3 Steps to Determine Your Face Shape and Everything You Need to Know About for (Women)

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Fast Way to Determine Your Face Shape – You Can Measure It with a Flexible Measuring Tape

Put your features, (jawbone, cheekbone, and forehead) in order of widest to narrowest.

Determine which of the following is true:  your face is as long as it is wide or if your face is longer than it is wide.

Select which of the following is true to you:

  • My face is as long as it is wide with a round tapering: round face shape
  • My face is as long as it is wide with an angled jaw: square face shape
  • Forehead, cheekbone, chin:  Inverted Triangle shaped face
  • Forehead, Cheekbone, chin.  Sharp tapering to the chin.  The tapering to the forehead is rounder: Heart-shaped face
  • Cheekbone, forehead, and chin are about the same with a rounded tapering: Oval-shaped face
  • Cheekbone, forehead, chin with a sharp tapering: Diamond-shaped face
  • Jawbone, cheekbones, forehead:  Triangle shaped face

If you want to find out what suits your face.  Including the hairstyle, makeup tips, makeup contouring, glasses, earrings, neckline, scarfs, and hats keep reading.

Defining the Shape of Your Face Three-Step Process

It is easy to determine the shape of your face; you only have to look at the three key areas of your face:

  • Your jaw
  • Your cheekbones
  • Your forehead

The way your face joins these three points creates the shape of your face.  Oval, heart, round, square, diamond.  Your face can change shape if you lose or gain weight.

Step 1: Pull Your Hair Away from Your face

Your hair hides the shape of your face, pulling it back will make the shape of your face visible.  You can do this by either tying, pinning, or gelling your hair from your face.

Step 2:  Look at the Length of Your Face

From the top of your forehead (hairline) to the end of your jaw down the center of your face. Is your face longer than it is wide or about the same?

  • If your face is about the same you have either a round face or a square face
  • If your face is longer, you could have an oval, heart, diamond, triangle or an inverted triangle

Step 3:  Look at the Width of Your Face and Ask Yourself Three Questions

  • What is your most prominent feature of your face?
  • What is your second most prominent feature of your face?
  • How does your third feature fit in with the other two?

The answers will determine your face shape.  The most prominent feature is the one that is the widest part of your face.

If Your Cheekbones Are the Prominent Feature of Your Face

An Oval Shaped Face

Your prominent feature is your cheekbones.  They are wider than either your jawline or forehead.  Your forehead and jawline are more or less balanced.  The tapering to your other features are round and gradual.

A Round Shaped Face

Your cheekbones are your most prominent feature.  With your jawbone and forehead in balance but tapered.  The length of your face is about the same as your width.

A Diamond Shaped Face

Your cheekbones are your prominent feature.  Your jawline and forehead are in balance, and the tapering between them is sharp.

If Your Forehead Is Your Most Prominent Feature

A Heart Shaped Face

This face shape can be confusing, you may have one of two options.

If your forehead is your most prominent feature.  Your cheekbones are your second most prominent feature.  The tapering between the two is rounded and gradual.  Your chin is small, and your face tapers sharply from your cheekbones to your chin.

OR

Your forehead and cheekbones are more or less in balance.  The tapering between the two is rounded and gradual.  Your chin is small and your face tapers sharply from your cheekbones to your chin.

An Inverted Triangle Shaped Face

If your forehead is your most prominent feature.  Your cheekbones are your second most prominent feature.  Your face tapers sharply into a small chin.

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If Your Jawline Is Your Most Prominent Feature

A Triangular Shaped Face

If your jawline is your most prominent feature. Your cheekbones are your second most prominent feature.  Your face tapers to your forehead.

You Cannot Determine if Your Jawbone or Forehead Is Your Most Prominent Feature?

A Square Shaped Face

Your features are in balance, and you have an angle jawbone. Your face is about as long as it is wide.

Here Are Three Other Methods if You Haven’t Been Able to Determine Your Face Shape

If you are having trouble determining the shape of your face, there is an app available. Find Your Face Shape on the App Store, although results tend to vary.

You can measure your face with a pliable tape measure and write down the results.

You can trace the outline of your face in a mirror the shape closest is the shape of your face.

Now that you know what type of shape face you have it is time to find out what suits you.

Tips if You Have an Oval Face Shape

This is the most versatile of all face shapes.

The Best Hair Cut for Your Oval Face Shape

You can have your hair at any length as long as you avoid adding height or length to your face.  Curly and short layers will create volume and make your face appear longer.  To prevent your hair from pulling down your face try a deep side part.  Light waves for movement and lift especially if you have thick hair.  A messy lob either cut at your shoulders or just under it.  If you need to shorten your face, opt for a curved bang to frame your eyes.  If you want to round your face more try a classic blowout.

Tips When Choosing Accessories:

Hats:  You have your pick of hats.

Scarfs: If you want to shorten the length of your face, try twisting or knotting the scarf.  Try the Lily, necklace, or double knots.

Earrings:  Decide what you want to accentuate.  Long or teardrop will add length and balance, studs and rounded will add width.

