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How To find Your Face Shape

29-01-2017

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.


Find the Best Fringe for Your Face Shape

25-11-2013

A fringe can make a regular cut look edgy, take years off your face and bring attention to your eyes. The key is finding the right fringe for your face shape. 

Square Face

A long, eye-grazing fringe that is tapered on the sides softens the angles of square face shapes.

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Heavy fringes like Nicole Ritchie’s need to hit the right place, otherwise, they can easily overwhelm your face. Ask your stylist to snip them just below the brows, leaving the heaviest pieces on the sides so they don’t mask your eyes. The centre strands should be feathery with little forehead peaking through.

Round Face

The gently sweeping fringe complements the soft, feminine features, of a round face.

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Blunt fringes can make a circular face appear even fuller, so the right cut is key. Request a soft, sweeping shape that will flatter your bone structure.

Heart-Shaped Face

A heart-shaped face can be a little top heavy. Side-swept bangs have a balancing effect and draw the attention down and towards the eyes.

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Layered, feathered fringes are perfect for heart-shaped faces. The shortest pieces should hit the arch of your eyebrows and the longest should meet the outer corners of your eyes.

Oval Face

Nearly any fringe works with an oval-shaped face, but airy, pin-straight ones accentuate the prettiest parts of the face without feeling bulky.

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So you can wear your fringe swept to the side or straight with a middle part, it  should hit between the brow and the eyelash and be longer on the edges.

Small Forehead

A sloping, asymmetrical fringe makes a short forehead seem stronger and more pronounced.

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To elongate a small brow, ask your stylist to cut your fringe on a steep, side-swept angle that blends into cheekbone-skimming layers. This kind of fringe also requires a deep side part, which is flattering for many face shapes.