HAC Makeup

HAC for the Oblong

Are you guys having fun with this? I am actually amazed it’s taken this long to post seeing how much a difference each face shape is! It’s making me guilty feeling like I’ve been showing all of you how to contour the cookie cutter way and not catering it to your separate needs.

Although, it might be that it’s still really similar I’m just so close to the situation that it looks completely different to me. You know, like when twins think they look TOTALLY different…Either way, I’m glad we’re covering it now. And just so you know, I am now obsessing over face shapes. Identifying everyone my eyes come in contact with and then projecting imaginary HAC all over their gorgeous faces. So if you catch me staring…

On to the face shape of the day: Oblong.
If your face is much longer than it is wide but is in an oval shape this post is for you, I’m approaching this as a thinner version of an oval.

Why is it awesome to be oblong?
Usually this face shape comes standard with some pretty great cheekbones!
I love how oblongs smiles are so contagious because they seem to embody your entire face.
Good company: Blake lively, Gwyneth Paltrow & Tyra Banks.

Highlighting and contouring for oblong faces.

Big difference to notice here is you want to be very careful not to contour the sides of your face and instead to shade right beneath your cheekbones and beneath the apples of your cheeks. Β Another tip is to be careful with blush choices, use something vibrant or light in color as apposed to something dark so that it doesn’t sink in your gorgeous cheeks!

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88 Comments

  • Reply
    Karen
    November 6, 2013 at 4:31 am

    Thanks Cara! No wonder my contouring never looked right! Can’t wait to try this!

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    Kelly Leto
    November 6, 2013 at 4:34 am

    Cara, I feel like my face may be between shapes? Do you have recommendations for figuring out what your face shape actually is?

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      Junie
      November 6, 2013 at 6:00 am

      Yes that would be very helpful. I always have that problem with makeup and choosing glasses

    • Reply
      lizteabee
      November 6, 2013 at 6:56 am

      Sometimes the shape becomes more obvious if you take a picture of your face looking straight on (like the Gisele picture). Then use a thick marker to outline the edge of your face. The marker line gives you your shape.

      • Reply
        Fruitloops
        November 6, 2013 at 7:34 am

        Thanks for this tip, lizteabee! And thanks for the brilliant post, Cara. πŸ™‚

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    Lauren
    November 6, 2013 at 4:36 am

    Thank you! I love your blog and follow religiously. Keep us the great work. I am dying for the makeup line to come out! I will be HAC-ing my oblong face using your products!

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    Donna
    November 6, 2013 at 4:43 am

    Cara you are a HAC Goddess! You’re truly a peoples person and your personality shines through your blog. This is my go to site for everything since I came across it. All the best to you and your fab make up line, Cheerio

  • Reply
    Carla
    November 6, 2013 at 4:46 am

    Thank you!!!!! I’ve been making my face look even longer but now I can start practicing the right way!

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    wildeinthekitchen
    November 6, 2013 at 5:03 am

    I’m so excited to try this out today! Thanks for the great how to!

    <3 Vicki
    wildeinthecity.blogspot.com

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    Diane
    November 6, 2013 at 5:04 am

    Thank you for including the oblong shape! Love your blog and appreciate your spirit that comes through your postings. Can’t wait for your HAC and makeup line. I have followed many makeup artists – you are the clearest and most informative!

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    Michelle Nothvogel
    November 6, 2013 at 5:07 am

    When will you be in Chicago??? I neeeeeed you to teach me! Looking at these pics are great but I don’t know what exactly to use. Seeing 4 different colors is overwhelming. I’m the round/chubby face girl πŸ™

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      Cara
      November 6, 2013 at 10:10 pm

      I’m going to be planning out my trips asap so I’ll let you know! Don’t strew about the products, that’s what the IIID foundation is going to take care of for you!

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      Donna
      November 8, 2013 at 9:06 pm

      I’m from Chicago too, and would also looove a tutorial. Please keep us posted, when you will be in town! I’ve followed you for quite sometime, and am so excited for your success!!

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    megan
    November 6, 2013 at 5:17 am

    I followed a link over to your site about a week ago.. WHOA what have I been missing out on this whole time!?? I rushed out and bought some of the basics. LOVE the St. Ives moisturizer. Im starting to get the hang of this HACing business – I dont think I have the right contour shade but Im holding out until I can buy your makeup line. ALL OF IT. Im 34 and have been SO clueless on makeup my whole life. Not anymore. Im wearing eyeshadow now!

