What shape is your face? (face shape)
Our faces are commonly categorized into six main shapes: oval, square, round, heart-shaped, oblong and diamond-shaped. Use the tips below as a guide to determine what makeup techniques work best for your face shape. You’ll find advice on eye shadow and eyeliner, foundation, blush and more.
1-Makeup tips for oval faces
Your face shape should be a big factor in how you apply your makeup — and good makeup application strives to achieve the look of an oval face. Here’s how to use makeup to emphasize your assets.
Contouring for oval faces
An oval face doesn’t need much contouring, but there are couple of things you can do to add a little definition to your face.
• Stick with your normal foundation
You don’t need to buy a bunch of new products to bring out the best in your face.
This is considered the perfect shape, so unless your face shape bothers you, stick to your normal foundation. If you want to make your face appear a little bit shorter and thinner, you can apply foundation [along your jaw] one shade darker than your natural skin color.
• Bring out your best features
Use highlighter in the center of your forehead as well as on your chin to bring these areas of your face forward, making them a bit more prominent. You can also add a little highlighter at your temples, blending it downward underneath your eyes.
If you want your cheekbones to appear a little more prominent, add a darker shade of bronzer or blush in the hollow under your cheekbones and add a lighter shade on the apples of your cheeks.
• Emphasize your lips or eyes, but not both
When you are going out for the evening, play up the makeup on your lips or your eyes, but not both. For example, with a smoky eye look, keep your lip color neutral. With a glossy red lip, stick with brown eye shadow, one coat of mascara and a natural liner.
2-Makeup tips for square faces
If you have a square-shaped face, your makeup should round out your jawline for a softer look.
Contouring for square faces
The goal when contouring a square-shaped face is to soften the hard angles to create a more oval appearance.
• Shade and soften the corners
If you have a square face, you need to contour the corners of your face. Use a shading product — such as bronzer or darker foundation — on the sides of your jaw (blending upward) as well as on the sides of your forehead (blending downward toward the temples).
• Highlight and blend
Apply highlighter (or concealer) that is a shade lighter than your skin tone in the middle of your forehead and blend well. Next, apply it right under the tip of your chin, blending toward your ears and slightly upward toward your mouth to soften the line.
To bring out the center and draw attention away from a chiseled jaw, use a highlighter on the center of the forehead, chin and cheekbones.
Keeping brows rounded is best for this shape of face.
• Add definition to your cheekbones
To draw attention to your cheekbones, use a tawny blush in the hollow of your cheeks but don’t bring the blush too high. Then, brush a second, softer shade of blush over the apples of your cheeks and the cheekbones. Be sure to blend, blend blend so that you don’t see a sharp line.
• Create a plump, dramatic lip
Draw attention to your lips (and away from your jaw) with dramatic lip color and a plump pout.
3-Makeup tips for round faces
Just like dressing for your body type, putting on makeup is all about working with your face shape and playing up your best features. Here’s how to put your best (round) face forward any day of the week:
• Start with the framework
Focus on the arch of the brow to bring some length to the face.
I use a brow sculpting pencil to help emphasize — not overdraw — the natural arch of the brow.
• Focus on your favorite feature
Draw attention to the bottom of your face with a bright lip color that flatters your skin tone.
• Wing it
This one is quick and easy and works well for all round-faced beauties. After applying your regular eye makeup, go bold with a winged or cat-eye look. The deep curve of the dark, winged eyeliner is naturally slimming above fuller cheeks. Not only is a cat-eye for day or night pretty damn sexy, but it also balances the softer features of a round face.
• Play with your angles
Recommends using a highlighting powder and a bronzer to sculpt and shade, balancing a rounder face with full features.
Apply a highlighting powder down the bridge of the nose, at the center of the forehead and just a touch on the chin to add length to a round face.
To create the illusion of a more sculpted face, I sweep bronzer along the temples, in the hollows of the cheeks and along the jawline.
• Add gloss
If you’ve chosen a lipstick in a lighter shade, add some gloss or sheen to attract the eye. Darker lipstick in a bright red or deep berry will bring the focus to the bottom of the face so that it naturally appears longer, and often, slimmer.
• Don’t forget the cheeks
You need the color to warm your complexion and visually break up the roundness in your cheeks.
Blush, applied properly can also visually lift and slim the face.
Blush should be in a modified teardrop shape that starts at the apex of your cheekbone and blends up and out toward your temples.
Be sure not to get blush too close to your nose or any lower than your cheekbone. Both will drag your face down and emphasize roundness.
4-Makeup tips for heart-shaped faces
With a heart-shaped face, you have a wide forehead, prominent cheekbones and a narrow chin.
• Contouring a heart-shaped face
Contouring makeup uses highlighting to bring certain features forward and uses shading to make other features appear to recede. If you have a heart-shaped face, your goal is to downplay your prominent cheekbones and pointy chin.
