How to Know Your Face Shape?

How to Know Your Face Shape

Knowing or understanding the shape of your face can be important for various reasons. It helps in choosing a hairstyle, picking sunglasses, grooming eyebrows, or applying makeup. At the same time, it allows you to play with dimension and know which parts of your face you want to emphasize and minimize.

Wondering How to Know Your Face Shape? Keep reading until the end!

How to Measure Your Face?

Determining your face shape is an easy process. The best way to measure your face’s shape is to compare its length to its width. To do so, follow the steps below.

Note: Before you start, pull your hair away from your face so it’s free from obstruction.

  • Face length: Begin measuring at the center of your hairline and bring the measuring tape down until it reaches the tip of your chin. This measurement will provide you with the length of your face.
  • Forehead width: To determine the width of your forehead, measure the distance across the center from hairline to hairline. Do not bend the measuring tape against the curve; keep it flat.
  • Cheekbone width: Feel for the highest point of your cheekbone, then measure from one cheekbone across your face to the other. Again, keep the measuring tape flat.
  • Jawline width: Start at the base of your jaw, just underneath your ears. Measure along the edge of your jaw until you reach the middle of your chin. You can either measure both sides separately or double the measurement of one side. This will help you understand the width of your jawline. It plays an important role in identifying the shape of your face.

Common Face Shapes

There are different face shapes with very little difference in shape and size. So, here are a few common face shapes explained that will help you determine your face shape.

Triangle Face Shape

Triangle face shape

The primary characteristics of a triangular face shape are high cheekbones and a narrow jaw. In terms of the measurement, the width of your forehead and the cheekbone will be more extended while the chin will be narrow and come to a point.

Round Face Shape

Round face shape

A round face is like a square-shaped face but with softer angles. The sides of your face curve are going slightly outwards instead of straight. The cheekbones are the widest part of the face, and the chin is rounded.

Square Face Shape

If you have a square face, the sides of your face are straight. The jawline is slightly angled with a very minimal curve. The forehead, cheekbones, and jawline are about the same width for this face shape, which is as long as it is wide.

Square face shape has a sharp, angular bone structure, including a sharp jawline.

Diamond Face Shape

If someone drew a line connecting the center of your hairline to your cheekbones and down to your chin, it would create a diamond shape. Diamond faces have pointed chins and high cheekbones. 

The main difference between a diamond and hear shaped face is the hairline. A diamond-shaped face has a narrow hairline.

Rectangle Face Shape

Rectangular faces have a face length that is longer than the width of their face. Their forehead, cheekbones and jaw also look to be the same width apart. They are similar to a square shaped face, and are sometimes called oblong face shape.

Heart Shaped Face

Herat shaped faces typically have a delicate, narrow chin, like the point of a heart. People with this shape of face will often have a pointed hairline. The cheekbones are the widest part of this face shape.

If you have a heart-shaped face, you possess a truly captivating and romantic facial structure.

Oval Shaped Face

An oval face shape is a combination of square and round. Typically, the forehead width is smaller than the cheekbone width, and the face is longer than it is wide. The chin and jawline are more rounded than the angular lines of a square face.

How to Change Face shapes?

You might have measured and observed the shape of your face and wonder that you do not fit into any of the above categories of face shapes 100%. That is quite normal. Many people do not fit into just one face shape category. They can have a mix of different face shapes.

As we grow older, the shape of our face also changes. For example, mature people tend to have a more rectangular face shape due to the way fat, muscle, and skin change over time. While younger people are more likely to have a triangular shape.

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There are no hard and fast rules in terms of applying cosmetics or wearing accessories but there are certain things that you may find flattering your face more than others because of your face shapes. 

Whether you have a square face shape that excludes strength and power, or a delicate heart shaped face that radiates charm, understanding your unique face shape is the key to finding a hairstyle that enhances your natural beauty.

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