How to Dress: What’s your Face Shape?

25th April 2012


Facial features and bone structure have a huge impact on the choices we make when it comes to how we choose our clothing and accessories and most importantly our hairstyles. The perfect face shape is the oval and for those of us who do not have this we strive to create it through an illusion with flattering haircuts that work by lengthening or shortening the face until the illusion appears.

We all want to know what our face shape is but it is a difficult thing to define as some of us do not fit clearly into a specific shape category. In order to discover your face shape you should push your hair back from your face and while sitting in front of a mirror get someone to draw an outline of your face on the mirror with a washable marker. You should then be able to see which face shape you are most like.
The most common face shapes are:

Round Face Shapes

The round face is usually two thirds as wide as it is long and the cheeks are the widest point. A round face usually has soft facial features, such as a round chin. The round shaped face is the rarest face shape.

Tips for Round Face Shapes
Avoid curly styles or fullness at the sides
Avoid heavy bangs or blunt cuts near the face as these will shorten you face
Any style that lengthens you will look good, such as layers that frame the face
Height on the top near roots will also add length
Avoid short cuts or chin length cuts that will draw attention to your cheeks and the roundness of your face.

Square Face Shape

Like the round face the square face is two thirds or more of the length but the jaw, forehead and cheeks are almost equal width. A square face usually has a square shaped neckline and jawline and you must choose a haircut that will soften these features.

Tips for Square Face Shapes

Avoid any style that ends at the jawline as this will only emphasize this area.
Avoid styles that add bulk to the sides as this will make your face appear wider.
If you choose a short style, add layers or height that will help to elongate your face
Avoid any blunt cuts or heavy bangs which will shorten your face
Choose cuts that will lengthen you face and that will soften angles, such as layers or waves/curls

Oblong Face Shape

The Oblong face is longer than it is wide The cheeks, forehead and jaw are about equal in width. You should choose a hairstyle that will shorten your face and make it appear fuller.

Tips for Oblong Face Shapes

Avoid any styles that add height to the hair
Long hair will just lengthen your face more so they should be avoided.
Styles that have volume or add width at the sides are best
Bangs will shorten the face as will chin length and shoulder length styles as they will shorten and widen the face.
Middle parts add length so should be avoided

Diamond Face shape

Diamond faces are widest at the cheeks. Dimensions are similar to the round face but taper straight rather than rounded from cheek to jaw and cheek to chin. Choose a hairstyle that will balance a narrow chin and minimize wider cheek bones.

Tips for Diamond Face Shapes

Choose hairstyles that add width at the chin area such as a chin length bob.
Styles that allow you to tuck the hair behind the hear can accentuate your cheekbones in a good way.
A short pixie cut with bangs looks terrific on you because it emphasizes your cheekbones in a good way.
Bangs to one side will help camouflage the narrowness of your forehead as well as highlighting your great cheekbones
Try and avoid very short hairstyles with height on top, particularly ones without bangs.
Middle parts add length so should be avoided
Steer away from hairstyles that add fullness at your cheeks will make your mid face wider and will look out of balance.

Inverted Traingle Face Shape/ Heart face shape

The width and length of this shape is similar to a triangle but with the widest part of the face being the forehead and the narrowest being the chin. This face shape is the most common. You want a haircut that makes your forehead appear less wide and your chin to appear fuller and wider.

Tips for Heart Face Shapes

Avoid any styles that will add fullness at the forehead, such as blunt bangs or styles with too much height as these make you look top heavy.
Side partings or wispy bangs can work as they break up the forehead instead of widening it.
Styles that add fullness at the sides work well by making your forehead appear narrower and your chin fuller.
Avoid any cuts shorter than chin length as they will make your face look out of balance.

Triangle Face Shape

The width of a triangle face is two thirds or more of the length. The forehead is usually narrow and the chin and jawline the widest. You should choose hairstyles that add width at the forehead but make your chin appear more narrow.

Tips for Triangle Face Shapes

Choose cuts that draw attention to the forehead or create volume here. Layered styles can balance and soften your prominent jaw line.
Styles with layers that taper at the jaw line can also be flattering.
Shorter hairstyles are generally better than longer. Longer styles will attract attention to the chin area.
Avoid any chin length cuts as they will widen this area and draw all attention there.

Oval Face Shape

An oval face shape is said to be the ideal face shape because it is perfectly proportioned and therefore aesthetically pleasing. The width of an oval face is around two thirds of the length. If you have an oval shaped face you are lucky to not only have the most pleasing shape but you can wear any hairstyle.

Oval Face Shape Tips
Find your best facial feature and highlight it with your hair cut. For example, with layers.           If your hair is curly, try to keep it at least at shoulder length.                                                      Short layers will add height to the top of your head, which could make your face appear longer than it actually is.                                                                                                               If you want short layers, make sure your hair is full at the sides.                                         Pixie haircuts, bobs, wavy, straight, and long hairstyles should all look great on oval face shapes

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