Think about when you enter a store and start trying on earrings, sunglasses or hats. What determines the items you purchase? Without even knowing it, you may have selected the best item because of how it complements your facial shape. However, oftentimes when selecting a piece of jewelry or accessory for the facial area, facial shape does not enter into the decision. In fact, that choice is based on how the jewelry or even eyewear looks on a model in an ad. Therefore, having an understanding of your own facial shape will make it that much easier to find the best accessory for you on your next shopping trip.
If you have not already done so, you may want to identify your own facial shape and then review the right accessories to accentuate your best features. One good source is Holly Hosterman of Holly Yashi (hollyyashi.com), who advises, “To determine the natural shape of your face, pull back your hair and in a mirror, trace your face’s outline using soap or lipstick.” I also look at the face when “at rest” and then when smiling to see how your cheekbones, chin and smile alters the shape. In addition, Steve Nuttall, owner of Lugene Opticians in Atlanta, believes that facial shape should be considered before choosing eyewear. Steve says, “Though proper frame selection can be complicated by the endless combinations of color, size and shape, it is not impossible. Today’s eyewear can complement, enhance, adorn and even mask, when necessary, an individual’s features.”
So let’s look at basic facial shapes:
Round: A round face will have about the same width and length all over.
From Holly: “Drop earrings and long dangles look stunning on you, as long earrings will help to elongate your face.”
From Steve: “To slim down a round face, try a rectangular frame that is wider than the face and has a shallow depth. For those of you with round faces, think about styles that help elongate and narrow your face. Frames that are more rectangular will be the best bet.”
Oval: An oval face will be long, but balanced, with no feature standing out.
From Holly: “The best earring shapes for your face are pearls, teardrops and ovals which provide a soft complement to your face’s natural contour. Luckily, oval faces have incredible versatility in what they can wear, so have fun experimenting!”
From Steve: “For the most balanced of the face shapes, choose a frame that is wider than the broadest part of the face while keeping the vertical size not too deep or too narrow.”
Oblong: An oblong face will be even longer than an oval with strong jawlines and/or broad cheekbones.
From Holly: “For you, earrings with lots of volume work well. For a different look, short dangles and pearls are also flattering as they help to draw the eye across your face horizontally.”
From Steve: “For a face that is longer than it is wide, try a frame that has depth. It should not be wider than the face. Use color or design to draw attention to the temples. You may want to consider round- or square-shaped frames to create the illusion of width.”
Square: A square face has a width about the same as the length with an angular shape. The jawline and forehead are often prominent.
From Holly: “Earrings that are medium to long in length look amazing, and hoops will look wonderful, too. Earrings with angular or rounded edges are also great choices because they bring attention to your earrings and help soften your face’s natural angles.”
From Steve: “The goal here is to make a broad face look longer and to soften the sharp features. Use a narrow style or an oval.”
Diamond: A diamond face has wide cheekbones, however the forehead and chin cut in like a diamond making them narrower.
From Holly: “Earrings that balance your natural beauty, ones with more width than length, are a good choice. A combination of curves and straight lines are also flattering, as are earrings with delicate drops.”
From Steve: “For broad at the cheeks while being narrow at both the eye line and jawline, look for a cat-eye shape to work well.”
Heart: A heart-shaped face has a wide forehead and it narrows to the chin.
From Holly: “To balance your natural triangle shape, try earrings that are wider at the bottom than at the top. Earrings with soft curves such as tear-drop styles also work well.”
From Steve: “This face has a wide forehead with a narrow chin. Select a frame that is wider toward the bottom or possibly a rimless. If you have a heart-shaped face, then you may want to accentuate the eye area to move the focus away from the lower part of the face. A cat’s eye or metal frames with rimless bottoms will help achieve this.”
When reviewing these tips, what stood out to me is the important factor of keeping a balance between your face, and the accessories that highlight it. Living in the South also means that we wear our sunglasses year-round. With so many styles to choose from, it’s important to focus on which ones will accentuate your best features.
Although this article has focused on the effect of both jewelry and eyewear, don’t forget powerful other influences. Make-up, skin tone, plus a good smile are also major enhancers to your total facial esthetics.