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How to Determine Your Face Shape

Updated on July 12, 2012

Why It Matters

Your face is the first thing people notice about you. It’s why we spend thousands of dollars and countless hours putting our best face forward. Knowing your face shape type gives you a starting point for selecting hair styles, eyebrow shapes, sunglasses, and also makeup techniques.

Ready, Set, Measure!

There are four measurements you’ll take to determine your face shape; length, cheeks, jaw, and forehead.

  1. Length: Place the measuring tape at middle of your hairline and measure down to the tip of your chin
  2. Cheeks: Place the measuring tape at the outer corner of your eye. Lay tape across your nose to the opposite, stopping at the outer corner of your other eye.
  3. Jaw: Place the measuring tape at the bottom of your ear (not lobe, actual ear) Lay tape down and across until it comes to your chin. Stop at the middle of your chin for half the jawline measurement. You may use your teeth as a guide for the middle of your chin if you have little definition there.
  4. Forehead: Place the measuring tape across your forehead at the widest part between your hairline and eyebrows.

Now for the fun part, let’s find out which shape is yours. Below are the shapes broken down by their unique qualities. For a visual reference, I included a celeb for each type as a reference (also helpful to look up hot hairstyles that will look great on your face shape)


The two measurements we consider for round face shape types are length and width of cheekbones. For a round face, these two are almost the same number, giving the appearance of a perfect circle.

Drew Barrymore
Drew Barrymore | Source


The forehead measurement will be wider than the jawline for those with a heart shaped face type. It may also be referred to as the inverted triangle.

Reese Witherspoon
Reese Witherspoon | Source


The measurements we consider for this face shape type are the cheekbones, jawline, and forehead. Diamond shaped faces are widest at cheekbones, the forehead and jawline measurements should be close to the same length.

Nicole Kidman
Nicole Kidman | Source


Oval faces are nearly proportional in measurement. The length is one and a half times the width. People with this face shape type generally notice that their forehead is wider than their chins.

Jessica Alba
Jessica Alba | Source


The measurements used for square face shape are the ones that determine width; cheeks, jaw, and forehead. These numbers should be close to the same. People with this face shape type may notice that their jaw appears to be square in shape.

Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie | Source

Keep in Mind

* There are other face shape types that are variants of those mentioned above. These include oblong (longer variant of oval) and pear (opposite of heart)

* The "ideal" face shape is oval. The oval shape is used when applying makeup as the end goal of how we use our angles. You may notice this point made when reading about makeup application techniques that are face shape type specific. In my humble opinion, there is no "ideal" only unique shapes that we all and the our ability to accentuate them.

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    • KarlawithaK profile image

      KarlawithaK 5 years ago from Oregon

      Thanks Seth! I'm glad you like it, it was fun to write.

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      KarlawithaK 5 years ago from Oregon

      I always thought that my face shape was round. Probably cause of the extra pounds that always seemed to show up there first! =) One day I did the measuring myself and found the same as you, square it is.

      Glad to know you enjoyed it.

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      Sheila 5 years ago from Surprise Arizona - formerly resided in Washington State

      Very awesome Hub - you have made it so easy to figure out what face shape we really have. I always thought I was either round or square but your Hub confirms it - I'm square. Voted Up, awesome, and useful.