Do You Know Your Face Shape? What’s the best style for it?

Knowing your face shape is the first step to creating your most beautiful look. -Kevyn Aucoin. Read More to find out what’s your face shape and what styles look best on you. Now, to determine yours you will need:

  • A mirror large enough to see your whole face
  • It may help to have a photo of your face. Pull your hair back away from your face and make sure the photo is taken square-on to your face, so you can see both sides. If you’re taking the photo yourself, for example with a cell phone camera, make sure the camera is far enough away that you don’t get a distorted, fish-eye effect!
  • Or, it may help to draw the outline of your face, with your hair held away from your face, on the mirror (make sure whatever you use – for example, whiteboard marker, eye-liner pencil, lipstick – will wipe off later!)

1. OBLONG face shape

Your face is longer than it is wide with a rounded jaw-line.

You may also have a rounded hairline.

Example is: Sarah Jessica Parker

Your main style aim is: To make your face appear shorter and broader.

Hairstyles for Oblong Shape

Go for:

  • Styles that add a little height and width at the temples and cheekbones
  • Length medium-short to medium long
  • Short styles are best when tapered in from the eye-line into the nape of the neck
  • Longer hair needs volume in the neck area Hair off the sides, either short, or swept back or behind the ears
  • Soft, natural looking layers If your forehead is high, wispy or open bangs (fringe) Off center parting

Avoid:

  • Long hair all the same length
  • Very short hair
  • Center parting
  • Hair close at temples

Eyewear 

Your best styles have the following characteristics:

  • Frames with depth as well as width to make your face appear shorter
  • Decorative or contrasting temples
  • A low bridge to shorten a long nose

Hats

  • Full or upturned brims
  • Not too much height in the crown

Makeup Tips

  • Apply darker foundation at the hairline around the forehead
  • Apply darker foundation over the chin
  • Apply darker foundation in the hollows of your cheeks
  • Apply blush on the apple (ball) of your cheekbones and blend out towards the top of your ear

Earrings

  • Your best earrings have more width than length Round, square and fan
  • Teardrops Small hoops
  • Drops no longer than the chin, better with some width

2. OVAL face shape

Your face has the pleasing, balanced shape of an inverted egg, with well proportioned eyes, nose and mouth.

You are so blessed because you have the perfect shape!

Example is: Megan Fox (Ikaw na ang perfect teh!)

Haircuts for Oval Face Shape

You can choose almost any hairstyle and length. Your main considerations are:

  • Styles that suit the texture, curl and quantity of your hair
  • If you are over 40 its best to keep the length on or above shoulder length and to choose styles that sweep hair away from the face

Eyewear

Choose styles that are:

  • In proportion with the size of your head. For example, if you have a small head wear glasses with smaller frames and vice versa
  • As wide as, or slightly wider than, the widest part of your face
  • Update your glasses every 2 to 3 years with a current style

Hats

Many hat styles will suit you.However, for your best styles:

  • Have large brims that are either floppy or straight and no wider than your shoulders
  • Keep your body height and scale in mind and choose hats in proportion. For example, if you are short or have a small bone structure your hats should not be too large

Makeup Tips

You can have fun experimenting with different makeup styles. Remember the basic rules:

  • When applying foundation, blush and eye shadow, light shades make areas appear more prominent and darker shades decrease the apparent size of the area
  • Apply blush just under the apple (ball) of your cheek-bone and fade in a smooth arc towards the top of your ear

Earrings

Most shapes of earrings will suit your face shape.

Choose:

Earrings in proportion with your head size and body scale

3. RECTANGULAR face shape

Your face shape is obviously longer than it is wide with a square jaw-line. You may also have a square hairline.

Example is: Lucy Liu

Your main style aim is:

To create the illusion of a shorter, broader face and to soften your jaw-line.