Glasses:  You have your pick.  Avoid small or thin glasses this will create length.

Makeup:  You may want to go one of two ways:

To create a rounded appearance, add blush to the apples of your cheek and just below your chin.  A natural shaped brow.

To sharpen your features, apply bronzer to the sides of your nose.  Add highlighter along the center as this will make it look longer.  Suck in your cheeks and add blush or highlighter under it, sharpening your face

Necklines:

  • To diminish the shape, use a V-Neck and angular shapes.
  • To enhance the shape, use a scoop neck and round shapes.
  • If you want to decrease the length of your face, choose a wider and lower neckline.
  • If you want to shorten your face use a high neckline.

Also read – For Makeup Beginners These Key Points on Your Face to Create Well Balanced Makeup Every Time

Tips if You Have A Heart Shaped Face

The Best Hair Cut for Your Heart Face Shape

To hide your forehead and draw attention to your eyes try long sweeping bangs.  This can be paired with a variety of lengths and textures.  These are some hairstyles you can try Pixie cut, lobs, and bobs.  Add volume and bounce to your hair with layers and waves.

Tips When Choosing Accessories:

Hats:  Reduce attention to your forehead by using baseball caps, newsboy or the fedora.  Stay away from floppy brim hats.

Scarfs:  Add layers keeping the knots and twists horizontal and not V or triangular.

Earrings:  You have your pick of earrings.

Glasses:  Draw attention to your cheeks by using the wrap, heavy bottom, and round glasses.

Makeup:

For contouring, add highlighter to the bridge of your nose and tops of your cheeks and jawline.  Contouring the sides of your forehead.  You can if you want to add a touch of contour below your chin.

For makeup enhance your lips and a splash of color to your cheeks.

Necklines:

  • To enhance the shape, use a V-Neck and angular shapes.
  • To diminish the shape, use a scoop neck and round shapes.
  • If you want to decrease the length of your face, choose a wider and a lower neckline.
  • If you want to shorten your face use a high neckline

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Tips if You Have a Round Face Shape

The Best Hair Cut for Your Round Face Shape

Longer bobs with loads of volume to give length.  Either keep it straight or wavy.

Tips When Choosing Accessories:

Hats:  Select angled like hats the fedora or cloche.

Scarf:  Longer V-shaped knots like the tie knot to add length.

Earrings:  Long drop and tapered or chandelier earrings.  Stay away from round or disc shapes.

Glasses:  Angular shapes like rectangular, square, or cat-eyes.  Stay away from all shapes round or oval.

Makeup:  

Accentuate your cheekbones to create a sharp angle, suck in your cheeks, draw a c around the edges.  Add highlighter on your cheekbones down the length of your nose and chin and forehead.

Blend blush from the temple under the cheek stopping before the apple

Necklines: 

  • To diminish the shape, use a V-Neck and angular shapes.
  • To enhance the shape, use a scoop neck and round shapes.
  • If you want to decrease the length of your face, choose a wider and a lower neckline.
  • If you want to shorten your face use a high neckline.

Tips if You Have a Diamond Face Shape

The Best Hair Cut for Your Diamond Face Shape

Sleek straight with side bangs for short hair.  Layers to add movement for mid-length or jaw-length hair. Waves and curls will add bounce and femininity.

Tips When Choosing Accessories:

Hats:  The shape is not as important as to where you place the hat on your head.  You need to prevent shortening your face by wearing the hat you select back and not pulled over your face.  Try a pull-on or a pork pie.

Scarf:  Avoid looking severe by adding layers.  Use horizontal knots and twists.  Avoid triangles and V-shaped ties.

Earrings:  Chin length and studs.

Glasses:  You need to add softness by using heavier brow line glasses, round or rimless.  You may select color if you want to draw attention to your forehead.

Makeup:

For contouring: highlight a V-shape under your eyes.  The center of your forehead, and chin.  Down the bridge of your nose.  Contour under the cheekbones from ear blending to cheek.

Draw attention to the lips and minimize the eyes.  Add a touch of blush under the cheekbones fading the color to the cheeks.

Necklines:

  • To enhance the shape, use a V-Neck and angular shapes.
  • To diminish the shape, use a scoop neck and round shapes.
  • If you want to decrease the length of your face, choose a wider and a lower neckline.
  • If you want to shorten your face use a high neckline

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Tips if You Have an Inverted Triangle Face Shape

The Best Hair Cut for Your Inverted Triangle Face Shape

You need bangs.  If you want to sharpen your face, try a heavy straight cut.  If you want to create a rounder forehead use a rounder, semi-circular fringe. Keep it at the length of your eyes.

Tips When Choosing Accessories:

Hats:  Add width and depth with wide, flat low wearing hats.  Avoid anything adding height or narrowness.  The flat cap works well.

Scarf:  Avoid looking severe by adding layers.  Use horizontal knots and twists to add width.  Avoid triangles and V-shaped ties that will make your face appear sharper.

Earrings:  The best earrings for you are chin-length and studs.

