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What Makeup Styles Look Best on Your Face Shape?

We’ve all been there, your Instagram is exploding with a new makeup trend that you can’t wait to wear. However, when you assemble your products and try it out, you’re disappointed with what you see in the mirror.

 

Those less-than-stellar results might have nothing to do with your application skills or the products you picked. Your face shape is often the main factor in whether a makeup look will work for you. Here are some basic guidelines for picking makeup styles that look best based on your face shape:

 

Heart

If you have a heart-shaped face, you have high, prominent cheekbones, and your forehead is wider than your chin.

Using matte blushes will add some color to your cheeks without going over the top. You should avoid using sparkly highlighters. Your cheekbones are already your most eye-catching feature, so you don’t need much to play them up.

For your eyes, you’ll want to stick with soft lines and subtle liner. Dramatic cat-eye looks can look too harsh on heart-shaped faces.

 

Round

You have a round face shape if you have prominent cheeks and your forehead is the same width as your jaw.

You can add definition to your cheeks by sweeping bronzer underneath your cheekbones and dusting highlighter on top. Women with round faces can also get fully onboard with the contouring trend.

Makeup artists recommend more angular brow shapes for round faces. You can also go dramatic when it comes to your eyes. Smoky eyes are great for adding a focal point and definition to the face.

 

Square

You have a square face shape if you have an angular jaw and prominent chin. Your forehead is about the same width as your jaw.

The best makeup looks for square face shapes help to soften and feminize. Rosy cream blushes can add the perfect flush to your cheeks. Because your lower face is prominent, you should also stick to soft nude and pink lip colors.

Women with square faces should avoid thick eyeliner and bright eyeshadow but can go all-out with their lashes. Curl your lashes and apply a thickening, lengthening mascara to draw attention to your eyes.

 

Oval

The hallmarks of the oval face shape are a jaw and forehead that are about the same width. Your face will also be long and narrow with less prominent cheekbones.

Lining your lips before applying lipstick can help bring definition to the lower area of your face. You can also highlight the shape of your eyes by applying a light-colored eyeshadow and then blending a darker color into the crease. Swipe some bronzer across your cheeks in an upward motion and you’re done!

Because they lack one prominent feature, oval face shapes can pull off more looks than some others. However, balance is key. Be careful not to go too dramatic on any one part of your face.

 

Oblong

Oblong faces are longer than they are wide. The forehead, cheeks, and jaw are all about the same width.

Makeup looks that emphasize the cheeks work best on oblong faces. Use bronzers and blushes to define the shapes of the middle third of your face. Have as much fun as you want with your eyes: apply cat-eye eyeliner, brightly colored shadow, and fun false lashes.

Women with oblong faces may want to skip lip liner and bright lip colors. These trends might bring too much attention to the lower part of the face.

 

Diamond

Diamond-shaped faces are wide at the cheeks and narrower at the forehead and chin. The difference between these widths can be subtle or dramatic.

Women with diamond-shaped faces may want to contour with two shades of foundation to balance the jaw and forehead. Dab and blend the darker shade on your temples and along your hairline. Maintaining a soft curve with your eyebrows will also create the illusion of a wider forehead.

Diamond shapes should skip the sparkly blushes and highlighters. Picking natural shades and light colors for the lips is also best. If your lips appear too wide, this can make your chin look smaller by comparison.

 

If your current makeup obsession is listed as a “don’t” for your face shape, don’t be discouraged. Every face shape is equally beautiful and every face is unique. Ultimately, your makeup look should enhance your natural features and personality. Go with what makes you feel gorgeous and confident.


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