Your hairdresser knows your hairstyle should compliment your facial shape, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that style is right for your clothing personality.
For example, an oblong face balances well with short, bounce hair like a bob but if you are are a Casual Beauty with fine hair and no blowdrying skills, then a bob may look and feel awkward on you.
The key is understanding your true self.
On the other hand, your facial shape tells a lot about your authentic style (or, as I call it, your personal image identity–or Img.ID). If your goal is not only to look beautiful, but also to feel confident, then your image needs to represent who you really are and not who your stylist decides you are.
To help you discover your personal Img.ID, here is an altered excerpt from my book, Confident Beauty: Reflecting the One Who Made You with the Images in your Mirror and in your Soul:
Facial Features: Your facial structure is made up of not only the shape of your face, but also your facial silhouette and the way you hold your head over your body. The ideal silhouette is balanced, with the head set squarely above the shoulders. When your nose or forehead are protruding, or if your head is set forward off your shoulders, you would do best to find a hairstyle that has fullness in the areas that will offset these features. There are seven facial shapes, the ideal one being oval; if your face is any other shape, you will want your hair style to create illusions that will balance your features and give the appearance of an oval shape. Be sure that your facial shape is not repeated in your hairstyle. In other words, if you have a very round face, do not wear a rounded hairstyle such as a bob, instead follow some of the suggestion I give in my book of guidelines or on my website, where you can also find some general rules for accessories, glasses and makeup as well as hair length and styles. Which of the 6 general facial shapes is your face? to take the Img.ID quiz, click here:
Oval (which is balanced, even and proportionate) If this is your facial shape, you could be any Img.ID, mark all columns.
Square (which is wide with an angular jaw and forehead) If this is your facial shape, you could be a Natural, Dramatic or Gamine, mark those columns.
Oblong (which is long, narrow and balanced) If this is your facial shape, you could be any Img.ID.
Diamond (which has a narrow chin and brow and is widest at the cheeks) If this is your facial shape, you could be a Natural, Dramatic or Gamine.
Heart (which is widest at the forehead, narrow at the chin and often has a widow’s peak hairline) If this is your facial shape, you could be an Ingénue or a Romantic.
Round (which is balanced with fullness at cheeks) If this is your facial shape, you could be a Natural, Ingénue, Romantic or Gamine.
Pear (which is widest at the jaw and narrow at the forehead) If this is your facial shape, you could be a Natural, Dramatic, Ingénue, Romantic or Gamine.
To learn how your facial features, bone structure and height also determine your personal image identity, be sure to pick up a copy of Confident Beauty today!
Catrina Welch is an inspirational author and speaker whose passion is empowering women and girls to BE and LET BE. Her expertise as a cosmetologist, image consultant and Biblical life-coach, as well as her personal experiences with abandonment and grief make her message relatable to anyone dealing with rejection, betrayal or loss.
Her latest book, CONFIDENT BEAUTY: Reflecting the One Who Made You, with the Images in your Mirror and in your Soul, will soon be available as an audiobook. Autographed copies of all her books are available on her website at www.CatrinaWelch.com