All About Face Shapes

Knowing face shapes is essential to finding your most flattering hairstyle for that fabulous look.

face shapes

We are hard-wired, for survival, to recognize faces from the moment we can see. When we’re older, even if we don’t remember a name we may recognize the face of someone we’ve met before.

Since others spend so much time looking at our face it makes sense to present it in the best light possible!

When you know your face shape you can choose your most flattering hairstyles, hats, eyeglasses, sunglasses and earrings.

 Determining Your Face Shape

There are a few approaches to this. 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!)

Ok, now you’re ready to find the shape of your face by answering the questions below…

Howtodeterminefaceshape

You may also try the Hairstyler Face Quiz for a quick assessment or the watch video below

You may discover it’s not as easy as you’d think to categorize the shape of your face. Each of us has a unique face length-width ratio, jaw, jaw-line and front-on outline. So it’s not always a cut-and-dry decision as to which face shape category to choose.

For example, if your face length is definitely longer than wide and you have a broad, square jaw-line then, using the questionnaire above, you will come out as a rectangle. However, if, when looking at your front-on outline (the sides of your face), your jaw is the widest part of your face the triangle category may be a better choice for you. It will depend how definitely your face is longer than wide, do you see your face length first? Or is your jaw more obvious than your face length? Another approach is to combine the recommendations for both shapes.

If, after doing the questionnaire above and looking at the pictures below you’re still having trouble determining your face shape ask me to tell you your face shape here.

Descriptions and Pictures of the Face Shapes

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Use the descriptions below to verify your selected face shape or adjust your choice if needed.

Select the link on your face type to see recommendations for your most flattering hairstyles, eyeglasses, hats, makeup and earrings

Triangular Face Shapes – Characteristics

triangular face shapeYour face shape is triangular!

A triangular face shape requires haircuts, styles and makeup that will flatter and help minimize the bottom-heavy appearance of its shape.

If you have a triangular face shape then you’ll recognize the following characteristics:

  • Your face is longer than it is wider.
  • Your jawline is wider than your forehead.
  • Your chin is square and/or flat in shape.
  • Your jawline is broad and strong.
  • Your cheekbones are straight and taper from your jaw to your forehead.
  • Your forehead is narrow.
  • Your face is widest at your jawline.

All of these characteristics add up to unique face shape which can be flattered with the right hairstyle and makeup choices.

To find out exactly what will work for your triangular face shape when it comes to styling your hair and applying makeup, we recommend taking a look at the following links:

 

Oblong Face Shapse (includes rectangular)  – Characteristics

face shapes tx-059-EsotericaStudiosIncYour face shape is oblong!

An oblong face shape requires haircuts, styles and makeup that will help to flatter and minimize its long length and narrow features.

If you have an oblong face shape then you’ll recognize the following characteristics:

  • Your face is obviously longer than it is wider and has a narrow width.
  • Your forehead and jawline are a similar width in appearance.
  • Your chin is pointed.
  • Your cheek line and the sides of your face are straight.
  • Your forehead is tall and wide and may be round at your hairline.
  • Your face is widest at your forehead.

All of these characteristics add up to face shape that is one-of-a-kind and can be flattered with the right hairstyle choices.

To find out exactly what will work for your oblong face shape when it comes to styling your hair, we recommend taking a look at the following links:

And browsing our range of hairstyles for looks that will suit an oblong face shape.

Square Face Shapes – Characteristics

face shapes Folicle-Salon-Model-G_003Your face shape is square!

A square face shape requires haircuts, styles and makeup that will help to soften the strong angles that are the trademark of the shape.

If you have a square face shape then you’ll recognize the following characteristics:

  • Your face is very equal in regards to length and width.
  • Your forehead and jawline are a similar width in appearance.
  • Your chin is noticeably square and/or flat.
  • Your jawline is strong, broad and obviously square in appearance.
  • Your cheeks and the sides of your face are straight.
  • Your forehead is broad and most likely straight around your hairline.
  • Your face is widest at your cheekbones.

