The term morphology is Greek and is a makeup of morph– meaning ‘shape, form’, and –ology which means ‘the study of something’, this is exactly what we are going to do here; study the shape of your face and body trying to figure out what would suit you better .
It Does NOT matter
I despise beauty rules who restrict your possibilities. Rules like women or men of a certain age should cut off their hair and dye their gray hair. The rule of thumb for older men and women remains the same: Find a cut that flatters your best features and plays down your not-so-great ones. Simply said, this is IT!!!
In the beauty industry, whether it’s makeup, hair or even clothing being discussed, face shape plays a critical part too. Though every person’s face is unique and beautiful, it’s generally accepted that there are basic face shapes. Learn about your face shape and embrace it.
- Oblong or Rectangular
The oblong face shape is rectangular and has similar qualities as the square face shape except that it’s longer. It tends to be angular, but not always. Oblong faces are pretty straight, with the cheekbones not much wider than the forehead and jawline.
What to avoid: The center parts, no-bangs (only if angular) or slicked-back styles, chin-length styles with no texture or fullness, and styles that add volume on top but not at the sides. The best styles for this face shape are full, textured styles. Think of styles with curls, waves, and layers. Short and medium length styles work well on this face too like ‘wedge’ cuts and graduated bobs that are shorter than the jawline. Shoulder length cuts with layers that kick out or have texture are flattering, as are side parts and blunt cut bangs(if not to angular jaws).
Celebrities who tend to have the Oblong Face Shape: Liv Tyler, Gisele Bundchen, Sarah Jessica Parker
Avoid taking the sides too short. Style the hair onto the face to reduce the appearance of length and maintain balance. Having long hair like the men’s bob or any haircut with some volume on the side is good. You could also grow some facial hair to add more width.
Celebrity who tends to have Oblong Face Shape: Adam Levine
The oval face shape is considered by many people to be ideal for woman but not so much for a men. The reason is that oval face shapes are well-balanced, not overly sharp or angular, and not overly rounded or full which makes it easy to manage a style styled by oneself at home. I, however, disagree that this is the ideal face shape. I believe that other face shapes and a whole variety of different features are truly beautiful. Remember everybody is beautiful; some of you just don’t know it yet.
The oval face shape is widest at the cheekbones, but not by much. It narrows a tiny bit at the jawline and at the forehead. The width of the forehead and the width of the jawline is nearly equal. Because the oval face shape is so well-balanced, it tends to look proportionate and nice with pretty much any hairstyle or length. Long or short, curly or straight, bangs or no bangs…
Oval faces tend to look good in everything, but their faces can appear long, so be careful not to add height on top of the head. Also, if your hair is thick or curly, avoid a blunt cut. You’ll look like a giant pyramid. People with an oval face really can play with different styles too. There’s not much that won’t look good with their face unless there is a strong feature on the face (long nose, beauty mark,etc.)
Celebrities who tend to have Oval Face Shape: Kate Hudson, Jessica Alba
An oval head shape allows maximum versatility, allowing the hair and beard to be styled onto or off the face and can be worn long or short.
Celebrities who tend to have Oval Face Shape: Jude law, Berry Watson
Round face shapes are exactly as they sound the widest point is across the cheekbones, narrowing some at the forehead and jawline. This face shape is not angular, and is wider than the typical oval or oblong face.
When working with a round face shape, you may want to avoid any blunt cut straight bangs and styles that add volume or curl to the sides without any up on top. The most balanced and flattering styles on a round face are those that add fullness at the top of the head, as well as longer styles with little width. Wispy bangs or side-swept bangs are best, and very short styles could work.
Celebrities who tend to have Round Face Shape: Fergie, Oprah Winfrey, Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams.
Choosing a haircut for a round face depends entirely on what features/areas the individual would like to enhance or hide.
A round face has no angles or prominent lines, therefore it’s important to choose a style that can be worn with a bit of height. It doesn’t have to be spikey but adding volume keeps the face from looking too round. Usually short on the side and some length or volume on the top is a wise decision.
