Much like achieving the perfect messy bun or mastering liquid eyeliner, figuring out your face shape sounds a lot easier than it actually is. And purchasing so many products (like sunglasses) or figuring out the best hairstyle for you (we've been there) is based on this elusive shape that isn't entirely simple to understand. If you've ever tried the trick of tracing your face in the mirror, only to be left staring at a squiggly blob that resembles a puddle or fluffy cloud more than any sort of recognizable shape, we feel you.
To help you always pick the most flattering hairstyles for your face shape, we're sharing our tips on pinpointing exactly what your unique face shape even is. Rest assured knowing this key bit of information will help you wield your makeup brushes and style your locks with that much more confidence. Pin the handy guide on figuring out face shapes, and then keep scrolling to find out your own.
If your chin is pointed and your forehead is the widest part of your face, you have a heart-shaped face. Some people may have a widow’s peak at their hairline, but you can still have a heart-shaped face without one—picture an upside-down triangle instead.
Celebs with your face shape: Sarah Hyland, Reese Witherspoon, Chloë Grace Moretz
Your best hairstyles: Side-swept bangs; brow-grazing fringe; pixie cut; long layers
If you have a square face, the sides of your face are straight, and your jawline is slightly angled with a very minimal curve. Your face is nearly as wide as it is long. In other words, if you were to measure from the edge of your temple to the top of where your jawline starts, you'd find that it would be approximately the same as the distance from your left jaw to right jaw. You also have sharp, angular features, including a sharp jawline.
Celebrities with your face shape: Rihanna, Cameron Diaz, Angelina Jolie, Sandra Bullock
Your best hairstyles: Textured shags; long layers; side-swept bangs
A round face is like a square-shaped face with softer angles—the sides of your face curve slightly outward instead of being straight. Your chin is rounded, and your cheekbones are the widest part of your face.
Celebs with your face shape: Chrissy Teigen, Elizabeth Olsen, Jennifer Lawrence, Ginnifer Goodwin, Michelle Williams
Your best hairstyles: Chin-length and long bobs; soft, face-framing layers; long bangs
If someone drew lines connecting the center of your hairline to your cheekbones and down to your chin, it would create a diamond shape—hence, the name. Diamond faces have pointed chins and high cheekbones. The main difference between a diamond-shaped face and a heart-shaped face is the hairline—if you have a diamond-shaped face, your hairline will be narrower.
Celebs with your face shape: Jennifer Lopez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Greene
Your best hairstyles: Long layers; textured shags; side-swept bangs
People with oval faces have foreheads that are only a tiny bit wider than their curved chin—picture an egg placed upside down.
Celebs with your face shape: Kelly Rowland, Olivia Munn, Kerry Washington, Blake Lively
Your best hairstyles: Almost any style, from an angular bob to long, beachy waves
Rectangular faces are sometimes called oblong, and they're similar to a square-shaped face but longer than they are wide. Your forehead, cheeks, and jawline are approximately the same width and your chin has a very slight curve.
Celebs with your face shape: Joan Smalls, Sarah Jessica Parker, Alexa Chung, Liv Tyler, Gisele Bündchen
Your best hairstyles: Soft waves; long, face-framing layers; chin-length bobs
Now that you're familiar with your own face shape, read up on how to apply makeup.