Face Shape: How to Determine Your Face Shape

How to Determine Your Face Shape

Determining your face shape is the first step to shortlisting the hair style that will suit you. Although you can ask your beautician about your face shape, you can also determine it yourself at home with a measuring tape. To determine your face shape, you will have take these four measurements across your face. Stand in front of a good mirror and take these four measurements on your face, noting down all four of them.

determine face shape
determine face shape

1. Top of Your Cheekbone: Rest the tape on the top of your cheekbones, just past the outer corner of your eye. Take the tape to the same point on the other side of your face in a straight line across the bridge of your nose. Note down this length.

2. Jawline: Put the tape on the jawline of your face near the base of your ear. Run the tape along your jawline up to middle of your chin. This is half your jawline length. Multiple the measurement by two to get your jawline length.

3. Forehead: Plce one end of the tape on one side of the forehead at the widest point halfway between your eyebrow and the hairline. Run the tape in a straight line to the same point on the opposite side of the face. Note this length.

4. Face Length: Starting at the middle of your hairline, run the measuring tape down your face, over your nose, to the tip of your chin. Note down this length.

Now that you have done the measurements, it is time to determine the shape of your face.

Oval Face Shape: If the length of your face (measurement 4) equals one and a half times the width (measurement 1) you have an oval face.

oval face shape
oval face shape

Round Face Shape: If the length of your face is approximately equal to the width of your face, you have a round face.

round face shape
round face shape

Oblong Face Shape: You have an oblong face if your face is longer than it is wide. The difference between this face shape and oval face shape is that an oblong face has more length and less width. The forehead, jaw line, and cheekbone are approximately equal in width.

oblong face shape
oblong face shape

Heart Face Shape: If your forehead and cheekbones are wider and your jawline is narrow you have a heart-shaped face.

heart shape face
heart shape face

Square Face Shape: If the width of your face is as much as its length but your face has a more angular shape than a round face, then you have a square face.

square face shape
square face shape

Triangular Face Shape: This face shape has prominent jaw line and narrow cheekbones and temple.

triangular face shape
triangular face shape

Once you have determined your face shape it would be easy for your chose hair style for yourself.

Also Read:

How to Select Hairstyles According to Face Shape
How to Select Sunglasses According to Face Shape


23 thoughts on “Face Shape: How to Determine Your Face Shape

  1. I read an article about the same topic and i knew that my face shape is round…but the thing is i have a double chin…without it…my face shape would have been oval…so i am trying my level best to work out and get rid of that double chin so that i can try all the hairstyles i want!! :-)) :-))

      1. If ur Kerala then it must be India Coffee House no ?:-) ?:-) ?:-) ?:-) 😛 😛 😛 😛 😛 😛 😛 😛 😛

        (my comment is going to fall soo flat if its the wrong name)

        1. @ Sanjeev Bayya-I know…Neither…my mum’s homemade Biriyaani!!!!!!! She is an awesome cook!!!

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  2. Mine is easy – oval. At times it looks round.
    But the method i used was, stand close in front of a mirror, close one eye, take a sketch pen \ old lipstick and draw the outline of your face on the mirror, after your complete the border, stand away and look at it from a distance, whatever shape is the drawing on the mirror, is your face shape.

      1. Sanjeev the donkey – is oval but “sometimes loooks round” 😛 😛 😛 😛 😛 😛 😛 😛 😛 😛 😛 😛 😛 😛 😛 😛 😛 is when you have chubby cheeks, dimple chin, rosy lips, teeth within 😛 😛 😛 😛 😛 😛 😛 (sorry couldnt resist reciting the nursery rhyme)

        1. Yes Mr. Sanjeev, i meant sometimes looks round, like from some angles ,and also the chubby cheeks thingy
          Its only slightly oval. Is there a shape between round n oval ? Then that would be me.

  3. I felt like back in school….taking measurements and founding out the shape….. :silly: :silly: :silly: :silly: :silly: ….I have a heart shaped face…thank you saar 😀 😀

  4. LOL I always though I had a round face, my face most definitely looks round but measuring it – it would seem my face is 1 1/2 times as long as it is wide -I have an oval face , who wouda thunk ?:-) ?:-) ?:-)

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