Hairstyles

Go for:

  • Natural looking styles
  • Styles that add width at your temples
  • Styles that add width at your cheekbones
  • Styles that add a little volume (not too much) at the top of your head
  • If you have a high forehead, bangs (a fringe) are good. Either straight and wispy or swept off to the side and not too thick
  • Keep the sides off your face, either swept back or short
  • Off center or side parting
  • Medium length is good
  • Long hair should add width at the neckline

Avoid:

  • Highly stylised styles such as angular cuts, extremely short styles, severely slicked down
  • Volume only on top of your head
  • Center parting
  • Long straight hair all the same length
  • Hair close to the sides of your face
  • If you have a high forehead, hair combed straight back

Eyewear

  • The best glasses for your face shape are:
  • Frames with depth as well as width
  • Frames slightly wider than your face
  • Frames with curves rather than sharp angles
  • Contrasting color or decoration at the temple
  • If your nose is long, a low bridge

Hats

  • Hats with full brims
  • Uplifted brims
  • Avoid high crowns and small brims that make your face look longer

Makeup Tips

Add the appearance of width at your cheekbones and the illusion of a shorter face by:

  • Applying a slightly darker foundation at your hairline around your forehead and just under and slightly over your jaw
  • Applying a slightly darker foundation just under your cheekbones, blend towards the ear
  • Applying a blusher on the apple (ball) of your cheekbones and blend upwards towards the outer corner of your eye

Earrings

Your best earrings have more width than depth and soft curves, rather than angles. Such as:

  • Round buttons
  • Tear drops
  • Ovals If you have long hair
  • Drops no longer than your chin and with some width too.

4. SQUARE  face shape

Your face is almost as wide as

it is long and has a broad jaw-line and forehead. You probably also have a square hairline.

Example is: Jessica Simpson

Your main style aim is:

To create the illusion of a longer face and maybe, to soften your jaw-line.

Hair Styles

Go for:

  • Styles that add height to the top of the head
  • Curve and angle hair across the forehead
  • An off-center parting
  • Soft, layered styles
  • Wisps, curls and waves
  • Broken and asymmetric styles
  • Hair close to ears to emphasize the cheekbones

Avoid:

  • Very straight styles
  • Styles that add width to your jaw-line

Eyewear

  • Your best styles have the following characteristics:
  • Narrow oval frames or frames with narrow frames and upward curves to minimize the squareness of your face
  • Frames wider than they are deep to make your face appear longer
  • Color or decoration on the upper outer corners of the frame
  • Frames no wider than the width of your face

Hats

  • An irregular brim and a prominent crown will make your face appear longer
  • Wear at an angle to soften your face’s squareness

Makeup Tips

  • Minimise and soften your forehead and jaw-line by applying a darker shade of foundation at your temples and jaw
  • Apply blush on the apple (ball) of your cheekbone and blend towards the top of your ear. Most of the color should be on the apple of your cheekbone

Earrings

Wear earrings that are longer than they are wide

5. DIAMOND face shape

Your face is widest at the cheekbones and narrow at both the chin and forehead.

Example is: Madonna

Hairstyles

  • Styles that are full at your temples and chin
  • Hair close to your head in the cheekbone area
  • Slightly off-center parting
  • Bangs (fringe) that sweep to the side
  • Medium length styles
  • Hair swept up into an up-do
  • Styles with symmetrical lines

Avoid:

  • Very short styles
  • Center parting Styles that add fullness at your cheeks
  • Close hair cut at your temples
  • Too much volume at the top of your head

Eyewear

  • The best glasses for your face shape are:
  • No wider than your cheekbones
  • Frames with soft curves such as oval shapes
  • Styles that add width at the brow, for example, with decoration or color at the top of the frame
  • Frames that are narrower on the bottom and wider at the top such as cat-eye shapes

Hats

Choose hats that make your forehead appear broader. For example, hats with large brims.

Makeup Tips

  • Apply a slightly lighter shade of foundation at your temples and jaw-line to make them appear broader
  • Apply blush to the apple (ball) of your cheek, no lower than the bottom of your nose, and blend towards the center of your ear

Earrings

  • Choose shapes that add width to your jaw-line.
  • Your best shapes are narrower at the top and wider at the bottom, such as: tear drops, pear shapes,triangle shapes and ovals

6. HEART or INVERTED TRIANGLE face shape

Your face is wide at the forehead, with high cheek-bones, tapering to a narrow chin and slightly longer than wide.

