What’s your FACE?!?!
In today’s world, there is so much a person can do with makeup, but little talk about what makeup goes with each face shape. While it’s great to play around the shape of one’s face, it’s important to know how to work with and not against your face shape.
To determine the shape of your face, first, tie your hair back, so it’s out of your face and find a measuring tape. You’ll want to measure your forehead width (the distance across your forehead at the widest point from hairline to hairline), cheekbone width (the highest point of cheekbones from cheekbone to cheekbone), Jawline Width (Start at the base of your jaw, aka underneath your ears, and measure along your jaw until you reach the middle of your chin; either repeat the process on the other side or multiply by two), and Face length (measure at the center of your hairline and measure down until it reaches the tip of you chin).
You will have a round-shaped face if your forehead is rounded at the hairline, width (cheekbone length) of your face is basically the same as the length (face length), and your jawline is rounded with subtle angles.
You will have a diamond-shaped face if your forehead width is smaller than the width of your cheekbones, your cheekbones are wider than your jawline, you have a narrow chin area, and your face is as long (face length) as it is wide (cheekbone length).
You will have an oval-shaped face if your forehead width is smaller than the width of your cheekbones, you have a tall forehead, your cheekbones are the widest part of your face, you have no shape angles on your jaw or chin and your face is longer than it is wide.
You will have a heart-shaped shaped face if your forehead is wider than your jawline, your hairline is rounded, you have a widow’s peak ( a V-shaped point in the hairline in the center of your forehead), your cheekbone width and forehead width are the same but are both wider than your jawline, you have a narrow jawline, your chin has a strong point, and your face is slightly longer than your width.
You will have a rectangular-shaped face if your hairline follows a straight line, your forehead is the same width as your jaw, your forehead is tall, your cheekbones have minimal curves, the sides of your face follow a straight line from your jaw to your forehead, you have a strong, squared jawline, and your face is twice as long as it is wide.
Now that you know what your face shape is, we can get into makeup tips.
For round shaped faces, you’ll need to create the illusion of length, so contouring is going to be your best friend. Bronzer will work when applied to the temples and beneath the jawline. Highlight the forehead, under the eyes, and the chin. Blush can be added underneath the cheekbones to give them definition or apply it directly to the apples of the cheeks to show off their shape.
For diamond-shaped faces, you’ll need to brighten the center of your face with a lighter liquid foundation or highlighting powder. Apply to the forehead, the bridge of the nose, and the center of the chin. Then, use bronzing powder, or slightly darker foundation, on the peak of the forehead, the tip of the chin, and underside of the cheekbones. This will minimize the width of your face and help it look balanced.
For oval-shaped faces, you’ll need to make your face appear more elongated. After applying your foundation, apply bronzer to the side of your nose. Next, make your eyebrows into high arches to make your face more oval. For eyes and lips, pick one to concentrate one and keep the other simple. Use blush on the contours of your face, not the apple of your cheeks. It makes your face look sleek. You can also use a little blush on the sides (not the front) of your chin to enhance the effect.
For heart-shaped faces, you’ll need to get the attention away from the width of the forehead. Use bronzer or a darker foundation along the side of the temple and the bottom of the chin. Then use highlighting powder on the normal places you’d place it and on the top of your nose. Use bronzer on the sides of your nose. Concentrate bold colors on your lips instead of your eyes, and don’t make your eyes too smokey. You should contour your cheekbones with bronzer by applying it to the hollows of your cheeks. Lastly, use a subtle shade of blush to the apple of your cheeks to add color.
For rectangular shaped faces, then you’ll want to make your face appear oval. Firstly, make your brows a little arched. Use a light blush to the hollows of your cheeks with a darker shade on the apples. Make your eyelashes look bigger by double curling (before and after applying mascara). Keep your lips a rosy pink ( or a similar color) to make your face seem fuller.
I hope these tips helped you out. Now go out and look your best!