Reader Jenni threw this one into the suggestion box:
the next time you post about jewelry, could you share some thoughts for drawing attention to the face for those of us who can’t wear earrings? i may be in the minority here, but my ears have been terribly allergic for years (i’ve tried it all).
So I’m gonna assume that Jenni’s ears are sensitive enough that clip-ons won’t work either. So we’re going 100% earring-free here, friends. Let’s see what we can come up with.
Yes, I am totally wearing earrings in the photo above. YOU CAUGHT ME. However, the main attraction is that floral infinity scarf, isn’t it? The busy but regular pattern, its proximity to my face, and the fact that it’s being worn with a solid dress in a darker hue all mean that the eye will be drawn upward toward my face. Printed scarves worn relatively close to the neck provide a great way to bring the observing eye into the facial realm.
My guess is that Jenni was mostly thinking of accessories and clothes, but there are loads of other ways to keep the focus on your face. Bright or dark lipstick, smoky eye makeup, and flattering blush all help attract attention to your complexion. If bright eyeliner and false lashes feel too bold, stick to lip color. Find a shade that’s flattering but noticeable, and wear it proudly.
Hairstyles and hair ornaments
Another non-accessory option! Intricate braids, eye-catching updos, fun or colorful barrettes, fascinators, and headbands all grab attention. Especially if the rest of your outfit is relatively plain, any of these options will bring the observing eye upward.
Now, obviously a giant, funky necklace is going to bring attention to your neck and collarbone … but that’s within range of your face. (Right? Double checking … yep. Mere inches away.) Don’t feel like you need to go choker in order to bring the party up higher on your frame. In my opinion, any statement necklace will do the trick.
Naturally, this suggestion only applies to those of you who WEAR glasses, but a great pair of specs is one of the best ways to show off your gorgeous visage. I’m a fan of colorful frames myself, since they appear modern and bold, but even neutrals and metallics in interesting and modern shapes. (Here’s an older post about finding great glasses, with a link to advice from Angie at You Look Fab.)
What other suggestions do you have for Jenni? How would you draw the observing eye to your face if earrings were simply not an option?