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What Is Your Face Shape? Here's How to Identify Different Face Shapes

March 27, 2020

Are phrases like ‘what is my face shape’ and ‘what face shape do I have’ in your recent Google search history? We understand; knowing your face shape is the key to navigating your most flattering beauty look. From makeup to hair, there are so many traits that can be customized to complement different face shapes. Not sure where to start? Read on to learn how to determine your face shape, then find out how to use it to perfect your look!


Head to the mirror and get ready to examine your face shape, then check out our definitions of eight different face shapes below so you can find your match.

If you have an oval face shape…you’ll notice that the length and width of your face are nearly equal, with a slight curve to the edges.

If you have a square face shape…the length and width of your face are equal, while the edges are angular and defined.

If you have a heart face shape…your forehead is wider than your jawline and chin. You also have prominent cheekbones.

If you have a round face shape…your face is equal in width and length with curved, rounded edges.

If you have a diamond face shape…the length of your face is noticeably longer and you have a pointed chin and a narrow hairline.

If you have a triangle face shape…you can spot that your forehead is the widest part of your face and your chin is more narrow.

If you have a rectangular face shape…the length of your face is longer than the width and your jaw is square.

If you have an oblong face shape…the length of your face is longer than the width, but your forehead and jaw feature rounded curves.


The truth is, there isn’t one face shape that’s the most attractive! All face shapes are gorgeous, especially when you know the right hairstyles, makeup, and more to flatter your shape.


Once you know your face shape, the beauty world is your oyster. Keep reading for a breakdown of different ways you can use your knowledge of your face shape to craft the perfect beauty look.


Looking to switch up your hair according to your face shape? We recommend it! To start, consider your part. Learning How to Find the Best Part for Your Face Shape and Hair Type can make all the difference in your overall look!

Once you’ve found your perfect part, it’s all about the right haircut. There are so many options, and using your face shape as a guide is a wise move. A pixie is particularly flattering on those with heart-shaped faces, while long layers help to elongate round faces—just to give you an idea. Not to mention, if bangs have ever crossed your mind, you’ll want to choose a fringe that’ll complement your shape. Give a new haircut based on your face shape a try, with the help of our articles, The Best Haircuts for Every Face Shape and The Best Bangs for Every Face Shape and Hair Type.

Aside from cuts, your hairstyle may also be in need of an upgrade. Even something as simple as throwing your hair into a ponytail can be fine-tuned to suit different face shapes. Speaking of, here’s The Best Ponytail for Your Face Shape. If you’re interested in styling your locks to match one of the hottest hairstyle trends, consider giving one of 8 of the Best Shaggy Hairstyles for Every Face Shape a go.


Where and how you apply your makeup products can also make a huge difference in your beauty look. We’re sure you’re familiar with the concept of contouring for different face shapes, but what about other products? Well, as far as face makeup goes, the location of your rosy cheeks can also use a little tweaking. Check out our article, How to Apply Blush Based on Your Face Shape, for the 4-1-1.

Aside from your face makeup, your eye makeup can also be adjusted to flatter your face shape. No, we’re not talking about mascara—we’re referring to your eyebrows! For brows that are always on fleek, learn How to Find the Perfect Eyebrow Shape for Your Face.


Unfortunately, just because oversized angular and small, round glasses happen to look amazing on your favorite influencers, doesn’t mean they’ll look the same on you. That’s because your face shape also plays a role in the best eyeglasses for you. Want to know the specs for your ideal specs? Here’s How to Pick the Best Glasses for Your Face Shape.


This one’s for you, guys! Your facial hair can complement your face shape, too. Yes, that’s right—having a mustache or a full out beard can make it or break it when it comes to flattering your face. Check out our article, Contouring for Men: How to Choose the Right Facial Hair for Your Face Shape, for everything you need to know.

Next up: Let’s talk eye shape. Here’s How To Determine Your Eye Shape In 2 Easy Steps.

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