The perfect earrings can add a finishing touch to any outfit. Most women choose these popular accessories according to their overall style, color, and materials. While such shopping tactics offer a great way to find earrings that match with a given outfit, they neglect the importance of face shape in buying decisions. Women who can choose the right earrings for their face shape will be able to stand out from the crowd by accentuating their natural beauty with these simple, elegant accessories.
Earrings and Face Type Basics
Almost all shoppers can benefit from keeping earring and face type basics in mind when shopping for these dazzling accessories. Choosing earrings that are a good fit for a given face shape will help to ensure that the items are worn and do not languish unused in a jewelry box. Remember that both fine jewelry earrings and fashion jewelry earrings are sold by online retailers and in brick-and-mortar stores. Both types of earrings are available in a wide variety of styles.
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Popular Earrings Styles
Sellers describe earrings by their overall style and by the materials that have been used in their production. Shopping for a specific style of earring is a great way to narrow the search field and ensure that the pieces will be a good fit for a woman's face type. The chart below provides descriptions of some of the most common earring styles available on today's consumer market.
True to their name, teardrop earrings are shaped like a teardrop or dewdrop. These earrings are generally made from solid gold, silver, or gemstones. They are designed to dangle below the earlobe. Teardrop-shaped earrings that feature extensive surface adornment are usually sold as dangle earrings.
Dangle earrings are those pieces which dangle below the earlobe. They may be composed of beads, rounds, squares, curved pieces of metal, or die-cut metal designs. Dangle earrings are available in both wide and narrow styles. Pay close attention to the width of a dangle earring as different widths are suitable to different face types.
These classic earrings are composed of a single stone, ball, or small design that sits directly on the earlobe. They feature traditional earring posts. Pearl earrings that sit next to the ear may be described as stud earrings. These styles look good on every face type.
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Chandelier earrings combine the design elements of stud and drop earrings. These earrings feature a decorative stud that sits on the earlobe and a component that dangles below the earlobe. Many of these earrings widen below the earlobe and then taper back to a small point.
These classic earrings are made from rounded or flat pieces of metal or plastic that run from the front to the back of the earlobe. They are available in a wide variety of circumferences and widths.
Huggie earrings are very similar to hoop earrings but are usually much smaller. These earrings generally have a wide, small hoop that clamps onto the ear with a post or clip-on mechanism. They are made from both plastics and metals.\
Cluster earrings sit on the earlobe but feature clusters of gemstones, rhinestones, or other decorative elements that may extend beyond the bottom of the earlobe. These earrings are best suited to dressy events as they tend to be very flashy.
The Major Face Shapes
In the world of fashion, human faces are described according both to their shape and skin tone. While some women choose earrings to complement their skin tones, most fashion experts agree that it is more important to choose earrings that flatter the general face shape. The chart below provides a description of the different face shapes.
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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.
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 faces feature a forehead that is wider than the cheeks. The cheeks further taper down to the chin.
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.
Sometimes called a "rectangular" face, the narrow face has the same general shape as a square face but is elongated.
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.
Choosing the Right Earrings for Your Face Shape
Shoppers who have a basic understanding of earring styles and face shapes will be able to buy the perfect earrings for every face shape. When shopping for earrings, remember that the suggested style for each face shape may not work for some individuals. Remember to place emphasis on the overall shape of an earring instead of just the earring's style. Some earrings, such as dangles, come in a wide variety of shapes.
The Best Earrings for Oval Faces
Women with oval-shaped faces look good in almost every style of earrings. However, they can create a particularly striking look by wearing oval-shaped dangling earrings. These earrings will draw attention to the face's elegant shape without adding any width or length. Women with oval faces also look stunning when wearing teardrop earrings. Much like oval dangling earrings, these pieces accentuate the face's natural shape and create a sense of symmetry or balance.
The Best Earrings for Round Faces
Women with round faces can aim to elongate their faces and minimize a puffy appearance by choosing teardrop and dangle earrings. Look for those pieces that have long, angular designs as opposed to rounded designs. Most women with round faces should avoid dangling circular discs as these can make the face look wider. It is almost always best for women with round faces to choose earrings of a thin to medium width.
The Best Earrings for Heart-Shaped Faces
When choosing earrings for heart-shaped faces, look for pieces with elongated lines and curves. Pieces with elongated curves will help to balance out the face and will draw attention to the eyes, cheekbones, and jaw line. Women with heart-shaped faces look particularly good in dangle, teardrop, and chandelier earrings. Choose chandelier earrings in diamond shapes to add an interesting contrast to the face.
The Best Earrings for Square Faces
Women with square faces should choose earrings with rounded designs that soften the cheekbones and jaw line. The best choices are elongated, dangling pieces and hoop earrings. Those women who would like to add extra drama to their look can choose oversized hoops that brush the jaw line or extend below the jaw line. Such hoops will both soften the face and make it appear smaller. Women with square faces should avoid wearing very wide earrings.
The Best Earrings for Narrow Faces
Pearl earrings are ideal for narrow faces as they add softness and minimize length. Clustered pearl earrings that dangle far below the earlobe are a particularly good choice. Keep in mind that long dangle earrings tend to minimize the length of very narrow faces. When choosing dangle earrings, look for pieces with elongated curves that will accentuate the cheekbones and add softness.
The Best Earrings for Diamond-Shaped Faces
Women with diamond-shaped faces should look for earrings with long, elegant curves. Both dangle and hoop styles accentuate this type of face. Choose earrings with soft curves to minimize any sharpness around the cheekbones or jaw line. Those individuals with diamond-shaped faces should avoid wearing dangle earrings that also feature a diamond shape. These pieces will make the lines of the face appear exaggerated and are not generally flattering.
How to Buy Earrings for Every Face Shape on eBay
Earrings for every face shape can be found in the Jewelry & Watches category on eBay. Shoppers can choose to browse fine jewelry, fashion jewelry, vintage and antique jewelry, or bridal jewelry by making a selection on the left-hand side menu bar. After navigating to the desired jewelry pages, searches can be further narrowed down according to earring style, materials, price, buying format, and condition. When purchasing dangle earrings, be sure to carefully review information about the overall size of the earrings; dangle earrings can look deceptively long in photos.
Earrings are an inexpensive, easy-to-wear accessory that any woman can use to finish off her outfits. While buying earrings is largely a matter of personal style, women who want to make the most of this accessory should choose earring styles that are suited to their face shapes. Highlighting the natural face shape will draw out a woman's beauty and compel others to focus on her best features.
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