Men’s Guide On How To Assess & Optimise An Oval Face Shape

Men’s Guide On How To Assess & Optimise An Oval Face Shape 2018-01-02T11:20:55+00:00

What is a man's oval face shape?Oval face shapes may find the following description familiar:

Your face length is longer than the cheekbone width as well as a forehead width larger than your jawline. It’s likely that both your chin and jawline aren’t pronounced and have a slight roundness to them.

Sound about right? If not, we explore a total of 7 face shapes. By identifying your face shape you may find that yours is different.

Nevertheless, not all the faces of any particular shape may look alike. Note that there’s a chance that you may feature characteristics that are reminiscent of other face shapes. Keep this in mind when following our face shape guides.

However, by aligning with a particular face shape, you’ll find that your personal grooming will improve by following certain guidelines.

Oval Face Shape Specifications

What's An Oval Face Shape Geometric Breakdown

Above you will note the diagram that analyses the hallmarks of an Oval face shape. The face width gradually reduces from the forehead with a sloping jawline. With its even proportions, features are usually visible but not angular.

With balanced characteristics, this shape has been considered the so-called “ideal” face shape. Its neutral composition and lack of dominant features allow for a great versatility in styling from hairstyles to eye-wear.

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Styling Advice For An Oval Face Shape

You will realise early on that their balanced proportions will offer an ideal foundation for styling. The objective is to ensure that these proportions are respected without throwing them off. Nevertheless, they can be manipulated and adjusted to bring out any particular features. For instance, sharp hairstyles can render the face more angular if desired.

Each guide offers an analysis for each face shape to help style it accordingly. For example, the hairstyle pages will note what pitfalls to avoid and recommended styling options.

Each section can be found by scrolling down. However, you may jump directly to any particular subject:

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

Oval Face Shape Hairstyles

Being a well-proportioned structure, an oval face has the rare privilege to be free in experimenting a variety of styles. Nevertheless, a classic short back and sides with a little length on top is a foolproof solution. Whilst texture and volume on top sharpen the shape, discretion is advised with fringes, which run the risk of softening the features and making the face appear rounder.


  • Wear hair off forehead to create volume and angles on top


  • Avoid forward fringes

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Oval Face Shape Beard Styles

With no structural or proportional weaknesses, men with oval shaped faces have the luxury to expriment with a wide variety of beard styles. That said, it’s important to respect the face’s proportions and avoid making it appear too round. Aim for angular finishes to bring out your features.

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Oval Face Shape Moustache Styles

Oval face shapes can experiment with a variety of moustache styles but care should be taken that the moustache isn’t too long. Large, bushy moustaches that curl over the lip will reduce face height and make it appear round. Sharpened edges and angular finishes will overcome this and retain structure.

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Best Glasses For Oval Face Shapes

As oval face shapes as the so-called “ideal”, they can be much easier to style. However, to ensure that your proportions stay well-balanced, there are certain steps to take. For instance, it would be a shame to lose harmony due to glasses that don’t work.

Indeed, oval face shapes have chameleon-like properties and their subtle features can be curbed or emphasised according to taste. Therefore, even more eccentric styles tend to work well. That said, try not to go for anything that well throw your proportions off entirely.

Balanced and classic styles are always safe choices. The most ideal options tend to be more angular styles as they will bring your features out. If you opt for anything too round, it may soften them or give your face a rounded appearance.

Finally, ensure that your glasses fit. Even if you’re oversizing, try not to go for anything that will dwarf your face and make it appear too small or round.

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What Next?

After having explored the details of oval face shapes, you can discover all the possibilities featured throughout the site. Bespoke Unit features guides on hairstyles, beards, moustaches and glasses, which each have their own dedicated sections on face shapes.

From each of these, you can read the specifics regarding any style you prefer. You can either click the images above or head to the full sections to see all the available choices:

Should you ever want to refer to anything else only for oval faces, remember that this page will always be hair.

Oval Face Shape Guide
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  1. Aakash singh December 8, 2017 at 12:25 pm - Reply

    Thanks for such a nice post..its very helpful

    • Paul Anthony December 9, 2017 at 4:03 pm - Reply

      Thanks, and glad you found it useful!

      – Paul

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