What’s My Face Shape?

Start with a flexible tape measure. Take the following four measurements. Record each.



Measure horizontally across the width of your forehead, from the peak of one eyebrow arch to the peak of the opposite eyebrow arch = __________ inches.



Measure horizontally across the width of your cheekbones, starting and ending at the pointiest part below the outer corner of each eye. =__________ inches.



Measure angularly from the tip of your chin to below your ear at the point at which your jaw angles upwards. Multiply this number by two = __________ inches x 2 = __________ inches.


Face Length:

Measure vertically down your nose from the center of your hairline to the tip of your chin = __________ inches.

Note which is the largest of the four measurements. Compare this to the following seven profiles to determine your face shape:

  1. Oval: Face length is larger than width of cheekbones, and forehead is larger than the jawline. Angle of jaw is rounded rather than sharp.
  2. Square: All measurements are fairly similar. Angle of jaw is sharp rather than rounded.
  3. Rectangle: Face length is largest measurement. Forehead, cheekbones, and jawline are similar in size.
  4. Round: Cheekbones and face length are a similar measurement. Both are larger than forehead and jawline, which also have a similar measurement. Angle of jaw is soft and much less defined.
  5. Diamond: Face length measurement is largest. Then, in descending order, cheekbones, forehead, and smallest is jawline. Chin is pointed.
  6. Heart: Forehead measurement larger than cheekbones and jawline. Chin is pointed.
  7. Triangular: Jawline measurement larger than cheekbones, which measures larger than forehead.   

1. What’s Right for My Oval Face Shape?


  • Best: classic short back and sides, and slightly longer on top, with a side-swept parting.
  • Good: almost any hairstyle, given this well-proportioned face shape.
  • Wear hair off the forehead, to create some volume and angles on top.
  • Avoid a forward fringe hairstyle; it creates too much heaviness on the forehead, and heaviness on the forehead softens features and increases the roundness of this face shape.

Beards/facial hair:

  • Good: clean-shaven because there is no need for facial hair to fill-out any disproportionate gaps in this face shape.

2. What’s Right for My Square Face Shape?


  • Best: classic neat haircuts – close fades, side partings, short layers.
  • Good: almost any hairstyle, whether short or longer – from buzz cuts to French crops to quiffs.
  • Avoid extremely short boot-camp freshman or inmate-type hairstyles.  Beards/facial hair:

Beards/facial hair:

  • Good: light stubble, which adds sharpness to jawline, and texture without blurring its line.

3. What’s Right for My Rectangle Face Shape?


  • Best: a hairstyle with hair falling to the sides and/or across the forehead, to add width and ensure this face shape does not appear proportionately even narrower than it already is. well-proportioned hairstyle – not too short on the sides or too much length on top, which only accentuate the already longest face shape.
  • Good: any subtly tweaked well-proportioned hairstyle that does not make the face appear even longer.
  • Avoid hairstyles that are too short on the sides or have too much length on the top.

Beards/facial hair:

  • Good: stubble or short beards.
  • Avoid long beards, which only further elongates this face shape.

4. What’s Right for My Round Face Shape?


  • Best: a hairstyle with height on the top, and tight on the sides, such as a pompadour or flat-top, to add structure to this face shape, as do front fringes.
  • Good: a hairstyle with square corners in the high recession areas of the hairline – to sharpen the soft edges of this face shape.
  • Avoid hairstyles without obvious lines or angles.

Beards/facial hair:

  • Good: full, square beard – to help thin the look of the chin area, and give the appearance of a more chiseled jawline.

5. What’s Right for My Diamond Face Shape?


  • Best: hairstyles that add width at the forehead and chin area, e.g., fringes work well to add texture to the forehead, and longer hairstyles which can be tucked behind the ears to accentuate this face shape’s bone structure.
  • Good: hairstyles with a side sweep or deep side-parting.
  • Avoid hairstyles that are too short on the sides; they only make ears look bigger.

Beards/facial hair:

  • Good: a 5 o’clock shadow, to add size to the narrow chin of this face shape.

6. What’s Right for My Heart Face Shape?”


  • Best: a medium-length swept look, to make this face shape appear better proportioned.
  • Good: a long hairstyle, kept reasonably thin and light – to soften this face shape’s strong forehead.
  • Avoid hairstyles that are very tight because they will accentuate the narrowness of the chin and the width of the forehead of this face shape.

Beards/facial hair:

  • Good: beards which add much-needed bulk to a narrow chin and jawline, and fullness in the lower, narrower half of the head.

7. What’s Right for My Triangular Face Shape?


  • Best: longer, nose-length haircuts with fuller sides to add width.
  • Good: a medium-length hairstyle, kept reasonably full on the sides.
  • Avoid hairstyles that are very tight because they will accentuate the narrowness of this face shape.

Beards/facial hair:

  • Best: clean-shaven, given the prominence of the jawline.
  • Good: some light stubble.
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