So many people want to know what their face shape is. Unfortunately, face shapes are not easy to define as most people’s faces don’t fit exactly into any specific shape.
The easiest way of figuring out your face shape is to pull all your hair off your face, and sitting in front of a mirror, get someone else to draw an outline of your face with a whiteboard marker. You can then see a fairly good representation of your face shape.
The idea with finding flattering haircuts is to make your face appear Oval – so lengthen a shorter face, broaden or shorten a longer narrow face, balance an unbalanced face. In short, put the volume where you are narrowest. Shorten a longer face with a fringe/bangs. Lengthen a shorter face with height at the crown, length and no or a side swept fringe.
The ‘standard’ face shapes are:
Oval – length is 1.5 x width, and curves gently at forehead and chin. Think Kate Moss, Charlize Theron
For ideas on hairstyles for Oval faces
Round – length is less than 1.5 x width (more 1:1) and curves at forehead and chin. Think Kirsten Dunst, Christina Ricci
Ideas for hairstyles for your round face
Square – length is less than 1.5 x width and has a square jaw and hairline. Think Paris Hilton, Sandra Bullock, Demi Moore, Calista Flockhart
Ideas for hairstyles for your square face.
Rectangle – length is more than 1.5 x width, with square jaw and hairline. Think Andie McDowell, Robin Wright Penn, Kate Hudson
Ideas for hairstyles for your rectangle face
Oblong – length is more than 1.5 x width, curved hairline and chin. Think Sarah Jessica Parker, Chloe Sevigny,
Ideas for hairstyles for your oblong face
Diamond – length is around 1.5 x width, hairline is pointed as is chin (softer version of this is Hexagon). Widest part of the face is cheekbones. Think Salma Blair, Liz Hurley
Ideas for hairstyles for your diamond face
Triangle/Teardrop – length and width more similar, but widest part of the face is the jawbone with a tapered hairline. Think Jennifer Anniston
Ideas for hairstyles for your Triangle face
Heart/Inverted Triangle – broadest part of the face is the forehead with a narrow, pointed chin. Think Scarlett Johansen, Reece Witherspoon, Jennifer Love-Hewitt, Kylie Minogue
Ideas for hairstyles for your heart face
You may find that you fit two categories – square forehead, round chin – then you’re a half/half face shape.