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What’s My Face Shape?

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What’s my face shape? Knowing the shape of your face can help you choose the hairstyles and makeup looks that will look the absolute best on you. A good stylist will take your face shape into consideration when deciding how to cut and style your hair. An excellent stylist will not let you choose a cut or style that will not flatter you. He or she will suggest alternatives that will make you happy and showcase your features in the most flattering way.

How do you know if a hairstyle will fit your face shape well? First, you have to know what’s my face shape. Then, if you understand the rules that make a flattering hairstyle, you can tell if a style will suit you. These rules have a common purpose: to give the face a well-proportioned appearance.

For starters, sit in front of a mirror and fold your hair back by holding it with a headband or a turban. Now, really look at your face as a whole. Ask yourself these questions:

– Considering the top of my forehead and my jaw as the perimeter of my face, what’s my face shape?

– How wide is my brow when I compare it to the line of my jaw?

– Does the line of my jaw seem wider than my forehead?

– When I look straight, does it seem like there is more space between my two eyes, or between the outer corner of my eyes and my temples?

– How prominent are my cheek-bones?

It is by asking yourself these questions, you can determine what’s my face shape. The most common facial types are:

Oval

What characterizes an oval face is that it is slightly wider at the cheekbones than at the forehead and the jaw line. The oval face appears fuller at the level of the cheek line and forms a slight cone at the chin. An oval face shape is the shape that can pull off the most looks, whether it be hairstyles or makeup looks.

Square

The square face has a broad forehead and a strong, broad jaw line. The face may appear more rectangular if narrow, or more traditionally square if it is wide. With a wide square face, a style that adds a little height to the top and length without volume on the sides is more flattering, and tends to give the best impression. You can also add bang to the forehead as well as a soft curve around the jaw to soften the “corners” of the square. With a narrow square face (or rectangle), consider adding curved strands that can “soften the look” on the sides.

Triangle

The triangular face has a narrower forehead and a broad or prominent jaw line. This type of face lends itself to shorter and bulkier hairstyles. Short cuts with many waves and gradients will add balance to this face shape.

Inverted Triangle

This shape is characterized by a broad forehead and a narrow chin and jaw line. In general, a squared cut including bangs and tapered strands hanging just above or below the chin will bring balance to the face.

Round

As the name suggests, this shape does not have a protruding angle. It tends to be wider at the cheeks, with softer “corners” along the jaw line and forehead. The goal with a rounded face is to add height so that the face appears longer. Generally, the styles bringing a maximum of amplitude above, and a minimum volume on the sides, are good choices to lengthen faces that are round.

Valerie Stitt lives in New York as a professional freelance writer, blogger, and content marketer. Follow Valerie on her health blog, Halfmile Fitness