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Is Your Face Round, Square, Long, Heart or Oval Shaped?


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No. 3: The Round Face
Is Your Face Round, Square, Long, Heart or Oval Shaped?
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You have a classic round face if you fit the following:

  • The width of your forehead, cheekbones, and jaw are equal
  • Your jaw is slightly rounded as opposed to angular.
  • You have soft features in general. The difference between a round face and a square face (which also measures the same across as long) lies in the angles. Square faces have strong, angular features, whereas a round face has soft features.
  • Your cross ratio (see slide 1) is 1 to 1.

Round faces tend to be soft with non-angular features and full cheeks. You may find you have more of a round face when you carry extra weight, but keep in mind many classic round-faced women are super thin and still have non-angular features. Find out what celebrities have round face shapes.

Styles That Work Best on a Round Face

Typically, if you have a round face, you want to make your face appear longer and leaner and less round. To do this, create less volume around the face.

Try cuts that fall just below the chin like the long bob hairstyle. Soft, graduated layers like the ones found in this shoulder-length hairstyles gallery are a great bet because they make your face appear slimmer and tend to remove bulk and weight from the sides. Consider wispy and tapered ends like Rihanna's bob hairstyle. The wisps de-emphasize the roundness of your face.

When it comes to bangs, keep them long or side-swept. See my gallery of the best bangs by face shapes for more information on bangs.

Styles to Avoid if You Have a Round Face

Avoid one-length, blunt cuts such as the classic bob hairstyle if you have short hair. Curly, short hair is also a no-no. Grow your curls out to shoulder-length or beyond or flat iron them (see "How to use a flat-iron").

Not all short hairstyles are going to look good on you. Find out which ones will in bet short haircuts by face shape.

Celebs Who Share Your Face Shape

You are in great company including Fergie, Kate Bosworth, Oprah Winfrey, Cameron Diaz, Kirsten Dunst, Michelle Williams, Catherine Zeta-Jones.

See a photo gallery of 20 celebrities with round face shapes.

Must-Have Products for a Round Face

Tools you need: A great boar's hair brush to keep hair tame.

See photos of hairstyles that work (and don't work) on your face shape in Hairstyles for Round Faces: 20 Flattering Cuts.

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