How to Choose the Right Shape Earrings for Your Face Shape

I was so excited to receive a copy of the new Everyday Earrings: 15 Very Wearable Earring Designs eBook before hitting the road to my parent’s. I wanted to get my earring materials in order before we headed out, and it all came together with perfect timing!

But which pair to make? (insert awkward pause)…

Have you ever headed down the path of choosing a design, get really excited about picking the beads, shopping for all the supplies, then make the design, only to try it on then feel less than thrilled? Well, that’s where I found myself. And now, I’m here to tell ya – there’s a way to choose the right shape earrings for your face shape so you can start off on the right foot.

Take a look in the mirror first then pick a design that suits the shape of your face (or make sure you adjust the bead weaving pattern to suit YOU).

Face Shape to Earring Shape

Here’s a quick overview of each face shape and which earrings work well for that shape.
Is your face round, circular, widest at the cheekbones without tapering to the chin.

circle shape to illustrate face shape for choosing the right earring for your face

A round face is complemented by long drop or dangle earrings. This design will elongate your face and make it look slimmer. Icarus, by Barbara Falkowitz would be perfect for you.

Icarus earrings, by Barbara Falkowitz. Long in shape and ideal for a round shape face.

Are you more a narrow and rectangle kinda’ girl, with your head the same width from forehead to chin?

rectangle shape to illustrate face shape for choosing the right earring for your face

Choose earrings that emphasize the width of your face. Studs, clustered earrings, short dangles, and hoops in a medium to large size are a good fit for you. Try on Quatrefoil, by Lisa Kan.

Quatrefoil Earring design by Lisa Kan

Do you have a wide square jaw and your forehead and jawline similar widths?

square shape to illustrate face shape for choosing the right earring for your face

Soften the edges of your face with earrings that are medium to long with rounded edges. Oval shapes are a great go-to so consider Coachella, by Melinda Barta.

Coachelle, by Melinda Barta. Oval shape in design will help balance and soften the lines of a square shaped face

For the lovely heart-shaped face (I always think of Reese Witherspoon), you have a forehead wider than your cheeks and the lower half narrows like a heart.

heart shape to illustrate face shape for choosing the right earring for your face

In this case, Cathedral Windows, by Jennifer and Susan Schwartzenberger, would be a good fit. This design would counterbalance your chin as they are wider at the bottom than the top.
Cathedral earrings, by Jennifer and Susan Schwartzenberger. These earrings are wider at the bottom than the top so ideal for a heart shape face

Oval shaped faces are the luckiest of all as any shape earrings work for them.

oval shape to illustrate face shape for choosing the right earring for your face

For an oval shaped face, I suggest  Floret by Tina Hauer for it’s color and drop with a beaded floral cluster.
Floret earrings, by Tina Hauer. Long with a cluster at the bottom. Ideal shape for an oval, square, or round shaped face.

And Duo Drop Earrings by Barbara Falkowitz and Amy Haftkowycz, ’cause they are just so pretty with a touch of sparkle.
Due Drop Earrings, by Barbara Falkowitz and Amy Haftkowycz. Hoop, round in shape will work for rectangle and oval shaped face


Handy Guide

No matter your face shape, joy truly comes from weaving our beads. So even if you do create a pair of earrings that leaves you feeling a little flat — maybe you were really making them for your friend who has a heart-shaped face and you just didn’t know it at the time. Pass them along in a nice little gift bag then choose the next design on your list. No matter what, just keep beading!

Download and share this handy infographic so you can use it as a reference!

Learn how to choose the right shape earrings for your face shape with this handy infographic and beading blog that explains everything you need to know!

(To download, right click the image and select ‘Save image as…’)

Yours creatively,
Tammy


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