It’s hard to be objective about your own face shape and hairstyles, but we have a sure-fire way to be certain you are not letting bias influence your analysis. We’ll help you learn how to measure your face shape for accuracy, and even more importantly, how to choose the right hair styles that flatter your face.
Your face shape is the first and most important detail stylists take into account when weighing-in on which hair styles will enhance your look. Your hair type is a quick second and your facial features (i. e. wide set eyes, big or small nose) a third. Your hair type is easy enough to assess with the possibilities being straight, wavy, curly or kinky, with a texture of fine, medium or thick. But determining a face shape is not so cut and dry.
In general, faces are not perfect ovals, hearts, squares, etc., and underlying bone structure plays a role in how the face appears three dimensionally. However, normally one (or two) of these geometric shapes is dominant in any given face shape.
There are countless suggestions on how to decipher which geometric shape your face most closely resembles. These include everything from outlining your face on a mirror with lipstick, to draping your face with a towel and asking others to help identify what face shape best fits you. But, there is actually a scientific way to decode your face shape with surprisingly great accuracy.
Measure your face using a tape measure or ruler.
Your face shape is Oval if-
The length of your face is equal to approximately one and a half times the width of your face.
Your face shape is Round if-
Your face is roughly as long as it is wide and your jaw line is more rounded than square.
Your face shape is Oblong if-
Your face is nearly twice as long as it is wide and your jaw line softly tapers.
Your face shape is Rectangular if-
Your face is nearly twice as long as it is wide and your jaw line is square.
Your face shape is Heart if-
Your face is widest at the cheekbones and/or forehead and narrows at the jaw line.
Your face shape is Square if-
Your face is about as wide as it is long and your jaw line is more squared than rounded.
Your face shape is Triangular if-
Your face is widest at the jaw line and narrows at the temples.
Your face shape is a Diamond if-
Your face is widest at the cheekbones and narrows about evenly at the forehead and jaw line.
An oval face shape is only slightly narrower at the jaw line than at the temples, with a gently rounded hairline.
Your face shape is well-balanced and evenly proportioned so you have a large variety of hair styles that agree with you. Choose from short pixie cuts, to mid-length bobs, to shoulder skimming cuts and long layered styles with or without bangs. Have fun and experiment! Your hair type, lifestyle issues and which facial features you want to play up (or down), will also be determining factors of which hair styles suit you best.
Oblong and rectangular shaped faces are roughly about twice as long as wide and they are about the same width at the forehead as they are at the jawbone. These face shapes differ mostly in the chin line. Oblong faces have a slightly narrow, tapered jaw line, whereas a rectangular face has a more squared jaw line. The hairline on either of these face shapes may be squared or rounded.
You can wear more than a few styles! Your most flattering hair styles are generally short to medium layered cuts. Lengths from just under the ears to the chin line are ideal for creating fullness at the sides of long faces and shortening the appearance of length, especially when paired with bangs. Shoulder length hair or above with added layers will allow for maximum movement and fullness.
A round shaped face is approximately as tall as it is wide with the widest point being at the cheeks and ears. The cheeks have a soft fullness and the jaw line is rounded.
The round face shape is probably the most misunderstood face shapes of all. This is an angelic face shape; like cherubs! But, most women with a round shaped face believe it to be more of a curse than a blessing. Nothing could be farther from the truth.
A square shaped face is approximately as tall as it is wide with a strong, square jaw line and sometimes an equally square hairline. The sides of the face appear straight from temple to jaw bone.
When it comes to designing hair styles for square face shapes, a good objective is to keep the face from appearing shorter or wider than it is naturally. This can be done by where volume and length are emphasized in the haircut. Also, curls or waves create an overall softer look by breaking up the appearance of straight lines or squareness, and create a nice balance to the straight features of your face. If your hair just won’t bend, consider a body wave or perm to do the trick.
The heart-shaped face is wide at the temples and hairline, narrowing to a small delicate chin.
If you have a heart face shape you have great cheekbones to emphasize! Consider chin-length hair or longer. Styles that have fullness from the chin line and below work to give fullness to this part of the face.
The triangular-shaped face is the reverse of the heart-shape with a fuller, more dominant jaw line, and narrowing at the cheek bones and temples.
Wear lots of layers through the upper part of your face to create fullness there. Wearing hair styles which are full at the temples and taper at the jaw line create a balance that can be striking in accenting features otherwise understated.
The diamond-shaped face is a cross between a heart and an oval face shape. This shape is widest at the cheekbones or temples, and narrows similarly at the forehead and jaw line.
A diamond face shape is balanced as an oval face is, but with more dramatic lines from cheekbones to chin. Almost everything works with your face shape so have fun and experiment with a variety of hair styles! However, if you have a dramatic diamond shape with high prominent cheekbones narrowing to a small chin, consider leaving some hair in the nape or chin area to create more fullness and balance between your cheekbones and more delicate chin line.
Matching face shapes and hair styles just right is one of the most important beauty secrets. Hopefully these tips will help you get it right once and for all.
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