Face Shapes -- What's Yours?

You can use knowledge about face shapes, and what your face shape is, to find your best hairstyles, eyeglasses (both prescription glasses and sunglasses), and hat styles.

The "ideal" shape is oval. The aim for every other shape is to become more oval-like. This can be achieved with the right choice of hairstyle, hat style and even, to a certain extent with eyeglasses. 

The wrong style for a face will emphasize a feature that should be de-emphasized. For instance, the popular upswept quiff hairstyle makes a long face look even longer. So, if you have a long face shape (as many men do) you will be better advised to go for a different style.

The shape of your face, to some extent, also affects the neckline and collar styles that suit you best. Although your torso shape, neck and shoulder types also affect your best choices for those styles.

There is a lot of variety in face shapes. However, we (image consultants and stylists) typically learn to categorize each shape into the 9 face shapes shown below (there is some variation in training; some systems have a different number of categories).

You may find your face easily fits into one of the categories. However, it's not unusual to find you're a mix of more than one of the types. In this case the aim is to identify your main shape, and possibly a secondary shape as well.

For hairstyles, eyeglasses, and hats follow recommendations for your primary shape, but maybe also incorporate some of the recommendations for your secondary shape (if they don't conflict with the recommendations for your main shape).

Face shapes can also change over time, with weight loss, weight gain, or with age.

"What Shape is My Face?"

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The Male Face Shapes


male oval face shape

Oval

This face is the "ideal" face shape. It:

  • Is slightly longer than wide (about a third longer than its width)
  • Has a slightly pointed jaw line
  • Has a slightly rounded hairline
  • Is an inverted egg shape with a forehead that's slightly wider than the jaw line
  • Has evenly spaced facial features horizontally
  • Eyes that are evenly spaced vertically, with 1 eye width between them
  • Has regular sized nose, mouth and eyes

male oblong face shape

Oblong

This is a long face shape. It:

  • Is obviously longer than wide (more than a third longer than its width)
  • Usually has straight sides from the side of the jaw through the forehead
  • Has a slightly rounded jaw line
  • May also have a slightly rounded hairline

male rectangular face shape

Rectangular

This is also a long face. It is similar to the oblong shape above, but:

  • Has a square jaw line
  • And, may also have a square hairline

male diamond face shape

Inverted Triangle

This shape:

  • Is slightly longer than wide (a third longer)
  • Is widest at the forehead

male triangle face shape

Triangle

This shape:

  • Is slightly longer than wide (a third longer)
  • Is widest at the jaw
  • Has an angular jaw line
  • Has a narrow forehead
  • Has a slightly rounded hairline

male pear face shape

Pear

This shape:

  • Is slightly longer than wide (a third longer)
  • Is widest at the jaw
  • Has a full and rounded jaw line
  • Has a narrow forehead
  • Has a slightly rounded forehead

male diamond face shape

Diamond

This shape:

  • Is slightly longer than wide (a third longer)
  • Is widest at the cheekbones. The cheekbones are the prominent feature of this face shape
  • Has a narrow jaw and forehead
  • The jaw line and forehead are slightly pointed

male round face shape

Round

This is a short face shape. It:

  • Is almost as wide as it is long
  • Is widest, and round, at the cheeks
  • Has a rounded jaw line
  • May also have a rounded hairline

male square face shape

Square

This is also a short face. It:

  • Is almost as wide as it is long
  • Has straight sides from the jaw to the forehead
  • Has a square jaw line
  • May also have a square hairline

› Mens Face Shapes