If there’s one thing the busy gentleman needs to put five minutes aside to understand, it’s his face shape. Identifying and calculating your face shape is of vital importance if you want to look your best.
A successful haircut or beard style is intrinsically linked to your very own face shape. For example, a particular pair of sunglasses may look great on your friend but rubbish on you.
Our faces are incredibly important – not just to us but to everyone we meet. Sure, you can judge a man by his shoes, but your client won’t be looking you in the laces when he shakes you warmly by the hand.
When we say that our faces project everything about us to the outside world, we are not simply referring to those boyish good looks of yours. The character you exude is of vital importance.
Nevertheless, you may feel that you’re suffering in the aforementioned looks department. We all have days like those. You’d be amazed in how capitalising on what you already have can make a drastic difference. With just a little knowledge, we have the power to adapt this and take control.
The visual aspect of how we present our face differs with its proportions and shape but it’s not always easy to take a step back and plan ahead. Even so, each of us have certain features that we would prefer to emphasise or even conceal.
By determining yours, you will be able to better identify these features and understand the best approach to take.
From moustaches to hairstyles, our objective is to provide the most complete and in-depth guide to face shapes that remains perfectly accessible to all men. All personal grooming content functions hand-in-hand with face shapes by providing a detailed assessment of how to adapt a particular style to your face shape.
Our guides will be able to accompany you every step of the way as you learn about your physical attributes. You can even go further and complement this new-found knowledge with other guides, such as our introductions to suits and colour theory.
You’re probably wondering at this point exactly how many face shapes there are out there. While some other sites can list out as many as 9 shapes, others will only sum them up into 4 or 5. The scale that best balances diversity and simplified morphological categorisation can be summarised into 7 individual face shapes:
Narrow forehead and chin with strong cheekbones.
Broad forehead, rounded cheekbones that slope down to a small chin.
A tall, rectangular face with rounded corners. Forehead is broad but a similar size to cheekbones and jawline.
Somewhat broad forehead with narrower cheekbones and a round, tapering jawline.
Circular and wide cheekbones with a tapering jaw and forehead.
Face is wide at all points. Broad forehead, strong cheekbones and an angular jaw.
Jawline stronger than cheekbones with a smaller but relatively broad forehead and pointed chin.
If you don’t yet know or just want to double-check before moving forward, our easy face shape identifier takes only 5 minutes.