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How to Identify Your Face Shape

You can identify your face shape and choose better styles for your hair and glasses that can enhance your look.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Observe that your cheekbones are your widest and most prominent facial feature, with a narrow chin and forehead, and your face is best described as diamond-shaped.
  • TIP: People with oval faces tend to have smaller features.
  • Step 2: Define your face shape as oval if you have a narrow forehead and jaw line set off by high cheekbones that convey a sense of proportion. No matter what your face shape is, you can find hairstyles, makeup, and eyewear that flatter your face.
  • FACT: The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reported nearly 10 million cosmetic procedures in 2009.
  • Step 3: Find wide measurements for your jawline but narrow measurements for your forehead, and your face is pear-shaped.
  • Step 4: Identify your face shape as long or rectangular if it measures longer than it is wide.
  • Step 5: Estimate your face's proportions. If your face's length and width are equal, your chin square, and your forehead broad and deep, you could be described as having a square face.
  • Step 6: Find the same proportions as a square face, but with softened edges and curves, and your face would be considered round.
  • Step 7: Note a narrow jaw and chin sharply contrasted with a wide forehead and high cheekbones, and your face takes on a heart shape. If the contrast is less pronounced, your face can be called triangular.
  • TIP: Face shape is a subjective judgment and even stylists may disagree. Weight gain, age, and hairstyle can alter the perception further.
  • Step 8: Measure your face. Record the distance across your cheekbones, and then measure the distance between your widest jaw points. Note the distance between the widest points of your forehead and from your hairline to your chin.

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