3 Steps to Determine Your Face Shape and Everything You Need to Know About It (Men)

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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, facial hair, glasses, 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.

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 need to add volume to the top without adding roundness to your face.  Short sides and longer top.  Skip the fringe.

Facial Hair That Suits Your Oval Face Shape

You can opt for thick stubble or a short beard, but clean-shaven is the best look for you.

Tips When Choosing Accessories:

Hats:  You have your pick of hats.

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

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

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.

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Tips if You Have A Heart Shaped Face

The Best Hair Cut for Your Heart Face Shape

You need length and volume on top and on the side to narrow the temples.  Do not opt for a close shave.

Facial Hair That Suits Your Heart Face Shape

If you want to add strength to your jaw grow a beard, and your face shape is flexible with any.

Tips When Choosing Accessories:

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

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

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

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 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

Brushed up looks that add length and height with undercut and short sides.

Facial Hair That Suits Your Round Face Shape

The idea is to enhance the angles of your jawline with either thick stubble or a long and full beard.

Tips When Choosing Accessories:

Hats:  Select angled like hats the fedora or cloche.

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

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

Neckline: 

  • 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.

Tips if You Have a Diamond Face Shape

The Best Hair Cut for Your Diamond Face Shape

Length and layers for thick a rugged style.  Avoid clean lines and sleek cuts rather select a tapered shaved side. You have the choice of growing your hair out.

Facial Hair That Suits Your Diamond Face Shape

Depending on your overall look select a goatee, a full rugged beard, or thick stubble.

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.

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

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.

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 lower neckline.
  • If you want to shorten your face use a high neckline

Tips if You Have an Inverted Triangle Face Shape

The Best Hair Cut for Your Inverted Triangle Face Shape

You need long top and tapering that thickens at the temples to add volume.  Build width with low fades.  Messy looks work well, and you can add bangs drawn to the side.

Facial Hair That Suits Your Inverted Triangle Face Shape

Clean shave or thin well-groomed beards or stubble.

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.

Scarfs:  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.

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

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 lower neckline.
  • If you want to shorten your face use a high neckline

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Tips if You Have a Triangle Face Shape

The Best Hair Cut for Your Triangular Shape Face

Keep hair very short to add emphasis on the shape.  Or with a longer top and a higher shave.  Use clean neat lines.

Facial Hair That Suits Your Triangular Shape Face

Clean-shaven, heavy stubble, or a very short beard.

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.

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

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 Square Face Shape

The Best Hair Cut for Your Square Face Shape

Keep hair very short to add emphasis to the shape. Or with a longer top and a higher shave. Use clean neat lines.

Facial Hair That Suits Your Square Face Shape

Clean-shaven, heavy stubble, or very short beard.

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 to add length.

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

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 facial hair.

Also read – 41 Weight Loss Tips: How to Lose 10 Pounds Fast

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 attracted 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 Best Men’s Haircuts For Your Face Shape.  Your personality and personal style choice play an important role too.

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