Round face shape

Defining characteristic: The roundness and softness in your face shape and features! Rounder lines and plumper cheeks than the oval face shape.
Defining characteristic: The roundness and softness in your face shape and features! Rounder lines and plumper cheeks than the oval face shape.

Defining characteristic:

The roundness and softness in your face shape and features! Rounder lines and plumper cheeks than the oval face shape. Length of face is shorter than oval, as well.

  • Widest at the cheekbones with fuller cheeks.

  • Rounded jawline and a short chin.

  • Forehead is full and rounded.

  • Face is almost as wide as it is long. Ratio is usually between 1:1 and 1:1.5.


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Longer and narrow earring styles. Teardrop, dangle, narrow chandelier styles. Look for pieces with long, angular designs—like rectangles and trapezoids. Simple studs like pearl and crystal stud earrings that are average in size. Large hoops that extend past your jawline.

Careful: Earrings that have a round shape—like dangling circular discs. Wide/large stud earrings.


Longer necklace styles—long pendant styles, matinee length, long T styles. You usually can pull off collar length necklaces as well.

Careful: Chokers and very chunky short necklaces.


Deeper, wider, angular necklines—sweetheart, empire, low V-neck, square, Queen Anne, scoop neck, collared shirt open at the neck.

Careful: Rounded necklines, boatnecks, bateau, crew neck.


Look for a pair of shades with bold angles, from squares to rectangles to less conventional geometric details to wrap and shield styles—the sharper lines will balance out your soft features. Frame width should be equal to or slightly wider than the broadest part of your face. Cat-eyes, Wayfarers, squared rectangle frames. Frames that sit higher on your face work better. Your sunglasses should reflect the scale of your face—if you have a wide/large face, look for oversized sunglasses.

Careful: Too small and short frames. Round frames.


Choose a hat that gives you an illusion of length. Styles that add fullness and height at the crown. Hats with sharp lines like a straight brim, tall crowns, high brims and asymmetrical shapes. Straight brims should be slanted forward to create flattering angles. Wear your brims on an angle whenever possible, wear your beret tilted to one side. The crown of the hat should be at least as wide as your face. Vertical design features such as feathers will flatter you. Wear a hat high on the hairline—don’t pull it straight down too far on your forehead. Cloches, fedoras, homburgs, trilbys, baseball caps, panama hats, beanies with a pompom, newsboy caps, scarves wrapped around head, floppy hats are good. It usually works best to choose a hat color that contrasts your hair (dark with blonde, light with brunette) and complements your complexion!

Careful: Anything low to the head and rounded—this will only accentuate roundness. Rounded crowns and circular tight-fitting hats. Boater hats and cossacks.


Curved high-arched brows to give a lifting effect and add more angle to your face (think Gigi Hadid or Fergie). Keep your brow ends as long as possible with a longer, defined tail portion. Don’t go too dark/thick with your brows as this will make your face appear wider.


Embrace and enhance your beautiful round face—your super feminine face shape needs super feminine hair, like soft curls and waves. Aim for hairstyles with the hair below the chin and longer. Your best asset is your forehead so don’t cover it up—part your hair in the middle or slick it back to avoid making your face look short. A great cut is side-swept bangs on either longer or shorter hair that includes layers and angles. Long layers elongate. Hairstyles that add height/volume on the top of the head, but stay close to the head on the sides. In other words, hair that creates a rectangle shape is good, as opposed to being wide. Your face has visual weight so you don’t want too voluminous hair, mainly your hair shouldn’t be really wide/big because that would add more visual weight.

An asymmetrical lob is good, worn straight or with smooth waves, and a side part. Sixties influenced styles with backcombing fullness are flattering. Feathered or layered styles falling onto the face are slimming as are soft waves. It’s best to wear waves and curls starting below ear level, with the root area straighter. Just off center and side partings are flattering. Work those high ponytails, high buns and topknots, and up-dos with loose tendrils around the hairline and sides. A trick to visually stop the width of your face is to always leave a little piece of hair untucked on one side of your face. You can pull off a short pixie cut with volume at the top—it adds texture and angles. Also, short hairstyles with a swept-back direction. Use a headband with a hairstyle that has volume on top.

Careful: Middle partings. Rounded bobs. Very strong bangs are too hard looking, particularly if you’re dark haired. Also avoid soft, wispy bangs. A head full of curls can also accentuate roundness. Feathering around cheek level. Tight ponytails with your hair slicked back. Also, don’t hide behind lots of hair—it makes your face seem fuller. Instead go for medium length hair with long, face framing bangs, and keep the texture smooth and sleek.


What is your face shape?

TIP: You can be a mixture of two face shapes! If this is the case, use suggestions from both types.