15 Sep Different Face Shapes and Make-up – Joi Mopon

different face shapes and make-up application tipsMy name is Joi Mopon from Kallos Studio and this is my Make-up Blog. One of the main purpose for this blog is to help educate and help. This entry, I am going to explain how to apply make-up for your face and other different face shapes. From daytime to evening looks make-up, contouring and highlighting, and how to put on the most flawless eyeliner, we will be going through the basic fundamentals of make-up step by step through different topics and tutorials.

So first thing’s first, we will be starting off with something simple: basic face shapes. Now knowing your face shape could be a huge advantage when it comes to applying your make up because you can enhance your features by contouring and highlighting the right places to emphasize your face. There are 7 different common face shapes to go by; Oval, Round, Square, Diamond, Heart, Pear (also known as triangular) and Oblong. So let’s break it all down and go over the key details of each shape, and how to accentuate it.

Different Face Shapes: Oval

The oval shaped face is considered to be the “perfect shape” when it comes to the make-up world. It leans more to being longer than wide, and the jaw is slimmer than the cheekbones. You don’t need much contouring done, so always use your normal foundation. If you’re not happy with your face shape, you can use a foundation that is one shade darker than your natural skin color along your jawline to make your face look smaller and thinner. So now to put the spotlight on your best features. Using some kind of highlighter, you want to contour the center of your forehead as well as your chin to make those specific areas on your face more noticeable. To make your cheekbones stand out more, apply a darker shade of bronzer in the hollow under your cheekbones, than put on a lighter shade of blush on the apples of your cheeks. When it comes to your eyebrows, always keep it naturally arched to compliment your eyes. For an evening look, alternate putting on make-up between the eyes and the lips. You don’t want to overdo your make up by accentuating both.

Different Face Shapes: Round

For the round face, this specific face shape generally needs more contouring than the other six. This shape has a wide hair line and substantial fullness in the cheeks. By using the method of contouring and highlighting, the make up for this shape helps slim and lengthen the face. Start by applying a darker foundation on your temples, cheekbones, and the side of your jaws. Make sure as you blend, you do it towards the center of your face. The purpose by doing so is that we’re trying to make a round face seem more oval. We’re drawing attention away from the sides of the face by using darker colors. For the highlighter, use a shade that is two shades lighter than your natural skin tone and put it on your forehead and chin. This will create a more angular look by bringing these areas forward. Unlike the oval face shape, do not put your blush on the apples of your cheeks as it will make your face look even more round. Instead, apply it just under your cheekbones and then blend upward in the direction of your temples.

Different Face Shapes: Square

The square face shape is characterized by a wide hairline as well as a strong jawline. The make-up purpose for this face is to soften the hard angles by contouring and to generate a more oval appearance. Using a shading product, like a bronzer or a darker foundation, contour the corners of your face by blending skywards on the sides of your jaw and blending downwards to your temples by the sides of your forehead. Just like we did with oval and round face shape, apply a highlighter to the middle of your forehead, the tip of your chin, and the hollow of your cheekbones. By doing so, it keeps attention away from the chiseled jaw. To add definition to your cheekbones, add a soft shade of blush to the apples of your cheeks. For the eyebrows, a rounded shape is best kept for the square face. Last but not least, add a dramatic lip color to draw the attention to your lips instead of your jaw.

Different Face Shapes: Diamond

The diamond face shape consists of wide cheekbones with a narrow chin and forehead. The objective we’re aiming for when it comes to doing make up for a diamond face is to add completeness to both your jaw and forehead, while diminishing the width of your cheeks. We want to use two different shades of foundation; a warmer, dimmer shade of foundation for the areas you want to make smaller like outside the cheekbones, and a lighter foundation for the parts you want to emphasize like the chin and the forehead. If you have a pointier chin, apply and blend thoroughly your dark foundation right at the tip of your chin so it will create the illusion of a wider jaw and minimizes the look of a sharp appearance. As for your blush, never apply it to the hollows of your cheeks but rather the apple of your cheeks instead.

Different Face Shapes: Heart

For the heart shaped face, the general view entails with a wide forehead, noticeable cheekbones, and a slender chin. The key to contouring for a heart shaped face is to strain away from your prominent cheekbones and pointy chin. In order to do so, use a foundation that’s two shades darker than your natural skin tone and apply it under your cheekbones, your temples, and along the sides of your nose as well as the tip. To add depth and width to your chin, put some kind of highlighter on the length of your chin and along your jawline. Make sure to blend with a sponge. That way, it will make the appearance of your chin seem a little rounder. To make the forehead appear a little thinner, keep your eyebrows thick with a natural arch, but moderately straight. This will also help balance out the face’s shape.

Different Face Shapes: Pear

The pear face shape, also known as the inverted triangle has a narrow forehead, and a wide set jawline. To get balance appearance, shadow the width of the jawline with the darker foundation than your normal one and highlight the forehead to make it look broader. Inverted triangle shape is basically another type of pear shape but the opposite so when applying the makeup, it is done in the opposite way as you would do the normal pear shape makeup

Different Face Shapes: Oblong

The last face shape that we’ll be talking about is the oblong shaped face. This shape is slightly longer than the oval face, and is about the same width across the forehead, cheekbones, and jawline. The goal when it comes to applying make-up for this face shape is to emphasize your cheekbones, and bring more attention to the middle portion of your face. We’re also trying to make this face shape appear more as an ideal oval, so we need to make it seem shorter and fuller. Start by downwardly applying either a bronzer or a dark press powder at the top of your forehead along your hairline. Then, apply it at the bottom of your chin. This will create the look of making your face seem shorter. Using the same bronzer, bring it into play by blending it in the hollow under your cheekbones. This step sets up the look of making your face look broader. After contouring, only put blush on the apples of your cheeks, then highlight to the highest points of the cheek to conclude the widening appearance of the face. For the eyebrows, extend them outward toward your temples so that they could soften your angular features.



Joi Mopon is one of the talented Calgary make-up artists based out of Kallos Studio. She offers tips and online tutorials to help with every day make-up. Follow her work at Kallos Studio.

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