Different shapes of human faces

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Different shapes of human faces
The shape of the face helps dictate what earrings, haircuts and glasses are flattering. (Pixland/Pixland/Getty Images)

Everybody is unique, but style selections and genetics each play a part in an individual's looks. The shape of a person's face is a consideration when choosing hair styles, hats, eyeglasses and even earrings to present yourself in a chosen way. Understanding the shape of your face makes shopping excursions more enjoyable by cutting down on earring and hat browsing time. In addition, knowing the shape of your face helps when choosing what hairstyle suits you without struggling with trial and error.

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Rectangle-shaped faces are longer than they are wide. The jaw is broad and the chin is more square-shaped instead of rounded. The sides of a rectangle face are straight, so the forehead, cheekbones and jaw line all align. Most likely, the hairline of a person with a rectangle face is straight. Short or medium-length hairstyles are ideal with rectangle or oblong faces alike, as they do not further elongate the look. Fullness on the sides of the face also helps even out rectangle and oblong faces.


An oblong face is similar to a rectangle face in the length-to-width ratio, but has a rounded chin. The forehead, cheekbones and jaw line all line up, but the rounded chin, combined with a most-likely rounded hairline, create an oblong appearance. Layers and side-parts are ideal with oblong and rectangle faces.


Square face shapes appear when the length and width of the facial structure are approximately the same size. Those with square faces have broad, square-like jaw structures. The jaw bone, cheekbones and forehead align. In addition, square-faced people have straight hairlines. Hairstyles with fullness toward the top of the head and wispy fringe add the appearance of length to the face while softening the square look. Also, curls or waves soften the look of a square facial shape.


If the length and width of the face are approximately equal lengths and the jaw line is broad but slightly rounded, this creates the appearance of a round face. The cheeks are the widest part of a rounded face and the hairline is most likely rounded. Hairstyles that achieve fullness toward the crown of the head help even out and add length to round faces.


Triangle-shaped faces occur when the length of the face is slightly longer than the width, rather than obviously longer lengths that contribute to rectangle and oblong faces. The broad and slightly square look of the jaw creates a triangle-like shape as the cheekbones taper up and reach the smallest part of the face: the forehead. Hairstyles that work well on triangular faces are typically voluminous styles that taper toward the jaw line.


If the face is slightly, but not obviously, longer than it is wide and has a slightly rounded jaw, then the face has an oval shape. The oval face is either slightly wider or slightly shorter than an oblong face. In addition, the cheekbones of an oval face are slightly wider than the jaw line and forehead, creating an almost egg-like appearance. Almost any hair style looks good on an oval-shaped face.

Inverted Triangle/Heart

An inverted triangle face shape is when the facial structure is minimally longer than its width without the jaw line appearing slightly rounded. Similar to a heart-shaped face, the forehead is either the widest part of the face or approximately the same width as the cheekbones. Inverted triangle faces often give the appearance of a "pointy chin" since the jaw line is more narrow. The single difference between inverted triangle and heart-shaped faces is that a heart-shaped face has a widows peak hairline, whereas the inverted triangle has a straight or slightly rounded hairline. Since the jaw line is so narrow, those with inverted triangle or heart-shaped faces are able to pull off longer hairstyles well. Shorter styles work as long as there is volume toward the nape of the neck to balance the cheekbones and chin.


Diamond-shaped faces display the cheekbones as the widest part of the face. Cheekbones are also most likely high and pointed. Facial structure is slightly longer than it is wide, and the chin is not rounded but instead comes to a "point" much like an inverted triangle face. Often, facial features are well balanced vertically on diamond faces. Diamond-shaped faces are complemented by almost any hair style.

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