    • Reply
      Cara
      November 6, 2013 at 10:12 pm

      Megan! I’m so excited to have you here! I totally understand the contouring color issues! SO hard to find the perfect color! Can’t wait for you to try the HAC pack! You’re gonna love it:) <3<3

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    Paige
    November 6, 2013 at 5:19 am

    Hi cara! My problem seems to be that as I age (I am 43) my face is starting to loose volume. Especially with exercise and any weight loss that may come along:). I feel like I look tired even after 8 hours sleep! I went to sephora and the girl told me not to highlight under my eyes but to use a darker color. I’m so confused. Do you know any makeup artists in Austin,Tx. I so wish you could get a hold of my face!!!

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      mommyfrank1
      November 6, 2013 at 9:04 am

      Paige, I am there with you! Just turned 45. I absolutely LOVE all of Cara’s blogs and have been trying the HAC. I also wanted to see if you’ve heard of Nerium? It’s changed my skin and it’s now healthier than when I was in my 20s! I’d love to tell you more if you’re interested. Have a great day!

    • Reply
      Cara
      November 6, 2013 at 10:15 pm

      Hi Paige! I know exactly what you are talking about! I think the oblong HAC will be your best choice in this case! Not sure what she was saying about not highlighting but I think if you follow this diagram, you’ll look much more awake and bright!

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    Michele
    November 6, 2013 at 5:23 am

    You made my morning! THANK YOU so much Cara :)….now I can’t wait to get this kitchen cleaned up and get to my my makeup bag! Congratulations on your cosmetics line! Have a beautiful day:)

  • Reply
    Lacey M
    November 6, 2013 at 5:37 am

    Love how you are catering to specific face shapes! It would be wonderful if you could show us how to HAC different nose shapes too. Keep up the great work πŸ™‚

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    Angie H
    November 6, 2013 at 5:39 am

    Please do square next. That’s what I am….I think!

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      Angie H
      November 6, 2013 at 5:49 am

      Could you also include HAC for those of us with bags under their eyes. I can’t seem to get it right! I’ll be 40 next month and can’t get rid of these things. Makes me feel so much older than I am. Anyone have any good ideas? Thanks.

    • Reply
      Angie H
      November 6, 2013 at 11:36 am

      Actually, after looking around on the Internet, I think I’m more rectangular….so do that one next!

  • Reply
    Julia
    November 6, 2013 at 5:54 am

    This is so awesome thank you! these have definitely been the best HAC tutorials i’ve ever seen.

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    Lisa
    November 6, 2013 at 6:08 am

    Such great tips. My Mom has a shape like this and I’m always telling her to not contour the sides of her face but under the cheekbones. It really makes them pop!

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    Suzanne
    November 6, 2013 at 6:34 am

    I’m new to the site and second the previous request for help figuring out what you face shape is. I’ve recently lost a lot of weight that really changed my face shape. My old make-up routine isn’t working anymore and I’m starting from scratch. Help!

    • Reply
      Cara
      November 6, 2013 at 10:16 pm

      After I’ve showed all of the face shapes I’m gonna do a post on getting to the bottom of yours in case your still lost! so don’t worry, we’ll figure it out!!

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    Karen Lin
    November 6, 2013 at 6:40 am

    Thank you!! πŸ™‚ Now how should i contour my nose if it’s too narrow on a narrow face? Love your posts!

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      Cara
      November 6, 2013 at 10:17 pm

      Thank you!! If your nose is more narrow than you like you probably don’t need o contour it at all, you could just blend the highlighting color on your nose as well as under your eyes instead!

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    Susan Goldstein
    November 6, 2013 at 6:53 am

    thanks!! I just got my package from Sephora that had three of your recommendations πŸ™‚

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    Megan M.
    November 6, 2013 at 7:02 am

    Square next! Square next! LOL

    • Reply
      Cara
      November 6, 2013 at 10:18 pm

      I just promised Oval for tomorrow but I promise to do square after that!

  • Reply
    Daniela
    November 6, 2013 at 7:05 am

    Loving these posts. Had no idea the face shape made so much difference. Curious, how many shades of color difference should there be between the light and the dark ?

