June 23, 2024 4 min read

Choosing the right earrings is about much more than just colour and style. Of course, those factors are important, but you should always invest in earrings that complement your face shape. Although everyone has a unique face, they can generally be grouped into five different categories: oval, round, square, heart-shaped, and diamond or triangle.

This short guide will explain how to choose the right earrings for your face shape, and identify which styles will suit you best. Plus, we’ll round everything off with a quick reference guide at the end.

Earrings for Oval Faces

Oval faces are fairly symmetrical, with a smooth, curved jawline and neutral or slightly defined cheekbones. If you have an oval face, you’ve hit the earring-choice jackpot, as most styles will suit you.

Get experimental! Try a range of different earring lengths and styles, and take your hair into consideration. If you have short hair, studs and drop earrings will stand out beautifully. For longer hair, consider wider, dangly earrings that contrast with your flowing locks. You can get away with pretty much any earrings you like, so shop for jewelry that matches your personal style.

Earrings for Round Faces

A round face isn’t always perfectly circular. Instead, it means the chin isn’t sharply tapered and the face is widest at the cheekbones, but with a softly defined jaw. Round faces often benefit from earrings that contrast with this shape. Long, elegant earrings are ideal for round faces, as are delicate studs. Consider earrings made from one or several strands of delicate chains, weighted with small gems at the end. These hang perfectly and suit numerous hairstyles while complementing most round face shapes.

Leading fashion experts say those with round faces should stay away from large, hooped earrings. Rather, you want earrings that contrast with your face shape. Similarly, if you choose gem-encrusted earrings, opt for angular cuts rather than round-cut stones.

Earrings for Square Faces

A square face means your jawline is sharply defined and as wide as your forehead. Many people use jewelry to soften the angles of their faces, but it’s entirely possible to work with your natural features, instead of against them. After all, a strong jawline is often seen as a sign of good character! Jennifer Anniston and Gwyneth Paltrow are two stunning examples of celebrities with square-faced features.

If you decide that you do want to soften your face shape, hoop earrings are ideal. The gentle curves of larger hoops gently detract from a sharp, angular jawline. You can also choose large, round studs or drop earrings in any curved shape.

However, if you want to emphasize your features, go for sharp-cut square studs or geometric shapes. Avoid lengthy earrings as these distract from the angular look of the face.

Earrings for a Heart-Shaped Face

Heart-shaped faces are wide at the forehead and taper to a narrow chin. The jawline is less defined than in square faces. If you want a WOW factor contrast, try accessorising with tear drop earrings. The rounded shape at the base is the exact opposite of the heart-shaped contours of your face, and sure to draw the eye.

We also LOVE chunky earrings for a fantastic style statement that flatters heart-shaped faces. Plus, they add balance to your overall silhouette.

Earrings for Diamond Faces

If you’re lucky enough to have striking cheekbones and a sharply defined profile, you may have a diamond-shaped face. Some people refer to this shape as a triangle, although that’s usually when someone has a fringe or bangs that provide the flat top of the triangle shape.

Reese Witherspoon is a great example of a celebrity with a triangular face, thanks to her cheekbones and sharply defined chin. Katy Perry has a diamond face — longer, and with cheekbones only slightly wider than her eye area. Chandelier earrings —where the bottom is wider than the top — usually suit this face type. However, crystal studs can also work well, too.

The longer your face, the more important it is to emphasize width. Chunky, shorter earrings can help here. Very long, narrow earrings will only accentuate the length of your face. Clusters of stones or large hoops can also look amazing on those with a longer face shape.

Earrings That Suit Any Face

Did you know that you can get earrings with adjustable length? Threader earrings have a single, smooth metal post which pushes through the piercing. This is followed by a delicate piece of chain or wire, which can usually be adjusted to any length. Threader earrings are ideal for experimentation with different earring lengths and can be as simple or ornate as you choose. Whatever your face shape, these smart earrings are a clear win!

Quick Guide to Face Shapes

Here’s a quick reference guide to help you identify your face shape and what type of earrings to choose:

1. Oval faces

If your face is generally symmetrical, with neutral or gently defined cheekbones, jawline, and chin, you most likely have an oval face. Consider experimenting with different earring styles.

2. Round faces

When your face is widest at the cheekbones and that facial outline continues into a gentle jawline, you probably have a round face. Avoid circular earrings and enjoy lengthy, dangly chains or drops.

3. Square faces

A strong jawline that’s as wide as your forehead means you have a square face. Consider hoops and circular styles and avoid geometric angles unless your goal is to emphasize your jawline.

4. Heart faces

A tapered chin usually creates a heart-shaped face. We recommend drop earrings or small clusters of stones.

5. Diamond or triangle faces

Sharp chins and cheekbones often create a short triangle or long diamond face. Consider chandelier earrings that are bulkier at the bottom to complement your natural angles.

Final Tips for Choosing Earrings

Remember, it’s not just your face shape that determines what earrings you should choose. Your fashion decisions can also have an impact! For example, a formal hat for a wedding might shorten your face, meaning hoops or drop earrings might be more appropriate. However, if you have your hair tied tightly back one day, longer earrings will look perfect. Take a look at Trove & Co’s collection of earrings online and you’re sure to find something to suit, whatever face shape you have.