Working out your face shape can be tricky, but once you do, you’ll realise that there are certain beauty hacks out there that will really suit you! Whilst we believe that any woman should feel like they can pull off any hairstyle, our handy guide to working out your face shape, and the haircuts that suit, might inspire you to try something different.
How to determine your face shape
Here’s the scientific bit…to truly determine your face shape, the best thing you can do is take some vital measurements. Write down the following:
- Forehead measurement. The width of your forehead, from hairline to hairline (left to right at the widest part).
- Jawline measurement. Measure from the bottom of your ear to the middle of your chin and times this number by two.
- Face length measurement. Measure from the centre of the top of your forehead (from the hairline) to the middle of your chin. To get the most accurate reading, make sure the tape measure passes over your nose.
Once you have these three numbers, it’s time to determine which of the following six face shapes you have.
Round Shape – Selina Gomez
Measure the width of your face, from the centre of one ear to another. If this measurement is very close to your face length measurement, the chances are you have a round face.
Round faces suit almost every hairstyle, but there are some clever tricks that will help to accentuate your cheekbones. Try having some shorter layers or a centre-parting, longer fringe cut in. Having some hair that sits on the cheekbones will really make them pop.
Diamond Shape – Jennifer Lopez
Measure from the side of your face from cheekbone to cheekbone. If your cheekbones are wider than your forehead measurement but shorter than your face length measurement, you may well be blessed with a diamond-shaped face.
Scarlett Johansson has a diamond-shaped face and is a stunning example of how gorgeous shorter styles truly show off your breathtaking cheekbones. However, if you’re not feeling quite brave enough to go above-the-shoulders short, try styling your tresses back and away from your face to show it off.
Oval Shape – Kate Middleton
Using your cheekbone-to-cheekbone measurement, look to see if your face length is longer. If your face is generally soft and rounded, but your face length is longer than the width, you probably have an oval-shaped face.
Oval faces look beautiful with some bouncy volume in them, so long layers will help create some additional body. Think of Kate Middleton’s bouncy blow dries. She has an oval-shaped face and rocks this look effortlessly.
Heart Shape – Kourteny Kardashian
If your forehead measurement is longer than your jawline measurement, and your chin has a strong point, you may fall into the heart-shaped face bracket.
Heart-shaped faces are similar to diamond-shaped faces, in that they suit styles that enable a lot of the face to be shown. A stylish bob with a sweeping side parting will look very pretty.
Rectangle Shape – Courtney Cox
If you have a squared forehead and jawline, but your face length measurement is longer than your forehead measurement, you may be categorised with having a rectangle-shaped face.
Rectangle-shaped faces are often brilliant at pulling off heavy bohemian fringes that sit on the eyebrows. Bella Hadid is a prime example of how someone with a rectangular face can work a full fringe.
Square Shape – Cameron Diaz
Measure the width of your face from the top of your jaw (just below your ear) to the other side of the jaw. If this width is similar to your forehead measurement, and you consider yourself to have a strong jawline, it’s likely you are in the square-shaped face category.
Square faces can be softened with a loose curl, which means they are perfect for feminine mid-length to long styles. Ask your stylist for a loose curl when you have your blow dry.
So there you have it! Now that you’ve identified your face shape, maybe you’ll feel confident to try that hairstyle you’ve always been curious about. Make an appointment with a stylist at one of our hair salons and plan your next cut today!