How to determine your face shape to choose bridal headpieces to suit
There’s a bridal headpiece to suit every face shape, from regal wedding crowns, delicate halos to more traditional wedding combs. It’s easy to fall in love with an exquisite headpiece or veil but what if it doesn’t suit your face shape? There’s a very good chance we can modify our designs to suit you if you can send us photographs of your face and wedding dress.
Finding the right accessories for you is more than just matching details to your dress. It’s also about accentuating your finer features, while drawing attention away from the areas you don’t want to focus on.
Keep in mind too that your wedding hairstyle will most likely be different to your everyday hair. Often times there’s a bit more volume and height to take into account which can change how a headpiece can frame your face and sit in your hair. Even where you part your hair and whether you have a fringe will impact which bridal headpieces will be best for you.
Here are our top tips to find the perfect wedding accessories that will flatter you from every angle.
Determine your face shape
Most people fall into the following face shapes – oval, heart, round, long, square and triangle. Browse through our style icons to see what shape you are and the bridal headpieces that best suit you.
If your jaw is slightly narrower than your temples, then you’re an oval. Think Jessica Biel, Kate Middleton or Kim Kardashian. Ovals are one of the most versatile face shapes of all which means you can literally pull off any look from the modern french knot to long loose waves.
If you’re oval shaped, finding a headpiece is relatively easy – most pieces and bridal hairstyles will suit your face shape. Take your pick from an opulent wedding crown or tiara, statement drop earrings or a headpiece positioned to the back of your head.
A heart shaped face is one that is wider at the temples and hairline, with the focal point at your chin. Katie Holmes, Zendaya, Miranda Kerr and Reese Witherspoon are perfect examples of heart shaped faces.
A bridal headpiece for a heart should draw attention to your eyes and cheekbones.
Position the piece above your ear or along your hairline. If you have a fringe, position the piece near your temple to accentuate your cheekbones.
A round shape is full with a rounded chin and hair-line as seen with Emma Stone, Kirsten Dunst and Cameron Diaz.
If you’re a round, your goal is to create less volume around the face by finding a bridal headpiece that will help make your face appear longer.
Avoid a piece with too much fullness at the sides – so a large flower behind your ear probably isn’t the best option. Instead, a wide headband or a crystal comb positioned to the side above the ear can soften the lines and will draw attention to your eyes. If you have a petite round face, choose a thinner headband or a dainty tiara.
A veil positioned at the top of the head will elongate your face. Choose a veil with gathering at the comb to create volume and height.
Inspired by the antiquity of yesteryear and the beauty of wild roses, this headpiece is bold, romantic with a touch of bohemian luxe.
If the length of your face is around twice the width, then you’re long or oblong. Sarah Jessica Parker and Gisele Bundchen are excellent examples.
The perfect headpiece for you is one that doesn’t lengthen the face but instead adds width.
The way to add width and draw attention to your cheekbones is with a headpiece that can be worn amongst loose waves.
If you love veils, find one that doesn’t add height to the top of your head but something that will add width around your face. A Juliet cap veil such as our CARMEN veil will add intrigue and mystery, while broadening your face. A veil draped simply over the entire face also work beautifully, as well a veil attached at the back.
A square face shape features a straight forehead and a straight line from the forehead to the jaw. Often this jaw is quite angular and is slightly wider than your temples and hairline.
If you’re looking for square faces in the celebrity world, look no further than Kylie Jenner, Selena Gomez, Jennifer Aniston or Keira Knightley.
When looking for an accessory or bridal hairstyle, your goal is to play down your angular jaw. Team up a headpiece with tousled curls and a striking side part.
Choose a headpiece that you can wear near the temple to add length while creating a modern asymmetrical detail to soften the lines. Avoid anything near your ears or anything large directly up top.
Wide headbands are a perfect way to create a round line and balance out your face.
Squares, like longs, are made for birdcage veils. They draw attention to your temples while softening and rounding out your features overall.
A triangle face is one with a dominant jaw line that narrows at the cheekbone and temples (aka Victoria Beckham and Kelly Osbourne). You’re also very unique. A triangle face shape is actually quite rare!
Victoria Beckham via Pinterest
Your goal is the opposite of a heart shape – you are looking to narrow your chin and widen your forehead.
You will need a headpiece that you can wear near the temple to draw attention away from your chin. Instead focus on your eyes and forehead.
A veil, secured with a headband, will not only round out your features, it’ll add allure and grace to your overall look.
If you aren’t sure, play it safe. Choose a wedding headpiece and wear it nestled into a bun at the back of your hair. Your guests will be admiring you as your walk down that aisle so don’t be afraid to add an extra point of interest from behind.
Chat to a stylist
Love a bridal headpiece or veil from our collection but aren’t sure if it will suit you? Send us an email with photographs of your wedding dress, bridal hairstyle and face shape. We would love to offer you advice and recommendations.