Finding Your Face Shape…and the Ideal Necklaces to Suit it!

Beautiful brunette dressed for elaborate dinner, wearing 5 layers of pearl necklaces
Choosing the perfect necklace to compliment your individuality best doesn’t have to be a chore!
Have you ever tried on a necklace, only to realize it “just doesn’t look right”?
Well, you don’t have to be over-accessorized for it to happen to you!
While it is easy to take a necklace on and off in the store, not only is it time consuming, but finding the perfect necklace online can seem an impossible task. But did you know that by learning your face-shape and how to choose necklaces for it, you’ll be able to stop wasting time, and even start shopping online? Take a look around the street; you will see people with all different kinds of face shapes. Maybe there is a face shape you’d prefer in a partner, or maybe there is a face shape you wish you had.
Fashion trends have a tendency toward bias, often suiting certain body or face shapes over others. Even if trends dictate a certain style, once you understand your face shape and learn how to exemplify its beauty through your choice of necklaces, you will always be able to find a perfect necklace match — and you will always look more beautiful than you already are!
In this guide, we will help you determine your face shape. For some people it is very easy to see what the shape of their faces leans toward, but for others it can be a bit of a challenge. by the end of this guide you are still unsure as to what your face shape is, keep in mind that it is possible to have a shape of face in-between shapes! That is right, not everyone can fit the mold, and there is nothing wrong with that whether you fit it or you don’t. Your face shape has no relevance to your character or personality, so make sure to circle back through the guide and see if perhaps the combination of two (sometimes even three!) of the shapes seem to match you. Once you have determined your face shape or the combination of shapes that make up your face, you will have FREE access to a necklace styling guide tailored exclusively to your face shape. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s get started and find your perfect necklace match!
To determine your face shape, we will look at 5 different criteria. You may want to use a measuring tape or ruler. If you don’t have access to either of these, you can use a pencil and something to mark it with (such as another pencil, a pen, or permanent marker and a place to keep track of your measurements with, such as a notepad or computer text document):
  1. The distance from your brow bone to your hairline
  2. The width of your forehead
  3. The width of the center of your face (around your cheek area)
  4. The shape of your chin and jaw area
  5. The overall length of your face, from your hairline to the bottom of your chin.
While the beauty industry standard is to attempt to mold all face shapes into that of an oval face-shape, when you look at photos of celebrities and models, very rarely do they have an oval face nor do they use jewelry to try and create the illusion of one either! An oval face shape is beautiful, but so are all face shapes. For this reason, once you determine your face-shape and are shown your necklace suggestions, they will include suggestions on how to accentuate your unique face-shape as well as the typical suggestions, based on creating the illusion of an oval face shape.
If you can, first measure or write down your answers to the 5 different criteria:

1. Finding the distance from your brow bone to your hairline

To find the distance from your brow bone to your hairline, you will first want to find your brow bone. Also called the supra-orbital ridge or brow ridge, the brow bone should not be mistaken as being a part of the eyebrow. In fact, you don’t need eyebrows in order to have a brow bone; you can shave or wax off your eyebrows, but your brow bones will remain either way. If you take a finger to the area around where your eyebrows are and feel around, it will be very easy to feel your brow bone. Your brow bone surrounds your eye area, and can be either straight, flat, or curved, typically beginning toward the insides of your eyes, and moving outward a little past the outsides of your eyes.
Finding the center of your brow bone, measure straight upward toward your hairline. If you have a cowlick (meaning hair that comes down a little bit, typically toward the center of your hairline), ignore it and focus on the height of your main hairline.
This is the number you will want to jot down as your first criteria. If you have a measuring tape or ruler, write down the measurement, but if you have a pencil or piece of paper, mark down the before and after measurements as shown below:
– 1 o
– 1 x

2. Finding the width of your forehead

To find the width of your forehead, find the distance between the center of your brow bone and hairline (as you did for criteria 1). Next find the center of this area.

Pro Tip: Divide the measurement from criteria 1 in half, measuring up from the brow bone and stopping at that point

Moving directly left or right until you hit the side of your hairline, measure directly across to the mirror end of your forehead.  If your forehead curves outward, ignore this and measure straight without curving your measuring utility.

