The Best Makeup Style for You

What’s the Shape of Your Unique Face?

Fed up with your makeup style? Fed up spending hours on the internet watching endless makeup tutorials whilst trying to perfect the latest makeup look?

Maybe it’s time to go back to basics!

It’s easy to get lured into all these amazing makeup styles and looks that are in trend, however what you believe is the new ideal look, unfortunately does not always prove to be the right makeup look for you.

What many of us don’t stop to think about is that there are several factors that should be considered when thinking about how to apply makeup.

Whilst it’s nice to use eyeshadows and lipsticks to complement the clothes we wear, to achieve the perfect makeup look, the first thing you should be considering is the overall shape and size of your face, the shape and colour of your eyes, the eyebrow contour, skin tone and hair colouring. As these are all important aspects of a great makeup.

A makeup artist will always begin determining the shape of your face. Whilst the most common face shape being oval, faces are also round, square, oblong, diamond and heart-shaped.

Identifying the Shape of Your Unique Face.

You will need a fixed mirror, a lipstick ad a tape measure.

The simple way to do this at home is to stand in front of a large mirror firmly fixed to the wall. The trick here is to be able to stand in front of the mirror and can easily reach it to draw on it without having to lean forward. Secondly if you have the light on make sure it’s overhead and not directional as the wrong light will affect the shape you draw.

Use a lipstick and draw the shape of your face on the mirror as you see it. Make sure you have your hair pinned back from your face so you can clearly see the whole of your face. The way to determine your unique face shape is to use your hairline, the cheek bones and jaw line as a reference point. To help you decide if your face is narrow or wide or is it long or short, the likely hood is that your face will fit into one of the following categories.

Choosing your unique face shape.

Step back and look at the shape you’ve traced. Where is it widest? Is it tall or short? What shape is your jaw and forehead? The most common shape face is oval where the width of your forehead, cheekbones, and jaw are all equal. It’s quite fun to measure the face with a tape measure to help determine the shape of your face.

The Oval Face: A good way to tell if you have an oval face, is that an oval face is somewhat similar proportionally to an upside-down egg. These faces are longer than they are wide, with a forehead that is slightly wider than the jawline and a gently rounded chin.

The Oblong Face: This outline will have a broad but even forehead, cheekbones and jawline. Oblong faces are longer than they are wide and are also be referred to as a rectangular face.

The Square Face: Is as long as it is wide, often the cheek width and the distance between the forehead and lower jaw line measurements are within an inch or two of each other. A square face’s jaw should have clear, sharp angles at its widest corners. Your outline should not be tall but should be wide at all points, with a broad forehead, strong cheekbones, and an angular jaw.

The Round Face: If your outline closely resembles a circle, with wide cheekbones and a tapering jaw and forehead, you probably have a round face. Round shaped faces, like square faces, are about as wide as they are long. However, they have a relatively small forehead and a small, curved jawline. If your cheek width and face length measurements are within an inch or so of each other, and your forehead measurement is smaller than your cheek measurement, and your jawline lacks the sharp angles present on square faces, you have a round face.

The Heart-shaped Face: This face is characterized by a broad forehead, strong cheekbones and a small chin. A heart-shaped face is a fraction longer than it is wide and is defined by the appearance of an upside-down triangle shape to the face with a relatively pointy chin and medium-to-wide forehead and cheek measurement.

The Diamond Face: A diamond face differs from a round or oval face in that the cheekbones are significantly wider than the narrow chin and forehead and widest at the cheekbones, along with a tapering forehead and a skinny, pointed chin. If your cheek measurement is larger than your forehead and jaw measurements and your chin is relatively pointed, your face has diamond-shaped properties.

The Triangular Face: If you have an outline feature with a broad jaw but a small forehead, this may well be your face shape.  Triangular faces are the opposite of heart-shaped faces, the widest at the bottom and narrowest at the top. A triangular face has long, wide, square jawlines and relatively narrow forehead.

Next time we will have a look at eyebrow, eye and lip shapes.

Karen Loraine

The Makeup Box Studio

Horsham and Balcombe

Tel 01444 819381 or 07810 848208

Winner of the Southern Business Award

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