Before we can discuss earrings, we need to talk about your face: what shape is it? The main face shapes are oval, round, heart, square, rectangular and diamond. A fun way to figure out your face shape is to trace your face’s outline in the mirror with soap or a washable marker and then stand back and to see which shape appears. Here is a great chart to help you define your face shape:
|Oval||Oval-shaped faces feature foreheads that are as wide as the cheekbones. The face narrows from the cheeks to the chin, creating the oval shape.|
|Round||Also called circular faces, round faces are widest at the cheekbones. The cheekbones do not taper down to the chin as with other face shapes.|
|Heart Shaped||Heart-shaped faces feature a forehead that is wider than the cheeks. The cheeks further taper down to the chin.|
|Square||The forehead, cheeks, and jaws are all about the same width on a square-shaped face. Women with square-shaped faces tend to have very strong jaw lines.|
|Narrow||Sometimes called a “rectangular” face, the narrow face has the same general shape as a square face but is elongated.|
|Diamond Shaped||On the diamond-shaped face, the forehead and chin are narrower than the cheekbones. Women with diamond-shaped faces tend to have very strong cheekbones.|
Now let’s talk about earrings! The general rule in choosing earrings that flatter your face shape is balance. That means that the earrings should contrast your face shape, and add balance to your look.
Oval Face Shape This face shape is the most common and also the most versatile when it comes to flattering earrings. Other than avoiding earrings which dangle below the jaw line, which add unwanted length, nothing is really off limits for oval faces. Large studs or dangles are a great choice!
Round Face Shape The goal of earrings on a round face are to balance the roundness with either sharp angles or elongated dangle earrings. Tear drop style earrings are a great choice. And women with a round face should avoid earrings with a round shape or that are very wide.
Heart Face Shape The tear drop shape is the perfect balance to a heart face, as the teardrop is heavier and wider on the bottom, while a heart is wider on top. Heart shaped faces should avoid studs and seek out earrings in which the bottom is wider than the top, like chandelier earrings.
Square Face Shape In order to contrast the strong angles of the face, curved hoop earrings or earrings with a round motif are a great way to create a flattering balance. Women with square faces should avoid wide earrings which will accentuate the width of their face.
Rectangular Face Shape The best look for a narrow and elongated face shape is to wear earrings with a small dangle or stud earrings, as long dangles tend to elongate the face even more. Since rectangular faces also have strong jaw lines, soft curves and round earrings create balance.
Diamond Face Shape A woman with a diamond shaped face should gravitate towards studs, chandelier earrings and earrings that feature width and soft curves. The one no-no for a diamond shaped face is an earring that also has a diamond shape.
With these simple guidelines, you are now ready to shop for that perfect pair of earrings!