How to Figure Out Your Face Shape Once and for All
Figuring out your face shape, much like achieving the perfect messy bun or mastering liquid eyeliner, is one of those things that sounds a lot easier than it actually is. If you’ve ever tried the "trace your face in the mirror" trick only to be left staring at a squiggly blob that resembles a puddle or fluffy cloud more than any sort of recognisable shape, we feel you.
To help you always pick the most flattering makeup colours and hairstyles for your face shape, we're sharing our tips on pinpointing exactly what your unique face shape is. Rest assured knowing this key bit of information will help you wield your makeup brushes and style your locks with that much more confidence.
Pin the handy guide on finding your face shape below, and then keep scrolling to find out your own.
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If you have a square face, the sides of your face are straight and your jawline is slightly angled with a very minimal curve. Your face is nearly as wide as it is long. In other words, if you were to measure from the edge of your temple to the top of where your jawline starts, you'd find that it would be approximately the same as the distance from your left jaw to right jaw.
Celebrities with your face shape: Cameron Diaz, Angelina Jolie and Sandra Bullock.
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If someone drew lines connecting the centre of your hairline to your cheekbones and down to your chin, it would create a diamond shape—hence, the name. Diamond-faced women have pointed chins and high cheekbones. The main difference between a diamond-shaped face and a heart-shaped face is the hairline—if you have a diamond-shaped face, your hairline will be narrower.
Celebs with your face shape: Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Greene.
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Rectangular faces are sometimes called "oblong," and they're similar to a square-shaped face but longer than they are wide. Your forehead, cheeks and jawline are approximately the same width and your chin has a very slight curve.
Celebs with your face shape: Joan Smalls, Sarah Jessica Parker and Alexa Chung.
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If your chin is pointed and your forehead is the widest part of your face, you have a heart-shaped face. Some people may have a widow’s peak at their hairline, but you can still have a heart-shaped face without one—picture an upside-down triangle instead.
Celebs with your face shape: Sarah Hyland, Reese Witherspoon and Chloë Grace Moretz.
A round face is just a square-shaped face with softer angles—the sides of your face curve slightly outwards instead of being straight. Your chin is rounded and your cheekbones are the widest part of your face.
Celebs with your face shape: Elizabeth Olsen, Jennifer Lawrence and Ginnifer Goodwin.
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Ladies with oval faces will have a forehead that is only a tiny bit wider than their curved chin—picture an egg placed upside down. Your face is similar to an oblong face, but with a softer chin and more curve to the sides of your face.
Celebs with your face shape: Olivia Munn, Kerry Washington and Blake Lively.
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This story was originally published on April 16, 2014.