How to Determine Your Face Shape

While a great hairstyle can lift years off your look and make you feel completely reinvigorated, few realize that it’s your face shape that is truly at play. As the foundation for any haircut, the shape of your face determines how your hair will emphasize your eyes, lips and cheekbones.

Here are some quick and easy tips to finding out exactly what is the closest match to your face shape. Remember, these are guidelines- not one shape is going to be a fit for everyone. Your face might even be a mixture between two. But overall, you should be able to have a pretty clear picture as to what is the best for yourself.

These tips will help you pick the most flattering makeup colors and hairstyles your face, and help you to style your locks with much more confidence afterwards!


If you have a square face, the sides of your face are straight and your jawline is slightly angled with a very minimal curve. Your face is nearly as wide as it is long.



If someone drew lines connecting the center of your hairline to your cheekbones and down to your chin, it would create a diamond shape—hence, the name. Diamond-faced women have pointed chins and high cheekbones. The main difference between a diamond-shaped face and a heart-shaped face is the hairline—if you have a diamond-shaped face, your hairline will be narrower.


Oblong faces are sometimes called “rectangular” and they’re similar to a square-shaped face, but longer than they are wide. Your forehead, cheeks, and jawline are approximately the same width and your chin has a very slight curve.


If your chin is pointed and your forehead is the widest part of your face, you have a heart-shaped face. Some people may have a widow’s peak at their hairline, but you can still have a heart-shaped face without one—picture an upside-down triangle instead.


A round face is just a square-shaped face with softer angles—the sides of your face curve slightly outwards instead of being straight. Your chin is rounded and your cheekbones are the widest part of your face.


Ladies with oval faces will have forehead that is only a tiny bit wider than their curved chin—picture an egg placed upside down. Your face is similar to an oblong face, but with a softer chin and more curve to the sides of your face.

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