What is My Face Shape? 3 Easy Steps To Determine Your Face Shape in 2020

Posted at 1:30 pm • 21 Oct 2020 • Chelsea from Kraywoods


Are you curious to know your face shape? If you are here, then you most probably are! Determining your face shape is essential for so many reasons. Although our faces are always changing and never really fit precisely into one specific category, determining your face shape will allow you to know what shape your face resembles most closely.

Knowing your face shape can be helpful in more ways than you can imagine! When doing things like modelling, photography, makeup, hairstyling, personal styling or buying sunglasses or other accessories, knowing your face shape is essential to achieve a better look.

If you're not familiar with how to determine your face shape, you're in the right place! Read along to find out three easy and simple steps to determine your face shape.

Woman with oval face shape wearing wooden sunglasses

STEP 1: Measure Your Face

Before you start to measure your face, there are a few things to consider in order to achieve the most accurate results.

First, make sure to remove your hair from the front of your face as it may disturb you while taking measurements. The best way is to pull your hair back from your head with a hair clip or tie it back. It will help you see your entire face when taking the necessary measurements.

Second, prepare a flexible measuring tape to take the most accurate measurements of your face. Make sure you have something to write down each measurement that you will take.

Third, position yourself in front of a large mirror in a well-lit room where you can stand or sit to look straight at the mirror front on. If you don't have access to a large mirror, you can try to find a good photo where you are looking directly at the camera and use it to measure your face instead.

Now that you've done all these preparations, you are fully ready to go on to the next task, taking measurements of your face. You need to keep in mind the measurements of the four essential areas of your face.

How to determine your face shape: Flexible Measuring Tape

Measuring The Four Main Areas of Your Face

  • Forehead Width:
    Firstly, you will need to measure the width of your forehead at the widest point. For the most accurate results, measure across the widest part of your forehead from each side across from the hairline.
    Tip: The widest part of your forehead will be typically located in the middle between your eyebrows and your hairline.
How to measure the forehead width
  • Cheekbone Width:
    Secondly, you will need to measure the width of your cheekbones meticulously. For this measurement, accurately measure your cheekbone width from one side to the other side from across your hairline, right above your cheekbones.
    Tip: Make sure to take this measurement from the most prominent part of your cheekbones, which is usually located just below the outer corner of your eyes.
How to measure the cheekbone width
  • Jawline Width:
    Thirdly, you will need to measure the jawline width. For this measurement, hold the measuring tape at the corner of your jaw, right under your ears, and bring it to the tip of your chin. Once you've finished measuring one side of your jaw, you can either do the same to measure the other side and add both measurements together or multiply the first measurement found by 2.
How to measure the jawline width
  • Face Length:
    Fourthly, you will need to measure your face length. Taking this measurement is quite simple: start by holding the measuring tape at the centre of your hairline and bring it down to the tip of your chin. Tip: For the most accurate result, hold the measuring tape along your nose while measuring from top to bottom.
How to measure the face length

STEP 2: Assess Your Facial Features

Now that you've completed the first step and found all your face measurements, you're only one step away from finding out your face shape. What you want to consider next, besides the measurements found, are your facial features. Measurements only are not enough; taking note of your face's characteristics is also imperative to determine your face shape.

While looking straight in front of a mirror or at a photo where you are looking directly at the camera, carefully assess your face's angles and contours to know how soft, sharp or pronounced your facial features are. Take note of your facial features' most prominent characteristics. For example, a round face shape is typically defined by a rounded jawline, whereas a squared jawline typically defines a square face shape.

Now that you've found all your face's measurements and characteristics, you have all the information you need to determine your face shape easily.

Face Shape Guide

STEP 3: Determine Your Face Shape

Congrats, you're now ready to determine your face shape! All you need to do is match all the information you've gathered in the first two steps, such as your face measurements and list of features, to the face shape with the closest characteristics.

There are mainly six face shapes: round face, square face, diamond face, oval face, heart face, rectangular face, and a combination face. As we go on to describe the characteristics of every one of these face shapes, you will find out which shape matches your face best.

1. Oval Face Shape

An oval face is mainly characterized by a narrow and tall forehead, wider cheekbones and a soft rounded jaw. Oval faces are typically longer than wider.

  • Firstly, observe if the width of your forehead is much smaller than the width of the cheekbones and if you have a tall forehead.
  • Secondly, assess whether the width of your cheekbones is wider than your face length. Your face length should be longer than the width of your face.
  • Thirdly, observe with your jawline and whether the angles around the chin are soft and slightly rounded.

If all the traits described above match your face measurements and features, you have an oval face shape.

For some eyewear fashion inspiration, you can check out our blog about the 8 Best Sunglasses For Oval Face Shape in 2020.

Woman with oval face shape - Bella Hadid

Photographed: Bella Hadid

Man with oval face shape - Jake Gyllenhaal

Photographed: Jake Gyllenhaal

2. Round Face Shape

A rounded face is mainly characterized by a rounded forehead, a rounded jawline, and a face width equal to the face length.

  • Firstly, assess if your forehead is round from the start of your hairline and note it.
  • Secondly, evaluate whether your face length matches the width of your face. To do so, look at the cheekbone width measurement and the face length measurement you noted in the first step.
  • Thirdly, assess if your jawline is rounded with soft angles.
    If all the characteristics described above match with what you've found in the first two steps, then you have a round face shape.

