Determine your face shape

In every women’s magazine you read about face shapes. Here is your personal how-to guide on finding your face shape.

Which is your face shape?

You will need a mirror and a marker.

Stand about two feet away from the mirror. Keep as still as possible, and place dots at the top of your hairline (between your eyes), at each cheek edge, and three along your chin (sides and point.) Then connect the dots. Remember to follow the hairline, not the top of your head.

This may take a few tries, but I know you can do it.

Determine your shape.

Oval: hair line and jaw line mirror one another, face flows gently to the cheek bones.

The oval face is the most versatile face. You can pull off almost any look — short or long, straight or wavy. But for the most flattering look on you, consider your best feature and highlight it with your haircut.
If you have gorgeous bone structure, consider an angular bob that shows off your chin. Great eyes? Blunt or side-swept bangs are a great bet.

Styles that are flattering and stylish: sophisticated bobs, bangs, long, beachy waves (think California surfer girl).

Avoid: Short layers that add height on top of your head. Aside from being dated, short layers can make your face appear long. If your hair is thick or curly, avoid a blunt cut. You’ll look like a pyramid. If you have curly hair, short hair is generally a no-no.

Heart: slight dip in the hairline makes the heart point. Wide cheek bones taper steadily to the chin point.

Your pointy chin tends to be the focal point of your face. Draw attention to your eyes and cheekbones instead with sideswept bangs, brow-grazing fringe, a strong part and hair that falls at or below your jawline. Have short hair? Keep top layers soft and long. Long hair? Go for long layers that graze your cheekbones.

Avoid: Short, blunt-cut bangs and harsh, choppy layers.

Round: a hair line that’s a half-circle and a chin to match, or about the same width and height.

Your goal is to create less volume around the face. You also want to minimize the appearance of roundness.
Styles that are flattering and stylish: Try cuts that fall just below the chin. Soft, graduated layers are a great bet because they make your face appear slimmer and tend to remove bulk and weight from the sides. Consider wispy and tapered ends. These de-emphasize the roundness of your face. Bangs are flattering, but keep them long or sideswept.

Avoid: One-length, blunt cuts if you have short hair. Curly, short hair is also a no-no. These only emphasize your roundness.

Square: a mostly straight hairline and a nearly equal width at hair line, cheeks, jaw and from hairline to chin.

If you have a square face, you’ll want to play down your strong, angular jaw. Texture, in the form of curls or choppy ends, do this brilliantly. You can also get away with short, spiky cuts and long, sleek styles with layers that start at the jawline and continue downward.
Avoid: One-length bobs (especially chin-length) and blunt-cut bangs. These will make your face look even more square

Rectangle/Long: similar to square except the face is longer than it is wide.

Long or “Oblong” Face Shapes
Ahhh, the long face shape. The perfect haircut for us is one that doesn’t drag down the face, yet adds width.
Styles that are flattering: Brow-skimming bangs (I plan to never go without them again). Chin-length bobs are also ideal for you because they create the illusion of width. Just make sure your stylist cuts the hair a bit shorter in the back so it doesn’t look boring. Curls and waves work well because they add width to the face.

Be careful with long hair — hair that is too long can drag down the face. Long layers work best with pieces hitting at the nose, the chin and the collarbone. Consider a v-shaped style where the length is mainly in the back, while the sides and front of your hair appear shorter. Also, consider adding wave or curls to the hair (find out how, here).

Avoid: Stay away from the extremes. Don’t go longer than the collarbone and avoid a skull-capping super short cut.

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