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Determin your face shape and get the style thats right for you

By essencetorq  |  Posted: February 12, 2013

what's your face shape?

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Did you know that there are 6 basic face shapes?Determining your face shape will help you decide what new hairstyle to try out,how to groom your eyebrows, even when buying a new pair of glasses. In a fewsimple steps, you'll be able to determine your unique face shape and whatstyles are best suited for you.

Determining your face shape

First you want to stand in front of a mirror in awell-lit room. Pull your hair back in a ponytail or wear a headband. You reallyneed to see your entire face to properly evaluate its shape. You may also wantto have a tape measure handy for precise measurements and a pen and paper tojot down your responses.

Now look closely at your face and ask yourself a fewquestions. Using your hairline and jaw line as a reference, what is the generalshape of your face: wide, average or narrow?

Next, picture an imaginary line going across thewidest point of your forehead. Imagine a line going across your jaw line. Isyour forehead wider than your jaw or vice versa? Are they the same width? Toget an accurate reading, use the tape measure. At this point, you will alsowant to note if your cheekbones are a prominent feature of your face. Are yourcheekbones the widest part of your face?

You also need to measure the length of your face andcompare it to the width. Using your tape measure, measure from the middle ofyour hairline to the point of your chin.

Look at your chin. What is the general shape: round,square or pointy?

Once you've done these preliminary steps, you'reready to evaluate your results. Here are the six face shapes and their uniquecharacteristics:

Face shapes

Oval – Your forehead is slightly wider than yourchin. The length of your face is roughly one and a half times the width.

Round – The length and width of your face are aboutthe same. Your cheeks are prominent.

Oblong – Similar to the oval shape, but longer andless wide. The chin is also on the pointy side.

Square – Your forehead and jaw line are the samewidth. Your jaw is the most prominent feature of your face.

Heart – Your forehead and cheekbones are wider thanyour jaw line. You also have a pointy chin.

Diamond – The cheekbones are your most prominentfeature with your forehead and jaw line on the narrow side.

For advice on the best styles for your face shape call Essence Hair and Beauty Torquay on 01803 227925

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