Knowing your face shape seems like the gateway to solving all of life’s problems. Once you can determine what shape your face is, you'll easily be able to find the perfect hairstyle, perfect glasses and perfect makeup look for yourself.
You can make this process as easy or as detailed as you want. The easy way to do this is to just take a look in the mirror and do a quick assessment of what shape your face looks like. The most commonly referenced face shapes are oval, circle (round), square and heart. A fun way to do this is tracing your shape. You can use the selfie camera on your phone or tablet to make this easy. You can trace your face using that selfie on an app like Snapchat to see what the shape ends up looking like. You could also do this in a mirror with a dry-erase marker.
If you need more help, here’s how to use a few key features to determine what your shape is:
Start by checking out your forehead, cheeks, jaw, and face length. You can either measure using a ruler, or just taking a piece of paper or string and just making a mark to indicate the widths. You’ll be comparing those widths against each other to figure out your shape.
Heart: This face shape usually means that your cheekbones are very high and your forehead is probably the widest point of your face, while your chin tapers to a point.
Circle (round): Your face is probably widest at your cheekbones, while your chin and forehead are smaller in width. The distance widthwise is probably similar to the vertical length.
Square: The width of your forehead, cheeks, and jaw are almost equal. This is similar to the round faces, but straighter on the sides.
Oval: These faces are longer than they are wide. The widest point is usually at the forehead, but not by much.
If none of those fit the “basic” shapes, here are a few more to check out:
Diamond: This is a more angular face shape that is widest somewhere between the cheeks and forehead, around the temple area.
Triangle: You are probably widest around the jaw, and smaller around the forehead. This is almost the opposite of the heart face shape.
Oblong: This face shape is similar to oval, but it’s slightly narrower and appears longer.