    • Reply
      Cara
      November 6, 2013 at 10:20 pm

      It should be about one or too shades lighter and one or two shades darker, depending on how intense you want your HACing to look:)

  • Reply
    Elizabeth
    November 6, 2013 at 7:25 am

    I think I’m oblong but not completely sure. Actually if you asked me before this post I would’ve said round or heart lol. Would love some more tips and how to figure out your face shape! These are great!

    • Reply
      Cara
      November 6, 2013 at 10:20 pm

      haha everyone ind of defines them a little different I think but When I’m done with these posts I have some ideas for making sure everyone feels like they are identified properly:)

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    shaye
    November 6, 2013 at 7:34 am

    This is perfect! Thank you so much! I have a thin face, its actually very similar to Giseles, and contouring the other way can almost make me look skeletal or make my nose look more pointy. Thank you so much for showing this!

    • Reply
      Cara
      November 6, 2013 at 10:21 pm

      YES! I had the same problem myself from over HACing and making myself look like Gollum from lord of the Rings!

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    Laura
    November 6, 2013 at 7:43 am

    Thank you for including an oblong face, because many people lump it into oval. I have an oblong and cannot do what an oval can do, a definite difference! I feel oblong is the MOST limiting of all the face shapes. All the cool hairstyles are aimed for round, or heart shapes..The contouring pic helps a great deal.

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    Casy Dee
    November 6, 2013 at 8:05 am

    Your model and Angie Jolie look like rectangles to me because of their squared off jawlines and hairlines. I thing of an oblong as having the soft edges of an oval. I’m an oblong, but most of this won’t work for me because I don’t have that prominant jawline. I love the series though.

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      Cara
      November 6, 2013 at 10:23 pm

      You know what, I think you’re completely right about Angelina, I should have looked up her photos before naming her I was just thinking her face was thin, but it is squared off! Gisele I think could pass for both because her chin is pretty rounded? Thank you!

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    mymidlifefashion
    November 6, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Ooh can’t wait to try this out – THANK YOU, now I know where everything should be going!!! xx

  • Reply
    Miriam
    November 6, 2013 at 8:45 am

    Anyone know how to tell the difference between regular oval face & oblong?
    As another formerly clueless makeup user I have to take a moment and thank you for this blog. I’ve been teaching for 5 years now when a parent tells me I’m looking better than when I taught her older daughter. I know it’s all thank to you!

    • Reply
      Cara
      November 6, 2013 at 10:25 pm

      YAY! so glad to hear that Miriam! Really the only difference between the two is that the oblong is thinner on the sides of the face than a true oval. Tomorrow when you see the oval it might help to see the difference. Basically if contouring the sides of your face makes you look gaunt, you are probably oblong.

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    liz @ btb
    November 6, 2013 at 9:10 am

    That’s me! Well… that’s my face shape. Oblong seems to be such a mix of all the other face shapes, so it’s hard to know where to start. Thanks for the info!

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    Suzy
    November 6, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Cara, you’re a genius! this post is the best thing that has ever happened to me. The way you’re presenting this series – with 3 pictures for each – is brilliant and takes all the guesswork out of it. Thank you – I’m a fan for life! (PS. Talk about instilling confidence in your upcoming makeup range…)

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    Allie
    November 6, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Cara, you are awesome, I’m sold on contouring! I know WHERE to apply the different colours and shades now, but I don’t know HOW to apply them (which brush etc) or WHAT to apply… what’s a good highlighter? What should I use for the darker shade? Help!

    • Reply
      Lisa Scott Provost
      November 6, 2013 at 10:24 am

      Allie, have you checked out any if the videos Cara has on the subject? She’s made lots of specific recommendations for conyour and highlight products, as well as techniques.

      Look in the index …but plan on clicking around for a while, it’s addicting!

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    CA
    November 6, 2013 at 9:33 am

    I came to your blog a month ago via a google search for homemade primer and I’ve been coming back ever since. Thank you so much for making makeup less scary for us late-bloomers! πŸ™‚

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    Lisa
    November 6, 2013 at 9:51 am

    I agree about the hairstyles! I need to have bangs, and volume beside the face because my oblong comes with a Herman Munster forehead that can’t be on display. So my hair is always out of style, but it works. I love these HAC tips, I was doing it right and didn’t even know it!

  • Reply
    Kellie
    November 6, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    Thank you for these HAC posts. Patiently waiting for the tutorial for your new make up!!

