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

How Can Men Look Their Best With An Oblong Face Shape?2018-09-05T11:58:57+00:00

To take advantage of the oblong face shape’s 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.

In this men’s guide, you will discover the ways to properly style an oblong face shape. Furthermore, we feature recommendations on the best haircuts, beards, moustache styles and glasses for its characteristics.

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Each section features stylised graphics that lead onto individual guides. These will feature more specific advice on how to customise the style for your own face shape.

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Oblong 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, its most distinctive feature is the face length. In short, the oblong is very much like an oval face shape except that it’s taller. Therefore, a touch of attention to styling can help you achieve a more harmonious balance.

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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Best 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.


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


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

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Best 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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Best 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 Oblong 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!

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  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!



  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,


  3. Asher May 30, 2018 at 2:02 am - Reply

    Good info thanks. Some typos can be confusing such as a paragraph heading about heart shaped faces in the oblong section. After some discussion I think one is supposed to measure the jaw line straight down from the ear with an imaginary line across to connect the chin tip and not across from below ear and to the chin tip. The wording and graphics are at odds.

    • Charles-Philippe May 30, 2018 at 3:55 am - Reply

      Hi Asher,

      Good spot on that typo! It’s been corrected, thanks.

      As for measuring your jawline, you start from the corner of the bone (about an inch under the ear) and then down to the chin. Afterwards, you multiply it by two.



  4. Michael Elam September 19, 2018 at 10:08 pm - Reply

    I’m a 29 year old black man who just did an image consultation and was told i have traits of both oblong and oval. I’ve decided i’m going switch up my hairstyle from a even haircut (google : dark Caesar) to a Medium Fade with more on the top, and decided to retire my pencil mustache and alternate between a short squared beard or circle beard.

    Would you say that’s a wise approach?

    • Charles-Philippe September 20, 2018 at 2:27 am - Reply

      Hi Michael,

      Thanks for the comment.

      Yes, those sound like pretty solid choices for your face shape. A Caesar haircut will help reduce face length by lowering your forehead. Meanwhile, take care with a fade as it may actually accentuate face length. Make sure it isn’t too tight or somewhat low to prevent this from happening.

      Finally, a box beard is great and very universal. Otherwise, a circle beard can look great but make sure that you focus on its width rather than length to help square off your jawline.

      Hope this helps! You can learn more details for working these styles as we have face shape guides in each of their respective pages.

      If you wear prescription glasses (or even sunglasses), check out our choosing guide for more face shape, skin tone and contrast inspiration!



  5. Michael Elam September 20, 2018 at 5:02 pm - Reply

    Yeah i think he’s trying to steer me towards a mid or high fade with more length on top because i’m only 5’5. I actually prefer a dark Caesar but willing to give a Mid Fade a try.
    Going get my haircut like this next time and see what type of receptions i get.

    • Charles-Philippe September 21, 2018 at 4:03 am - Reply

      Hi Michael,

      Ah, if you’re looking to appear taller, he’s right that high fades are better. A dark Caesar and mid-fade aren’t incompatible. You’ll likely be able to get both with some good contouring around the forehead.

      Let us know how it goes!



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