Finding the right kind of hairstyle to suit the shape of your face is extremely important. It will accentuate your best facial features while minimizing your less-than-best features.
FINDING YOUR BEST FACE SHAPE
- The first Step to achieving this is to pull all of your hair back and secure it so that it is totally off-the-face area.
- Now stand approximately 12 inches from the mirror.
- Proceed to match your own face shape to one of the face shapes shown below. Remember that your face will probably not exactly match any singular shape, it will however more closely resemble one shape over all other shapes shown.
This face shape is wide with full cheeks and a circular formation. The goal is simply to slim the appearance down. To achieve this, keep in mind that hair below the chin line should be worn with a face lengthening central part. For hair above the chin line, wear an off-centre part to minimise roundness. Keep height at the crown and a bare forehead to lengthen and slim the face. For short angled styles you are best suited to be seen with hair brushed away from the face, thus building extra crown height to narrow the roundness of your features.
As for fringes, remember that they are a facial shortener.
This face shape has a wide brow, full and/or prominent cheekbones and a narrow chin. The goal is to diminish the forehead width and to give the impression of a wider, fuller jaw illusion. To do this, wear a side part with a soft three-quarter fringe swept over to one side to balance the forehead width. A medium length to mid neck is your most flattering look.
Fullness is desired at the bottom with hair directed forward onto the cheeks giving the appearance of a wider chin. Curls or loose waves, shaped accordingly from the ears downwards give added width and fullness to the chin.
This shape is regarded by beauty experts as being the most perfect face shape. It certainly is the most versatile. Just about every style looks fantastic on this model face which has perfect symmetry. If you fancy long styles, a classic look is to centre or side part with hair touching the shoulders. The short layered looks with curls and a close extended nape of the neck focuses on this oval.
The oblong face is long and thinning, often ending with a chin that looks pointed. This face benefits from a low side-part, with a sweep of hair brushed across the forehead and secured with a comb. With this look, it is desirable to give the look of volume with an asymmetric flow of hair extending to one side, which widens the face and reduces the length. Straight falling fringes or blended with the sides of your hair also shorten the overall face length. Your best hair length reaches to the middle of the neck. You should go for styles featuring volume with curly or wavy styles that are flattering, giving the ultimate illusion of balanced width.
This shape is represented by an angular jaw, square brow, with both jaw and brow being nearly the same width. Your goal is to soften the sharp angular line of the jaw and to minimise the effect of the squared-off brow. The best hair styles should be worn swinging forward onto the face for full effect to reduce the angles. The ideal hair length is best one to one and a half inches below the chin, or extending to shoulder length hair to reduce and soften the squareness of the jaw line. The perfect look for you is always wearing your hair on the forehead as long as it is wispy or fringed. Never wear a straight fringe. Hair turned under at the bottom is a "no-no" as it will also narrow the width of the jaw. Styles in loose curls and waves will also add extra dimension to the square face.
This face shape is characterised by a wide chin and a narrow forehead. The goal here is to narrow the chin and widen the forehead. It is extremely important for you to select hairstyles with full volume to the sides which will balance your face shape. Hair is best worn wide and fuller at the temples, brushed away from the face and up towards the ears to widen the forehead.
From the ear be sure to angle your hair forward towards the chin to soften and narrow a strong jaw. Your best hair length is chin length or longer.