Determine Face Shape

Determining your face shape is a relatively simple process. What you are looking for is an overall shape and feel.

Many people have both angular and curved elements in their faces. I do. Our goal here is to determine which shape is the predominant one. My predominant face shape is a rectangular shape; however, when viewed straight-on, my jaw and chin lines have soft angles; however, my profile picture reveals a pointy chin.

If you have a difficult time determining whether the side of your face is straight or curved (rectangular vs. oval), try the following:

  1. With your hair pulled back, revealing your hair line and overall face shape, view yourself in a well lit mirror.
  2. Analyze your face shape:

 

 Square Shape   Square Shape Face:

  • Widest part of the jawline is equal to the widest part of the forehead
  • Sides are straight
  • Hairline at forehead is straight
  • Forehead and/or cheek area are flat
  • The widest distance from between the widest part of forehead and the widest part of jawline should be similar to length distance between the forehead and jawline
 Rectangle Shape   Rectangle Shape Face:

  • Widest part of the jawline is equal to the widest part of the forehead
  • Sides are straight
  • Hairline at forehead is straight
  • Forehead and/or cheek area are flat
  • Face is longer than it is wide
 Diamond Shape   Diamond Shape Face:

  • Narrow forehead
  • Pointy chin
  • Prominent cheekbones
    Triangle Shape Face:

  • Broad or wide forehead
  • Narrow chin
  • Prominent cheekbones
 Round Shape   Round Shape Face:

  • Jaw line is rounded and wide
  • Hairline is rounded and wide
  • Cheekbones are the widest part of your face and curved
  • The length of your face is similar to the width of the cheekbones
 Oval Shape   Oval Shape Face:

  • Jaw line is softly rounded
  • Hair line is softly rounded
  • Cheekbones are the widest part of your face
  • The length of the face is longer than the width of the cheekbones
 Pear Shape
  Pear Shape Face:

  • Forehead is narrow, and softly rounded
  • Cheeks are full
  • Chin is wide and softly rounded

 

 Heart Shape   Heart Shape Face:

  • Forehead is the widest part of your face
  • Hairline is softly rounded and may have a widows peak
  • Chin is narrow

 

If you have trouble determining which category your face falls into, putting a pencil beside your face and comparing the lines of the pencil with the shape of your face can help highlight the differences, thus steering you in the right direction.