  • Reply
    Abby
    November 6, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    I was waiting for oblong! THANK. YOU. My contouring never looked exactly right, so thank you for showing me your ways πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to try it!

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    Mara
    November 6, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    this hac-ing thing finally makes sense! i was bugging out about what shape my face was and my friend told me to trace it in the mirror. i used a dry erase on my mirror, traced it, stepped back and went ‘huh…yeah…oblong!’ worked pretty well for me!

    • Reply
      Cara
      November 6, 2013 at 10:26 pm

      LOVE this idea!

  • Reply
    J L
    November 6, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Thanks so much, what products would you recommend for HACing?

  • Reply
    Pochamocha
    November 6, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    Thank you!!! This is so great!! You are the best, my dear!

  • Reply
    Ali
    November 6, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Awesome!!! This will help me out so much! Thank you!

  • Reply
    Mags
    November 6, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    I’ve been loving your HAC diagrams for different shapes. I know I am going to be in the mirror tomorrow morning looking at today’s since that fits my shape and trying to duplicate what you’ve done. I can’t wait till I get to try it with your products.

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    Erin
    November 6, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    Awesome as usual….on pins and needles waiting for your makeup release…..when? When? When? All I want for Christmas is your foundation! Oh and your blush, and probably the illuminator!

  • Reply
    Rachel
    November 6, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    Is there a reason I can’t see images on your site anymore? Is that just me?

  • Reply
    ORTOLANI CATHLEEN
    November 6, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    Your website/blog is simply awesome, I feel 25yrs younger after learning your tips & especially HAC, which I’m still trying to perfect, Thanks Care!

  • Reply
    Kelly
    November 6, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    This is such a great post, thank you!

    xx
    Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  • Reply
    sarahhanrahan
    November 7, 2013 at 6:03 am

    thanks for this… Iv been trying contouring for a while but this makes alot more sense for my face shape πŸ™‚

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    Julia
    November 7, 2013 at 8:59 am

    i just tried this and WOWWWW i’ve never looked this good seriously!!! thank you. I thought I knew how to HAC but clearly I did not πŸ™‚

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    lindsey
    November 7, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Cara can you please let us know what products to use so I can follow the diagram you made which is great! But would love to know suggestions for products for each of the dotted lines!

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    Olive
    November 7, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Awesome! This is my shape and I never feel like my cheekbones are sculpted properly to make them stand out. I wasn’t taking the contour under the apples of my cheeks like you show. What a difference!!

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    Jamie
    November 7, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    Ok I really need to try this! It makes such a huge difference! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

    xo,
    Jamie

    http://inspirationlush.com/

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    Glorya
    November 7, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    Hola Cara, I have a question about the HACing on this model. First, I absolutely love her, she is gorgeous. Second, the way you shaded her nose. What was the goal? Make it look smaller, shorter? Like most other women here, I am playing around with understanding my face and how to HAC…I started shading my nose like that and I think it looks okay. However, I don’t know if it’s the right way for me. To begin with, my nose is not large, extra long, have a hump or anything else. In fact, I like my nose, When I use the bronzer starting up by my brown on down, it seems like it gives my nose more definition. Is this the goal? Will it ever be possible to send in my picture for some SOS with the HACing and eyebrows. I wasn’t around for the eyebrow demonstration. After reading and watching your video’s I am working at growing in my brows, shading and making them look more attractive. I don’t know if you ever answered any of my questions. I check periodically and haven’t seen any replied. I’ll keep an eye out. Thanks Cara…gracias Chula (this means Cutie).

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    Boni
    March 4, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    I am definitely an oblong/oval face shape with high cheek bones and a high forehead. I hate my high forehead, I always wear bangs, but I prefer bangs anyway. I know this girl who said she was tired of looking like Pocahontas and was going to “bring the heat” by getting bangs like me. πŸ™‚ Her boyfriend doesn’t like her with bangs, though. He told her she doesn’t share my bone structure for it. I think everyone looks good in bangs! There’s lots of cool bang styles to suit a variety of faces, in my opinion.

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    Sandy
    July 31, 2014 at 4:12 am

    Omg! This was awesome- just tried the oblong and Cara I was contouring all wrong before!!! This looks sooo much better on my face and I kept bungling up how to contour the right way. You’re the best!!!!!!

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    Julie
    January 22, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    I have hopes of fixing my too broad nose now! What a difference this made to Gisele! Her nose was transformed…

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