What is my face and eye shape?

The first step in designing the make-up is to know the ‘canvas’ that you are going to work on. Doing this accurately will mean that you achieve the best result. There are things you need to consider:

  • Facial shape

  • Areas of the face that could require highlighting or camouflage

Facial shapes

Facial shapes are influenced by the structure of facial bones. These provide a framework for the facial muscles and form features such as eye sockets, cheek bones and jaw. There are six basic facial shapes although most people will have a combination of these shapes. The oval is considered the ideal facial shape and at one time make-up was designed to make other face shapes appear oval. However, now each face shape is valued and the goal of make-up application is to enhance your individuality. The following is a list of the dominant face shapes:

Oval – length of this face is about 1.5 times longer than its width. The jaw line is softly curved and the features are even and regular.

Triangular – like a pyramid the jaw appears wider and the forehead and cheekbones are narrow.

Diamond – the face appears widest at the cheekbones and has a narrow forehead and chin.

Round – a full open face where length and breadth are similar, with a softly rounded chin.

Long – a face that is long and narrow with a thin overall appearance and a long more pointed chin.

Square – a broad forehead and jaw, this face is angular.

After assessing your face shape, you are able to determine what areas of the face must be highlighted and contoured. On a cut-out of your face shape, draw an oval shape the length of the face.

1. The areas which fall within this oval should be highlighted, as this will make your face appear more oval shaped.

2. Areas which fall outside of this oval should be contoured, as this will make them less prominent and will further emphasize the oval shape.

Eye shapes and Positioning

Know your face...Know your makeup! xx