All of these characteristics add up to strong looking face shape that can be flattered with the right hairstyle and makeup choices.

To find out exactly what will work for your square face shape when it comes to styling your hair and applying makeup, we recommend taking a look at the following links:

And browsing our range of hairstyles for looks that will suit a square face shape.

Round Face Shapes – Characteristics

face shapes Casal_013Your face shape is round!

A round face requires haircuts, styles and makeup that will help to reduce the roundness and create a more flattering shape.

If you have a round face shape then you’ll recognize the following characteristics:

  • Your face is pretty much the same width and length, creating a circle like shape.
  • Your forehead and jawline are approximately the same width.
  • Your chin is rounded in shape with no hard lines or angles.
  • Your jawline is round and full in shape.
  • Your forehead is wide and round at your hairline.
  • Your face is widest at your cheekbones.

All of these characteristics add up to face shape which is very much symmetrical and usually features high cheekbones, that when combined with the roundness of your face, create a youthful look!

To find out exactly what will work for your round face shape when it comes to styling your hair, we recommend taking a look at the following links:

And browsing our range of hairstyles for looks that will suit a round face shape.

Oval Face Shapes – Characteristics

oval face shape“An oval face shape has long been regarded as the ideal face shape…”

Your face shape is oval!

An oval face shape has long been regarded as the ideal face shape, simply because its proportions and balance allow it to pull off practically any haircut, hairstyle and makeup look with ease.

If you have an oval face shape then you’ll recognize the following characteristics:

  • Your face is slightly longer than it is wide.
  • Your forehead and jawline are approximately the same width.
  • Your chin is rounded in shape with no hard lines.
  • Your jawline has a slight roundness to it.
  • Your forehead is slightly broader than your jaw.
  • Your face is widest at your cheekbones.

All of these characteristics add up to a balanced face shape which features no areas that are more dominate than another (your forehead is not noticeably larger than your jawline, for example). This allows you to wear a large range of looks when it comes to styling your hair and your makeup.

To find out exactly what will work for your oval face shape, we recommend taking a look at the following links:

And browsing our range of hairstyles for looks that will suit an oval face shape.

Diamond Face Shapes – Characteristics

face shapes E_098-Edies-StylingYour face shape is diamond!

A diamond face shape requires haircuts, styles and makeup that will bring out the best in the narrow and full features that combine to create its unique shape.

If you have a diamond face shape then you’ll recognize the following characteristics:

  • Your face is longer than it is wider.
  • Your forehead and jawline are a similar width in appearance.
  • Your chin is noticeably pointed.
  • Your jawline is long, narrow and tapers into a point.
  • Your cheeks are high and pointed.
  • Your forehead is narrow.
  • Your face is widest at your cheekbones.

All of these characteristics add up to stunning face shape that closely resembles the shape of the gem it is named after! A diamond face shape can be flattered and its great features highlighted with the right hairstyle and makeup choices.

To find out exactly what will work for your diamond face shape when it comes to styling your hair and applying makeup, we recommend taking a look at the following links:

And browsing our range of hairstyles for looks that will suit a diamond face shape.

Heart Face Shapes – Characteristics

face shapes K_041-Kathy-Adams-SalonYour face shape is heart!

A heart face shape requires haircuts, styles and makeup that will help to flatter and minimize the width through the forehead and bring balance to the narrow jawline and chin.

If you have a heart face shape then you’ll recognize the following characteristics:

  • Your face is longer than it is wide and has a wide width.
  • Your forehead and jawline are a similar width in appearance.
  • Your chin is noticeably pointed.
  • Your cheek line and the sides of your face taper into your jawline.
  • Your forehead is wide and round at your hairline.
  • Your face is widest at your forehead but your cheekbones are also wide and pronounced.

All of these characteristics add up to face shape that is small and sweet and can be flattered with the right hairstyle and makeup choices.

To find out exactly what will work for your heart face shape when it comes to styling your hair and applying makeup, we recommend taking a look at the following links:

And browsing our range of hairstyles for looks that will suit a heart face shape.

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