Glasses:  Draw attention to your cheeks by using the wrap, Heavy bottom, and round glasses.

Makeup

Draw attention to your cheeks.  Contour your jawbone, under your cheekbone, and highlight your temples.

Draw attention to your cheekbones by adding blush under them

Necklines:

  • To diminish the shape use a V-Neck or a scoop and angular shapes.
  • To enhance the square shape use a square neck.
  • If you want to decrease the length of your face choose a wider and lower neckline.
  • If you want to shorten your face use a high neckline

Tips if You Have a Triangle Face Shape

The Best Hair Cut for Your Triangular Shape Face

Add volume to the hairline and flatness to the jaw.  Bobs are very good including extra short bobs.  Swept bangs and shorter layers.  Thinner sleeker styles are better, but curls or waves will add softness around the jaw.

Tips When Choosing Accessories:

Hats:  Soften the angles with floppy or wide-brim hats.

Scarfs:  Avoid anything horizontal that will add width.  Use longer V-shaped knots.

Earrings:  Longer with rounded bottoms or studs.

Glasses:  Draw attention to your cheeks by using the wrap, heavy bottom, and round glasses.

Makeup:  Highlight your temples and cheeks and chin.  Contour the sides of your jawbone and under your chin.

Bring attention to your cheekbones by running blush under them.

Necklines:

  • To enhance the shape, use a V-Neck and angular shapes.
  • To diminish the shape, use a scoop neck and round shapes.
  • If you want to decrease the length of your face, choose a wider and a lower neckline.
  • If you want to shorten your face use a high neckline

Also read – 5 Gorgeous Eye Makeup Tips (Step by Step)

Tips if You Have a Square Face Shape

The Best Hair Cut for Your Square Face Shape

Angled bobs with longer fronts and a side part in a variety of lengths. Super straight is the best texture for this face.

Tips When Choosing Accessories:

Hats:  Soften the angles with floppy or wide-brim hats.

Scarf:  Avoid anything horizontal that will add width.  Use longer V-shaped knots to add length.

Earrings:  You need to either go long or short.  If you want long earrings opt for hooped, dropped, or rounded earrings.  For short earrings, choose studs of any kind.

Glasses:  Thin and circular shapes.  Do not select square or oversized.

Makeup:

Draw attention to the center of your face.  Highlighting the forehead chin and bridge of your nose, and under your eyes.  Contour around the edges and blend well.

Use a natural color under your cheekbones, and a softer shade in the apples of your cheeks blend well.  Pair this with a dramatic lip and subdued eyes.

Necklines:

  • To diminish the shape use a V-Neck or a scoop and angular shapes.
  • To enhance the square shape use a square neck.
  • If you want to decrease the length of your face choose a wider and lower neckline.
  • If you want to shorten your face use a high neckline

Frequently Asked Questions

Can Your Face Shape Change?

Your face can change in your adult years depending on your weight gain or weight loss.  If you don’t like the shape of your face you can change the way your face shape appears by hairstyles, accessories and makeup contouring.

How Do You Measure Your Face to Determine Your Face Shape?

To measure the length measure from your forehead to your chin but next to your nose.  Many people like to see if their face is in balance.  Your face is divided into three parts lengthways.  Measure from your forehead to your eyebrows.  Measure from your eyebrows to the end of your nose.  Measure from the end of your nose to the end of your chin.  These three areas should be more or less in balance.

To measure the width of your face.  Measure the length of your forehead between your hairline.  To measure your cheekbones measure across your cheekbones from hairline to hairline.  To measure your jaw measure from edge to edge or from edge to chin and double it.

Which Face Shape Is the Most Attractive?

It is believed that the oval face is the most attractive on women and a square face on men.  Research into what makes a person more or less attractive has interesting results.  No matter what face shape you have someone will find you attractive.

The faces we find familiar are the ones the average person will select as being more attractive.  Studies show the observer is more likely to select a face with features similar to their own.  This is meant to be a throwback to our ancient routes.  Looking similar meant you were from the same group and more likely to be safe or at least not wanting to harm.  Many people will select a face that they see more often as being more attractive.

Most people prefer an almost asymmetrical face as it shows health.  Yet in other studies the reverse is true.  Exotic people, those looking different to us and may have an unusual feature can make a person more attractive.  This is supposedly to enhance our gene pool.

What does this mean for all of us?  No matter what your face shape is, scientifically speaking you are attractive to someone.

Final Tips and Tricks

Any face shape can be attractive.  You can change your face shape by selecting the correct hairstyles and accessories.

These are only guidelines, and you may want to enhance and not diminish the features of your face.  Be creative and more importantly be yourself.

Healthy skin and hair (try the Moroccan hair treatment); a well-groomed neat appearance; and a fit healthy body are more important than what shape your face is.  Keep your nails clean and shaped try the Trim Manicure and Pedicures Kit.  For more information on hairstyles read Which Bob Haircut Is Right for You by Cortne Bonilla.  Your personality and personal style choice play an important role too.

Also read – How to Do Makeup: A Step by Step Guide for Applying Makeup Like a Pro

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