Face shape is an actual measurement based on the ratios of your facial contours. Knowing your shape will help you pick your most flattering haircut, strategically apply makeup and find your best sunglasses.
There are lots of suggestions on how to figure out your shape, from outlining your face shape on a mirror with lipstick to draping it with a towel and asking others to help you guess the shape. But, there is actually a scientific way to determine your face shape once and for all.
To find out the shape of your face, measure it with a tape measure or ruler and take the following measurements.
1. Measure your face across the top of your cheekbones. Write down the measurement on a piece of paper.
2. Measure across your jaw line from the widest point to the widest point. Write down the measurement.
3. Measure across your forehead at the widest point. Generally the widest point will be somewhere about halfway between your eyebrows and your hairline. Write down the measurement.
4. Measure from the tip of your hairline to the bottom of your chin.
Oval Face – Length equal to one and a half times width.
Round Face – Your face is as wide as it is long. This may vary a little but generally the measurement is close.
Oblong – Longer than it is wide.
Heart – Narrow at jaw line, wide at cheekbones/and or forehead.
Square – your face is about as wide as it is long.
Diamond – Widest at cheekbones, narrow forehead and jaw line of approximately equal widths.
Oval Face Shape: Only slightly narrower at the jaw line than at the temples, with a gently rounded hairline.
Almost any hair shape will look good on you. Your “perfect” features allow you to wear more styles than any other face shape. Majority of models fall into this shape (a good example is Tyra Banks)which is why they can wear different hairstyles.
You can wear short, medium and long hair styles. Your face shape is well “balanced” or in even proportion. You will look best when styling your hair off your face.
Avoid covering up your “perfect” features with heavy bangs.
If you wear your hair style on your face, you’ll lose your face shape behind the hair. It might add weight to your face.
Rectangular or oblong face shape:
Long and slender, about the same width at forehead and just below cheekbones. You may have a very narrow chin or a very high forehead.
Try short to medium lengths. Fullness at the sides of your face will add width to the look of your face shape. By cutting the hair into a short or medium length, the outline of the cut will also shorten the look of the length of the face. Try side parts, and you may be able to wear straight back styles.
Avoid too much hair length . . . your face will look even longer! Center parts are best for you.
Round Face Shape
Full-looking face with a round chin and hairline. Widest point is at the cheeks and ears.
Try hair styles with fullness and height at the crown. Stay way from center parts. Short hair styles with a swept-back direction or hair styles that are longer than chin length.
Avoid chin length hair with a rounded line that mirrors face’s circular shape. Center parts are good for you. Because the widest part of your face is at the cheeks and ears, you need to avoid having the fullness of the cut here as it will make your face appear wider.
Square Face Shape
A strong, square jaw line and usually an equally square hairline.
Try short-to-medium length hair, especially with wave or roundness around the face. Wispy bangs. Off-center parts, height at the crown. You want to soften the square look of your face with layers and wispy looks around the face. Height at the crown will elongate your symmetrical shape. If your hair is straight you may want to consider a body wave, as some curl or wave to the hair will achieve a nice balance to the straight features of your face shape.
Avoid long straight styles that accentuate square jawbone. “Linear” straight bangs or center parts. A straight bob ending at the jaw line is the wrong thing to do for your face shape. You can wear a layered bob, however it should end above or below the jaw line. Make sure in styling that you achieve some roundness to the shape and some height at the crown or bangs, and you will be on the right track.
Heart Face Shape
Face is wide at the temples and hairline, narrowing to a small delicate chin.
Try chin-length or longer styles. Side-parted hair styles would be good. Swept-forward layers around the upper face, gently wispy bangs. A chin length bob is great on your face shape! This creates a balanced look by giving fullness where you need it. You can wear shorter styles too.
Avoid short, full styles that emphasize upper face. Height at the crown. Severe, slicked back looks.
An example of someone with a heart shaped face is Naomi Campbell
Triangular Face Shape
This is the reverse of the heart-shape . . . a dominant jaw line with narrowing at the cheek bone and temples.
Try shorter hair that balances prominent jaw line. Styles that are full at the temples, taper at the jaw. Off center parts. Try tucking hair behind your ears as this will draw attention to your eyes and add width in this area.
Avoid long full hair styles that draw attention to jaw line. If going with long hair, it should be kept tight at the nape.
Diamond Face Shape
This is somwhere between heart and a dramatic oval. Widest at the cheekbones, and narrow equally at the forehead and jaw line.
Your face shape is balanced so you can try a variety of styles. Almost everything works with your face (as long as you are a true diamond). You can wear shorter styles too.
In fact,you can do just about everything, but try not too wear to much hair on your face, thereby hiding your great features.
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