ideally choose glasses that are at least as wide as the widest part of the face in order to retain balance.

NO -Avoid frames that are smaller than the widest part of the face, or very narrow in depth as they will detract from the natural balance of the face.
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