The Science of Perfect Face

The Pear Face Shape

The Pear Face Shape

The Science of Perfect Face
The Science of Perfect Face

The Science of Perfect Face. A chart published in 1933, According to this 1933 chart, your top and bottom lips should be the exact same width. Cleopatra, Marilyn Monroe, Farrah Fawcett, Halle Berry — every time period and generation has its own definition of what a perfect face (and body) looks like. In 1933, actress Sylvia Sidney was the Depression era ideal — and the star of this throwback chart provided as a guide for makeup artists way back when.

Modern beauty expert categorized human face in four shapes

According to its very specific definitions, the perfect face included these key features: Length of the face equals the length of three noses. Width of an eye in between the eyes. Upper and lower lips are the same width. Symmetrical eyebrows conforming to the line of the nose. Space from the lower eyelid to the upper eyelid is the same as space between the upper eyelid and eyebrow. Eyebrow begins on the same line as the corner of the eye nearest to the nose. Width of the face across cheeks is equal to two lengths of the nose. While you’re probably tempted to start staring the mirror to see how you measure up, don’t worry if you don’t. Nowadays, beauty is all about flattering your own face and working with what you have, so transforming into another person with totally different features is neither practical (nor desirable). 

The Round Face Shape

The round face shape is approximately as long as it is wide. If you have a round face shape, your face length and width are about equal. You have no angles to your jaw, which is also rounded. Your cheekbones are the widest part of your face. To balance this face shape, choose hairstyles and makeup that elongate the face.

The Round Face Shape
The Round Face Shape

Celebrities with round faces

Celebrities with round faces: Elizabeth Olsen, Mila Kunis, Chrissy Teigen, Kate Upton, Ginnifer Goodwin, Selena Gomez

Celebrities with round faces
Celebrities with round faces

The Long Face Shape

If you have a long face shape, your face is noticeably longer than it is wide. Your forehead, cheekbones and chin are all equal in width, and your chin has a rounded shape. To balance this face shape, choose hairstyles and makeup that create the illusion of width.

The Long Face Shape
The Long Face Shape

Celebrities with long face shapes

Celebrities with long face shapes: Alexa Chung, Molly Sims, Joan Smalls, Liv Tyler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Maggie Q.

Celebrities with long face shapes
Celebrities with long face shapes

The Heart Face Shape

If you have a heart-shaped face, you have a widow’s peak and pointy chin. Your forehead or cheekbones are the widest part of your face, tapering down to a narrower jaw. To balance this face shape, choose hairstyles and makeup that de-emphasize the wide forehead, and create the illusion of width at the jawline.

The Heart Face Shape
The Heart Face Shape

Celebrities with heart face shapes

Celebrities with heart face shapes: Kat Graham, Alyson Hannigan, Blake Lively, Kourtney Kardashian, Kerry Washington, Cote de Pablo

Celebrities with heart face shapes
Celebrities with heart face shapes

The Square Face Shape

If you have a square face shape, you have a squared jaw, and minimal curves to your face. Your forehead, cheekbones and jaw are about equal in width. Some squares have faces that are as wide as they are long, while others are longer and more rectangular in shape. To balance this face shape, choose hairstyles and makeup that soften the jawline.

The Square Face Shape
The Square Face Shape

Celebrities with square face shapes

Celebrities with square face shapes: Keira Knightley, Rosario Dawson, Angelina Jolie, Bella Heathcote, Olivia Wilde, Lucy Liu.

Celebrities with square face shapes
Celebrities with square face shapes

The Diamond Face Shape

If you have a diamond face shape, your cheekbones are the widest part of your face, with a matching narrower jaw and forehead. The chin is pointy, but the difference between a diamond and a heart or inverted triangle is that the hairline is not as wide. To balance this face shape, choose hairstyles and makeup that create the illusion of a broader forehead and jawline.

The Diamond Face Shape
The Diamond Face Shape

Celebrities with diamond face shapes

Celebrities with diamond face shapes: Camila Alves, Freida Pinto, Halle Berry, Ashley Greene, Vanessa Hudgens, Selma Blair

Celebrities with diamond face shapes
Celebrities with diamond face shapes

The Inverted Triangle Face Shape

If you have an inverted triangle face shape, your forehead is the widest part of your face, tapering down to a narrower, pointy chin. The difference between an inverted triangle and a heart is that the heart shape has a widow’s peak. The inverted triangle hairline is either straight across or slightly rounded. To balance this face shape, choose hairstyles and makeup that de-emphasize the wide forehead, and create the illusion of width at the jawline.

Celebrities with inverted triangle face shapes

Celebrities with inverted triangle face shapes: Scarlett Johansson, Rashida Jones, Jessica Szohr, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Chloë Moretz

Celebrities with inverted triangle face shapes
Celebrities with inverted triangle face shapes

The Pear Face Shape

If you have a pear face shape, your jaw is the widest part of your face. Your forehead and cheeks are both narrower. To balance this face shape, choose hairstyles and makeup that soften the jawline and create the illusion of a wider forehead.

The Pear Face Shape
The Pear Face Shape

Celebrities with pear face shapes

Celebrities with pear face shapes: Ellie Kemper, Kelly Osbourne, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Jenna Ushkowitz, Ali Larter, Minnie Driver

Celebrities with pear face shapes
Celebrities with pear face shapes

The Oval Face Shape

Oval face shapes are slightly longer than they are wide, similar to the shape of an egg, and the cheekbones are the widest part of the face. The jaw and forehead are rounded, and the sides of the face are slightly curved—there are no sharp angles. The oval is considered the “ideal” face shape, and is also the most common.

The Oval Face Shape
The Oval Face Shape

Celebrities with oval face shapes

Celebrities with oval face shapes: Paula Patton, Sienna Miller, Camilla Belle, Jessica Biel, Jessica Alba, Katy Perry, Scarlett Johansson

Conclusion

Hopefully, by following the steps and referencing these celebrity examples, you’re a lot closer to figuring out your face shape! Like I said, many of us are combinations of two different face shapes, but try to go with the shape that is most dominant.

Whether you’re a square, heart or pear, remember that ALL face shapes are beautiful. This knowledge should just help you feel a little bit more confident in choosing your best haircut, bang style and makeup.

Stay tuned for more articles about how to work with your face shape… and in the meantime, tell me:

The Science of Perfect Face

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