do I know what shape face I have?
you need is a mirror, Alice band and never to be used
1. Sit in front of the mirror and slick your
hair back with the Alice band.
Use the lipstick to draw around your face in the
mirror. Move away from the mirror and look at the shape.
3. Look at the black shapes next to each model
below and choose the shape that matches yours the best
you can use a tape measure to measure your features.
It still helps to stand in front of a mirror with good
lighting. Take the measurements below and write them
Measure from cheekbone to opposite cheekbone.
On top of your cheeks below your eye level with the bridge of your nose.
Measure Jaw bone at the widest point.ie to the point at where the jaw turns
up to the side of the face to its opposite point.
Measure the height of the face from your hairline at the top to the point
of your chin
Measure your forehead. Usually halfway down between your hairline and your
is roughly the same as C
and both B and
D are similar
but less than A
and C then you
have a round face
if C is greater
then A then you
have a long face
is roughly the same as D
and B is less
than both then you have a heart shaped face
and C are similar
then you have a square face
if B and D
are similar but less than A
then you have a oval shaped face
style options are surprisingly sexy…
A style, which is feathered at the top
and soft around your ears, is an instant disguise for
a square jaw. As a rule of thumb: if a stylist suggests
a cut that's above your jaw line, go elsewhere. Really
short cuts will exaggerate the squareness of your face
Fine hair? A long poker-straight cut is
absolutely perfect and soooo flattering for a wide jaw.
If you have curly hair: coax soft, sexy, textured
layers around your face to soften your strong features.
Your fringe options: Most hair types, except curly,
will be able to take a fringe that touches the eyebrows
and which is longer and layered at the sides. But if
your hair's thick or frizzy, layer the fringe throughout
to thin it out. Look at the way Victoria Beckham does
a great job of disguising her square jaw: she simply
sweeps fine pieces of hair just over her forehead and
Colour you sexy: Lightening hair all around
the face will soften a square face.
Long straight styles that accentuate square jawbone.
"Linear" straight bangs or center parts. A straight
bob ending at the jaw line is the wrong thing to do
for your face shape. You can wear a layered bob, however
it should end above or below the jaw line. Make sure
in styling that you achieve some roundness to the shape
and some height at the crown or bangs, and you will
be on the right track.
Other Square face celebrities include:
Kristin Scott Thomas, Holly Marie Combs, Sandra Bullock,
Demi Moore, Isabella Rosellini
suitable for Square Faces...
lucky thing- any style will look good on you.....
If you have long, thick, curly hair, ask your hairdresser
to cut it so the curls are looser, to take the thickness
out. Then sweep the top part back for a soft, flirty
romantic look. Hair not so long? A short, messy style
is ideal - give it shine with a serum (Cosmo Hair loves
L'Oreal Studio Line Hyper Charged Pumping curls, £2.99).
Want to get rid of your curls? Chop them out with a
short, messy crop.
Fine Hair? If you'd like it long, ask your stylist
for soft layers throughout. It's the best way to add
volume - and sex appeal. If you want to go super short,
you're in luck. Your hair texture and face shape is
ideal to carry off one of the catwalk's favourite styles.
Medium-textures hair? Try a flirty, flicky
razor cut - for inspiration, see Trish Goff… she cuts
her own! Too edgy? A short bob longer at the sides and
shorter at the back would look wonderful.
Fringe options: If you have thick hair,
you could go for a sexy short fringe or one that's long
and blunt. For fine hair, a long wispy fringe is for
Colour you sexy: Ask your stylist about
low lighting the hair around your face to accentuate
your oval shape.
Covering up your "perfect" features with heavy bangs,
or too forward-directed styles.
In wearing your hair style on your face, you'll lose
your face shape behind the hair. It may appear to add
weight to your face.
Other Oval face celebrities include:
Jennifer Aniston, Cameron Diaz, Mariah Carey, Cindy
Crawford, Heather Locklear, Sharon Stone, Uma Thurman,
Julia Roberts, Courtney Cox Arquette, Elle MacPherson,
suitable for Oval Faces...
top-heavy cuts, and no one will be able to resist
your sweetheart sex appeal.
a style that will create volume around the bottom of
your face. But whatever your hair type, don't have your
hair too long. Four inches below your shoulders is ample.
Thick, long hair? Ask for soft layers
to soften your chin area - keep the layers cut as close
to your jaw line as possible so that they can fall on
to your face.
