Pull your hair back into a ponytail and look straight into the mirror. What is your shape?
Why do most people and even hairstylists find it so hard to determine facial shapes?
It's due to the fact that most people don't have a textbook round or square shape.
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Usually the shape is a combination of several, e.g. round with a square jawline, oblong with a triangular aspect or any of a thousand more combination.
Add to that variations in facial features, for example, you may have an oblong face but the shape of the nose, eyebrows and lips give a very rounded impression. or the eyes and mouth may seem small in a "big" face.
Oval is considered the most desirable and versatile shape but others may be very attractive, too and don't need much de-emphasising. Think of Demi Moore in G.I. Jane with cropped hair. Although she has a square jaw that is not normally suited for short hair, it looked really good. Just one example of an "imperfect" shape that looks perfectly stunning.
Try this little experiment: Take a rectangular mirror of about 12 inches height and align its edge near the centre of your nose. Face the bathroom mirror and see with one eye your face made up of your left half and its reflection in the mirror. Now try the same with the right side.
Most people will be surprised by the difference between the "two" faces made apparent this way. It stems from slight imbalance of bone structure, asymmetry of lips or different shape or size of eyes.
If you notice such imbalance, stay away from straight, full bangs/ fringe and centre parting as this tends to emphasise any imperfection.
If your face has a directional slant, perhaps a nose pointing to the left or one eye higher than the other, always go with the flow or direction. Intuitively, most people and even stylists would choose the direction of the hair against the flow of features but that will only emphasise it more.
Consider also the effect of accessories, especially eyewear on face shapes. Spending a little more on a great looking frame can do wonders.
Bandanas, scarves, hats and even pins, barrettes, headbands and hair accessories can define and enhance your unique style to make you look gorgeous!