We’ve all heard that picking a hairstyle or a makeup technique based on face shape can be the most flattering, but sometimes it’s the simple beauty basics that are the hardest to figure out. We’re giving you some easy tips to help you determine your face shape once and for all. Keep in mind that no one’s face is perfectly one shape—so these are general guidelines, NOT rules. And we’re firmly in favor of experimenting with makeup and hairstyles regardless of your face shape so let this be a jumping off point!
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.
Oval face shape: Your face is longer than it is wide. You have a curved jawline slightly narrower than your forehead.
Heart face shape: Your forehead is wider than your jawline. Your chin is pointed and you may have a widow’s peak.
Diamond face shape: Similar to a heart face shape but with a tapered hairline.
Square face shape: 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.
Round face shape: Similar to a square face shape but with a rounded jawline.
This video is part of our Beauty Essentials series, where we provide the building blocks of beauty routines from basic to advanced. With our step-by-step tutorials, you'll learn the skills you need to master the looks you want.