Keep in mind that no ones face is perfectly one shapeso these are general guidelines, NOT rules. And were firmly in favor of experimenting with makeup and hairstyles regardless of your face shape so let this be a jumping off point! Once you have determined your face shape, click here to discover new products that can help you master the beauty basics.
Step 1: Take a picture of yourself straight on, with your hair pulled away from your face.
Step 2: Print out the picture.
Step 3: Place dots at the top, bottom, and sides of your face. Trace between the dots to get a clear sense of your face shape.
Now that youve ID-ed your face shape, its also helpful to find the right hairstyle to flatter it! To help, we spoke to a few of celebrity hairstylists to have them weigh in on their thoughts on the best styles (and cuts) for everyone under the sun.
Oval Face Shape
Traits: Your face is longer than it is wide. You have a curved jawline slightly narrower than your forehead.
Celeb References:Jennifer Anniston or Jessica Alba
Style Tip: The good news? Having an oval face shape is technically one of the most versatile and flattering shapes one can have. Literally any haircut will work best for you, adds senior hair stylist, [Samantha Padilla] (https://www.jumpmanagement.com/samantha-padilla-hair), who works with Victory Boyd and Alicia Keys. But if you're having trouble trying to decide I would think of what type of length do you want.
Heart Face Shape
Traits: Your forehead is wider than your jawline. Your chin is pointed and you may have a widows peak.
Celeb References: Reese Witherspoon and Kourtney Kardashian
Style Tip: According to celebrity hairstylist [Chuck Amos] (https://www.instagram.com/chuckielovehair/?hl=en)who works with Alicia Keys, Tracee Ellis Ross, Janet Mock, Alice Smith, and LionBabethose with heart-shaped faces should opt for slight volume with slight layers on the side.
The layers, cut into the face on the sides, giving your cheekbones definition, making your face not so wide looking, while a shoulder length cut elongates the shorter length of your face, he adds. Also, try a side part because it will divert your eyes from the shape of your face and create the illusion of a leaner face.
Diamond Face Shape
Traits: Similar to a heart face shape but with a tapered hairline.
Celeb References: Rihanna and Eiza Gonzales
Style Tip: Typically, this face shape looks great with a deep side part or wispy bangs to make the forehead less narrow, explains Padilla. If you're looking for a medium length cut, I would recommend keeping fullness on your ends to create a softer, voluminous look.
Square Face Shape
Traits: Your face is roughly as long as it is wide. Your forehead and jawline are also roughly the same width. Your chin is less pointed than other face shapes and your jawline is squared.
Celeb References: Sofia Vergara and Lindsay Lohan
Style Tip:What you want to do is add lots of definition, explains Padilla. Like textured layers, a soft fringe to break up the bluntness or a squared look. Stay away from one length cuts if you have thick hair as it will accentuate the squareness.
If you go for bangs, If you choose to rock bangs, cut them a bit rounded so it can fit the face better. Its always better to layer the hair instead of blunt cuts! explains celebrity hair stylist Jhonatan Rendon who works with Lindsay Lohan, Natti Natasha, Peta Murgatroyd, and Kelly Gale
Round Face Shape
Traits: Similar to a square face shape but with a rounded jawline.
Celeb References: Jennifer Lawrence and Natti Natasha
Style Tip: Blunt cuts long or short work for round faces! I personally would do a lob with some layers, but not too many, explains Rendon.Depending on the texture of the hair you dont want it to look too roundjust enough balance to elongate the face shape. Pixie cuts are another great option, he just suggests adding a little height and volume up top.
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