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General Hair And Makeup Tips For Women Of All Face Shapes

When it comes to beauty, choosing the right hairstyle and makeup look can be a challenge. The key to finding a flattering look is knowing your face shape.To determine the shape of your face, you can look into a mirror with no makeup and pull your hair back. Then, trace the outline of your face on the mirror with lipstick or eyeliner.

Once you’ve found your face shape, follow our expert tips on choosing the best hairstyles and makeup looks for your features.

  • Square

If you have a square face shape, your hair should be styled in a way that softens the angles of your jaw and forehead. Avoid wearing blunt bangs, as they will accentuate your strong jawline. Instead, opt for wispy bangs or no bangs at all. A side swept bang paired with long layers is great for those with a square face shape.

  • Round

The key to applying makeup on a round face is adding definition. You want to create angles where there are none. Contour along the sides of your forehead, the sides of your nose, under your cheekbones and along your jawline. Go light on the blush, as this will only add width to your cheeks. Your cheekbones should be defined without looking overly dramatic


A heart-shaped face is widest at the brow and narrowest at the chin, which typically needs a little help to appear more balanced. Long side bangs that start high on the head and subtle volume at the chin will do the trick.


Adding width to a long face can make it appear shorter. Bangs are great for this; so are waves, curls or texture throughout the hair. Be careful with superlong hair that has no wave or curls—it can drag your face down even more.


If you have an oval-shaped face, you’ve got the ideal canvas for just about any type of hair and makeup. The only area you’ll want to give extra attention to is your forehead. To minimize its width, style your hair so that it falls across your forehead or use bangs to cover it.

Mary J. Payne
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