How to determine your face shape

Heather Card Thu 11 Jul 2019
To determine your face shape pull all of your hair back tightly and examine your face in the mirror, looking for the following attributes.

 I used to get my students to do this in their mirrors and then draw their face shape with a dry wipe marker onto the mirror as you can determine the face shape like this as often the solid shape is clearly evident  when drawn on the mirror. 


Oval-shaped faces have a length equal to 1.5 times the width of the face, with forehead and jaw equal widths.

Celebrities with an Oval face shape include Kate Middleton, Jennifer Aniston and Mariah Carey have an oval face shapes


Rectangular faces are 1/3 longer than the width of the face and have strong angles on the forehead and at the jawline.

Celebrities with a Rectangular face shape include  Angelina Jolie, Sarah Jessica Parker and Sandra bullock


Round faces are as wide as they are long, but with soft, rounded edges.

Celebrities with a Round face shape includes Sarah Michelle Geller, Beyonce,  Queen Latifah and Mila Kunis


Heart-shaped faces have the most width at the cheek, eye, and forehead areas, with a narrow to pointy chin.  Sometimes they will also have a high forehead.

Celebrities with the Heart shaped face include Halle Berry, Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Love Hewitt.


Oblong faces are as long as it is wide.  Straight sides, a high forehead, and larger than average distance between the bottom of the lip and the tip of the chin are common attributes of the oblong face.

 Celebrities with an Oblong face shape include Gwyneth Paltrow, Ashlee Simpson and Sarah Jessica parker.


Diamond-shaped faces are characterized by a narrow forehead and a narrow chin with the widest point at the cheeks.

Celebrities with a diamond face shape include Jennifer Lopez and Elizabeth Hurley.

Triangular and inverted triangle 

Triangular faces are wide at the forehead and narrowest at the jawline; inverted triangular faces are widest at the jawline and narrowest at the forehead.

Celebrities with the triangular face shape include Billie Piper and Geena Davis.


Determining your face shape will help you decide where to place your highlights and contours and what features you’d like to define or downplay not everyone fits into just one of these face shapes sometimes you might have traits of a couple of different shapes.

Hopefully now you will know your own face shape and be ready to learn how to contour, highlight and apply blush in the perfect position to suit your face.


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