In the beauty world, your face shape can determine many things from your next haircut to your makeup tactics. Finding the correct measurement is a simple equation of proportions. While the most common shape is oval, others include round, square, triangle, diamond, and heart. Want to find out what category you fall into? Grab a mirror and follow these simple steps to discover your personal shape when you keep reading.
Contouring. Just the word strikes fear into many hearts, but this technique shouldn't be left only to the pros. A simple swipe of bronzer and highlighter in the right places can bring light to your best features (and detract from others). All face shapes are beautiful and unique in their own right, but artists try to give the illusion of a more oval face by creating shadows on the face. "The key to a perfect contour is proper blending and remembering that light accentuates the face, while shadowing recedes it," Floriane David of Make Up For Ever Academy says.
In order to contour at home, choose an eye shadow, foundation, or bronzer that is about one shade darker than your complexion, and grab an angled brush. Get your personalized guide to contouring based on your face shape when you read more.
Knowing your face shape is helpful when it comes to trying out a new hairstyle or when contouring and highlighting your face. Problem is, there are many face shapes out there — figuring out which is yours can be confusing. We break down how to define each shape and what hairstyle works best in today's Beauty Beat. On Kirbie: H&M blouse.
According to Huang Ti, there are five elemental face "types": Water, Earth, Fire, Wood, and Metal. Your features reveal the kind of energy that drives your personality in both positive and negative ways. We decided to have a little fun with physiognomy, so if you're curious about what people in the third century thought your face said about you, just keep reading.
As far as I can tell, my face falls into none of the prescribed "shape" types: it's basically squoval, to borrow a word from my manicurist's lexicon. To be on the safe side, I usually just follow the tips for square faces, since I do need to balance a little heaviness, but I also know that a great "square" cut isn't going to look amazing on me because my face is a little long and soft for it. What about you? Are you a perfect round, square, oval, rectangle, diamond, etc? Or are you stuck in the middle like me?
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Often, when people write in and ask me about trendy haircuts, I recommend that they first define their face shape, then talk to their stylist about what modern cuts best complement their features.
So today, I've created a definitive Guide To Haircuts That Flatter Your Face Shape, so you'll be better prepared next time you are in the stylist's chair. Below, I've rounded up four posts that will help you determine your face shape and find the hairstyle that's right for you.
You may covet your favorite celeb's hairstyle, but if the 'do doesn't fit your face shape, you're likely to be disappointed. Hence, Fabsugar's four-part series on the haircuts that best flatter your face. Welcome back to our fourth and final installment: square faces. To read last week's advice on oblong and oval faces, click here.
If you have a square-shaped face, you share your facial structure with Demi Moore, Mandy Moore, Sandra Bullock, and Rosario Dawson. Having a square face means that you have a wide hairline and an equally wide, angular jaw. The goal with a square face is to soften your hairline with cuts that incorporate bangs, layers, and your hair's natural texture.
It also means that you have lots of flexibility in the choosing which length you want to wear your hair. Almost any length is flattering. For example, you could try a long, sleek style with layers that start at the jawline and continue downward, like Demi's above. Or, you could just as easily go for a short and spiky cut with choppy ends.
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You may covet your favorite celeb's hairstyle, but if the 'do doesn't fit your face shape, you're likely to be disappointed. Hence, our four-part series on the haircuts that best flatter your face. Welcome back for our third installment: oval faces. To read last week's advice on round faces, click here.
If you were born with an oblong or oval-shaped face, you share your facial structure with Sarah Jessica Parker, Kate Hudson, Jessica Alba, and Jada Pinkett Smith. This extremely versatile face shape allows you to pull off almost any look: short, long, straight or wavy. It's not so much the length you choose that matters; it's more about the feature you want to emphasize. If it's your cheekbones, for instance, try layering chin-length hair so that it falls right at your cheeks and chin, like SJP's at left. This will create the illusion of width, which waves and curls will only emphasize.
If you want to draw attention to your lips and chin, try a choppy bob or a shoulder-skimming straight shag. For other styling ideas, read more