What’s Your Face Shape?

What does that question mean?  How can you figure out your face shape?  Why does it matter?  Ahh, so many questions….  let me help enlighten you just a quick minute:

Your face shape is the shape your face is when you follow the perimeter of your head, when looking straight on into your face.  This question is often handy to have an answer to when figuring out what hairstyle best “fits” your face shape.  The way to figure out your face shape is easy!

faceshape8.4.14While looking in a mirror – say, just after you have showered and your hair is nice and wet – comb your hair all slicked back off your face so the volume of your hair is not considered while looking straight at your image in the mirror.  Next (I like this handy trick) take your least favorite, last season’s lipstick and carefully trace your face’s image along its perimeter all the way around your head.  Now step back and take a look at the tracing you just drew on your mirror.  That is your face shape!

(Of course, if you are not sure you were accurate in your drawing, you can always pop into my salon and we will be happy to look at you to determine your face shape.  We are good at that, being professionals and all.)

Why is this so important?  Well, the “ideal” face shape is an oval.  An oval face can wear just about any hairstyle and look fantastic.  If you have something else, then you can either work toward an illusion of an oval face, or just embrace you face the way God made you and accentuate your positive features.

For example, if you have a long face, you may want to consider a short bob hair style that lands right at your jawline.  This horizontal line right at the jaw, will help shorten the look of your face.  But if you have a round face, wearing your hair long, to at least your shoulders, will help elongate your round face to appear more oval.

Or, if you have a square face, you may want to consider a sweeping bang to soften the “edges” of your forehead.

faceshape8.4.14aJust remember that the place on your face where you draw attention to with a horizontal line will automatically bring other’s eyes to that point.  To divert the stare of others – or to lessen the appearance of a feature – work with angled lines, like diagonal cuts or shattered, tapered ends.  These technique helps to soften or break up the unfavorable places.

There are lots of ways to soften or accent your facial features.  And that doesn’t go just for women. Men can benefit from knowing their face shape too.

Well, I hope this has enlightened you, if only a smidgen, on the whole face-shape thing.  Now go find your window cleaner and wipe that lipstick off your mirror before your mother comes over!

Until next time, remember to take care of you!

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