Try to avoid sharp fringes as they only accentuate the natural roundness of the face shape. Likewise, too much length coming onto the face can produce a similar effect. Softer edges to the hair will help counter this effect.
Individuals with round faces should try facial hair styles that have the effect of making faces appear masculine and oval-shaped. However, take care not to choose a style that will overwhelm your features, particularly if you have a round face and small features. Also, avoid strong sideburns. French beard or circle beard is a good example for round shape.
Celebrity who tends to have Round Face Shape: Elijah Wood
The square face and round face are the two most common face shapes.
The square face does not narrow much from the cheekbone to the forehead, nor from the cheekbone to the jawline. The square face may also look angular. The jawline may appear sharply angled at the corners, and even the forehead may be squared off. Interestingly on photographs, square faces photograph better than any other shape.
The way to enhance a square face is to stay away from blunt bangs, and blunt jaw-length bobs. Try side-swept bangs, curl or waviness, and layers to bring softness to the angles of this face.
Celebrities who tend to have Square Face Shape: Demi Moore, Angelina Jolie, and Rosario Dawson.
The square face shape is considered by many people to be ideal for a man. A guy with a square face shape is considered to be strong and masculine. When men have their hair cut, the majority of styles they choose are squarer and more angular than women’s. Most women prefer to have their haircuts rounder in shape.
Celebrities who tend to have Square Face Shape: Brad Pitt, Arnold Schwarzenegger
The triangle or pear shaped face is most narrow at the forehead, and widest at the jawline. The jawline may be angular or rounded.
The trianglular face shape is most complemented by short hairstyles that have volume at the top, crown, and/or temple areas. Curl and waves work well here. Avoid chin length styles, particularly if the hair is straight. For longer styles, use short to medium layers to keep some volume up top that tapers toward the bottom. Also with longer lengths, the jaw will best be balanced with waves or curled in layers rather than layers that flip outward.
Celebrity who tends to have the Pear Face Shape: Kelly Osbourne
The triangle face shape is most complemented by short to medium length hairstyles that have volume at the top, crown, and/or temple areas.
Celebrities who tend to have the Pear Face Shape: John Goodman
Diamond face shapes are not so common. They are characterized by a narrow forehead and jawline, with the cheekbones being the widest point of the face. The cheekbones are often high and defined on this face shape.
With diamond faces, the goal is to add fullness or texture at the forehead and jawline, and to avoid fullness only at the cheekbone area. Short styles can work well on this face, but they should be shorter than ear length and should include some sort of bangs. Center parts also tend to create an unbalanced look on this face. Along with short styles, chin length and shoulder length styles are also great choices. You may use a flat iron to make the ends kick out or look choppy. Blunt cut, straight bangs highlight this face’s beautiful cheekbones, as do side parts. Even tucking hair behind the ears shows off the gorgeous cheekbone features this face shape exhibits.
Celebrity who tends to have Diamond Face Shape: Jennifer Love Hewitt
Many guys with a diamond face shape should have their hair longer or short, just nothing near the length of the ears. Try choosing a haircut with a swept fringe and layers on top to add volume.
For pear or diamond shaped faces with a very prominent chin, a full beard can help minimize and soften your facial features. Having long sideburns will also balance your face out and reduce the pointed appearance of your chin. A beard will minimize a soft or overly prominent chin.
Celebrity who tends to have Diamond Face Shape: Richard Gere
- Heart or Inverted Triangle
The heart shaped face is sometimes called the “inverted triangle,” particularly if the hairline doesn’t come to a point on the forehead. This face shape is the opposite of the triangle or pear; it is widest at the forehead and it narrows toward the jawline. The jaw is the most narrow area of the face.
People with heart shaped faces may want to avoid blunt cut or straight bangs, as they will make the face appear shorter and the forehead wider. Slick-backed styles will have the same effect. Chin length and jaw length bobs look fantastic on this face shape. Texture such as curl, wave and long layers also accentuate its features. Try side-swept bangs, side parts, and wispy layers to create balance to this pretty face shape.
Celebrity who tends to have Inverted Triangle Face Shape: Ziyi Zhang
A great way to balance a heart shaped face would be to grow some form of facial hair.
