HAC {round faces}

I’ve always known that HAC-ing could and should be different depending on your face shape, but it’s only been recently that I have really delved into it.
Where I used to go on autopilot with my HAC, the last few months I’ve payed close attention to the individual face shapes and placed the colors accordingly.
If you don’t know what face shape you have there are a variety of ways to measure your face and yada yada but I like to think it’s a little more simple than that….

Let’s start by identifying round faces:
If the length of your cheekbones at their widest are similar to the length of your face and you have a rounded jawline/chin this post is for you, and your beautiful round face!
What’s great about having a round face?
Full cheeks are gorgeous and very youthful, so you can plan on aging gracefully.
A soft rounded jawline is sweet and feminine.
You’re in good company! Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams and Cameron Diaz are all rocking’ the round with ya.
Here is a diagram showing where to get the best use out of your HAC-ing (or your IIID foundation as soon as you get it!:)


As I post the rest of the shapes the differences in each application will probably be more apparent, then I’ll do a wrap up video where I show you each application step by step. Also, if by the end you’re still clueless on what your face shape is, I have something planned for you as well so don’t panic!

Hope you had a lovely weekend!

70 thoughts on “HAC {round faces}

  1. I think I’m heart shaped . When will you release your tutorial for this shaped face? I’m new to using bronzer. Thanks:)

  2. Just recently found your site and videos…..WOW! You have blown my mind. I am 42 and have never been shown how to put on makeup. Turns out I’ve been putting the bronzer on all the places you put highlighter! lol. Been rocking your techniques for a week now and have gotten so many compliments. Better yet, looking in the mirror has been nothing short of FANTASTIC. For a mom who feels like she’s lost her mojo in the past few, this has been the biggest blessing! So many thanks…seriously, there just aren’t words…. :)

  3. Love this! I have a round shape face and never know if I’m contouring and highlighting properly! Thanks you so much :) xoxoxo Have a great day pretty girl

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    Cara, I am so excited for this!! Yea!

  5. I know you described it but could you do a HAC for different noses? Such as a Gisel nose, one thats long. Or a sloped nose. I just know the typical shadowing you typically do does not go well with my nose, which is more pointing but thin like Megan Fox

  6. Are you ever going to publish your post on common HACing mistakes people make? You had talked about doing that awhile ago and I’ve been patiently waiting! I hope it’s coming soon!

    • YES! so sorry I’ve taken so long on that, I started realizing how many of the issues could be first addressed by face shapes. Promise once this is done I’ll get back to it!

  7. Cara, you are such a BABE with the contouring! I’m still getting to grips with it, and it never looks anywhere near as good as when you get down to it, but I’m excited to get practicing with my face shape. Looking forward to seeing the post on how to identify your face shape as I have no idea, maybe oval…? Thank you xx

  8. I stumbled upon your site and love your posts! A lot of them out there seem like the person is so fake, and show you pretty much the same look…tons of makeup! I had no clue how to do makeup, and am so grateful you share your talent and knowledge..for free even! I’m in the same boat as Betsy..putting colors in all the wrong places. Thanks again and can’t wait to see your post on the “long” face shape.

  9. Love this! I can’t wait to see your other tutorials on correct HACing for your specific face shape! I have a slender face, so I’m always confused on whether or not I should HAC to the extent that others do. I love to highlight, but I don’t know if I should contour and make my face appear to have less volume than it already has. :)

  10. This is so awesome!! Cannot wait for the oblong face tutorial.

    Could you also add a tutorial for gaunt/thin faces? When I do ‘traditional’ HACing, it makes my face look even older. Some tips on adding fullness would be so appreciated.

    You are an angel! Thank you!

  11. Love this! I have been waiting SO LONG to see how to HAC a round face! Do you have any specifc products that you recommend for the highlighting and contouring? I have been using Cliniques bronzer and Laura Merciers concealer but I wanted to know what you recommend.

  12. Cara, you are so wonderful! I adore your sweet-natured attitude about the beauty of all women…you definitely make me feel better about my own round face (and inspired to go HAC it!). Thank you!

  13. I love you blog and have picked up so many tips from it and I think I actually look better for it. Thank you! Now, please,please do the HAC for long faces that are angular. I am NOT aging gracefully and could use tips for hair also…LOVE your blog!!

  14. I am new to your blog, but already have learned so much. Thanks for this. As an unhappy about my round face girl, this gives me hope!

  15. I can’t tell you how helpful this is. Gah! I have a round face and very long and pointy nose, and I’ve been struggling with how to make it all go together! Thank you =)

  16. Cara, this is such a great idea. I am in love with it also. I noted that your husband’s birthday is almost five days after mine, Oct.28th…I celebrated on Sunday and Monday of that week. Last year, there was no celebrating due to the Hurricane we had going on over here on the east coast. If I were to pick my happiness/gratitude list, it would go something like this: I am happy for Johnie who didn’t forget me, took me to great restaurants in order to celebrate the big 5-0. I agree it feels good to have a place in some one’s heart, to be a special part of a family, yet there’s a lesson that out there, one that I’ve learned, when family’s not around, it up to me to love myself through and through. I would have been okay being alone like I am on most of my b-days…yet it was lovely that Johnie planned to make me smile on two & not one night.

  17. I love this. I’m looking forward to the video! For a while, I thought I had a round face, but then I started measuring and looking at guides and I figured out my shape is just “normal.” Not really round or oval. Not a good or bad thing…just a reminder that we’re all soooo different.

