The Face Shape Guide

face shape

Which Face Shape?

Have you ever noticed that one man can look great with a goatee and shaved head, while someone else can try the same look with less than favorable results? Well this all stems from the many different face shapes we all have. Face shapes can help determine the best hat or glasses to wear, and the same is true for facial hair and styling.

What Is Your Face Shape?

There is a large percentage of men who have a square face shape, and it is coincidentally the most ideal and desired shape to work with. (The square face is the male counterpart to the oval face shape for women.) Therefore, when it comes to haircuts and beards, the goal is to square off the face, while taking into consideration any imperfections and how to camouflage them.

Here is a short guide that can aid you in finding ways to maximize your facial features by complementing or disguising certain aspects of your face. Also, if you’re unsure of what face shape you may have, here are a few quick tips that can help you to figure it out! ~ How To: Determine Your Face Shape

OVAL (a very desirable face shape as well)

Description: The face is visually symmetrical. Eyes are evenly spaced, with one eye width distance between them.

Suited Haircuts:

  • All Hairstyles

Facial Hair:

  • Goatee
  • Neat moustache
  • Light beard/scruff

ROUND 

Description: A full and round jaw line and a round hairline in many cases.

Suited Haircuts:

  • Layered styles with sides close
  • Styles with height to lengthen the face
  • Off centered parted styles
  • Long hair works but stick with one length

Suited Facial Hair:

  • Neat moustache
  • Trimmed beard designed to slim and make the face seem more oval

TRIANGULAR

Description: Wide hairline, broad jaw line and narrow chin.

Suited Haircuts:

  • Close to the scalp (i.e. buzz cuts; Keeps top of the head from being the focal point)
  • Cropped styles
  • Both recommended styles should stay away from hard lines that define the hairline

Suited Facial Hair:

  • Full Beards (Trimmed or scruff, designed to take away from the pointed chin)

SQUARE

Description: Squared and broad jaw-line. Forehead, cheekbones and jaw are the same width.

Suited Haircuts:

  • Most hairstyles (However stay with clean squared off lines and NO flattops)

Suited Facial Hair:

  • Goatees
  • Moustaches
  • Neatly trimmed scruff
  • Neat beard with hard lines
  • All designed to maintain and enhance the square jaw

PEAR 

Description: Narrow forehead/hairline and broad jaw line.

Suited Haircuts:

  • Full hairstyles
  • Round haircuts with the sides equal to the top
  • Designed to balance the face

Suited Facial Hair:

  • Full beard trimmed to square off the face/also slimming the face

OBLONG/RECTANGLE

Description: Sides of face are narrow and straight. A slightly rounded chin in many cases.

Suited Haircuts:

  • Layered styles
  • Wispy bangs
  • Try to stay away from styles that define the hairline
  • NO – long sideburns

Suited Facial Hair:

  • Neatly shaped moustache (to shorten the face)
  • Neatly trimmed beard (shortening and squaring the face)

DIAMOND 

Description: Rounded Hairline, wide cheekbones and a narrow chin.

Suited Haircuts:

  • Full Bangs (designed to square off the forehead)

Suited Facial Hair:

  • Full Beard (to square off the face and hide the prominent chin)

Click here for Craig the Barber’s (Visual) – Guide to Face Shapes & Grooming 

Craig the Barber (19 Posts)

Craig the Barber is a licensed barber and men's grooming expert, with more than a decade of experience. He is the owner of The Grooming Concierge, and on-site grooming service in the Los Angeles area, where he works with some of Hollywood's hottest men. He is also the editor-in-chief of TheMensRoom.com, a men's grooming blog.


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