TO DETERMINE YOUR FACIAL SHAPE:
Pull hair back and secure with pins or a headband so hair is
completely off the face.
2. Stand 12" from a mirror and
look straight into it -- or have someone take a picture of you facing
straight into the camera with your hairline showing.
your face with a marker on the mirror with tracing paper, or on the photo.
Now look at your face shape in the mirror or photo drawing. Choose the
shape that most closely resembles your own. If your face is a combination
of shapes, choose styles based on the following criteria, which most
flatter your particular shape.
your hairstyle is a frame for your face. Your
best/worst features should be enhanced/minimized by your hairstyle.
Because the OVAL face is the ideal, your most flattering hairstyle
will be as close as possible to creating the illusion of an OVAL
considered by many to be the ideal and most versatile face shape, since
nearly every style looks becoming on this facial shape. Hair pulled back
or worn in an updo shows off the oval face the most. In long styles, a
great classic look is a center or side part with hair touching shoulders.
The short-layered looks with curls and a close extended nape focus on this
FASHION TIP: Wide-open necklines or close-necked
collars emphasize the oval face.
shape is round at the cheeks and a has a circular form. There is
more of the face near the ears and gradually less curving upward and
downward. The goal: to slim your face. Hair below the chin line
should be worn with a face-lengthening center part; for hair above
chin line, wear an off-center part to interrupt the roundness.
Height at the crown and a bare forehead lengthen and slim the face.
It's best to avoid short and sleeked-back hairstyles. In
short-angled styles, you are best seen with hair brushed away from
the face, building extra crown height to narrow the roundness of
your features. Though bangs shorten the face, you can wear curly,
tousled bangs or a soft wispy fringe . Always avoid full,
straight-falling bangs. Wear longer styles closer to the face to
FASHION TIP: Avoid rounded, scoop
necklines. Use vertical clothing lines and v-neck lines to add
angles to the roundness.
is characterized by an angular jaw and square brow, with jaw and
brow being nearly the same width. The goal: soften the sharp angle
of jawline and minimize squared-off brow. Hairstyles which emphasize
the cheekbones mid-line of the face are most flattering. Bangs and
waves at the temple also soften the square. Wear your best styles
with hair swinging forward onto the face to reduce the angles. Hair
length is best about 1-1/2" below the chin, or extending to
shoulder length to reduce and soften the squareness of your jaw.
Hair worn on the forehead is always perfect for you, as long as it
is wispy or fringed. Never wear straight bangs. Hair turned under at
the bottom also will narrow the width of the jaw. Styles in loose
curls and waves add extra dimension to the square face.
TIP: Makeup that emphasizes the cheekbones softens the square.
Darken the outer corner of the jaw to soften the lines and make them
This shape has a wide chin and a narrow forehead. The goal:
narrow the chin and widen the forehead. Wear your hair wide and full
at the top of the head and temples, brushed away from the face and
up toward the ear to widen forehead; from the ear, angle hair
forward toward the chin to soften and narrow a strong jaw. Styles
which are wide and full at the chin will emphasize the width of the
jawline, and should be avoided. The wedge styles, which are brushed
away from the face and give width at the forehead are perfect for
this facial shape.
CLOTHING TIP: Avoid ruffled
necklines, which add fullness to the lower face. Closed-neck collars
and necklines are best.
MAKEUP TIP: Highlight the
forehead and temples to add width to the upper half of your face.
This is a triangular-shaped face. This face is narrow at the
jaw line, wider at the eye line, cheek bones and even more at the
brow line. The goal: diminish forehead width and create a wider,
fuller jaw effect. Soft bangs flatter this shape, whether curly or
smoother. Or wear a side part with soft three-quarter bangs swept
over one side to balance your forehead width. The styles should be
fuller at the jaw line. Upswept at the sides and off the forehead
further emphasize your feminine appeal . A medium length to mid-neck
is your best look. Fullness at the bottom, with hair directed
forward onto the cheeks gives you the appearance of a wide chin. The
soft layered bob styles are ideal. Or if you prefer, curls or loose
waves, shaped from the ears down, add width and fullness to your
CLOTHING TIP: Use V-neck and
"Sweetheart" neck lines to repeat and emphasize the heart
MAKEUP TIP: Highlight the temples if you are not
wearing bangs to broaden the forehead.
This shape is long and thin, often with a chin that tends to
look pointed. There is very little difference in width between the
top, middle or bottom of your face but it is more rounded than the
square face. Hairstyles should add width and fullness to the sides
of the face and around the eyes, cheekbones and ears. This shape
benefits from a low side part, with a sweep of hair brushed across
the forehead and secured with a comb. The look of volume with an
asymmetric flow of hair to one side widens your face and reduces
length. Straight-falling bangs or bangs blended with the sides of
your hair, shorten the overall face length. Your best hair length
reaches to the middle of the neck. Favor volume with curly or wavy
styles that are very becoming, giving you the illusion of balanced
width. Wide curly bob styles are ideal for this shape.
Avoid long V-necked and vertical lines at the neckline. Use
high necklines to shorten the length of the face.
TIP: To shorten the face a bit, use darker foundation, powder or
blusher to darken the chin.