3.  Finding the width of the center of your face (around your cheek area)

To determine the center of your face for criteria 3, you will first need to focus on the area under your bottom eyelid, but above your upper lip. The exact area between your bottom eyelid and upper lip that you will need to measure will depend on your face, but is generally easy to find.
If one area here is wider, this is where you will need to measure around (typically this will be around your cheekbone area). If you cannot see any discernibly wider area, follow on. There is a chance that if you can’t easily determine the widest part of the center of your face that you may not have prominent cheekbones. Even if you don’t have noticeable cheekbones, everyone has them! Take the tips of two of your fingers and feel for your cheekbones, finding the highest point. This is where you will want to measure from.
So, once you have determined the widest area of the center of your face, measure from the very end of that area to its mirror side on the opposite side of your face. Be sure to measure straight across, and avoid curving or bending the instrument you are using to measure with.

4.  Determining the shape of your chin and jaw area

Unlike in criteria 1 through 3, for criteria 4 there is no need to break out the ruler or any other measuring supplies!  All you will need to determine your fourth criteria is a good mirror and nice lighting. Unlike the previous parts of our faces, the shape of your chin is much more easily recognizable. You will be looking only at the shape it makes, ignoring the prominence/recessiveness or jawline. Comparing with the photos below, determine which shape or shapes your chin most closely matches up with.
Next you will want to take a look at your jawline — this is the area surrounding your chin and cheek area. Remembering how you performed criteria 3, you will do something relatively similar in this step. Your jawline begins at the notch under your ears and stops at the edge of your chin.  This part of the criteria will require a mirror and nice lighting like before, but will also require a lot more control over your angles. Looking straight into the mirror, find the widest area of your jawline (keeping in mind this area is between your ears and chin). Measure straight over from this area to the mirror area on the other side of your face. Be careful not to bend your measuring device, while also not over or undershooting your measurements. This measurement will likely not be exact, and don’t worry if it isn’t, but do make sure that you make it reasonable-enough to work with.

5. Measuring the overall length of your face, from your hairline to the bottom of your chin.

Now that you have a better idea of how to best measure the different areas of your face, determining the overall length of your face should be a snap!
First we will need to find the center of our hairline.
Second we will need to find the center of our chin.
Third, we will measure straight across from the center of our hairline to the center of our chin.
To find the center of your hairline, while you can use the area where your hair naturally parts, often this part can be manipulated or naturally focused further left or right than the actual center of your hairline. In order to achieve a more accurate center, we will first find the top of the bridge of our nose (in medical terms often referred to as the “root” of the bridge). This area is typically the furthest indented portion of your nose, and falls between the inner corners of each of your eyes. Using your measuring utensil of choice and trying to avoid bias to tilt either left or right based on the part of your hairline, measure straight up.
You may want to use something to mark this area, or you can simply remember it, since you’ll be returning to this area of your forehead shortly! Before we return, however, we will need to move down your face and to your chin.

Did you know? Typically the center of your chin matches closely with the tip of your nose!

For some faceshapes, the center of the chin is almost the same area as its tip. For other chins (such as those that are square, round, or oblong in shape) it can be harder to determine the center.  Try using the tip of your nose or your philtrum (the indentation that runs vertically from the tip of your nose to the center of your top lip) as a point of measure and to help try and eye the center of your chin. By this point you should have at least two guide points for you to measure with.  Using these points, run your measuring utensil vertically from the center of your chin to the center of your hairline.
If you have a cowlick, be sure to measure past it and upward, closer to where your hairline straightens out.
If your measuring utensil is too short to measure the length of your face in one go, start by measuring from the tip of your nose or philtrum down to the center of your chin, and again from the tip of your nose or philtrum, but up toward the center of your hairline. Be careful to not tilt your measuring utensil and to keep it as straight as possible while doing this. The sum of both of these measurements will add up to the approximate length of your face.
Now that you’ve got the measurements for all 5 criteria, it is time to determine your face shape!
Keep in mind that although we will be discussing face-shapes on a shape-by-shape basis, it is very common and possible to have a face shape that falls between two (or even three!) face shapes. In that case, you will want to try out the necklace styles from all or each face shape since there is a good chance the styles of each shape will suit you (lucky you!). Follow the link below to get started:
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