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Have you ever wondered what your face shape is?
We often hear face shapes in conversations about make-up, especially contouring and highlighting, but face shapes are also crucial in determining the right haircut for you.
Your face shape can significantly change how certain hairstyles look on you. Surely, anyone can choose whatever cut and style they want to pull off. But, looking for the one that will naturally suit you is the way to go!
There are 6 basic face shapes, and each has its distinct characteristics. Given the information available online, we wouldn't be surprised if you're still confused and curious. So, we wanted to shed some light on the different cuts that best complement each one.
Interested? Tie your hair back with an oversized hair scrunchie and get a mirror. Here is the guide to finding the right haircut for your face shape:
If you have a long face shape, your face is noticeably longer than it is wide. The lower half of your face is longer than the top. The forehead will typically be the widest part of your face, while all the other features remain soft and rounded, especially your chin. A long face is pretty much an elongated version of an oval face.
As your face appears long already, longer hair will only pull your face down. So if you have this shape, keep your hair short and layered. Soft curls and waves can also help in lifting your features. Upping the volume of your hair will give an illusion of a shorter face shape.
A layered mid-length curly cut is also recommended for those with long faces, as it is layered through the back, sides and top with enough body and bounce. More styles include side parting, middle parting, fringes, bob, and pixies.
Bangs are great as well.
Ideal face shape!
Similarly, an oval is more in length than of width. Cheekbones are the broadest feature of this face shape, while the chin and jawline are rounded. You can imagine a picture of an egg placed upside down. If you notice the same characteristics, chances are you’ve got an oval shape.
Lucky for you, this face shape looks good on any haircut! As the oval face shape is proportional, you can pull off any length of cut. You can add layers near the cheekbones, lips or chin just to enhance the features. Long hair with layers or blunt bobs with waves? No problem!
Texture is more important!
Round face shape is characterised by a wide hairline and fullness below the cheekbones. The jawline and chin remain rounded, as well as the forehead. This face shape is pretty symmetrical with a circular appearance that involves no edges or major angles.
Haircuts below the chin are the best for round face shapes. Longer hair can help lengthen the face. Whilst, short cuts can accentuate the roundness of the face. But short styles that add volume on top can be great to help elongate the face.
Styles with a lot of movements, like choppy layers and curls can also help disguise the circular look of a round face and create an illusion of many angles. Asymmetric haircuts also flatter a round face.
Similar to round faces but with more prominent features, square face shapes play down a strong, angular jaw with minimal curves on the cheekbones. The hairline is pretty much a straight line. And the forehead has the same width as that of the jawline and cheekbones.
Girlies with square face shape come strong, so cuts that soften the dramatic features are essential to accomplish a flattering appearance. For the look that complements the face structure, deep side parts, texture, and soft bangs keep the balance. Long and airy layers will also help disguise the sharp angles of the face. If you want it cropped, make sure to add layers and bangs.
Straight is a no-no!
I love…. my face and hair!
Heart face shapes feature a broad forehead and cheekbones with a narrow jawline and chin, forming a subtle heart. The forehead and the cheekbones are of the same width, much wider than the jawline. This kind of face shape is also called V-shape.
With such a shape, you should keep the balance with a cut that decreases your brow width and increases the width of the lower half of your face. Adding side-swept bangs to this face shape can help disguise the width of the forehead while drawing your eyes down.
Waves and curls, bobs, lobs, and pixie cuts will also even out your angled jaw and ensure fullness around it.
Shine bright like a diamond!
This face shape is often confused with hearts. But diamond-shaped faces have narrower forehead than heart face shape. Moreover, the cheekbones are much wider than the forehead and jawline, with a strongly-pointed chin. The face is equally long and wide.
For the most flattering look, you've got to even out your sharp angles and balance the cheekbones. You might consider a medium or long layered cut worn with tousled waves and deep side parts. Bobs are also great.
Adding straight bangs can also shorten the face. Don't forget to try a high pony for that snatched look and flaunt that chiselled cheekbones while also widening your forehead.
Regardless of face shape, every person is attractive in their own way. Now that we have gone through the basic face shapes and the different haircuts that would suit each face shape, maybe you're now up for some little hair makeover!