The only difference between the heart and inverted triangle face shape is that a heart shape face has a widow’s peak.

Example is: Reese Witherspoon

Your main style aim is:

To make your forehead appear narrower and add width at your jaw-line and chin.

Hairstyles

Go for:

  • Hairstyles that are close to your face above your ears, with soft lines partially covering your ears
  • Center parting
  • A soft style with light bangs (fringe) covering your forehead
  • Soft waves and curly styles
  • Styles that add volume at the jaw-line

Avoid:

  • Pulling your hair back off your forehead
  • Styles that are full at the temples
  • Straight bangs (fringe)
  • Too much height on top of your head
  • A low side parting

Eyewear

The best glasses for your face shape are…

  • Frames that add width below your eyeline
  • Round or oval frames with soft curves or an upward sweep
  • Low arms
  • Light to medium colored frames and rimless styles
  • Look for hats with a prominent crown to make your forehead appear narrower

Makeup

  • Apply a slightly darker shade of foundation at the temples to make your forehead appear narrower
  • Apply a light shade of foundation on either side of the jaw-line to make your jaw-line appear wider
  • Apply blush to the apple (ball) of your cheek and blend towards the center of your ear

Earrings

Add length to your face and width to your jaw-line by choosing the following shapes:

  • Drops
  • Teardrops
  • Rectangles
  • Ovals

6. ROUND face shape

Your face is almost as wide as it is long and has a full round jaw-line. You probably also have a round hairline.

Example is: Kate Hudson

Your main style aim is:

To create the illusion of a longer, slimmer face.

Hairstyles

Go for:

  • Styles that add height to the top of the head
  • Hair off the face, but close to the head
  • Center or long diagonal parting
  • Short to long hair
  • Layers
  • Styles that end just below the chin, or with layers ending below your chin
  • Gently waves
  • Wispy ends

Avoid:

  • Styles that add width
  • Round styles
  • Straight bangs (fringe)
  • Very short hair
  • Very curly hair
  • Very straight hair

Eyewear

Your best styles have the following characteristics:

  • Frames wider than high to make your face appear longer
  • Frames no wider than the width of your face
  • Frames with angles rather than curves

Hats

Make your face appear longer by choosing hats with:

  • An irregular brim
  • A prominent crown
  • Vertical design features such as feathers

Makeup

Make your face appear narrower and add more definition by:

  • Applying a darker shade of foundation in an arc on either side of your forehead
  • Applying a darker shade of foundation on either side of your jaw, blending up to the tip of your ear
  • Apply blush just under the apple (ball) of your cheeks and extend to your temples

Earrings

Wear earrings longer than they are wide, for example rectangle drops look good on you.

7. TRIANGLE or PEAR face shape

Your face is broad and square at the jaw-line, tapering to a relatively narrow forehead.

If your jaw-line is rounded, rather than square, you have a pear face shape.

Example is: Demi Moore

Your main style aim is:

To minimize your jaw-line and add width at your temples.

Hairstyles

Go for:

  • Styles that add a little height and width at the temples
  • Cover part or all of the ears
  • Keep hair close to the head at the jaw-line
  • Side parting
  • Irregular layers and wispy styles
  • Long bangs (fringe) swept to the side
  • Full and fluffy bangs (fringe)

Avoid:

  • Adding width at the jaw-line
  • Center parting
  • Hair close to the temples
  • Very short on top

Eyewear

Your best styles have the following characteristics:

  • Frames that have design detail and color at the top of the frame
  • Frames that are heavy at the top
  • Frames with cat-eye or oval shapes
  • Frames slightly wider than your temples

Hats

  • Any style that adds width at the forehead
  • Asymmetric brims and crowns with some height are good to draw attention upwards

Makeup

  • Apply a darker shade of foundation on the chin and jaw areas
  • Apply a lighter shade of foundation at the sides of your forehead
  • Apply blush from the apple (ball) of your cheekbones in a V shape towards your temples

Earrings

  • Wear earrings that are longer than they are wide
  • Avoid triangular shapes

Knowing your face shape is the first step to creating your most beautiful look. -Kevyn Aucoin Read More to find out what's your face shape and what styles look best on you.

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