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3 Steps to Finding Your Face Shape (and Best Haircuts for Your Shape

Updated on March 25, 2014

3 Steps to Finding Your Face Shape

Put down the tape measure and forget the mathematical equations. Finding your face shape can be done in just three easy steps.

First, pull your hair back in a tight ponytail. If your hair is too short to pull back, use a headband to pull your hair back away from your face.

Next, look straight into a mirror and use a dry-erase marker to trace the outline of your face. Do not include your ears. I recommend a dry-erase marker because it is easy to clean off. You could use a lipstick, lip liner, or eyeliner, but they don't clean off as easily. Save yourself the trouble.

Now step back and look at the shape you traced on the mirror. Determine if the shape you traced is oval, round, square, rectangle, heart, or triangle.

Here is a breakdown of each shape along with haircuts that will flatter your shape.


This is the most common face shape. Congratulations, your proportions are even and you can wear just about any hairstyle!


This shape is much like the oval shape, only your cheeks are wider. Avoid haircuts that end at your chin, such as bobs. Also, avoid heavy bangs. Allowing your forehead to show will help elongate your face.


This shape is characterized by a wide forehead and strong edges along the jawline. With these strong features, think the opposite when choosing a hairstyle. Opt for delicate options such as wispy layers or a side bang.


This shape is similar to the square, except the distance from your temple to your jawline is longer. Adding width along the sides will help balance these features. You can add width with layers that add fullness.


This shape is characterized by a wider forehead than jawline. You can wear soft bangs or full bangs to help balance your face shape. Shorter cuts and bobs will flatter this face shape as well.


This shape is similar to the heart shape, except the jawline is wider than the forehead. This shape is easy to balance. Avoid heavy bangs, and opt for haircuts and styles that are cut in around the neck and jaw.

Oval face shape
Oval face shape
Round face shape
Round face shape
Square face shape
Square face shape
Rectangle face shape
Rectangle face shape
Heart face shape
Heart face shape
Triangle face shape
Triangle face shape


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