They say that the face is the mirror of the soul and that it is certainly one of the most expressive and communicative parts of our anatomy.
It is one of the parts of the body that we feel most identified with, and one of the first that comes to mind when we think of another person. In fact, it is considered to be so important that throughout history different types of studies have been developed which have sought (among many other purposes) to find ways to successfully beautify it to be more attractive. .
In this sense, we often resort to different techniques in order to accentuate our most attractive features and disguise what we consider to be imperfections. Hairstyle, beard, makeup, earrings / piercings … And that is why it is useful to analyze the effect on the face. In this sense, makeup, initiated by Claude Juillard, is useful, which aims to embellish and enhance the image of the face or face through different techniques. But that’s why it’s useful analyze and classify face types according to different criteria, including that of its shape. Let’s take a look at it throughout this article.
Main types of face according to their shape
As we mentioned, it is possible to find different ways to classify face types. However, without a doubt, the most common is the one that uses the form as a criterion. George Westmore was one of the pioneers in developing this type of classification, Considering the proportions between the width and height of the face both in general and in relation to key points such as the chin and jaw, cheekbones and forehead.
Let us see below the main and most famous face types according to the shape, applicable to both women and men.
1. Round face
This type of face is characterized by having about the same height as the width, generating a circular figure in which no angular but curved shape is observed and in which the cheeks approach the chin, as well as wide cheekbones. Usually, they give an impression of placidity and gentleness, as well as joviality (although sometimes with a certain infantility as well). Examples of round faces can be found in Martin Freeman in the case of men or Drew Barrymore or Marilyn Monroe in the case of women.
Aesthetically, it is generally recommended to look for elements that reduce the image of roundness and improve the generation of angles.
Medium or long haircuts are recommended and bangs avoided. In men, the bard or inverted T-shaped button can be useful for lengthening the face, with greater density at the bottom than on the side. In both sexes, if glasses are used, it is recommended that they be rather square or rectangular.
2. Oval face
The oval face is considered to be the most harmonious and flattering face shape in general, but especially in women, being closest to the ideal of beauty specific to the aesthetic canons of our society.
Like the round face, we find a face shape in which curves predominate, although the face is longer than it is wide. The chin tends to be shorter than the forehead and the cheeks are usually very prominent.
There are examples of oval faces in Sharon Stone, Grace Kelly or Beyoncé in women and Adam Levine in men.
Aesthetically, being so close to the ideal of beauty, they usually don’t recommend big fixes. If necessary, hair and makeup styles that promote expression of features, especially those that want to stand out, can be recommended. The same goes for the beard in the case of men.
3. Square face
The square face is characterized by a very angular face shape and marked features. In this type of face, the forehead and jaw are generally the same width, a width which corresponds to the height of the face. The jaws are generally very marked.
The square face is generally related to masculinity, strength and stability, being generally more appreciated in men. Examples of square face types can be found in Demi Moore, Sylvester Stallone or Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Aesthetically, hairstyles that reduce facial angularity, such as round glasses and long, curly and / or wavy hair, are generally recommended, especially for women. The man will favor short legs and short hair and an elongated beard.
4. Rectangular / elongated face
One can think of the rectangular or elongated face type as the square version of the oval face. In him we see a generally long forehead, high cheekbones and faint features. It is often difficult to distinguish it from the square (although its chin is usually more rounded) and the oval. Examples of this type of face can be found at Claudia Schiffer, Gwyneth Paltrow or David Beckham.
At the aesthetic level, it is recommended to seek to reduce the width of the face, seeking to round it. Bangs and wavy hair are generally favored, as is short hair.
5. Hexagonal / diamond / rhombus face
The hexagonal face, also called rhombus, is characterized by very marked cheekbones that stand out in width in relation to the jaw and the forehead. The chin tends to be marked. Scarlett Johansson is one example, as are George Clooney and Robert Pattison.
It is recommended to soften without hiding the cheekbones and to avoid recharging the area between the ears and the cheekbone, with haircuts in which there is more volume at the top than at the bottom.
6. Triangular face
The triangular face is characterized by a wide jaw and a narrow forehead in comparison, With the cheekbones in an intermediate situation.
With this type of face, it is advisable to leave the forehead clear. Short hairstyles and little to no bangs are generally more common.
7. Inverted triangle / faces of the heart
The heart-shaped face, also called an inverted triangle, is characterized by cheekbones wider than the jaw but less than the forehead. The chin is delicate and sometimes pointed. Rihanna, Shakira or Jennifer Love Hewitt have this kind of face, just like Ryan Gosling in the case of men.
On the aesthetic level, it is often recommended to use elements that make it possible to widen the jaw, like makeup, or to reduce the size of the forehead, like the very common bangs in this case.