Tip Tuesday - Face Shapes Part 1

Knowing your face shape is key when it comes to applying make-up, especially when it comes to highlighting and contouring. As explained in the last make-up Tip Tuesday - Advance & Recede, I will be doing a part series of the different face shapes and the rule of thumb for applying highlighter and bronzer. (You can view the previous post here)

To get started, you will need to know your own face shape. The best way to do this is to pull all your hair back tight and examine your bone structure in a mirror. Looking mainly at your cheekbones, shape of jawline and forehead as well as the fullness of your cheeks. If you want to get really creative while doing this you can always trace the outline of your face using a mirror and a pencil. 

There are seven basic face shapes. They are square, heart, round, oblong, diamond, triangle and oval. 

So let's get started!


With an oval face, you will have high, sculpted cheekbones, soft jawline and delicate chin. Your face will have no sharp corners. Also your forehead will be balanced with the lower portion of your face. 

If you have been blessed with an oval face consider yourself lucky. This face shape is considered perfect because the proportions of the face are balanced.  With an oval face, there is very minimal highlighting and no contouring needed.  Below is an example of the areas on an oval face that you would apply highlighter.  No bronzer is needed and you can add a little blush to the apples of your cheeks. 

Stay tuned for Part 2 on the next make-up Tip Tuesday for another face shape.  

* Just an FYI, the face drawing shown above was found on Pinterest (don't forget to follow us!). I do not know who the original creator was due to there being multiple links for the same drawing. 

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