How to know your Face Shape? Face Shape Calculator. What is my face shape?
All people have one of 7 basic face shapes: square, round, triangle or pear, long (or “oblong”), diamond or oval, heart or inverted triangle shaped faces. With respect to beauty, the face shape plays a part. Many people out there do not love the features that their faces have though may not even have thought about the shape of their face.
Knowing your face shape can help to boost your confidence and based on which you can make decisions about many things, hairstyles, spectacles included. To find this out, pull or comb your hair completely away from your face. Now, you’ll need a measuring tape or ruler. Be sure to note down the results for each step:
- Consider the forehead first. Measure across your forehead at the widest point.
- Now, your cheeks. Measure the widest length across your cheekbones.
- Now move on to your jaw. Measure your jaw line at its widest point.
- In the end, measure the length of your face. Locate the ruler at the top of your forehead & measure starting from your hairline to your chin. Your ratio will either be 1 (your width) to 1 1/2 (your length) or 1 to 1 or 1 to 2.
Square Shaped Face
You have square face if your face has the following dimensions:
- Your cheekbones, forehead, and jaw are equal in width.
- The face has sharp, angular features including a sharp jaw line. (If the features are soft and rounded, you are likely a “round face shape.”)
- The face cross ratio is 1 to 1 (Length = Width) or 1 to 1 1/2.
Round Shaped Face
You have a classic round face if you fit the below criteria:
- The width of your forehead, cheekbones, and jaw are equal
- The jaw is slightly rounded as opposed to angular.
- The round face has soft features in general. The difference between a round face and a square face (which also measures the same across as long) lies in the angles. Square faces have strong, angular features, whereas a round face has soft features.
- The face cross ratio is 1 to 1 (length = width).
Long Shaped Face (Oblong Shaped Face)
Long face shapes are longer than they are wide. If the length to the width of the face is more than 1 1/2, then you fall into this face shape zone.
Diamond Shaped Face
You have a diamond face if your jaw line and forehead are the same length and you are widest at your cheekbones.
Oval Shaped Face
The length is equal to 1½ times width.
Heart Shaped Face
Heart-shaped faces are wider at the forehead and get gently narrowed down when reach the jaw line. The chin may be pointed in this face shape. This shape is also referred to as the “inverted-triangle.”
Triangle Face Shape
Pear shaped or Triangle shaped face will have the widest point as the jaw line and forehead would be narrow in comparison to any other point on the face.
Which is the best Face Shape? How is the Face Shape related to Looks & Beauty?
Best Face Shape for Men
There is a large percentage of men who have a square face shape, and it is the most ideal and desired shape to work with. The well defined chin, clefted chin, angular jaw line, all give rise to the manly face as we know it. Therefore, the main purpose is to square off the face, while taking into consideration any imperfections and how to camouflage them, when it comes to haircuts and beards.
Best Face Shape for Women
Face Shape plays a very significant part in giving a ladylike appearance to a woman (What Makes Beautiful Women?).
The oval face is considered the best facial shape for women. An oval face can get away with almost any haircut and jewellery, because of its balanced proportions.
How to change / highlight your Face Shape & Make it Perfect & Ideal Shaped? Can you Shape your Face Shape?
Try hairstyles that fall just below the chin, like the long bob, or soft, adapted layers that are shoulder length. Avoid one length, blunt cuts like the classic bob-cut.
Experiment with curls, or long, sleek haircuts with layers that are commencing from the jaw line and downward. Avoid blunt-cut bangs and one-length bob hairstyles, which highlight your angular jaw rather than devalue it.
An oval face shape can usually sustain any sort of haircut. Figure out what best facial feature you have and accentuate it with a great hairdo. Have a great bone structure? Consider an angular bob that enhances your chin. Gorgeous eyes? Blunt or side-swept bangs will draw attention to your beautiful eyes.
Go for side swept bangs or brow-skimming bangs which would draw away attention from the chin. Avoid choppy layers that make the chin prominent.
Short haircuts with a lot of volume are ideal for triangular faces. You can also choose a long cut, as long as it hits at your collarbone or lower.
Try to create width at the forehead with bangs, and balance it out with layers that start at the chin.
Brow-skimming, chin-length bobs or side swept bangs are ideal so as to create the illusion of width. Also, curls & waves help to add width. Avoid long haircuts, because they tend to drag the face down; try short haircuts instead.
2) Spectacles & Sunglasses for Face Shapes
To make a round face appear thinner and longer, try angular narrow eyeglass frames to lengthen the face, a clear bridge that widens the eyes, and frames that are wider than they are deep, such as a rectangular shape.
To keep the oval face’s natural balance, look for eyeglass frames that are as wide as (or wider than) the broadest part of the face, or walnut-shaped frames that are not too deep or too narrow.
To make an oblong face appear shorter and more balanced, try frames that have lesser width than depth, a low bridge to shorten the nose, decorative or contrasting temples that add width to the face.
This is the rarest face shape. Try frames that have detailing or distinctive brow lines, or try rimless frames or oval and cat-eye shapes, to highlight the eyes and soften the cheek bones.
To make a square face look longer and soften the angles, try narrow frame styles, frames that have more width than depth, and narrow ovals.
To add width and emphasize the narrow upper third of the face, try frames that are heavily accented with colour and detailing on the top half or cat-eye shapes.
3) Change Face Shape through Cosmetic Surgery
A) Botox for Masseter Hypertrophy Masseter muscle reduction is a procedure often requested by Asian ethnicities and now very commonly in India. The Masster is a muscle in the jaw area & an enlarged masseter muscle leads to formation of a square shaped masculine appearing face in women.
The use of botulinum toxin can effectively treat the masseter hypertrophy, change the shape of the face predictably (make the face and the jaw line slim), without any unwanted surgical trauma and complications.
To read more on how Botox works, read this blog post:
B) Fillers for Augmentation of Cheeks & Chin
Dermal Filler Injections like Juvederm & Voluma play an important role in adding volume where necessary, easily, without any pain and surgery. So, the chin can be augmented or the cheeks, as required.
C) Use of Chin Implants so as to elongate the face.
Works in diamond shaped & oblong faces to make them oval, by adding width at the chin area. This also markedly improves profile pictures.
D) Use of Cheek Implants for widening of the Mid-Face Area
Works in oblong faces, to add width to the cheeks and balance the face.
Works in round faces to reduce the increased fat and make the jaw line & chin more defined and angular. Also, removes the double chin.
F) Orthognathic Surgery
Complex Maxillo-Facial Surgery in which the bones of the face are cut & re-arranged to change facial shape.
In summary, figuring out about what your face shape type can be the first step in evaluating many things: which hairstyles will suit you, which spectacles & sunglasses will look good on you, how you should apply makeup, etc. In fact, understanding your face shape is the first step in understanding you. Once you know your face shape, you can correct the deficiencies & aim for the best face shape by visually changing your face shape via makeup, glasses, or hairstyles or even by using cosmetic surgery procedures.