Complementing your face shape makes a world of difference when dressing! It is definitely a key way to bring balance to your body so that you look amazing. Face shape is determined by a few factors. The first is which point of your face is widest - your forehead, cheeks, or jaw - or are they all about the same width? The next is the width of your face at your cheekbones relative to the length of your face - is the ratio 1:1 or 1:1.5, or a bit shorter or longer than that? The next factor is considering the outer lines created by your face shape, at the jawline, cheeks, sides of forehead - are they rounded or squared/angled? The fourth is the overall softness or sharpness in your features - do you have really full, rounded cheeks or do you have sharp bone structure? The last is the natural lift in your features - less lift or more lift?
TIP: You can be a mixture of two face shapes! If this is the case, use suggestions from both types.
Oval face shape
Evenly balanced oval “egg” shaped face. You don’t have much softness to your face or squared/angular shape. Your face isn’t short or long. Your forehead isn’t much wider than the jawline and vice-versa.
- Widest across the temples and forehead.
- Slim proportions with a forehead and chin of almost exactly the same width.
- Prominent cheekbones and a curved chin.
- Ratio of width to length is about 1:1.5.
Square face shape
Defining the square face shape is your strong jawline! And your face’s shorter length. Different from round in that you don’t have much softness in your face—you have sharpness in your features.
- The forehead, cheekbones and jawline are all about the same widths.
- Sides of face are usually straight.
- The squared jawline is the most obvious feature.
- Strong bone structure.
- Face is nearly as wide as it is long. Ratio is close to 1:1.
Round face shape
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.
Heart face shape
A broader upper area of your face and you have a natural lift in your features.
- Widest at the top of face.
- Narrow jaw and a small but defined, pointed chin.
- You may have a widow’s peak (a hairline with a V-shape at the center of the hairline).
- Diamond face shapes are similar, but more angular—lines are not as “soft,” and their forehead is less wide. Diamond face shapes can follow the guidelines for the heart face shape.
Pear face shape
A very strong jawline that is the widest/most prominent part of your face! The face tapers inward from your jawline up to your forehead.
- Also known as the triangle face shape.
- The most pronounced feature is your jaw line that is wider/fuller than your forehead and cheekbones.
- Your face narrows at your cheekbones and temples.
Oblong face shape
You have length in your face! Either an elongated oval shape or elongated shape with a stronger jaw.
- Sometimes called rectangular.
- Similar to square face shape, but is longer and more narrow.
- Typically, a high forehead.
- Gracefully tapers to a well-defined narrow oval chin.
- Ratio of width to length is over 1:1.5.