Tuesday, July 31, 2012

All Shapes & Sizes...

     First things first. I have found that the easiest way to figure out your face shape is tracing it on a mirror. You will need to pull your hair back into a smooth pony and, using eyeliner or lipstick, trace around your face on the mirror. Then step away to determine what shape you are closest to. (It is possible to be a combination of two shapes).

     Now that you have figured out your shape, let's figure out what suits you hair wise...

The forehead is the widest part of the face, then becomes narrow as it goes to the chin.

DO: Style your hair with a lot of volume towards the bottom of your face. You also don't want to wear your hair too long. I would recommend 4-5 inches below your shoulders for the best look.
I love side swept bangs for heart shaped faces! Starting at the arch of your brow to the corner of your eye is perfect!! A cut with soft layers starting at the end of your jaw line is best.

DON'T: Stay away from short, full styles that emphasize upper face, too much height at the crown, severe and slicked back looks. Too much height at the crown will give the appearance of a longer and narrower chin. Basically, avoid a lot of height at the crown and top of your face. They will make you look top heavy. (NO Snooki bumps!!)

Jawline tends to be more round and the width of the face is the same throughout. A little longer than the oval shape.

DO: Short to medium length cuts with long layers, wedged and bob cuts look really cute! Adding body with curls and waves starting at the jaw line help to balance things out. A side part with straight across bangs are also great!

DON'T: Cuts and styles that add a lot of height on top will cause your face to appear longer. I have heard middle parts are a no-no, but I think that can vary. (I love them lately!). Stay away from chin length styles and cuts that have no volume at the bottom. You need that body to even things out!

Longer than it is wide with sharper angles.

DO: Styles that add width to chin such as chin length bobs and wispy shoulder length cuts. Straight across bangs will help shorten the long face. You should also style your hair to show off those cheek bones by pulling the sides back either behind the ears or braiding/twisting some back. So cute!!

DON'T: Avoid a lot of height on top and lack of fringe! Try to stay away from cuts that don't have any hair on the neck or near the chin. The middle part will add length to the face, but I still love it. ;)

Round jaw, same width all the way around with cheek bones being widest part of the face.

DO: Finally, I am recommending height in the crown for this one! This will give the appearance of a longer slimmer shape. Long cuts and styles that don't add a lot of volume next to the cheeks, but still hug close to the face will make it appear more narrow. And guess what else works!? MIDDLE PART! Woo!! No bangs are best but if you do them, have them swept across. You want the bridge of your nose to be the focal point.

DON'T: No volume next to cheeks or straight chin length bobs. Deep side parts and heavy blunt bangs going straight across will give the appearance of a wider and shorter face. Definitely do not want that!!

Sides are all somewhat the same width, hair line is straight for the most part and the jaw is pronounced.

DO: Feathered and wispy on the top with softness around the ears and jaw will round out the square jaw. Long hair with soft layers and bangs that hit at the brows and sweep to the side looks great! I also recommend height in the crown for this shape.

DON'T: Avoid short chin length bobs that are blunt. Also try to avoid straight across and heavy bangs with middle parts.

Longer than it is wide with a square jaw line and possibly a square hair line.

DO: Add volume at cheek bones, but only a little at the crown. Sweep back the sides of the face to appear rounder. Add body at chin for long hair. Side parts with side swept bangs look awesome on this shape!

DON'T: Avoid center parts (I will have to agree with this one, it's just too much). Long hair that is all one length just adds even more length to the face. I don't think you want that.  Stay away from angled short cuts, and a lot of volume on top.

Longer than wide and wider on the top than on the bottom. Most ideal face shape.

DO: Just about any style or cut will work for you!! (Lucky!) You basically have it so easy that all you have to decide is which feature you feel like accentuating that day! You have so much freedom to try many different cuts and styles, so embrace it!

DON'T: Avoid wearing heavy straight across bangs or a lot of hair toward your face. You do not want to cover up those features!! Too much hair toward your face can also add weight to it. Not a good thing, right??

Square hairline with pronounced cheek bones and a somewhat pointy chin.

DO: A lot of layering will help soften your jawline. Tapering those cuts towards your jawline become very flattering! Short hair is great for this shape, so rock it! Not everyone can, as you've read.

DON'T: Drawing too much attention to your jawline is not a good idea. I would not recommend any blunt bobs that hit in that area.

Did this help you at all?? I sure hope so!! I will be posting more blogs specific to each face shape regarding cuts, styles, accessories, and clothing that will be most flattering for you! If you have further questions regarding your face shape, please ask!! That's what I'm hear for! I hope you all have a great hair day!

-Peace Love & Beauty

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