There are many styles that will suit every face shape and fashion changes constantly.
The following information contains the most important aspects of a good style for your face shape.
A triangular face is broad and square at the jaw line and tapers in towards the forehead.
A pear shaped face has a full wide jawline and tapers toward the forehead.
Your Goal is to look for hair styles that broaden your forehead and minimise width of your jaw.
Characteristics of a Good Style:
- Keep hair close to the sides of the face and nape of the neck.
- Cover part of the ears.
- Create height and width at the temples.
- Look for hairstyles that are irregular, wispy, or have soft curls that flair out at the sides at the eye line.
- A fringe that is full, fluffy and high will add width to the forehead and balance the wide jaw line.
- Styles that are full at the temples.
- Side parts with long fringes swept to the side.
- Medium length hair.
- Hair cut close to the head at the temples.
- Very short on top (will emphasize a small forehead).
- Centre parts.
Here is a sample of what hair styles look great:
The Right Short Hairstyle: This short layered hairstyle is perfect in how it puts hair exactly where it's needed to make our models triangular face shape look balanced and proportional. The heavy top layers allow hair to be rounder and fuller above the ears, while no bangs make the face shape appear longer, bringing attention to the forehead and away from the jaw line.
The Wrong Short Hairstyle: This short hairstyle is the perfect example of what doesn't suit triangular faces. For a start, the bangs are heavy forward falling and in the eyes. This makes the overall shape of the face appear to be shorter and wider. Worse still, due to the sides being layered in short, the jaw area actually appears larger and wider than it really is. The geometry is all wrong as our image shows very well.
The Right Medium Hairstyle: This is a very nice hairstyle shape which suits our models triangular face shape to a tee. The sides fall softly onto and away from the jaw line creating cover in the right places, and the side swept bangs work well to create diagonal direction drawing attention to the eyes. The zig zag part creates some height and builds length into the look, while an all over rounded shape frames the face nicely.
The Wrong Medium Hairstyle: Too wide, too square! This hairstyle shows exactly what the worst possible shape to suit triangular faces is. The sides only make the jaw area, which is already large naturally, look even wider and bigger. The heavy bangs make the face shape appear even shorter and wider which leads the eye to the sides and width once more! The hairstyle here is following the actual shape of our models face shape instead of compensating and adjusting it.
The Right Long Hairstyle: This long soft wavy hairstyle is a nice look and a great example of how to design a hairstyle that will suit triangular face shapes. The soft waves have a naturally soft appearance that falls nicely due to the layering. The middle part also helps to top divide the face into two long narrow portions to create the illusion of length. This shape will work in straight and curly textures.
The Wrong Long Hairstyle: Another good example of the wrong hairstyle on the wrong face shape! Triangular faces are pear shape and are narrowest at the top forehead region and widest at the jaw line chin area. This hairstyle follows that same shape. To suit, it should instead be the reverse, which means adding hair through the top side areas and not in the bottom. This style kicks out at the bottom and sides and only draws further attention to the jaw region, while the heavy bangs, although to the side, still make the face look shorter and wider.
- Oval-shaped frames, and frames that are broad where the face is narrow.
- Frames that are heavy on the top and oval on the bottom.
- Your best frames are those that accentuate your eyes and are wide enough to balance your strong jaw line.
- Avoid low-temple styles.
- If you like dramatic accessories, try frames in bold colours and heavy frames.
- Decorative or contrasting temples can also be added to give width to the face.
- The frames will also have to be sized in proportion to your head. A woman who has a small head size will need smaller frames for balance and vice versa.
- A low bridge will shorten a long nose and a high bridge will lengthen a short nose.
- Update your glasses every two to three years with a current style.
- Do not wear bifocals with a line. They make you look out of style and out-of-date. Ask for no-line progressive lenses.
- A basic rule to be remembered when applying foundation, blush or eye shadow is that light advances and dark recedes.
- Apply the darker shades to areas that need to be visually diminished and the lighter shades to areas that need to be advanced.
- Apply the darker foundation at the chin and jaw line.
- Apply the lighter coloured foundation to the corners of the forehead.
- Blend the blush in a sideward 'V' to the temples and up over the brow bone, towards the centre of the face.
I highly recommend to book yourself into a Make Up Workshop or Make
Up Lesson with a Professional Make Up Artist as she will teach you what
works for you and what doesn't. What colours are great on you and which
aren't so great. I personally work with Rozlyne Vidal (check out her
website on www.rozlynevidal.com) and her next workshop with a focus on Eye Make Up Application is coming up on the 2nd of June in Engadine. Click here for more details.
Look for earrings that add length to your face and avoid any that are overly wide. If you have a pear shaped face also avoid very
round earrings. Avoid earrings that end at the broadest part of your face.
- Tear drops
- Look for hats with narrow brims.
- Asymmetric brims and high crowns are good to bring the attention up towards the eye area.
- Styles that sit on the back of the head and are wide across the temple area will minimise the jaw line.
- Select any style that will add width to the forehead e.g. turbans.
- Take your body's scale into account when selecting how wide your brim is to be. Don't get caught looking like a mushroom.
- The best width is never wider than your shoulders.