If all the traits described above match with the measurements and features you've noted in the first two steps, then you have a round face shape.

For some eyewear fashion inspiration, you can check out our blog about the 10 Best Sunglasses for Round Face Shape.

Woman with round face shape - Chrissy Tegan

Photographed: Chrissy Tegan

Man with Round Face Shape - Leonardo Dicaprio

Photographed: Leonardo Dicaprio

3. Diamond Face Shape

A diamond face is mainly characterized by a narrow forehead, wider cheekbones and a narrow and pointed chin.

  • Firstly, compare your forehead width and cheekbone width measurements to determine if your cheekbones are wider.
  • Secondly, compare the width of your cheekbones to your jawline. Your cheekbones must be prominently broader than your jawline.
  • Thirdly, you should observe whether your face length is similar to your face width.
  • Finally, observe the angles of your jawline and the area of your chin. The combination of a narrow jawline and a pointed chin is typical for a diamond-shaped face.

If all the traits described above match with the measurements and features you've noted in the first two steps, then you have a diamond face shape.

Woman with diamond face shape - Vanessa Hudgens

Photographed: Vanessa Hudgens

Man with Diamond face shape - Ryan Reynolds

Photographed: Ryan Reynolds

4. Heart Face Shape

A heart face is mainly characterized by a V-shaped hairline, a wider forehead and a narrow jawline.

  • Firstly, observe whether the width of your forehead is much smaller than the width of your jawline. Now you see whether you possess a V-shaped form in the hairline at the center of the forehead.
  • Secondly, assess whether the width of your cheekbones and see whether it matches the width of your forehead.
  • Thirdly, observe the angles of your jawline and the centre point of your chin. Note whether strong angles and a pointed chin characterize your jawline.
  • Finally, compare your face length to your face width. Your face should be slightly longer than it is wide.

If all the traits described above match your face measurements and features, you have a heart face shape.

Woman with heart face shape - Scarlett Johanson

Photographed: Scarlett Johanson

Man with heart face shape - Chris Hemsworth

Photographed: Chris Hemsworth

5. Square Face Shape

A square face is mainly characterized by a straight hairline, a squared jawline, and a face width equal to the face length.

  • Firstly, assess if your hairline is straight, then turn to your forehead to each side and compare your forehead width to your jawline width. Your forehead and jawline width have to be similar.
  • Secondly, check the side of your cheekbones and evaluate their curviness. Your face sides have to follow a straight line starting from your forehead down to your jaw. Moreover, the width of your cheekbones has to be the same size as the width of your jaw and forehead.
  • Thirdly, evaluate whether your face length matches the width of your face. To do so, look at the cheekbone width measurement and the face length measurement you noted in the first step.
  • Finally, evaluate whether your jawline is strong and squared.

If all the traits described above match with the measurements and features you've noted in the first two steps, then you have a square face shape.

For some eyewear fashion inspiration, you can check out our blog about the Best Sunglasses For Square Face Shapes.

Woman with square face shape - Cameron Diaz

Photographed: Cameron Diaz

Man with square face shape - Henry Golding

Photographed: Henry Golding

6. Rectangular Face Shape

A rectangular face shape is very similar to a square face shape, except that the face is slightly wider. It is mainly characterized by a straight hairline, a tall and wide forehead, a squared jawline, and a face width that is slightly wider than the face length.

  • Firstly, observe if you have a straight hairline and a tall forehead. Now check whether your forehead is as wide as your jaw.
    check if your forehead is as wide as the jaw and the hairline is straight.
  • Secondly, assess whether the width of your cheekbones and see whether it matches the width of your forehead.
  • Thirdly, observe the angles of your jawline and the centre point of your chin. Note whether strong angles and a pointed chin characterize your jawline.
  • Finally, compare your face length to your face width. Your face should be slightly longer than it is wide.

If all the traits described above match your face measurements and features, you have a rectangular face shape.

Woman with rectangular face shape - Olivia Wilde

Photographed: Olivia Wilde

Man with rectangular face shape - Jude Law

Photographed: Jude Law

7. Combination Face Shape

As we've already mentioned, not all faces are the same, and that's what makes every person unique and beautiful in their own way. A face can never really fit into one category or shape; it is merely closest to a specific shape. Like all the face shapes we've mentioned above, combination face shape is also one of the standard categories of face shapes. A combination face shape means that your face is a blend of two different face shapes. Therefore, while reading all the face shape descriptions above, if none of them matched perfectly with your facial measurements and features, it means you have a combination face shape. To determine your combination, see which top two face shapes from the above closest to yours, and you've got your combination! If you have a combination face shape, then you're on the lucky side, as it is the most versatile for hairstyling, makeup, choosing a pair of trendy trendy eyewear, and so much more!

Woman with combination face shape - Ciara

Photographed: Ciara

Man with combination face shape - Rami Malek

Photographed: Rami Malek


Now that you've successfully determined your face shape, you're ready to create the best fashion look for yourself! Whether it be hairstyling, makeup or styling accessories, doing so based on your face shape will allow you to achieve the best results and most flattering looks! To find out how to choose the best sunglasses according to your face shape, check out our ultimate sunglasses guide of 2020!