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How to choose statement earrings to flatter your face

March 12, 2020 4 min read

How to choose statement earrings to flatter your face

When it comes to making a fashion statement, the aim should always be to dress in a way that makes you feel fantastic. It's also lovely to get compliments on how wonderful YOU look and not just whether your dress, earrings, shoes etc are fantastic.

So how do you choose items that bring out your best features? When it comes to statement earrings, the best way to create an impact is to ensure that you choose earring styles that suit your face shape and features.


The six common face shapes are Diamond, Oval, Round, Long, Heart and Square. These shapes are determined by the measurements and shape of your face from your hairline to your chin. A simple way to determine your face shape is to pull your hair back from your face so that your hairstyle doesn’t distort your perspective. Ask yourself what is the rough ratio of your face length to width? Are your features, including your hairline, sharp or rounded? Where is your face widest and where is it thinnest?

By answering these questions and using the guide below, you can figure out your face shape by its defining features. Once you understand your face shape, it’s easy to see how different earring styles and shapes can balance and complement your face.


Diamond face and Brave Edith statement earringsOne of the rarest and most captivating face shapes is the Diamond face shape. It is characterised by a narrow and elongated forehead and chin contrasted with wider, well-defined cheekbones. Famous “Diamond” faces include Elizabeth Taylor, Halle Berry and Jennifer Lopez.

What type of earrings should I choose? To balance your refined jawline and forehead, choose drop earrings that highlight your cheekbones and follow the shape of your face. 

Are there any earrings I should avoid? Earrings that are overly wide at the top or around the ear can over-emphasise the width of your face.

View our earring recommendations for the Diamond face shape here

Oval face shape and Brave Edith statement earringsThis is considered one of the most versatile and well-proportioned face shapes. Typically the length of an Oval face is just over one and a half times the width. Oval faces also tend to have smaller features, a rounded hairline, high cheekbones and a soft, slightly wide chin. Famous “Oval” faces include Joan Crawford, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Rose Byrne and Beyonce.

What type of earrings should I choose? Your proportions mean you can wear almost any type of earrings. Just choose your style depending on your outfit and mood.

Are there any earrings I should avoid? Lucky you - you can get away with almost anything!

View our earring recommendations for the Oval face shape here

Round face shape and Brave Edith statement earringsThose with Round faces tend to have a youthful appearance due to their soft and balanced features. The length and width of a Round face is almost equal. The Round face also has a soft and rounded hairline and chin. Famous “Round” faces include Jean Simmons, Miranda Kerr and Emma Stone. 

What type of earrings should I choose? To maximise your youthful appearance, choose long styles which not only create a sense of vibrancy, but which also elongate your face. 

Are there any earrings I should avoid? Chunky round earrings, particularly studs will give your face an overly round appearance.

View our earring recommendations for the Round face shape here

Long face shape and Brave Edith earringsThose with a Long or “oblong” shape face shape often have a regal presence. This face is long and slender in appearance with similar measurements across the forehead, cheekbones and chin. It is similar to the oval face, although longer and slightly flatter at the sides. Famous “Long” faces include Joan Crawford, Amal Clooney and Giselle Bündchen. 

What type of earrings should I choose?By adding more weight and body around your eyes, cheeks and ears, your face will appear more oval and balanced. For drop earrings, choose rounded or wide earrings. Unusually, studs can also work well to make a statement as they create an area of focus where you need the most width. 

Are there any earrings I should avoid? Long thin earrings will elongate your face further, so it is best to avoid narrow and sharp styles.

View our earring recommendations for the Long face shape here

Heart shaped face and Brave Edith earringsA Heart shape face is a face to fall in love with. This face shape is wider at the forehead and then narrow to the chin. The heart shape is then defined by a V shaped jaw and a rounded hairline which is likely to have a widow’s peak. Famous “Heart” faces include Marilyn Monroe, Scarlett Johansson and Jennifer Aniston.

What type of earrings should I choose? With such distinctive features, choose teardrop earrings or earrings that have more width at the bottom to highlight the lower part of your face and provide balance to your forehead. 

Are there any earrings I should avoid? Inverted triangle shaped earrings will over emphasise the shape of your chin.

View our earring recommendations for the Heart face shape here

Square face shape and Brave Edith earringsThose with Square faces tend to have a strong, dignified presence, even if they are petite. Similar to a round face, the width and length of a Square face is almost equal. Additionally, Square faces tend to have angular features, with a straight hairline and the width of the forehead almost equal to the chin. Famous “Square” faces include Audrey Hepburn, Lucy Liu, Sandra Bullock and Margot Robbie.

What type of earrings should I choose? With striking features you can carry off equally striking earrings. Choose earrings that are medium or long in length and which ideally create some softness through movement.

Are there any earrings I should avoid? It is best to avoid overly "blocky", sharp shapes.

View our earring recommendations for the Square face shape here

We hope this has helped you understand your face shape and gives you a little more confidence when choosing statement earrings. 

And remember, the key thing when considering earrings and statement jewellery in general, is to choose styles that bring out the best in you, not pieces that overshadow you. After all, we all love compliments, but the number one aim is to feel fabulous in yourself.

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