Know Your Face Shape

By Mandy, age 13, Oklahoma

Your face shape determines whether or not your hairstyle suits you. Texture is taken into consideration next, and volume comes in lastly. You may be like me. I did not know anything about how face shapes determined your overall appearance, and I always got the same old hairstyle. Summer is all about change, and changing your hairstyle is on the list of things to change!

There are many ways to find out your face shape, but the easiest way is to just take the time and measure your facial structures one by one. The first step is to tie back your hair away from your face and pin back your bangs if you have any.

1. Measure your face across the top of your cheekbones. Write down the measurement on a piece of paper.

2. Measure across your jaw line from the widest point to the widest point. Write down the measurement.

3. Measure across your forehead at the widest point. Generally the widest point will be somewhere about halfway between your eyebrows and your hairline. Write down the measurement.

4. Measure from the tip of your hairline to the bottom of your chin.

Measurement directions credited to

If you have an oval face the length of your face is equal to 1 and 1/2 times the width of your face.
If you have a round face your face is as wide as it is long.
If you have a square face your face is about as wide as it is long.
If you have a heart face your face is narrow at the jaw and wide in either the forehead or cheekbones.


♥ Oval faces are considered the most well balanced of all of the face shapes.

♥ People who have oval faces can pull off almost any styles.

♥ In the world of beauty and cosmetics, it is considered the ideal face shape.

♥ People who have an oval shape can also pull off bangs in any style (i.e. fringes and side bangs), but your hair type, length, texture, and condition is taken into consideration.

♥ Avoid covering up your features with heavy bangs.


♥ The least appealing face shape, and is often confused with excess weight.

♥ Widest point is around the cheekbones.

♥ Skillfully constructed bangs can add contour to a round face.

♥ A short hairstyle with a swept-back direction will generally look good on round faces.

♥ Avoid chin length hair that is rounded at the ends that copies your face's circular shape.


♥ Can be easily recognized among the other shapes, but is often mistaken for other face shapes unless the shape is obvious.

♥ Dealing with the square face shape requires implementing a style that features curves at the forehead and jaw line with some volume on the top and the sides to soften the angles of the face.

♥ The square face is almost ideal in terms of height and width, but the angles of the upper and lower sections of the face define a square face.

By the way, I have a square face. :)


♥ Swept-forward layers around the upper face and gentle wispy bangs are a great look on you.

♥ Like a square face, the height and the width of a heart shaped face is ideal, but the narrow jaw is what determines this face shape.

♥ Avoid too much height at the crown since it will give the appearance of a longer and narrower chin.

Have a safe summer, everyone, and look forward to your brand new appearance when school starts! I'll see you next month with my article on current Asian trends. :)

Until next time,

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March 15, 2012

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