Beauty blogs and Insta influencers love to give tips for contouring a round face or highlighting square faces. But what if you never learned how to find out your face shape?
If you don’t know your face shape, you’re not alone! A recent study in Australia found that one-third of Australians don't know theirs—and then the experts went ahead and added five brand-new face shapes, taking the total number of possibilities to nine for folks down under.
Here at Beautyblender, we like to keep it simple, especially when breaking down sometimes-confusing topics like how to find your face shape. Use this step-by-step guide to determine yours: round, oval, square, rectangle, heart, or diamond?
How to find your face shape: The scientific method
When it comes to how to find out your face shape, our friends over at Cosmo do a stellar job outlining the scientific approach. Just grab a soft measuring tape—NOT the rigid metal kind—and take four measurements:
Now that you’ve got those written down, you’ll have some airtight reference points while finding your face shape match!
Tip: If you don’t have a flexible measuring tape handy, check your selfie stream. A clear photo of your face looking directly at the camera should give you all the info you need to match your face with a shape below.
Round face shape
Round faces are usually:
Celebrities with round face shapes
Pro tip for round faces
Don’t sleep on your eyebrows! Well, like, literally sleep on them at night if you’re a stomach sleeper—but don’t forget about them! Arched, angled brows bring dimension to your lovely circular face, helping to break up some of the curves. Grab THE PLAYER: 3-Way Brow Brush and have a little fun with brow shapes.
Oval face shape
Oval faces are usually:
Celebrities with oval face shapes
Pro tip for oval faces
Use a cream blush on the apples of your cheekbones and just below your chin—yep, we promise!—to give your face a more rounded appearance. Say we’re biased, but BOUNCE™ Liquid Whip Cream Blush in Flirty Rose is the perfect cream-to-powder formula to deliver a buildable wash of color and give you that well-rounded look that works so well for ovals.
Heart face shape
Heart faces are usually:
Celebrities with heart face shapes
Pro tip for heart faces
Highlighting and contouring are the BFFs of anyone with a heart-shaped face. Simply grab your Glass Glow Crystal Clear Shinelighter and glide it along the bridge of your nose, the tops of your cheeks, and your upper jawline to grab the light. Then, contour the sides of your forehead to help minimize width.
Square face shape
Square faces are usually:
Celebrities with square face shapes
Pro tip for square faces
People with square faces can go all out with eye makeup since their faces are naturally chiseled and defined. Grab your WING MAN: Curved Eyeliner Brush and take some time to master the perfect smokey eye. The curved head shape of the Wing Man will help you create a steady flick every time, which is key to nailing flawless eyeliner.
Rectangle face shape
Rectangle faces usually:
Celebrities with rectangle face shapes
Pro tip for rectangle faces
Diamond face shape
Diamond faces usually have:
Celebrities with diamond face shapes
Pro tip for diamond faces
A key trick for diamond face shapes is adding fullness to the jaw and forehead. Use a lighter shade of BOUNCE Liquid Whip Foundation on your forehead and jawline, and groom your brows to have a bigger gap between them to widen your forehead.
More fun with face shapes
Now that you’ve learned how to find out your face shape, keep the fun going with contouring and highlighting: