A classification of face types according to their shapes and proportions of features.
They say that the face is the mirror of the soul, and without a doubt it is one of the most expressive and communicative parts of our anatomy.
It is one of the parts of the body with which we feel most identified, and one of the first that comes to mind when we think of another person. In fact, it is considered so important that throughout history different types of studies have been developed that have sought (among other multiple objectives) to find ways to successfully embellish it to be more attractive.
In this sense, we often resort to different techniques in order to accentuate our most attractive features and hide what we consider imperfections. Hairstyle, beard, makeup, earrings / piercings … And for this it is useful to analyze the effect on the face. In this sense, visagism, initiated by Claude Juillard, is useful, which aims to beautify and favor the image of the face or face through different techniques. But for this, it is useful to analyze and classify the types of face based on different criteria, including their shape. Let’s see them throughout this article.
Main types of face according to their shape
As we have mentioned, it is possible to find different ways to classify face types. However, without a doubt the most common is the one that uses form as a criterion. George Westmore was one of the pioneers in making this type of classification, taking into account the existing proportions between 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’s see below the main and best known types of face according to their shape, applicable to both women and men.
1. Round face
This type of face is characterized by having approximately the same height and width, generating a circular figure in which there are not angular but curved shapes and in which the cheeks are close to the chin, in addition to wide cheekbones. They usually give an impression of placidity and sweetness, as well as joviality (although sometimes also a certain childishness). Examples of a round face can be found in Martin Freeman in the case of men or Drew Barrymore or Marilyn Monroe in the case of women.
Aesthetically, the search for elements that reduce the image of roundness and enhance the generation of angles is usually recommended.
Medium or long haircuts are recommended and avoid bangs. In men, the inverted T-shaped fence or the goatee can be useful to lengthen the face, with greater density on the lower part 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 the most harmonious and flattering face shape in general but especially in the female sex, being the closest to the ideal of beauty typical of the aesthetic canons of our society.
Like the round face, we find a face shape in which curves prevail, although the face is more elongated than wide. The chin tends to be shorter than the forehead and the cheeks tend to be very marked.
Examples of oval faces can be found in Sharon Stone, Grace Kelly or Beyoncé in women and Adam Levine in the case of men.
On an aesthetic level, being so close to the ideal of beauty, large corrections are not usually recommended. If anything, hair and makeup styles that favor the expression of features, especially those that want to stand out, may 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 that corresponds to the height of the face. The jaws are usually very marked.
The square face is usually linked to masculinity, strength and stability, being generally more valued in the male sex. Examples of square face types can be found in Demi Moore, Sylvester Stallone or Arnold Schwarzenegger.
At the aesthetic level, styles that reduce the angularity of the face are usually recommended, such as round glasses and long, curly and / or wavy hair, especially in the case of women. The man will favor short sideburns and short hair and long beard.
4. Rectangular / elongated face
We can consider the rectangular or elongated type of face as the square version of the oval face. In him we see a generally long forehead, high cheekbones and not very marked features. It is often difficult to distinguish from square (although its chin is usually more rounded) and oval. Examples of this type of face can be found in 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 tend to flatter them, as well as short hair.
5. Hex / diamond / rhombus face
The hexagonal-shaped face, also called diamond-shaped, is characterized by very marked cheekbones that stand out in width compared to the jaw and forehead. The chin tends to be marked. Scarlett Johansson is an example, as well as George Clooney or Robert Pattison.
It is recommended to soften without hiding the cheekbones and avoid overloading 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 broad jaw and a narrow forehead in comparison, with the cheekbones in an intermediate position.
With this type of face it is advisable to leave the forehead clear. Short hairstyles and little or no bangs are usually more common.
7. Inverted triangle / heart face
The heart-shaped face, also called an inverted triangle, is characterized by having 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 type of face, as does Ryan Gosling in the case of men.
On an aesthetic level, it is usually recommended to use elements that help to widen the jaw, such as makeup, or reduce the size of the forehead, such as the very common bangs in this case.