Before you can decide what haircut to get, which sunglasses to rock, or even where to apply your blush, it’s important to first know the shape of your face. Why? Simple: this allows you to make beauty choices that flatter your unique features, no matter what look you’re trying to pull off. Get started on the right path with this quick guide to the six face shapes. It doesn’t get any more basic than this!
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The length of your face is approximately 1 ½ times its width. The top of your forehead is equal to or slightly wider than the width of your chin. You have generally soft features.
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The length of your face is more than 1 ½ times its width. It is noticeably elongated in appearance, and you most likely have a pointed chin.
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The length of your face is equal to its width, giving it a circular look. Your forehead, cheekbones, and jaw are more or less equal in width. You have full cheeks, a rounded jawline, and very soft features.
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The width of your face is 1 ½ times its length—or, the length and width of your face are equal. Your features are sharp and angular. You have high cheekbones, a pronounced jawline, and a square chin. Your forehead and jawline are approximately the same width.
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Your face is the widest at the forehead and gradually narrows down to your chin. You have high cheekbones, a narrow jaw, and a relatively pointy chin. Your face looks like an upside-down triangle—or a heart.
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Your face is widest at the cheekbones. The top of your forehead is narrow and mirrors the width of your chin. You have an angular jawline, but it’s still less prominent than your cheeks.