When you're looking to improve your makeup skills or try out a new hairstyle, taking your face shape into consideration can be helpful to knowing what styles and techniques will be most flattering on you. While no two facial structures are entirely the same, there's six general shapes that your face will fall under which are oval, heart, diamond, square, rectangular or round.

The thing about face shapes is that it's not an exact science and sometimes there can even be conflicting info about what's what. This probably isn't helpful if you're having a hard time figuring out what your face shape is but that's why we're here! We've scoured the internet as much as possible to help you figure out what your face is once and for all!

To make process easier, make sure your hair is pushed back out of your face. There are 3 points on your face that you need to focus on when determining your face shape: your forehead, your cheekbones, and the jawline. Your shape will be determined by the width of these points relative to each other as well as the length of your face.

 

Heart/Inverted Triangle

Forehead: Your forehead will be the widest part of your face and the sides of your face should follow almost a V shape down to your chin. The classic heart shaped face will have a widows peak but even if your hairline doesn't have one, you can still be heart shaped. Some experts might classify you as having an inverted triangle in that situation but these two labels are actually interchangeable.

Cheekbones: The V shape means your cheekbones won't be especially prominent and should be smaller than your forehead but still wider than your jawline.

Jawline: Your jaw will be the smallest part of your face and you'll likely have a pointy chin.

 

Round

Forehead: There are no prominent points or angles on your face meaning your forehead will be about equal width to both your cheekbones and jawline. Your hairline will usually be rounded.

Cheekbones: Since there are no sharp/defined angles, your cheekbones won't be very prominent.

Jawline: Your jawline and chin will be rounded, not pointy or defined.

Length: Your face will have a pretty equal length to width ratio.

Oval

Forehead: Your forehead will be smaller than your cheekbones but equal or just slightly wider than your jawline like an upside down egg.

Cheekbones: Your cheekbones will be the widest part of your face.

Jawline: Your jawline is equal or just slightly smaller than your forehead and definitely smaller than your cheekbones. It'll be rounded with no defined points or angles.

Length: Your face will be longer than it is wide.

 

Square

Forehead: Your forehead is equal width to both your cheekbones and jawline. Your hairline will likely be straight rather than rounded out. It's similar to a round face but everything will be much more angled and defined.

Cheekbones: Because all three points should be about equal width, the sides of your face follows a pretty straight line from your forehead down to your jaw. This means you likely won't have very prominent cheekbones.

Jawline: The jaw will be strong and well-defined. This is what really sets a square face apart from a round face.

Length: Your face should be about as wide as it long.

Rectangle/Oblong

Forehead: The width of your forehead will be about the same as your cheekbones and jawline. You'll probably have a tall forehead.

Cheekbones: Your cheekbones can be equal width as your forehead and jawline but they can also be a little more prominent. The more prominent they are, the more your face can be considered oblong instead of rectangular but other than that, both have the same features which is why they're classified as one in the same. In general, the sides of your face should follow a pretty straight line from your forehead down to the jawline with little to no curve.

Jawline: You'll have a pretty square jaw with more definition rather than being rounded.

Length: This point is what really sets this shape apart from a square face because your face should be longer than it is wide.

Diamond/Triangle

Forehead: Your forehead will be narrow. Oftentimes it might be the smallest part of your face compared to your cheekbones and jawline.

Cheekbones: You'll have high-set cheekbones and they should be wider than your forehead. They can be wider or about equal width to your jawline.

Jawline: Diamond and triangle shaped faces will have small, pointed chins. The jawline will be pretty defined. If the jaw and cheekbones are about equal width, you'll skew more triangle shaped. If the jaw is smaller than the cheekbones, then you have more of a diamond shape but these shapes are essentially the same thing.

Length: Your face won't be notably longer than it is wide but instead follow more of a 1:1 ratio.

 

 

Okay so that was probably a lot to take in but hopefully we've helped clear out a lot of the confusion. If you've gone through this and still don't know what you count as, it's completely possible that you have a combination of more than one shape rather than falling strictly into one. Take Rihanna for example. She could be considered somewhere in between square and rectangular depending on who you talk to.

Like we said, it's not an exact science so it's not always a clear cut observation. Face shapes are just a good jumping off point to figuring out what works best on you so if you have a combination this just means you have more options to play around with!