When it comes to choosing a hairstyle or sunglasses, knowing your face shape is important to help you know which styles to choose. What looks good on your friend with a square shape, doesn’t necessarily work for someone with a round face. To determine your face shape, grab a soft tape measure and follow these steps:
First, take the following measurements (in inches or centimeters):
1. Forehead: Pull the tape measure from the peak of one eyebrow arch to the peak of the opposite arch. Record that number.
2. Cheekbones: Measure across your upper cheeks, starting and ending at the sharp bump below the outer corner of each eye.
3. Jawline: Measure from the tip of your chin to the point below your ear where your jaw angles upward. Multiply that number by two.
4. Face length: Measure from the center of your hairline to the tip of your chin.
Write down these four measurements. Note which is the largest, and use the information below to determine your face shape.
(Step by step courtesy of Birchbox)
Square: All measurements are fairly similar. The angle of the jaw is sharp.
Olivia Wilde has fierce cheekbones and a wide jaw. With so many hard angles, you’ll want to choose a soft and sophisticated hairstyle and round sunglasses.
Oval: Face length is larger than the width of the cheekbones, and forehead is larger than the jawline. The angle of the jaw is rounded.
Liv Tyler has a soft and long face. Oval types can wear many different hairstyles and sunglasses. I recommend wider sunglasses and a more voluminous hairstyle to balance the long oval shape.
Heart: Face length is largest. Then, in descending order: cheekbones, forehead, and smallest is jawline. The chin is pointed.
Kourtney Kardashian has a beautiful jawline that is accentuated with her soft cheeks and hairline.
Round: Cheekbones and face length have a similar measurement. They are larger than forehead and jawline, which also have a similar measurement. The angle of the jaw is soft.
Ginnifer Goodwin has very soft features and is a perfect example of a round face shape. You’ll want to create hard angles with your sunnies or hairstyle.