Long, curly locks will look fantastic
on a heart-shaped face if you keep them soft and loose.
your hairdresser to cut them round so that they lightly
fall on to your face then use a serum like The Body
Shop smooth over serum, £4, to keep them frizz-free.
A short bob shape is a safe and sexy style.
This works best on curly or wavy hair, just don't let
it grow any longer than your jaw line. Insist on a choppy
cut around your chin - not a thick, blunt, bush of locks.
Fringe options: A shorter, wispy fringe
is low-key but will look gorgeous, especially if your
hair is quite thick. A blunt fringe is really dramatic
and will work well on all hair.
Colour you sexy: Highlight hair above
the ears to widen your face and low light above.
Short, full styles that emphasize upper face. Height
at the crown. Severe, slicked back looks. If you are
a dramatic heart shape, the short full styles with tapered
necklines which emphasize the upper face will make you
look top heavy. Too much height at the crown will give
the appearance of a longer and narrower chin. Just remember
if you have a dramatic heart shape face, you have great
cheekbones to emphasize! Don't miss the boat by getting
a cut which is to top heavy.
Other Heart face celebrities include:
Michelle Pfeiffer, Ashley Judd, Jennifer Love Hewitt,
Claudia Schiffer, Emmanuaell Beart, Juliette Binoche,
Lucy Lawless, Naomi Campbell
suitable for Heart Shaped Faces...
Sparti of Paul Windle Salon, London, says:
"Contrary to belief, lots of hairstyles suit a round
Medium to long curly hair? Ask your
stylist for some choppy layers through the back and
the bottom of your hair to give it some shape and
sex appeal. Whether your hair is long or short, if
it's prone to a wave or curl, avoid at all costs ending
up with a rounded 'bubble cut'.
Straight hair? The golden rule to remember
is that round faces need a style that has longer pieces
that fall onto your face to lengthen your cheeks -
making them look slimmer and your
more structured. Try a graduated bob cut on to the face
and higher at the back. Alternatively, a choppy shag
will suit your face shape.
Fringe options: Don't go near a short
blunt fringe - it will only emphasise a round face.
On the other hand, a long wispy fringe will look great
and suit fine hair. And if your hair is thicker, a longer
fringe that you can sweep to the side will lengthen
Colour you sexy: Talk to your stylist
about low lights at the side of the face and lighter
highlights at the top of the head to create the illusion
of lustrous length.
Chin length hair with a rounded line that mirrors face’s
circular shape. Center parts. Short-short crops, straight
"chopped" bangs. Fullness at side of ears. A rounded
haircut ending at the chin will certainly add weight
to your face shape. Because the widest part of your
face is at the cheeks and ears, you need to avoid having
the fullness of the cut here as it will make your face
Other round face celebrities include:
Ingrid Bergman, Roseanne Barr, Kate Winslet, Natalie
Merchant, Drew Barrymore, Christina Ricci, Charlotte
suitable for Round Faces...
sigh of relief: you're certainly not short on style
Long, fine hair?
Go shorter so hair looks thicker and your face looks
wider. A cut that's unstructured, which you can wear
messy, is a time saver. If you like a more groomed look,
think Salma Hayek - her neat, sophisticated, one length
cut will suit you and give you that edge of sleek glam.
Thick, coarse and curly? Lucky you - your
hair is a playground and the results can only be positive.
Our favourite style is a short razor cut - edgy, sexy
and full of texture. (Make sure you avoid like
plague shoulder -length and straight styles such as
the one Celine Dion wears… no wonder she looks so miserable!)
Fringe options: Unfortunately in the fringe
area it's not a case of anything goes for you…Disguise
a long forehead with a thick blunt-cut fringe - you'll
be surprised how feminine it makes you look. Steer clear
of a fringe if you have a small forehead - it will just
emphasise the length of the rest of your face.
Colour you sexy: Adding highlights to
hair at the side of the face will make your face appear
shorter, combined with keeping the forehead area darker.
To much hair length . . . your face will look even longer!
Too much height lengthens your face. Center parts. When
your hair gets past your shoulders there is a good chance
it is doing you more harm than good. The models with
rectangular face shapes and long hair, get by with it
only because they have a "on call" hairdresser who is
busy primping and teasing, setting and styling to add
fullness to the hair. Since most of us don’t have this
luxury, my suggestion is keep it above shoulder length.
Other long face celebrities include:
Gwyneth Paltrow, Kirstie Alley, Janet Jackson, Gabrielle
Reece, Niki Taylor, Stephanie Seymour
suitable for Long Faces...