Much like achieving the perfect messy bunВ orВ mastering liquid eyelinerВ (pro tip: Eyeko's Skinny Liquid Eyeliner, $22, will do you no wrong), figuring out your face shape is one of those things that sound a lot easier thanВ they actually are. 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 foolproof to understand. If you've ever tried the "trace your face in the mirror" trick 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 makeupВ and hairstyles for your face shape, we're sharing our tips on pinpointing your exact face shape. Rest assured knowing this key bit of information will help youВ wield your makeup brushesВ and style your locks with that much more confidence.В Pin the handy guide on figuring out face shapes, and then keep scrolling to find out your own.
If you have a square face,В the sides of your face are straight, and your jawline is slightly angled with a very minimal curve.В 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.В
Celebs with your face shape:В Rihanna, Natalie Portman, Angelina Jolie, Sandra BullockGetty
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.В Diamond faces have pointed chins and high cheekbones.В 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:В Jennifer Lopez, Vanessa Hudgens,В Ashley Graham, Kate HudsonGetty
Rectangular faces are sometimes called "oblong,"В andВ they're similar to a square-shaped face but longer than they are wide.В Your forehead, cheeks, and jawline are approximately the same width and your chin has a very slight curve.
Celebs with your face shape:В Joan Smalls,В Sarah Jessica Parker, Alexa ChungGetty
If your chin is pointed and your forehead is the widest part of your face, you have a heart-shaped face.В 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:В Reese Witherspoon,В Sarah Hyland, ChloГ« Grace MoretzGetty
A round face is just 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:В Chrissy Teigen, Elizabeth Olsen, Jennifer Lawrence, Ginnifer GoodwinGetty
People withВ oval faces will have foreheads that are only a tiny bit wider than their curved chin-picture an egg placed upside down.В It's similar to an oblong face but with a softer chin and more curve to the sides ofВ the face.В
Celebs with your face shape:В Kelly Rowland, Olivia Munn, Kerry Washington, Blake Lively
Next up: how to apply makeup for your face shape.