  18. Thanks for this. Looking forward to the video!
    Question: how can I avoid making my face look “dirty”? I know this can happen with the wrong color contour, but it seems like it could also happen if the darker color is more on the “surface” of the face, as it is in the round highlighting image shown above. With most contouring, the darker color is in the angles. With a round face, it’s right there looking directly out.

  19. I love your posts and look forward to them and love this on hac ing as it is always confusing to me.

    I can’t wait to get your make up line please let us know when its ready. I’m in vegas soon if you have it

    ready to purchase. Thanks Cara and keep it up, I think you have found your calling and your make up

    line will be like Bobby Brown and all the other great line out there.

  20. Love this post and your blog! I also wanted to compliment you on your graphical design skills – always interesting visuals on your site! My question is do you use Photoshop to create them or some other program (if you do not mind sharing this info of course)?

  21. I don’t understand how to apply that much contour color without looking muddy or making my face darker than my body because ont the diagram the contour color cover almost all of her cheeks. I really don’t get this round face countouring. Could you do a video tutorial? And what specific brush should I use for blending everything toghether.

  22. Thank you! I have a very round face (I’m talking pumpkin head round). Would love to see a video. Am also interested in lighting and lighted makeup mirrors. At home, it looks like my eyebrows are sparse. When I get in the car, I’m rocking a Brooke Shields. And that’s with no eyebrow pencil. Help!

  23. Thanks Cara! Loved this. Any tips on ensuring we don’t create a makeup line/demarcation at the jawline since we are HACing on the sides to lessen the fullness of a round face? I tried your method this morning but then I felt like my neck no longer matched my face. Maybe I’m applying too much b/c I use a pretty light bronzer for my very fair skin. Thanks!!

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  25. I’m with the girls above on wanting to see a HAC video for round faces! :)

    And I also wanted to ask if you would do this the same way if you were wearing your hair up. Sometimes I feel like people can “see” my contouring… but then I notice when I don’t have any makeup on that the natural shadow near my cheekbone is always visible, so it is OK and good for my contouring to show and that that is the point… but then I get freaked out.

    And I again second Rachel above, I am always scared about HACing my jaw line to give more shape to my face and less of a double chin look, but always feel like it doesn’t match my neck or just can look weird and obvious.

    We love you, our fearless makeup leader!!!! Can’t wait to get my hands on the Maskcara line!

  26. This makes it so much easier. Love to see a video on how to do it. Also even a sketch that could be printed would be great to hang in the bathroom for us slow learners :)

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  28. Damn girl, you’ve just opened up a whole new world for me. Thank you so much! Congrats on your makeup line I’m so excited for you! Hopefully girls outside of the US will be able to get their hands on it as well. xo

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  30. These are great! I absolutely love your blog and look forward to reading it. Are you going to do a HAC for square faces, though?

  31. I started reading your blog two weeks ago. I now own more makeup than I have ever owned–it’s fun. Tonight I took my time and and applied it to the best of my limited ability. OMG, compliments galore. Did I get my eyes done, did I get new lipstick, I look so rested. Bought some of this stuff for my flight attendant daughter (she will be 43 on Saturday and is pretty savvy with make up) and can’t wait to give it to her. For once I’ll get to be the trend setter in this family. Love the Watts Up, it takes years off. Thank you so much. I just feel more put together.

  32. Thank you so much for doing this round face tutorial! As a round faced lady, I have yet to find my stride as far as playing up my best features. This sure helps!

  33. Before I first saw the article about contouring on your site I just kind of winged it as far as makeup went. I would sometimes get compliments on eye shadow or something so I thought I was doing okay. When I tried incorporating the HAC technique I had a few failed attempts at first (dirty looking cheeks, etc), but I realized that, aside from needing the correct shades, it wasn’t looking right because the lines I was following didn’t match the contours of my own face.

    One day I really looked at my face and tried to follow my natural shape, accenting some shadows and blending others. Since then I have basically been using the pattern shown here but personalized, and the difference is so subtle and yet so amazing. The other one of my clients just kept looking at me until she finally said, “Wow, I love your makeup, you look like a model. It’s like your face is glowing.” I’m far from a model, so that was quite the compliment, and all because of HAC-ing!

    I am ridiculously excited about the HAC pack and plan on ordering it asap! Thank you for all of your wonderful advice and hard work, I love it all! (:

  34. Cara,

    A friend shared your site with me. Thanks. I thought I knew somewhat and that was enough. Through out the years I held onto my money and looked the other way when tempted. But I am finding easy ways to make it look like the real deal!

    Here is my request. I have what is looking like a permanent shape change. It is called a Moon Face in my neck of the medical woods. After water retention and fat cells PERMANENTLY replaced on the face, torso, NECK and back, giving a buffalo hump- let’s say there is a lot of contouring needed.

    Can you look up Moon Face and Prednisone and then give a tutorial on what you think would help us.

    I won’t make you do a buffalo hump and prednisone or cushings disease google- the amount of make-up involved…. it could get pricey. ha, ha, hm. kidding. But it is painful to change and lose your face to something and have to discover beauty again!

  35. I’ve enjoyed your posts for quite awhile now, you are so down to earth. Today is the first time I’ve taken the time to watch videos though. I haven’t found a video of you HACing a round face. Am I just not seeing it? I’d love to see you work your magic on one. Thanks!

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