Shape of the Face

When considering a prom hairstyle, girls should make sure that the style works for their face.
You might want to wear your hair straight, or you might want an updo, but if the style doesn't suit the shape of your face, you're fighting a losing battle.

To find out what shape your face is you can use one of two methods.
1. Stand in front of a mirror with your hair pulled back and use a lipstick or lip/eye liner to outline the shape of your face. The shape you draw is the shape of your face.
2. When you get out of the shower and the mirror is still steamy, don't wipe off the steam. Look into the mirror and you'll see a foggy image of your face. Use your finger to trace the image of your face on the mirror. The shape you trace is the shape of your face.

Using either of these methods, you'll notice that the shape you've drawn will look like an oval, square, rectangle, circle, or heart. Bear in mind that your shape will probably not be perfect but will greatly resemble one of these basic shapes.

After determining the shape of your face, there are a few general rules that can help you determine which style can help you hide your flaws and accent your best features.

As a rule ...

  • Adding height to the top of the style elongates the face.
  • To slim the face try a style that angles toward the chin.
  • The eyes look larger when you pull your hair back from your face.
  • Lots of layering and texture can soften a square shaped face.

If you've been blessed with an oval-shaped face, you can wear just about any style. If you're one of these lucky gals, just pick whatever you like best.

If you've got a round face, avoid chin-length styles and styles that are full at the sides. These will only make your face look wider. Opt instead for a style that has fullness at the top. Perhaps an upsweep or a style that needs a bit of teasing at the crown.

For a long face, try a style with bangs or a side part. Stay away from any tight styles and consider one which adds texture and layers for softness.

Counterbalance a square face with curls and wavy styles. Pick a style that has ringlets and tendrils around the face to keep the square face from looking too boxy.

A heart-shaped face can't take a style with too much lift. Emphasizing the top of the head only makes the face look wider at the top and narrower at the chin which is never the goal.