Is your face: longer, shorter or medium in length.
Is your face: narrower or broader in width.
Is your face more angular or curved in appearance.
Is your face balanced (similar width at both forehead and jaw) or unbalanced (either forehead or jaw wider)
Long and narrow, angular – most likely a rectangle
Long and narrow, curved – most likely an oblong
Medium length, and width, angular – hexagon
Medium length and width, curved – oval
Medium length and width but more pointed forehead and chin – diamond
Short in length, curved – round
Short in length, angular – square
Medium in length, broad at chin – triangle or if more curved in shape – teardrop
Medium in length, broad at forehead, narrow or pointed chin – heart
I hope you can get an idea of your face shape.
Then remember, where your facial features sit within your face also affects the appearance of the shape, and so of course the hairstyles that are most flattering for you. As Sonya commented yesterday:
Having known for a while that I have an oblong shaped face, I was mystified as to why bangs and no height in my hairstyle looked so bad on me. Supposedly these would both reduce a too long face (compared to the oval ideal).
The answer depends on where on your face the excess length occurs. In my case I am long between eyes and chin but normal length above. So, reducing the length of my forehead/upper portion of face just emphasized the longest (most out of proportion) part.
This might help some others who also find that some of the standard corrections make things worse!
Thanks Sonya for taking the time to comment. This is one of the reasons figuring out a face shape is so difficult and why the rules don’t necessarily work.
While Pearlaceous commented: This is brilliant, Imogen! Thank you so much, although I spent far too long looking at that hairstyle site you recommended yesterday! And – sonya, you are so right! Now I know I am an oblong with a high forehead – that’s where all my extra length is! LOL! I *need* a fringe! between eyes and chin but normal length above. So, reducing the length of my forehead/upper portion of face just emphasized the longest (most out of proportion) part.
So now you will have a better idea of your face shape and the hairstyles that will work better with it (given of course all the factors mentioned in this post, about hair texture etc.).
Earrings can help to balance your face, especially your chin/jaw and the length of your face. As far as length goes, unless your personality is very dramatic, avoid earrings that fall past the end of your chin.