Men with triangular-shaped faces tend to have very pointed chins. A fuller beard will make these faces appear more masculine by adding weight along the jawline and the chin.
The hair cut should be cut pretty square and thinner on the parietal and occipital bones.
Celebrities who tend to have Inverted Triangle Face Shape: Robert Pattinson
When considering a new haircut, you should also think about your body type. Considering how the hair will work in relation to the body is important in order to achieve the best overall look. PROPORTION is EVERYTHING.
A new survey has gathered the preferences of both genders, creating composites image using the physical attributes of celebrities.
Scientifically seen, the “Perfect Body” Poll reveals women don’t like beefcakes as is the common stereotype. And guess what? Men don’t care too much for skinny women!!!
This study results in staggering differences in how men and women perceive the perfect “body.” Obsessiveness to be too skinny or too muscular is what we consider ideal. Real finding of what most people prefer is counter to what we actually want ourselves to be.
In essence, this study also proves that we should start accepting ourselves the way we are. Living a healthy lifestyle is really all that matters in the long run.
For her: Adding some curves can’t hurt. Hair that’s too big, long, or too straight does not work well with this body. Sleek hair emphasizes your thinness.
For him: The goal is to add some body, and it’s better on the longer side. You might also want to add some facial hair.
Petit or Petite
For her: Think of short to medium length; avoid very long hair.
For him: Avoid the extremes, long or buzzed.
For her: Forget the ponytail; leave that for gym time! Flatter your figure with soft style, weave etc.
For him: On the shorter side and faded works best.
For her: Go for layers and angles. Stay away from short, flat or too big hair. Avoid the round shape style.
For him: Avoid hairstyle that are too short.
Also called “Da Vinci Proportion,” phi or Marquadt mask.
Beauty is easy to spot but tricky to define despite countless attempts to do so.
“De Divina Proportione,” a three-volume work by Luca Pacioli, was published in 1509. Pacioli, a Franciscan Friar, was known mostly as a mathematician, but he was also trained and was keenly interested in art.
De Divina Proportione explored the mathematics of the golden ratio. Though it is often said that Pacioli advocated the golden ratio’s application to yield pleasing, harmonious proportions, Livio points out that the interpretation has been traced to an error in 1799, and that Pacioli actually advocated the Vitruvian system of rational proportions. Pacioli also saw Catholic religious significance in the ratio, which led to his work’s title.
De Divina Proportione contains illustrations of regular solids by Leonardo da Vinci, Pacioli’s longtime friend and collaborator.
Marquardt is an active member of the Societies of Maxillofacial Surgeons. He has developed what is called the “Beauty Masks” or “Facial Masks” which use mathematics to try to measure the ratios of beauty.
Over 8,000 women submitted pictures in Great Britain in hopes of being rated the most beautiful according to the Golden Ratio. Natural beauty is based on distances between prominent facial features and symmetry. It is the optimum ratio between the mouth, eyes, chin, and forehead. The winner was Florence Colgate
What do you think? Of course she is beautiful! (everybody is) Is she the most beautiful woman you ever seen? Probably not; let me explain to you why not. The “golden ratio” or whatever you want to call it, is a standardization measurement. In other words, this beautiful woman is EXTRA normal which means she is conforming perfectly to a norm.
While the golden ratio is fun to play with and very entertaining, it is a completely inaccurate take on beauty. For example, celebrities considered beautiful are actually completely off the golden ratio meanwhile de Vinci’s Mona Lisa is supposedly the perfect golden ratio.
Celebrities we consider in our American culture completely off the golden ratio are Sofia Vergara, Lily Cole, Grace Jones, Bella Donna and plenty of others.
Remember that STRONG features are not a bad thing!
You may not like these features while in someone another one’s eyes, you may be the most attractive item ever!
EMBRACE your features and work with them. Turn them to your advantage.
Would top model lily Cole would be that famous without her wide set eyes and tiny mouth? Probably not.
Would Grace Jones would be a icon if she didn’t have those super strong cheekbones and jawlines? Most likely not.
So the Greek 3rd century expression remains: “Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.” Screw that “golden ratio!”
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