Oval Face Shape

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Advice for the Oval Face Shape

If you've determined that your face shape is oval, consider yourself fortunate. Known as the quintessential "ideal" face shape, the oval face is longer than it is wide, with a rounded jawline and hairline. The proportions of an oval face are regarded as harmonious and balanced, making it quite versatile when it comes to choosing hairstyles, hats, eyewear, and jewelry.


In general, the oval face shape is compatible with virtually any hairstyle, whether it's short, medium, or long. However, your choice of hairstyle should still be reflective of your lifestyle, personality, and specific facial features. While universally flattering cuts are your playground, consider how different styles could accentuate your best features or mitigate certain sharp ones.

For example, if you have a long nose, high cheekbones, or a prominent chin that you'd prefer to soften, opting for a soft and natural-looking hairstyle could effectively achieve this. Think soft waves, layers, or curtain bangs that add dimension and roundness.

Hats are a great accessory to express your style, and fortunately, as an oval face-carrier, most hat designs will naturally flatter you. Large-brimmed hats, whether floppy for a bohemian twist or straight for a more classic appeal, can look particularly striking.

However, remember to consider your overall physique and proportions when picking a hat. Someone petite or with a smaller bone structure could look overwhelmed in a hat that's too large. Conversely, a hat too small could look out of balance on a larger frame.

Oval faces have lots of choices when it comes to eyewear and earrings, as most styles will likely complement your face. Eyeglasses that match the width of your face offer the best fit. Contrary to popular belief, the glasses don't have to mimic your face shape; feel free to explore shapes that add an interesting contrast.

As for earrings, balance is key once more. Keep your physical size in mind, as well as your personality when selecting earrings. Delicate studs may fit well with a petite physique, while statement hoops or drop earrings could be an eye-catching choice for larger frames or bold personalities.

Remember, the beauty of having an oval face shape lies in its versatility. Don't hesitate to play around with varying styles, and ultimately, choose what makes you feel beautiful and confident.

Celebrity Example of an oval face shape: Kate Middleton

Makeup tips advice for the Oval Face Shape

Even though an oval face is considered to be ideally proportioned, it's still important to know how to apply makeup, particularly contour and blush, to enhance your face. 


When it comes to contouring an oval face, less is often more. Given the naturally balanced proportions of this face shape, the primary objective of contouring is to accentuate these features - not to reshape them. Start by identifying your face's natural shadows, which usually lie underneath your cheekbones, the sides of your nose, and along your hairline. Apply a matte bronzer or contour powder one to two shades darker than your skin tone in these areas, ensuring to blend well for a seamless finish. Remember, the oval face shape has softly rounded edges, so keep your contour lines relatively soft as well.


On an oval face, blush not only adds a touch of color but also helps to create dimension and a radiant glow. For the most flattering look, aim to apply blush on the apples of your cheeks, sweeping upwards towards your temples in a gentle curve. This puts the focus on the center of the face and creates a healthy, youthful effect.

Stick to warmer tones - like peach or coral - if you have a warmer skin undertone, while cooler-toned skins can try hues of pink and berry. Remember, blush should provide a natural flush, so start with a light hand and build up the color intensity gently.

Again, since your face shape is ideal, your main task is to emphasize your best features. 

I go into more detail about face shapes in my PYW's Makeup Book. See advice on contouring your specific face shape and other makeup topics related to color analysis seasons. 

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