How to Determine Your Face Shape
... Guide to Styling Your Face Shape
Determining your face shape is very important as it helps you select the best accessory, hair and clothing styles. Your facial shape determines a set of guidelines that will help you feel confident and look your best!
Knowing Your Face Shape Guides You to Your Best:
Your facial shape is a super-essential aspect of looking your best because it helps you know what to look for when going shopping. You'll know what pieces accentuate your best features and how to downplay the parts you're self-conscious about.
So on this page I'll present to you an overview of the most common face shapes, how to determine your face shape along with your best styling tricks with accessories!
Please take me straight to the styling tips!
How the Wrong Styling Affects Your FaceBecause your face is the first thing we notice about a person, the wrong styling for your face shape can easily make people think: "What's up with her face?"
Ever had people say you looked different but they couldn't quite pinpoint change? Maybe you changed your hairstyle, dyed it or tried on a new makeup color? Yes, that's the exactly how "subtle" changes like that can create a new impression of you!
If you want to create a fabulous first impression, it really pays to make sure that you're wearing the right hairstyle and accessories that look good with your face shape.
"It is only at the first encounter that a face makes its full impression on us."
Think about it...
An oval face shape is considered ideal because it has the right proportions that make it easier to style.
Maybe your face turned wider, narrower, shorter, longer, etc.?
Or maybe a facial feature such as a pointy chin or a square jawline got more noticeable?
You may have put on something that didn't complement your face shape and its features – and it more than likely accentuated parts you didn't like which highlighted the bits you're not so confident about.
Because just like the shape of your body - what you wear with your face shape can visually alter the silhouette of it or the shape and size of your facial features.
So by understanding the shape and proportions of your face you'll be able to bring out the features you love and downplay the rest.
Ok, enough chit chat, let's get to the bones on how to determine your face shape and explore what accessories and hairstyles you should look for.
Take me straight to the tips for each face shape.
How to Determine Your Face Shape
When determining your facial shape we will need to take an objective look of your front profile.
How to do it:
Face your face in front of the mirror. Avoid tilting your head as side profiles can alter your perception of your own face shape (eg. analyzing your face from the side won't always the show the true shape of your jawline and cheekbones).
Keep a relaxed face – avoid smiling as this can make your lower face pointier and longer.
With the answers to these questions you'll be able to determine the shape of your face (see face shape overview further down this page). A friend or relative can also be the judge.
You may also want to do a tape measurement and write down the numbers - this can help you decide on your face shape by using the length and width in numbers. Have someone to help you with this.
Look at the Bigger PictureIt's not possible to categorize our earth's population in 7 little boxes.
But as explained in the -page, don't get hung up on trying to squeeze yourself in one single category. These are just the general shapes and there are variations of each face shape, but we're focusing more on looking at your face as a whole and improve its proportions.
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So which one does your face resemble the most?
Common Face Shapes
Oval Face Shape
The length of your face equals one and a half times the width. Considered ideal – because it's neither too wide or long. Read more »
Round Face Shape
Your face shape is almost as wide as it is long. Similar to an oval but shorter, often with a rounded jawline. You probably look younger than your age. Read more »
Oblong Face Shape
Looks like an oval but has more length and less width. You might appear gaunt. However an oblong face can apply to all other face shapes (except for ROUND). Read more »
Square Face Shape
Your hairline is of approximately the same with as the jawline. Your face shape appears strong and angular. Read more »
Triangular Face Shape
Your jawline is fuller/wide with a narrow forehead. You may have the same issue as Rounds (young look). Read more »
Heart Face Shape
You’re widest at the cheekbones with a narrow forehead and jawline of approximately equal widths. May appear toppled. Read more »
Diamond Face Shape
You’re wider at the temples and forehead and narrower at the chin. Killer cheek bones usually come with this face shape. Read more »
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