How Can Men Look Their Best With An Oblong Face Shape?

How Can Men Look Their Best With An Oblong Face Shape? 2018-01-02T11:10:10+00:00

Bespoke Unit's graphic of a man's oblong face shapeOblong face shapes usually consist of the following features:

Your face length is the largest whilst your forehead, cheekbones and jawline are all similar in length. Your chin may be pointed and it’s likely that your cheek line and the sides are your face are straight.

If this sounds about right, scroll down. Nevertheless, you might not be sure. If this is the case, know that we identify 7 different face shapes. Be sure to discover your own face shape with our easy guide.

Remember that also the above narrative generalises face shapes, which means that there are subtle difference between individuals. You may fit under the description of several face shapes so it’s up to you to properly identify your own using the tools we provide.

Knowing your face shape has its uses and is worth knowing. You’ll fit that once you get to grasps with your own features, you’ll be able to make styling decisions for more easily.

Oblong Face Shape Specifications

What's An Oblong Face Shape Geometric Breakdown

The above graphic presents and breaks down the face shape’s own features. Take note of its relatively simple structure consisting of more-or-less equal widths down the sides. The forehead is likely the broadest part. However, the most

A tall and wide forehead complimented by a noble jawline and even cheekbones is what we’d expect from an Oblong face shape. With elongated yet balanced features, the oblong face structure is somewhere between the oval and square shapes.

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Styling Advice For A Oblong Face Shape

To take advantage of its features, the objective is to create broadness whilst downplaying its length. The following sections will assess the face shape’s styling objectives and then propose suitable styling recommendations.

You can explore each guide in greater detail so to discover its characteristics. Furthermore, certain pages like the beard guides will walk you through how to grow and care for one.

Scroll down to read each section or jump directly to what interests you the most:

  1. Hairstyles For Oblong Face Shapes
  2. Beards For Oblong Face Shapes
  3. Moustaches For Oblong Face Shapes
  4. Glasses For Oblong Face Shapes

Oblong Face Shape Hairstyles

With its tall structure but otherwise balanced features, the key to showcasing an oblong face is in controlling the hair’s proportions. Although most styles work well, too much length on top or to short on the sides will run the risk of elongating the face. The safest approach would be classic scissor cuts whilst avoiding extremes.

Styles should focus on the sides or across the forehead whilst staying relatively flat on top. A style that uses gravity to let the hair fall naturally will provide sufficient volume and accentuate the forehead’s breadth without elongating its length.

DO:

  • Even or balanced cuts
  • Styles that work with gravity
  • Classic “scissor” cuts

DON’T:

  • Too tight back and sides
  • Too much height or length on top
  • Avoid extreme styles

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Oblong Face Shape Beard Styles

Natural Full beards risk elongating the face even further so the objective here is to shorten it and square off the jawline. Applying volume to the sides whilst shortening the length on the chin is a safe way to go in order to create a more chiselled facial structure. This can be achieved with both a full beard or a natural circle beard. Voluminous Side Burns or moustaches are also very efficient is providing volume to the cheeks and shortening the face respectively. They’re also great for making a bold statement!

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Oblong Face Shape Moustache Styles

Like hairstyles and beards, the objective is to give the face more width and reduce height. Opt for large moustaches that go beyond the corners of the mouth. These will reiforce the cheekbones and take a little height away with hair growth.
Bear in mind also that small moustaches may look lost on the large surface area of an Oblong face shape.

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Best Glasses For Heart Face Shapes

With a tall face and more-or-less equal width at every level, the general objective is to decrease height whilst bringing out the features. As long as they aren’t too tall, either round or angular frames can do this quite well.

That said, if glasses are as wide as they are tall, this shouldn’t pose to much of a risk. For instance, square glasses can help increase the broadness of your forehead whilst adding some angularity to emphasise your cheekbones.

However, if the glasses are too small, they can appear lost on an oblong face shape. Similarly, frames that are intentionally oversized to be too wide may inadvertently backfire by making the face appear too tall. Therefore, it’s important that they fit well.

Nevertheless, naturally large frames tend to work well in restoring harmony. Furthermore, frames with an emphasis on width such as browlines, which feature bars that act as secondary eyebrows, help increase width without oversizing.

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What Next?

Now that you’ve learned about your oblong face shape, you can explore all your options throughout our guides. Each of the hairstyle, beard, moustache and glasses guides feature dedicated section that dissect how well they work for each face shape. This will help you find out the specifics for any particular style you may want. Head to one of the following topics to find the style that you want to learn about:

If you ever forget the basics, this page will always be here for a refresher!

Oblong Face Shape Guide
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4 Comments

  1. Junaid Khan December 19, 2017 at 4:39 pm - Reply

    I searched on so many sites to get the knowledge that what will be the best hairstyle for my face shape and found that this is the most informative and complete guide for any Oblong face shape male.

    • Charles-Philippe December 20, 2017 at 10:06 am - Reply

      Thanks Junaid! We appreciate your support! Expect more to come soon and feel free to explore the other sections on our site. There’s plenty to be found!

      Best,

      Charles-Philippe

  2. Luis March 19, 2018 at 9:50 am - Reply

    Really good information to make the right choice. Thank you very much!! What do say about color, color is important as well, right? I like stubble beard…but my beard is really dark and thick and I’m like Spanish color, tan but not that much and I wear a black frame glasses… sometimes.. makes my face really heavy…

    • Charles-Philippe March 19, 2018 at 12:41 pm - Reply

      Hi Luis,

      These are topics that we also cover elsewhere on Bespoke Unit. We offer a full guide to colour and contrast. However, if you want to read about colour specifically for glasses, there’s a specific section for that in our choosing glasses guide.

      All the best,

      CP

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