Before picking a new hairstyle it’s a great idea to determine your face shape. Why? Because a style that looks great on a person with an oblong face, won’t complement a square face in quite the same way. So grab a flexible tape measure and follow the guidelines below.

First, take the following measurements:

1. Forehead: Pull the tape measure from the peak of one eyebrow arch to the peak of the opposite arch. Record that number.
2. Cheekbones: Measure across your upper cheeks, starting and ending at the sharp bump below the outer corner of each eye.
3. Jawline: Measure from the tip of your chin to the point below your ear where your jaw angles upward. Multiply that number by two.
4. Face length: Measure from the center of your hairline to the tip of your chin.

Write down these four measurements.


Now, note which measurement is the largest, and use the information below to determine your face shape.


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Round: Cheekbones and face length have a similar measurement. They are larger than forehead and jawline, which also have a similar measurement. The angle of the jaw is soft.

Square: All measurements are fairly similar. The angle of the jaw is sharp.

Oblong: Face length is largest. Forehead, cheekbones, and jawline are similar in size.


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Diamond: Face length is the largest measurement. Then, in descending order: cheekbones, forehead, and smallest is jawline. The chin is pointed.

Triangular: Large jawline, smaller cheekbones, and smallest forehead. Face can be any length.

Oval: Face length is larger than the width of the cheekbones, and forehead is larger than the jawline. The angle of the jaw is rounded.


Once you’ve got your shape figured out, you’ll be better able to spot styles that will also look great on you.