How to Determine Your Face Shape

I bet you’ve heard a lot of times before that you have to figure out your face shape first before deciding what haircut to do or which contouring technique to choose. And much like having a perfect winged-liner or achieving a blemish-free skin, figuring out your face shape is one of those things that sounds easy but definitely challenging to do.

We know that choosing the right eyebrow shape, makeup application technique or even bangs should be based on each person’s face shape, and while it sounds easy to do, you’ll probably agree with me that determining the shape of your face is harder than choosing the right foundation shade based on your skin tone. If you’ve done the trace-your-face-in-the-mirror trick before and suddenly left staring at something that resembles a fluffy cloud after, you are not alone.

Apparently, knowing your face shape is important to make sure you always make the best decision in choosing clothes and buying cosmetic products. If you know your face shape, it will be easier for you to figure out the things to do to enhance your look and highlight your best features.

Take the following measurements, then look at the guidelines below to make it easier for you to figure out your face shape.

  1. Forehead: Pull a tape measure or a scale from the peak of one eyebrow arch to the peak of the opposite eyebrow arch.
  2. Cheekbones: Measure across your upper cheeks (starting and ending at the sharp bump just below the outer corner of each eye).
  3. Jawline: Measure from tip of your chin to the point just below your earlobe where your jaw angle moves upward and multiply that number by two.
  4. Face length: Measure from the center of your hairline to the tip of your chin. Try to avoid your nose area.

Write down the measurements and use the information below to determine your face shape.


What is Your Face Shape?


This shape has an equal measurement of “cheekbones” and “face length.” And this measurement is always slightly greater than the measurement of “forehead” and “jawline.”

The round face has softer angles and the sides of the face curve slightly outwards. The chin of a round-faced woman is rounded, and the cheekbones are the widest part of her face.



This shape has an equal measurement of “cheekbones” and “face length.” And this measurement is always equal to the measurement of “forehead” and “jawline.”

If you have a square face, your jawline is slightly angled with a minimal curve, and the sides of your face are straight. While measuring, you might have probably noticed that the distance from your temple to the top where your jawline starts is the same as the distance from your right jaw to your left jaw.



This shape has a greater measurement of “face length” as compared to the measurement of “cheekbones.” It means the measurement of “face length” is always greater than measurement of “forehead,” “cheekbones,” and “jawline” where these three are almost equal to each other.

An oblong face is almost similar to the square-shaped face but look longer than it is wide. The chin has a very slight curve and the jawline is approximately the same width.



This shape has a greater measurement at the “cheekbones” and comparatively less measurement at the “forehead” and “jawline.” It has basically sharp and pointed jawline and its “face length” is always longer than “cheekbones.”

If you have high cheekbones and pointed chins, your face is a diamond shape. The hairline of diamond-faced women is narrower compared to other face shapes.



This shape is wider from “jawline” and skinniest from the top and “face length” can be of any length. The measurement of “cheekbones” is larger than “forehead and “jawline” measurements and chin is slightly pointed. If your face is triangular, the forehead is the widest part of your face.



This shape has large “face length” as compared to “face width of the cheekbones” and has large “forehead” compared to “jawline.” The forehead of oval-faced women a tiny bit wider than their curved chin. If you have an oval face shape, your features are almost similar to an oblong face but you have a softer chin, and you have more curve to the sides of your face.



Watch the videos below if you want to learn how to measure your face properly.

Ava Kumari

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