• Shade and soften
For shading, use a stick foundation that’s a shade or two darker than your natural skin tone. Apply it under your cheekbones and blend it from your ear downward at an angle. Also apply the product at your temples, along the sides of your nose and under its tip — again blending downward.
Like oval faces, the heart-shaped face has high cheekbones, which I think is a beautiful feature to have. The only thing I would say is to avoid too much blush because that area of the face is already pronounced.
• Round out your chin
For highlighting, use foundation that is a shade or two lighter than your normal foundation. Apply the product in the center of your forehead and above your cheekbones. Next, you can add depth and width to the chin area with contouring makeup. Apply the highlighter (or light concealer) lengthwise on the chin and along your jawline and blend with a sponge. This will broaden the appearance of your chin and make it appear a little rounder.
• Go for a natural brow
With a heart-shaped face, eyebrows should be thick with a natural arch that is relatively straight. This will help the forehead appear a little bit thinner and balance out the face’s shape.
5-Makeup tips for oblong faces
An oblong or rectangular face shape is longer than it is wide, and is relatively the same width across the forehead, cheekbones and jawline. For an oblong face, use makeup to accentuate your cheekbones and bring out the middle third of the face. Face Shape.
• Contouring an oblong face
With makeup, you can contour an oblong face to make it appear more equally proportioned. Start by applying foundation and powder all over the face. A well-powdered face is essential for contouring.
• Shade and shorten
Your objective with makeup on an oblong face is to create the appearance of the ideal oval, making your face appear both shorter and broader. Use a darker pressed powder (or a matte bronzer) along the hairline at the top of the forehead, blending it downward. Also add the same bronzer to just the bottom of the chin. This will help the face appear slightly shorter.
• Contour with bronzer
Next, you want to focus on the cheekbones to make the face appear broader. Apply bronzer, just under the cheekbones in the hollow, and then blend up and out toward the hairline.
For an oblong face, contour the sides of the jaw, temples and hairline with bronzer to minimize the prominent forehead. Highlight the chin and cheekbones.
• Highlight your cheeks
To really put the focus on the cheeks, you need to apply blush just to the apples, using a fluffy brush in a circular motion. Then, apply a light highlighter or illuminating powder to the very highest points of the cheek to finish widening the appearance of the face.
• Play up your eyes
By putting the emphasis on your beautiful features, you can take away from an irregular, oblong face shape. Play up your eyes by experimenting with cat eye makeup, bold eyeshadow colors and dramatic lashes. “Extending the eyebrows outward toward your temples also will soften the angular features.
6-Makeup tips for diamond-shaped faces
The diamond-shaped face is wide at the cheekbones and more narrow at the jawline and forehead. For a true, balanced diamond, you don’t need many makeup tricks: Your face shape is fabulous as it is. If the diamond shape is too dramatic, though, with a pointy chin and/or very narrow forehead, you can do some contouring to balance out your face shape.
• Contouring a diamond-shaped face
For diamond-shaped faces, the goal is to add fullness to both your jaw and your forehead, while minimizing the width of your cheeks.
• Use two shades of foundation
By using both light and dark shades of foundation, you can highlight and contour your diamond-shaped face to create a more balanced look.
With a diamond-shaped face, you may want to reduce the width around the cheekbone line.
To do so, two foundations should be used: one light and one darker. Apply darker, warmer foundation to areas you want to minimize (outside of the cheekbones). Apply the lighter foundation to the area you want to emphasize (chin and forehead).
• Soften your chin
Start by applying a dark shade of foundation (no more than two shades darker than your typical foundation) to just the tip of your chin to reduce its pointy appearance and create the illusion of a wider jaw. Then, apply a small amount of the dark foundation near the templates, blending toward your hairline. Finally, use a highlighting product (or lighter foundation) along your jawline. Be sure to blend thoroughly: You shouldn’t be able to tell where one foundation color ends and the other begins.
• Pick the right blush
Do not apply your blush in the hollows underneath your cheekbones, but on the apples of your cheeks instead. Use a tawny peach/brown blush rather than a light or bright pink shade. Avoid blushes that are shiny or illuminating. You don’t want to make your cheeks look any fuller.
• Set apart the brows
To widen the appearance of your forehead, your brows should be groomed slightly apart from center. Also, follow your natural brow line, do not create a dramatic arch. This will help your eyes (and your forehead) appear a little wider.
• Stick to your natural lip line
When applying your lip liner, follow the natural line of your lips. You don’t want your lips to appear too wide, as this may make your chin look even thinner. Use a matte lipstick in a neutral tone rather than a bright or glossy lip color.
• Don’t forget about your hair
If you have a diamond-shaped face, you should also consider your hairstyle. Short hairstyles aren’t the best choice for you. Instead, consider a modified bob that falls just below your jawline.