A quick note on the mirror – it’s better to have a full length mirror that you can stand in front in so you can see your face shape properly. Hand held mirrors might be too small to properly gauge your face shape. Here are more details for each face shape to get more information about it:
• Round: Your may have a round face if your hair and jawline are rounded, face is almost as wide as it is long and is widest at your cheekbones.
• Square: You may have a square face if your forehead is the narrowest part of your face, your jawline is strong, squarish and is the widest part of your face.
• Heart & Triangle: Heart and triangle face shapes are basically the same thing, but people tend to use different shapes to describe it. You may have a triangle or heart face shape if your face is slightly longer than wide and your jaw is the narrowest part of your face. You might also have a small chin and a “widow’s peak” on your hairline.
• Long: You might have a long face shape if your face is longer than wide, your forehead, cheekbones and jawline are the same width; and your hair and jawline are softly rounded.
• Oval: You might have an oval face shape if your face is ever so slightly longer than it is wide, your face is widest at its cheekbones and your jawline is softly rounded.
Got a good idea for your face shape? Great! Remember though, it doesn’t have to be exactly between the details above, but it might give you a better idea of your face shape. As long as it roughly resembles one of the shapes in the diagram above, then it’s safe to say that is your face shape.
That was fairly easy, no? Now for the tricky part…
Hairstyles for your face shape
Now that you’ve found your face shape, here are some guidelines for hairstyles that will suit your face shape, and ones that will not. My philosophy is that at the end of the day, do whatever you want; it’s your hair! But if you really want a style that is suited to your face shape, follow these guidelines and play around with your options.
Round Face: Long, layered straight to slightly wavy hair looks stunning on you! Side swept and long bangs will also suit you well. Avoid styles that will bring more width to your face, such as blunt bangs, bobs and big curls. They might make your face look rounder. The trick here is to elongate.
Long face: The key here is to widen your face, so focus on getting volume at the side. Hairstyles such as bobs, wavy and curly hair will add width to your face. Bangs work very well on long faces, especially blunt bangs. Avoid styles that “lengthen” the face, such as straight, long cuts. Avoid too long hair, which can drag your face down. Short to shoulder lengths look great on you!
Square: Softer hairstyles will work best with you to soften your sharp features, wispy bangs, soft romantic curls will look really pretty. Hairstyle with big volume look great too, check out How to: Get More Hair Volume for help on that. Avoid chin length cuts that may emphasis your strong jawline.