Have you ever seen people wearing gorgeous sunglasses that enhance their looks, and when you try the same pair the sunglasses detract from your own looks? I’ve experienced this plenty of times. This situation is pretty common, especially for those of us who are clueless about finding the right sunglasses for our face shapes and features.

In magazines and ads, the models’ sunglasses always suit their faces. They make it look so effortless. But the reality is that most of us do not have oval shaped faces, so it requires a bit more work to find the right pair of shades for our faces. This means it won’t be easy, but it’s worth it in the end.

I used to pick out sunglasses based on how they looked. For some reason I gravitated towards Aviators, even though they weren’t comfortable on my face and probably didn’t look that great. I’d try them on in the store and think they looked okay. The problem is, looking okay and looking great are two different things. After some time, I’d become dissatisfied with my sunglasses because they just didn’t look right. Something was off.

It wasn’t until I started looking for tips, such as those found at Sunglass Picks, that I figured out my problem. If it wasn’t for doing research, I would have continued going on with choosing sunglasses that didn’t flatter my entire face, not to mention wasting money when I ended up throwing them away. I also hadn’t heard of certain designers, so it was a great learning experience to discover different brands. The biggest takeaway from researching sunglasses starts with each person.

It’s important to identify your face type. Because everyone in my family tended to have round faces I figured mine was the same. I forgot to factor in a few details, however: my defined jaw and higher cheekbones. No wonder my siblings’ shades missed the mark for me. As annoying as this discovery was, at least it helped me move forward in my quest for the perfect sunglasses for my face.

Another thing I noticed: prominent features can be emphasized with the wrong sunglasses. Ouch. No wonder my nose looked so big in those small, rounded sunglasses. So the shape of the frame plays an important role in balancing your face as well.

Besides the shape, there are other factors to consider. How much sun protection do you want? Do you want polarized frames or shades without glare?

For people like me, I just want a pair of sunglasses that look great on me and don’t cost too much. I appreciate the intention of sunglasses, that of protecting my eyes, but I’m honest enough to admit that sun protection is most likely at the bottom of my list. It’s one of those things that are great to have, but it isn’t something I actively look for in the beginning.

The material makeup of the sunglasses is another factor to consider. Metal frames increase the weight, unfortunately. I personally prefer plastic frames for how light they feel on my face. I’m extremely sensitive to anything on my face, so at times I’ve chosen sunglasses or kept unflattering sunglasses based on how comfortable they felt on me. How many can relate to this?

The funny thing is, sunglasses should be the easiest accessory to choose. But every time I shop for sunglasses it stresses me out more than it should, which is annoying. What’s worse is that this has to be done in person. Most people can’t just browse sunglasses online and order them with the expectation that they’ll look great on them. If someone knows of a foolproof way to purchase the perfect sunglasses online, let me know.

With the tips I’ve learned, I’m feeling brave enough to give sunglasses another chance. There must be a pair out there that’s right for each one of us. At the end of the day I just have to remember that sunglasses are supposed to protect my eyes. Whether they look incredible on me or not isn’t my ultimate goal. However, the honest side of me is saying it sure would be nice if they did look great and protected me.

The perfect pair is out there. I won’t give up on finding them.