Hey folks, how are you all keeping? I’ve had a bit of a brainwave the past few days and so I decided to start up a new category on my blog (that this post will now be a part of) to basically go through some of the key things you should know/ do when you’re applying makeup. Can’t believe I didn’t think of this sooner, but hey, we all can’t be perfect! So this will essentially be a tips section with everything you need to know. Hence the reason we’re discussing face shapes right now, because how can you know what to do to accentuate your natural features when you’re still unsure as to what kind of bone structure you have? Today I’ll be talking about just that. So what do the different face shapes look like and how do you know what one you have? Well hopefully after this you will have a better idea of it all!
But remember to keep an eye out on this section in the future because I’ll be going through a lot of the basics that may be of some interest to you guys. I’ll be doing step-by-step guides on how to contour/ best ways to highlight/ how to hide eye bags and so on and so on… So without further ado, let’s get into this one shall we?
Firstly, what are the most regular face shapes out there? There’s actually six basic face shapes but in reality there is a tonne more. Everyone is different and it’s hard to speak for all genders/ races when it comes to these kinds of posts but for the purpose of what we’ll be discussing, we’re going to stick with the most common face groups. These are: oblong, oval, round, diamond, heart and square. I’ll go into more detail now below with some examples of what I mean just so you can see the differences between each one more easily. So pop your hair up into a ponytail now or just pull it back away from your face to see if you fall into one of these categories!
OBLONG FACE SHAPE
You have an oblong face shape if your face is almost twice as long as it is wide. It’s often confused with the oval shape, but this one is just that tad bit longer and maybe not as wide at the cheekbones. The chin is often narrow and you wouldn’t have any major points along your jaw or hairline also. It’s actually a pretty common face shape and really easy to work with when it comes to makeup, so if you fall into this category consider yourself lucky!
Is the width of your forehead, cheekbones, and jaw equal? Is your jaw slightly rounded? Is your face long (particularly towards the lower half)? If so… you have an oblong face. Beautiful!
OVAL FACE SHAPE
Oval face shapes have a slightly wider forehead than in the chin area and the length of the face is about one and a half times the width. If you have this shape, you wouldn’t have any major points along your jaw, chin or hairline which makes it quite similar to the oval.
Is your forehead slightly wider than your chin? Is your face on the long side? If so… you have an oval face. Fabulous!
ROUND FACE SHAPE
Round face shapes tend to be about as wide as they are long which makes them quite easy to recognise in comparison to the others. Again, no major points occur in this face shape.
Is your jaw rounded? Is your face well-balanced and equal? If so… you have a round face. Gorgeous!
DIAMOND FACE SHAPE
This bone structure happens to be one of the more uncommon face shapes and can be tricky enough to spot as it can be confused with the heart. Typically those with this face shape would have a hairline that is slightly more narrow than in the cheek area. The chin then comes down into a nice fine point and the face is a bit longer than it is wide.
Is your widest point at your cheekbones? Is your chin sharp and pointed? If so… you have a diamond shape. Pretty!
HEART FACE SHAPE
You have a heart shape face if your cheeks and forehead are wider than your jawline. The chin should come down into a narrow point, making it quite pronounced in comparison with the rest of the face. What separates this bone structure greatly to the diamond is that a true heart shape also has a widows peak. This is where a V-Shaped growth of hair grows out towards the centre of the forehead. It can be more prominent in some than it can be others so keep an eye out for it!
Is your hair creating a V-shape in the centre of your forehead? Is your chin and jawline significantly narrower than your cheeks and forehead? If so… you have a heart shape. Stunning!
SQUARE FACE SHAPE
Square shapes can be quite pointed and are easy enough to spot once you know what you’re looking for. The face would generally be longer than it is wide with this shape and the width of the hairline and jawline would be about even. This gives off the impression of being quite symmetrical which makes your contour and highlight work that bit easier!
Is your jaw strong and prominent? Is your chin more gradual and flat than really pointed? If so… you have a square shape. Cute!
And there you have it, the six most common face shapes…which one are you? If you want to be super lazy there’s actually a pretty cool online app that you can use to determine your face shape for you. If you click the link here, you’ll be taken to a separate window. All you need to do is take a photo of yourself and upload it to the app, then follow the instructions to trace out certain points on your face. Submit all your answers then to get your results!
Let me know in the comments below if you’ve found this in any way useful. Now that you’ve (hopefully) figured out what face shape you have, we can move on with some tips on how to actually get the most out of your own natural features. But we’ll leave that till the next time…