Face Shapes

The human face is roughly divided into three vertical sections forehead, nose, and chin. Your face shape is determined by the proportions of these sections. There are seven primary face shapes: oval, oblong, square, round, base-down triangle, base-up triangle, and diamond. To find your face shape, look into a mirror and pull your hair back so you can see your face clearly. Then, trace the outline of your face with a lip or eyebrow pencil.

Oval: Face is slightly longer than wide, and forehead is larger than chin.

Oblong: Face is longer than wide, and forehead, cheekbones, and jaw are about the same width.

Square: All measurements are about equal. Jaw is slightly wider than cheekbones, and forehead is slightly wider than jaw.

Round: Face is as long as it is wide, and cheekbones and jaw are about the same width.

Base-Down Triangle: Face is wider at the jaw than at the forehead, and chin is pointed.

Base-Up Triangle: Face is wider at the forehead than at the jaw, and chin is rounded.

Diamond: Face is narrow at the forehead and chin, and cheekbones are the widest part of the face.